Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved -- now adults living mostly in Australia -- with their parents in Britain.
Award Winning Oranges and Sunshine is a 2010 Australian drama film directed by Jim Loach as his directorial debut.
The film is based on the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered the scandal of "home children", a scheme of forcibly relocating poor children from the United Kingdom to Australia and Canada.
Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson), a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times; the mass deportation of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. Single-handedly and against overwhelming odds, Margaret reunited thousands of families and drew worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. Children as young as four had been told that their parents were dead and sent to children's homes on the other side of the world, where many were subjected to appalling abuse. These forgotten children were promised Oranges and Sunshine but they got hard labour and life in institutions.
‘Emily Watson, who always brings a special grace to the screen, gives a multilayered performance to the role of Margaret Humphreys, who not only puts her own family dynamic at risk but finds herself physically threatened.’ San Fransisco Chronicle
‘Emily Watson, a delicate English rose, has never seemed more sturdy than here.’ Chicago Sun Times
‘As the story ricochets between Britain and Australia, the film often loses track of time and becomes fragmented as it struggles to integrate too many subplots. What holds it together is Ms. Watson's calm, sturdy performance.’ New York Times
‘Despite the difficulties the team faced when filming on opposite sides of the world, Oranges and Sunshine beats with one heart and develops its story coherently.’ CineVue
'Jim Loach's feature debut presents the horrific injustice of forced child migration in a calm, measured manner.’ The Sun-Herald
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards 2012 Winner AACTA Award Best Supporting Actor Hugo Weaving
Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2012 Winner AFCA Award - Best Actress Emily Watson
Australian Screen Editors 2011 Winner ASE Award Avid Award for Best Editing on a Feature Film
Australian Screen Sound Guild 2011 Winner ASSG Award Best Achievement in Mixing in a Feature Film
One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.
A Private War is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Matthew Heineman, and starring Rosamund Pike as journalist Marie Colvin. The film is based on the 2012 article "Marie Colvin’s Private War" in Vanity Fair by Marie Brenner. The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and was released to positive reviews from critics, who praised Pike's performance. At the 76th Golden Globe Awards, the film earned nominations for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Pike) and Best Original Song ("Requiem for A Private War"), while director Matthew Heineman received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First Time Feature Film Director from the Directors Guild of America.
‘At a time when pressured media budgets are conspiring, with the general preference for escapism over reality, to threaten war reporting's very existence, A Private War unflinchingly reminds us of its value.’ London Evening Standard
‘Transfixing, uncompromisingly visceral and tonally raw, Heineman's A Private War is a powerfully traumatic memoir.’ Flavourmag
It's one of the year's best roles, performances, and it's contained in a film that undoubtedly matters. Now, more than ever.’ Creative Screenwriting
Golden Globes, USA 2019 Nominee Golden Globe for Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Annie Lennox
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Rosamund Pike
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)
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor in this action drama.
Drive is a 2011 American action drama film directed by Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. The film stars award winning Ryan Gosling as an unnamed Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver. The film co-stars Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, and Albert Brooks.
Before its September 2011 release, Drive had been shown at a number of film festivals, including the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation. Refn won the festival's Best Director Award. The film received widespread praise for its direction, performances, visuals, action sequences, and musical score Several critics listed Drive as one of the best films of 2011, including the National Board of Review. Its honors include a nomination for Best Sound Editing at the 84th Academy Awards.
'A film that moves relentlessly forward, carrying you along so completely that it's only afterwards, if at all, that you begin to wonder about origins and plausibilities.' London Evening Standard
'One for fans of Taxi Driver and TV's Dexter, Drive is a film whose considerable style at first obscures just how much it'll get under your skin and stay there for weeks to come' Film 4
'Calculating. Methodical. High gloss. Slick. Polished. Drive is the neo-noir thriller of the year.' Behind the Lens
Austin Film Critics Association 2011
Winner of theAFCA Award for Best Director - Nicolas Winding Refn
Best Supporting Actor - Albert Brooks
Best Adapted Screenplay - Hossein Amini
Awards Circuit Community Awards 2011
Winner of theACCA for Best Director - Nicolas Winding Refn
Best Achievement in Film Editing - Matthew Newman
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2011
Winner of the BSFC Award for Best Supporting Actor - Albert Brooks
Best Use of Music in a Film - Cliff Martinez (Tied with Ludovic Bource for The Artist (2011)
Cannes Film Festival 2011
Winner of Best Director - Nicolas Winding Refn
Paul, a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris, forms a DJ collective with his friends and together they plunge into the nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music.
Eden uses 1990s club culture as the appropriately intoxicating backdrop for a sensitive, low-key look at aging and the price of pursuing one's dreams.
Eden is a 2014 French drama film directed by Mia Hansen-Løve and co-written with Sven Hansen-Løve. The film stars Félix de Givry and Pauline Etienne. The film premiered in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It was also screened in the 52nd edition of the New York Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival.
The film is an affecting trip into the electronic dance movement in Paris whose rhythms echo its textures and feeling. Based on the experiences of Hansen-Løve's brother Sven, the film follows Paul, a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris. Rave parties dominate that culture, but he's drawn to the more soulful rhythms of Chicago's garage house. He forms a DJ collective named Cheers, and together he and his friends plunge into the ephemeral nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music.
'Rambling, talky and luxuriantly wistful, the film gives a perceptive survey of the self-importance and decadence of a youth movement.' Times UK
'A remarkable film which drums to its own beat.' Little White Lies
'Partly the story of a music scene, but mostly the story of a man who realises that living the dream isn't always the best thing for your life. Vivid, immersive and blessed with a perfectly nostalgic soundtrack.' Empire Magazine
'Eden, in its loose and free-form way, is as personal a statement as this 34-year-old director has yet made: it's telling that Paul is that age by the end of it.' Daily Telegraph UK
A small-time conman has torn loyalties between his estranged mother and new girlfriend, both of whom are high-stakes grifters with their own angles to play.
The Grifters is an american neo-noir crime drama film directed by Stephen Frears, produced by Martin Scorsese, and starring John Cusack, Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening.
The film follows a trio of con artists who are intent on out-foxing each other. Roy Dillon (John Cusack) life is thrown into turmoil when his estranged mother Lilly (Anjelica Huston) returns home in an attempt to evade the law.
The Grifters had its world premiere at the Toronto Festival of Festivals at the Elgin Theater and had a brief Academy Award-qualifying run in New York City and Los Angeles.
'A darkly cynical and uncompromising gem.' Film 4
'Best to savour The Grifters for its handsome design -- the picture looks as clean as a Hockney landscape -- and its juicy performances.' TIME Magazine
'A slick and stylish neo-noir crime drama featuring three exceptional performances.' BackSeat Mafia
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Winner BSFC Award for Best Actress
Edgar Allan Poe Awards Winner Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture
Film Independent Spirit Awards Winner of theIndependent Spirit Award for Best Feature and Best Female Lead
London Critics Circle Film Awards Winner ALFS Award Newcomer of the Year
National Board of Review, USA Winner NBR Award for Top Ten Films
A group of mercenaries are sent into Eastern Europe in the middle of a civil war to retrieve intel, but shortly after the mission the unit find themselves trapped on a never-ending stairwell; forced to climb or die. To survive, they must revisit their past sins if they ever want to get off.
The film blurs the lines of action and horror, creating a visually unique movie that deals with time travel, the repercussions of violence and consequence. Rife with practical effects, bone crunching fight sequences and existential dread; its underpinned by a villain with a real purpose. Guaranteed to thrill audiences, “The Ascent” was Paton’s third film to premiere at the prestigious FrightFest film festival in London in August 2019.
The film marks the feature film debut of National Television Award Winning actor and former X-Factor winner Shayne Ward, alongside Toby Osmond (Game of Thrones), Sophie Austin (Call The Midwife), Alana Wallace (Black Site), Samantha Schnitzler & Bentley Kalu (Wonder Woman).
An American finds refuge during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanking in a church with a group of women. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.
Award winning The Flowers of War is a 2011 historical drama war film directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Zhang Xinyi, Tong Dawei, Atsuro Watabe, Shigeo Kobayashi and Cao Kefan. The beautifully shot story is set in Nanking, China, during the 1937 Nanking Massacre in the Second Sino-Japanese War. A group of escapees, finding sanctuary in a church compound, try to survive the plight and persecution brought on by the violent invasion of the city.
Pete Hammond from Boxoffice Magazine gave it 4 stars of 5, and said "The Flowers of War is ultimately an inspiring, stirring and unforgettable human drama in the face of a horrifying war. It is highly recommended.
"The Flowers of War is a big movie in every sense of the word, from its kinetic battle scenes to the beautiful photography and impressive performances from a mostly young and inexperienced cast."
'Bale is forthright and emotional in the role, and with a hint of boyish vulnerability, even reminds us of his 13-year-old self in Spielberg's Empire of the Sun.' The Guardian
'As you'd expect, it's beautiful, emotional and exciting, if florid in style. Bale, beauties and English dialogue widen Yimou's appeal.' Empire
Asian Film Awards 2012 Winner of the Asian Film Award for Best Newcomer Ni Ni
Asian Film Critics Association Awards 2012 Winner of the NETPAC Award for Best Picture, Best Director and Best New Performer
Chinese American Film Festival (C.A.F.F.) 2012 Winner of the Golden Angel Award for Outstanding Film
Chinese Film Media Awards 2012 Winner of the Audience Award for Favourite Actor - Dawei Tong and Favorite Actress - Ni Ni
Shanghai Film Critics Awards 2012 Winner of the Film of Merit
Shanghai Film Critics Award winner of Best Actress - Ni Ni
Writers Guild of China Film Association 2012 Winner of the WGC Award for Outstanding Screenplay
Losing My Edge is an award winning 2014 Canadian drama film written and directed by Jonathan Hayes. Jake is an unhappy school teacher whose childhood scars are not merely skin deep.
Jake's life is upended when his shifty, rogue of a father, LEIF - an absentee parent and a man who best days as a travel writer are well past him - insists that Jake help him with his next project, a book about Algonquin Park.
‘Director-writer Jonathan Hayes piques our interest with incredible camera angles and the spectacular scenery.’ canada.com
'It all feels very Canadian, in good way' Globe & Mail
WorldFest Houston 2014 Winner of the Special Jury Award for Best Feature Film