OUR FILMS

BAIT (UK, 2019)

Available: Now

Language: English

Director: Mark Jenkin

Cast: Edward Rowe, Mary Woodvine, Giles King, Simon Shepherd, Chloe Endean

Modern-day Cornish fisherman Martin (Edward Rowe) is struggling to buy a boat while coping with family rivalry and the influx of London money, Airbnb and stag parties to his harbour village. The summer season brings simmering tensions between the locals and newcomers to boiling point, with tragic consequences. Stunningly shot on a vintage 16mm camera using monochrome Kodak stock, Mark Jenkin’s Bait is a timely and funny, yet poignant new film that gets to the heart of a community facing up to unwelcome change.

"One of the defining British films of the decade" - Mark Kermode, Observer

"A genuine modern masterpiece" - Mark Kermode, Observer

"One of the most extraordinary movie experiences of the year" - The Times

"A quietly thrilling piece of modern filmmaking" - Time Out

"One of the most thrillingly original British films in years" - Little White Lies

"Fresh, vibrant, exciting" - ABC Australia

"An invigorating watch" - Cultured Vultures

"Thrillingly significant" - Radio Times

Best Film Nominee - BAFTA Awards 2020

Best Film Nominee - British Independent Film Awards 2019

Winner, Best Producers - British Independent Film Awards 2019

Winner, Best Film - IndieLisboa 2019

Winner, Grand Prix - New Horizons Film Festival, Poland

Official Selection - Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019

Official Selection - Galway Film Fleadh 2019

Official Selection - Istanbul International Film Festival 2019

Official Selection - Montreal Festival of New Cinema 2019

Official Selection - Stockholm Film Festival 2019

THE LAST TREE (UK, 2019)

Available: Now

Language: English

Director: Shola Amoo

Cast: Nicholas Pinnock, Denise Black, Sam Adewunmi

Growing up with his foster mother among the rolling fields of rural England, Femi’s young life seems as idyllic as the landscape. But when he returns to London to live with his birth mother he begins to struggle with the culture and values of his new environment. As the years pass, he must decide which path to adulthood he wants to take and what it means to be a young black man in London during the early 00s. His search for self and identity will take him on an emotionally charged and utterly unforgettable journey through various stages of his life.

"The British Moonlight" - The Irish Times

"Profoundly moving" - Movie of the week, Mark Kermode, The Guardian

"The work of a natural-born moviemaker" - Financial Times

"Compelling and moving." - The Irish Times

"A hypnotic coming-of-age story" - The Playlist

"Truly remarkable" - Aesthetica Magazine

5 stars - Financial Times

4 stars - Empire, Irish Times, Total Film, The Upcoming, Time Out

Sundance Festival 2019 - Official Selection

British Independent Film Awards - December 2019 - Nominated for 4 awards

Haifa International Film Festival 2019 - Nominee, Best Debut Film

World Soundtrack Awards 2019 - Nominee, Discovery of the Year

MONSOON (UK, 2019)

Available: Coming soon

Language: English

Director: Hong Khaou ('Lilting')

Cast: Henry Golding ('Crazy Rich Asians', 'Last Christmas'), Parker Sawyers

Kit (Henry Golding), a young British Vietnamese man, returns to his birth country for the first time in over 30 years. He was just eight years old when he and his family escaped Saigon as ‘boat refugees’ during the Vietnam-American war. No longer familiar with this country and unable to speak his native language, Kit embarks on a personal journey from Saigon to Hanoi, in search of a place to scatter his parents’ ashes. Along the way he meets his estranged family and falls for Lewis, an American whose father had fought in the war. During his travels, Kit finally starts to connect to the memories of his parents and his own roots.

"Henry Golding is superb - 4*" - The Skinny

"Absolutely charming" - Screen Daily

"An intimate drama of surprising depth" - Hollywood Reporter

“Golding is very, very good.” - The Playlist
"Touching, thoughtful and gorgeously shot" - Screen Daily

"Vietnam has rarely been captured so evocatively on screen" - Screen International

"Golding... has an appealing, natural lightness" - Variety

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2019 - Best Film Nominee

Athens International Film Festival 2019 - Best Film Nominee

Leeds International Film Festival 2019 - Official Selection

BEATS (UK, 2019)

Available Now

Language: English (Eng subs available)

Runtime 101 minutes

Director: Brian Welsh

Executive Producer: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: Cristian Ortega, Lorn Macdonald, Laura Fraser

Best mates Johnno and Spanner share a deep bond. Now on the cusp of adulthood, life is destined to take them in different directions – Johnno’s family are moving him to a new town and a better life, leaving Spanner behind to face a precarious future. In pursuit of adventure and escape the boys head out on one last night together to an illegal rave before parting ways indefinitely.

A universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of gathering youth, set to the soundtrack as eclectic and electrifying as the scene it gave birth to, BEATS is a story for our time.

"It's stark raving brilliant" - The Sunday Times

"A hands-in-the-air joyride" - Time Out

"An ecstatic must-see" - Mixmag

"Infectious" - Hollywood Reporter

"Exuberant" - Variety

"An immersive, intoxicating portrayal of the rave scene at its peak" - Empire

Official Selection - Rotterdam Int'l Film Festival 2019

Official Selection - Glasgow Film Festival 2019

Official Selection - Slamdance Film Festival 2019

Official Selection - Dublin Int'l Film Festival 2019

MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (UK, 1985)

Available: Now

Language: English

Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Roshan Seth, Saeed Jaffrey

Set in the Pakistani community of London, My Beautiful Laundrette follows the fortunes of handsome young Omar who, together with his English friend Johnny, takes over a run-down laundrette given to him by his rich uncle. Together they transform it into a gaudy, neon-lit palace complete with muzak and video screens. Against a background of racial tension and poverty in the rough London suburb, their own relationship, portrayed with tenderness and passion, blossoms to love.

"An iconic movie" - The Guardian

"It's every bit the landmark gay film it deserves to be" - Slant

"Suberbly acted... timely, provocative and unique" - Empire

Nominee, Best Screenplay - Academy Awards 1987

Winner, Best Film - British Film Awards 1986

Winner, Best Screenplay - National Society of Film Critics Awards 1987

Winner, Best Screenplay - New York Film Critics Circle Awards 1986

Winner, Best Screenplay - National Society of Film Critics Awards 1987

Nominee, Best Supporting Actor & Best Screenplay - BAFTA Awards 1986

GOD'S OWN COUNTRY (UK, 2017)

Available: Now

Language: English

Director: Francis Lee

Cast: Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones

Johnny Saxby (Josh O'Connor) works long hours in brutal isolation on his family's remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. When a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. An intense relationship forms between the two which could change Johnny's life forever.

"A stunning love story that in its finest moments is pure poetry." - Empire

"A film to prize" - The Village Voice

"A finely crafted piece of cinema" - IndieWire

"Sharp, intelligent and emotionally generous." - The Guardian
"A love story that is unabashedly raw, sexy and heartfelt" - San Francisco Gate

Sundance 2017 - Winner, World Cinema

Empire Awards 2018 - Winner, Best Film

BAFTA Awards 2018 - Nominee, Outstanding British Film of the Year

Berlin International Film Festival 2017 - Winner, Best Film

British Independent Film Awards 2017 - Winner, 4 awards including Best Film

British Film Awards 2018 - Winner, Best Film

GLAAD Media Awards 2018 - Nominee, Best Film

GIRL (BELGIUM, 2018)

Available Now

Language: Flemish / English Subtitles

Runtime: 109 minutes

Director: Lukas Dhont

Determined 15-year-old Lara is committed to becoming a professional ballerina. With the support of her father, she throws herself into this quest for the absolute at a new school. Lara’s adolescent frustrations and impatience are heightened as she realizes her body does not bend so easily to the strict discipline because she was born a boy.

Golden Globe Nominee 2019

Winner of 4 awards at Cannes Film Festival 2018

Winner at London Film Festival 2018

Winner at European Film Awards 2018

"...a stunning debut" - Variety

"Girl is an extraordinarily moving film" - CineVue

CARMEN & LOLA (SPAIN, 2018)

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Language: Spanish (Castillian) / English subtitles

Director: Arantxa Echevarr­ia

Stars: Zaira Romero, Rosy Rodríguez

Runtime: 103 minutes

Carmen & Lola is a poignant love story set against the vibrant backdrop of the Roma community in Madrid. Like every other woman she has ever met, Carmen is destined to live a life that is repeated generation after generation. But one day she meets Lola, an uncommon gypsy girl who dreams about going to university, draws graffiti and likes girls. Carmen quickly develops a complicity with Lola and discovers a world that, inevitably, leads them to be rejected by their families.

IMDb Rating 7.4

Rotten Tomatoes 89%

Google Rating 94%

"Compassionate and deeply felt" - Variety

"A fresh-feeling, vibrant, unbridled and touching film... inspiring, necessary and beautiful" - Cineuropa

  • Cannes Directors' Fortnight 2018

  • Winner at Valadollid Film Festival 2018

  • Winner at Toulouse Cinespana 2018

  • Winner at Palm Springs International Film festival

HAIL TO THE KING (US)

Available Now

Language: English

Runtime: 60 minutes

Genre: Documentary

The definitive story of Godzilla - the massive movie monster that has been terrorizing the cities of the world for over 60 years. Join superfan and podcast host Kyle Yount as he travels to Tokyo, birthplace of Godzilla, and delves into the legacy of the mega-monster, interviewing cast, crew and fans of the Godzilla series about their passion and experiences with the King of the Monsters. We leave no stone unturned, visiting shooting locations and assessing the impact of the King of Monsters in his natural habitat. A loving tribute to the star of kaiju films.

MAY I BE HAPPY (US, 2018)

Available Now

Language: English

Runtime: 79 minutes

Genre: Documentary

This captivating film reveals the significance of mindfulness practice in transforming the lives of young people. Focusing on the very real challenges American children face, whether in elite private schools, public schools, on the streets, or in juvenile detention centres, it brings awareness to the benefits of mindfulness techniques as a way out of violence and suffering, and as an attainable solution for future generations. Covering varying approaches to mindfulness by a range of San Francisco Bay Area programs, May I Be Happy reminds us of children's natural capacity for wellbeing, resilience and happiness.

  • ​Human Rights Film Festival 2018 - Spain

  • Global Peace Film Festival 2018 - USA

  • Transitions Film Festival 2018 - Australia

  • Spirituality and Consciousness Series 2018 - Brazil

  • Illuminate Film Festival 2018 - USA

  • Manifesto Film Festival 2018 - Netherlands

  • Another Way Film Festival 2018 - Spain

THE ICE KING (UK, 2018)

Available Now

Language: English
Runtime: 89 minutes
Genre: Documentary

John Curry transformed ice skating from a dated sport into an exalted art form. Coming out on the night of his Olympic win in 1976, he became the first openly gay Olympian. Toxic yet charming; rebellious yet elitist; emotionally aloof yet spectacularly needy; ferociously ambitious yet bent on self-destruction, this is a man forever on the run: from his father's ghost, his country, and even his own self. Above all, an artist and an athlete whose body time and time again –sometimes against his will – becomes a political battlefield.

"As emotional as it is exciting and graceful, the ice king will dance into audience's hearts" - BBC London

"A moving tribute to John Curry - a sublimely talented man who straddled sport and art in an extraordinary way" - The Times

"It is a soaring spectacle... you know you are watching something special." - The Hollywood News

"The brilliance of the British figure skater is celebrated in a documentary that doesn’t shy away from his demons" ★★★★ - The Observer 

"Compelling" ★★★★ - Time Out

"Well crafted" ★★★★ - The Financial Times

"Excellent" ★★★★ - The Irish Times

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Empire

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Time Out

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Radio Times

 

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