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(1961) Basil Dearden's classic film stars Dirk Bogarde as a gay barrister who is being blackmailed.A successful barrister falls victim to blackmailers who are threatening to expose his homosexuality in this vintage drama starring Dirk Bogarde
Victim When it was first released in 1961, Victim was banned in the United States. Watching the film in the 21st century, it's hard to imagine what our American cousins could find offensive about a movie directed by The League Of Gentlemen's Basil Dearden and starring Ealing veteran Dennis Price and that nice Dirk Bogarde from the Doctor movies. But the problem for the US censor focused not on the cast or crew. Even the subject matter wasn't strictly taboo. No, the bone of contention was a word which, to that point in time, had never been uttered on a movie screen. What was this abomination to the English language, this affront to the world's decent, clean-living people? The word was "homosexual".
The Battle of the River Plate
(1956) Quality war film directed, written and produced by acclaimed duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.Quality war film directed, written and produced by acclaimed duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Full of gung-ho action, but also sophisticated and even troubling
The Battle Of The River Plate Battle Of The River Plate, made only 17 years after the event, depicts one of the defining moments of the early, comparatively quiet stages of World War II. A German pocket battleship, the Graf Spee, was causing havoc amongst the British merchant navy shipping until hunted down by three inferior quality British ships. Seriously damaged in the action, the Graf Spee limped into the neutral Uruguayan harbour Montevideo, to the great excitement of the world's press. The ship's captain was faced with the choice of having the ship impounded under the rules of the Geneva convention or setting out to sea again to face what he thought (thanks to some wily propaganda) was now an ever increasing fleet of ships from the Royal Navy. He chose neither, deciding instead to sink his own battleship as soon as he left port.
(1976) Alan Parker's musical is set in the world of 30s gangsters - but with all the roles played by children.Jodie Foster and Scott Baio get pie-eyed in Alan Parker's 1976 underage gangster musical
Bugsy Malone Drive-by shootings, gang warfare, gun crime and lethal saturated fats - Alan Parker's kiddie gangster pastiche might have been tailor-made to exorcise the twenty-first century 'Daily Mail', yet when it was released in 1976 critics decided it was too cute for school. They knew nothing. Parker's feature debut, described by the director as the work of a madman, is an audacious parody of Prohibition-era pulp fiction that throws gravel in the face of bonnet-wearing 1970s British children's dramas like The Railway Children by refusing to accept it's a kids' film at all.
Those glory glory days
(1983) Low-key but likeable 1980s football comedy-drama that manages to transcend its subject matter.1980s footballing comedy-drama. In 1961 a group of teenage girls are passionately devoted to Tottenham Hotspur. Twenty years later one of them meets the team's wonder boy Danny Blanchflower, and recalls her youthful obsession
Those Glory Glory Days Made for TV in the early days of Channel 4 (David Puttnam serves as executive producer), this tale of female football fandom comes with an impressive pedigree. Directed by Philip Saville (fresh from 'The Boys From The Blackstuff') and co-scripted by venerable TV writer Jack Rosenthal, it explores the delights and frustrations of teenage obsession, and the shadow that obsession may cast on later life.
(1999) Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts star in Roger Michell's Bafta-winning and hugely popular comedy romance.A pleasing and innocuous romantic comedy that managed to become the most profitable British film ever
Notting Hill Roberts is the best-known film star in the world; Grant a bookshop owner in Notting Hill. He spills orange juice over her and a tempestuous romance starts up, played out in the pages of the press and punctuated by the flashes of paparazzi.
Scripted by Curtis (who was responsible for Four Weddings And A Funeral - a previous most successful British film ever), it's thoroughly competent at maintaining a feel-good atmosphere and gains the bulk of its laughs from self-deprecatory one-liners and the clowning of Grant's shabby flatmate (Ifans).
(2005) Six women go on a caving expedition, but in the dark they realise they are not alone, and their companions aren't necessarily human...Six friends on a caving trip find themselves trapped underground - where they're not alone. Horror from Neil Marshall, writer-director of Dog Soldiers
The Descent Neil Marshall's 2002 debut feature film Dog Soldiers isolated a group of men in the back-country of Scotland where they fought for their lives against werewolves. His follow-up The Descent sticks to the same basic formula but inverts it somewhat -his protagonists are women, the setting is a cave system beneath the Appalachian mountains and the foes aren't werewolves - they're like a less civilised version of the orcs from The Lord Of The Rings.
(1997) A group of recently bereaved siblings rampage through the streets of Glasgow. Hard as granite, with humour that's as black as a Scottish night.A group of recently bereaved siblings rampage through the streets of Glasgow. Hard as granite drama with humour as black as a Scottish night
Held up for two years before Festival successes, notably Venice, assured it of critical if not commercial acclaim, Orphans from director Peter Mullan (My Name is Joe) is an uneasy blend of black humour and darker violence.