Two teenage boys in Scotland in 1994, best friends with no control over their lives, risk everything to attend an illegal rave, hoping for the best night of their boring lives.
Beats is a 2019 British drama film directed Brian Welsh. It was based upon a play of the same name by Kieran Hurley, who adapted the screenplay with Welsh; Steven Soderbergh acts as an executive producer. The plot follows a pair of teenage friends in 1994 Scotland who try and sneak into an illegal rave party.
"Well-acted and enlivened by an evocative soundtrack and period detail, Beats draws timeless themes out of its specific story and setting.”
Wendy Ide of The Guardian gave the film 4/5 stars, writing: "It's a terrific little film that combines the earthy humour and honesty of a Shane Meadows movie with an unexpected expressionistic section – flooded with colour – that channels the boys' joyful dancefloor abandon.” In a separate Guardian review, Mike McCahill gave it three stars, saying that "this teen bromance eventually escapes into amiable nostalgia and artful euphoria”
‘This tender, detail-filled movie lives for the moment.’ New York Times
‘Welsh has delivered a compelling snapshot of an era and captured a moment in life when friendship is at its most sustaining.’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘The script, adapted by Welsh and Kieran Hurley from Hurley's play, is especially good on the preciousness and subjectivity of cultural experience.’ Times UK
‘Funny, as well as emotionally rewarding.’ London Evening Standard
BAFTA Awards, Scotland 2019 Winner of the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor - Film
British Independent Film Awards 2019 Winner of the British Independent Film Award for Best Cinematography - Benjamin Kracun and winner for Best Sound
Film by the Sea International Film Festival 2019 Winner of the International Student Jury Award - International Student Jury for Brian Welsh (director)
Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards 2019 Winner of the Behind the Camera Award - Torino Film Festival 2019 for Brian Welsh (director)
In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.
A Most Violent Year is a 2014 American crime drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The film stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain with Alessandro Nivola, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, and Catalina Sandino Moreno. The protagonist is Abel Morales (Isaac), the owner of a small heating-oil company who is stressed by the competitiveness in the oil trade and his having to secure costly loans to expand his business. When his trucks start being hijacked, there is increased pressure for his drivers to arm themselves.
The film premiered as the opening film of AFI Fest on November 6, 2014, and it was released theatrically on December 31, 2014. It garnered positive reviews, and J. C. Chandor, Neal Dodson, and Anna Gerb won the National Board of Review Award for Best Film.
'The underside of the American Dream is on display in A Most Violent Year, a drama about an immigrant trying to make his way to the top.' Toronto Sun
'Bradford Young's cinematography is awesome, transforming bleak wastelands and mansions into visions of light. It's as if we're seeing everything through the eyes of Morales, to whom America is beauty incarnate.' London Evening Standard
'Simmering with drama, A Most Violent Year is one of the best films yet from Isaac or Chandor, and that's saying something' One Room with a View
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2015 Winner Critics' Choice MVP Award Jessica Chastain
CINE Golden Eagle Film and Video Competition 2015 Winner Golden Eagle Narrative Content: Feature - Live Action A24
CinEuphoria Awards 2016 Winner CinEuphoria Top Ten of the Year - Audience Award
IGN Summer Movie Awards 2014 Winner IGN Award Best Movie Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain
Nick Broomfield's second documentary about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, focusing on her mental state on death row. Winner of the Amnesty International DOEN Award at Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2003, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer is a 2003 feature-length documentary film about Aileen Wuornos, directed by Nick Broomfield.
The film focuses on Wuornos' declining mental state and the questionable judgment to execute her despite her being of unsound mind. This chilling, unsettling documentary provides an eye-opening look at the American justice system. Nick Broomfield's documentary looks at Aileen's violent, tortured childhood in Troy, Michigan and her subsequent years on the road as a hitch-hiking prostitute which culminated in the murders. In her last interview, conducted by Broomfield at Aileen's request, she said she believed her mind was being controlled by radio waves. On October 9th 2002 she was executed in Florida.
‘The film stands quite chillingly as a final statement from a woman trying to fight her own commodification.’ Boston Globe ‘Provides an opportunity to study one of history's supposed anomalies: a female serial killer.’ Washington Post
Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2003, winner of the Amnesty International DOEN Award.
Tribeca Film Festival 2003, winner of the special mention award.
Art of the Prank is an emotional and humorous journey following the evolution of Joey Skaggs, Godfather of the media hoax, as he tries to pull off the most challenging prank of his career. This is interwoven with amazing archive footage of his earlier escapades-all reported as fact by prestigious journalists. The resulting twists and turns provide unprecedented insight into Joey's work as an artist, activist and social satirist.
Award-winning documentary about New York artist Joey Skaggs, the godfather of the media hoax, as he tries to pull off the most challenging prank of his career.
Lower East Side Film Festival 2016, winner of best of fest
San Francisco Docfest 2016, winner of the Jury Prize
Slamdance Film Festival 2016, winner of best documentary feature
The Alhambra Theatre Film Festival 2016, winner of best documentary
A troubled woman living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders.
Beast is a 2017 British psychological thriller film written and directed by Michael Pearce, starring Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, and Geraldine James.
The film had its world premiere in the Platform section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. The film has received a positive critical response."Beast plays like bleak poetry, unfurling its psychological thrills while guided by its captivating leads and mesmerizing, visceral visuals."
For The Canadian Press, David Friend called it "a twisty story about the monster that lies within all of us, and struggle to keep it contained.” Peter Howell of the Toronto Star said it was "a jagged but memorable feature... that slowly yields its truths."
‘The leads deliver affecting, nuanced performances, which gives heft to the psychological insights.’ Chicago Reader
‘Immaculately composed yet skittish, edgy and surprising, this impressive debut by writer-director Michael Pearce emanates a chill that will have you hugging your sides.’ Time Out
BAFTA Awards 2019 Winner of the BAFTA Film Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer - Michael Pearce and Lauren Dark
Winner of the British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Jessie Buckley
International Film Festival & Awards Macao 2017 Winner of Best Actress - Jessie Buckley
London Critics Circle Film Awards 2019 Winner of the ALFS Award for British/Irish Actress of the Year - Jessie Buckley and Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker of the Year
'Daphne' is the vibrant character portrait of a young woman on the threshold of a much-needed change.
Daphne is a 2017 British drama film directed by Peter Mackie Burns and written by Nico Mensinga. The film stars Emily Beecham, Geraldine James, Nathaniel Martello-White, Osy Ikhile, Sinead Matthews and Stuart McQuarrie.
The film premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on 29 January 2017 and garnered positive reviews. "Led by Emily Beecham's note-perfect performance, Daphne is a vivid portrait of a woman in flux - and an auspicious narrative debut for director Peter Mackie Burns"
‘The film finally adds up to more than the sum of its well-wrought parts, offering a quietly profound insight into this young woman's attempt to navigate a world that is both familiar and brutally alien.’ Sight and Sound
‘It's one of the best films about London living I can recently recall.’ Daily Telegraph (UK)
‘Mackie Burns handles the tale like a seasoned pro, and Beecham is terrifically watchable throughout.’ The Herald (Scotland)
Dinard British Film Festival 2017 Winner of Best Screenplay - Peter Mackie Burns (director) and The Bureau (production company)
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 Winner of Best Performance in a British Feature Film Best Performance - Emily Beecham and Anne Reid
Torino Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Prize of the City of Torino for Best Actress - Emily Beecham
The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Fruitvale Station is a 2013 American biographical drama film written and directed by Ryan Coogler. The film is based on the events leading to the death of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed in 2009 by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale district station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in Oakland.
Fruitvale Station debuted under its original title Fruitvale at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the award for Best First Film.
Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter called it "a compelling debut" and "a powerful dramatic feature film". He also praised the lead performances stating, "As Oscar, Jordan at moments gives off vibes of a very young Denzel Washington in the way he combines gentleness and toughness; he effortlessly draws the viewer in toward him. Diaz is vibrant as his patient and loyal girlfriend, while Spencer brings her gravitas to the proceedings as his stalwart mother."
‘Brilliantly observed and very moving.’ Independent (UK)
‘Coogler's realistic debut recreates Grant's final day with affection, refusing to cast him as either saint or sinner.’ Times (UK)
‘There is something almost spiritual in the eerie importance that all the ordinary, banal facts of a life achieve under scrutiny, as time is running out.’ Guardian
Acapulco Black Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance of the Year
AFI Awards, USA 2014 Winner of the AFI Award for Movie of the Year
African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) 2013 Winner of the AAFCA Award for Top 10 Films and Best Independent Film
Austin Film Critics Association 2013 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best First Film
Boston Online Film Critics Association 2013 Winner of the BOFCA Award for Ten Best Films of the Year
Cannes Film Festival 2013 Winner Un Certain Regard - Avenir Prize - Ryan Coogler
Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014 Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature
Hollywood Film Awards 2013 Winner of the Spotlight Award
National Board of Review, USA 2013 Winner of the NBR Award for Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer
Winner of Breakthrough Performance by an Actor - Michael B. Jordan
Winner of Best Directorial Debut - Ryan Coogler
New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2013 Winner of the NYFCC Award for Best First Film
Satellite Awards 2013 Winner of the Breakthrough Performance Award
A deep space mining vessel has been adrift for two years. It is suspected the crew brutally killed each other, but the reason for the bloodbath is unknown. A rescue crew is sent to find if there are any survivors, what happened and why.
A crew is sent to find out if there are any survivors on a deep-space mining vessel that has been adrift for two years.
Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, US 2017, winner of best special FX
Los Angeles Movie Awards, US 2017, winner of the best narrative feature, best director, best cinematography, best costume design, bets production design, best set direction.
American Movie Awards 2018, winner of best direction
It may be pitched as a low budget, dark comedy but Boppin’ at the Glue Factory, directed and co-written by Jeffrey Orgill is a little slice of comedy gold.
The film stars Henry Dittman as Eric Labudde, a down and out drug addict who, through what can only be described as sheer blind luck, ends up getting a job at an old age convalescent home as the night nurse. Eric isn’t exactly what anyone would call a model employee, but he has just enough charisma and medical skill to get by in the medical world. It’s different, but that isn’t a bad thing.
Seattle True Independent Film Festival, 2009. Winner of best feature.
Strasbourg International Film Festival, 2019. Winner of best supporting actor.