Category: Drama

Holly Kelly, Kelli Hollis and Michael Taylor in Mischief Night

Mischief Night

    At a time when British film-makers generally are accepting the “multiculturalism rules, ok” status quo, former documentarian Penny Woolcock lights a match in a fume-filled room with an examination of life among the working classes in Leeds. Shane Meadows meets Shameless is the result, to a degree. Does

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Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellwegger

Miss Potter

  The dramatised story of Beatrix Potter, creator of children’s character such as Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck, with Renee Zellweger as the Edwardian miss who’s 32 years old and still not married. It’s about a woman struggling against the odds, against familial indifference, social expectation and industry hostility to

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André Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix in All Is by My Side

Jimi: All Is by My Side

  Here’s a problem for anyone about to make a film about Jimi Hendrix, genius guitarist, 1960s icon, member of the 27 Club of rock’s premature expirers – how do you get inside a character who was private, taciturn, shy and elliptically cool? With a voiceover? A confidant? Newsreel footage? It’s

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Karoline Herfurth and Ben Whishaw in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

  Having wandered off up arthouse avenue in recent years, with The Princess and the Warrior and Heaven, director Tom Tykwer delivers his most accessible film since Run Lola Run. It’s an adaptation of Patrick Süskind’s runaway best-seller about an 18th century peasant with an incredible olfactory talent and the

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Kate Winslet in Little Children

Little Children

  A tale of American white-picket suburbia, disturbia perhaps, from director Todd Field, opening out a touch from In the Bedroom, whose focus was all there in the title. Our heroine, a Madame Bovary figure called Sarah (Kate Winslet), scandalises the harpies at the school gate by striking up a

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Marion Cotillard and Russell Crowe in A Good Year

A Good Year

  In 1989 former adman Peter Mayle wrote a book about how he left the rat race behind and started a new life in France. A Year in Provence was its name and this humorous memoir set the tone for the TV series that followed, starring John Thaw as the

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Askhat Kuchencherekov in Tulpan

Tulpan

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     31 August   Princess Diana dies, 1997 On this day in 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales died in a car crash in the Pont D’Alma road tunnel in Paris. Also in the car were Henri

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François Cluzet in 11.6

11.6

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     30 August   Warren Buffett born, 1930 On this day in 1930, the business magnate Warren Edward Buffett was born, in Omaha, Nebraska, the second of the three children of a father who was a

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The meet cute: Paul Walker and Genesis Rodriguez in Hours

Hours

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     29 August   Hurricane Katrina, 2005 On this day in 2005, Hurricane Katrina touched down for the second time in Louisiana, USA. The seventh most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded up to that point (three

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Gösta Ekman as Faust

Faust

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     28 August   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe born, 1749 On this day in 1749, the writer, philosopher and German statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born, in Frankfurt am Main, then an Imperial Free City

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