Gritty and violent drama following one day in the life of a gang member in inner city Birmingham. Flash (Dylan Duffus) receives a call from gang leader Angel (Yohance Watson), who's just been released from prison, telling him he's coming for the half a million he left with him for safekeeping. Panicking because he doesn't have the full amount, Flash soon realises he has to cut a deal with rival member Evil (Tobias Duncan). As the clock ticks down, Flash needs all his wits to stay ahead of Angel, the police, a rival gang, and the three neglected women in his life.
Caroline Barry, Christopher Lambert, Kelly LeBrock
Caroline Barry stars as feminist reporter Nellie Bly in this American drama about her time in a madhouse. Set in 1887, the film follows the 23-year-old journalist as she goes undercover in a women's mental asylum on Blackwell Island. Working for Joseph Pulitzer's 'New York World', Nellie feigned insanity to spend ten days in the madhouse for an exposé on the facility's reported brutal and negligent actions towards its patients. Her published revelations would revolutionise care for mentally ill women and the diagnosis of mental illness in America.
Director Jim O'Hanlon makes his feature debut with this drama starring Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton. The story follows the lives of seemingly unconnected people who all live within the same square mile of London soil. We meet former rugby superstar Max (Elba) whose wife Emily (Arterton) has left him after he had an affair with their childrens' nanny, small-time drug dealer Kingsley (Franz Drameh) who yearns for a better life, and taxi driver George (Charlie Creed-Miles) who wants nothing more than to give his wife a baby. As their stories deepen and the plots thicken, links begin to appear in the lives of these very different people.
Coming of age drama exploring the complexities of children losing their innocence and adults struggling to guide them. In the suburbs of America, three close knit 12-year-olds - introverted Jacob (Conor Donovan), precocious Malee (Zoe Weizenbaum) and vulnerable Leonard (Jesse Camacho) - start down the path of self-discovery and begin to distinguish their own voices from those of their parents. Sparked by the tragic death of Jacob's twin brother, the trio band together as they grapple with feelings of revenge, the burden of grief and the indelible experiences of growing up.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Paul Giamatti
Award-winning historical slave-narrative drama directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film follows the experience of Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), an African-American living with a wife and two children in Saratoga, New York, who is kidnapped and sold into slavery by men claiming to offer him work as a circus musician. Transported by ship to New Orleans, it isn't long before he is given a new name and sold to William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), a relatively empathetic slave owner. But confrontations with the cruel and violent overseer John Tibeats (Paul Dano) leads to Solomon being passed on by Ford to the extremely abusive and alcoholic planter Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), who rules his slaves with a whip in one hand and a Bible in the other. Believing the only hope of regaining his freedom is to remain passive for the time being, Solomon ceases fighting against the illegitimacy of his situation until salvation is offered to him by a kindly labourer named Bass (Brad Pitt). The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won three including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o). It also won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama and BAFTAs for Best Leading Actor (Ejiofor) and Best Film.
British comedy drama following the trials and tribulations of setting up a band. Along with his drummer friend Neil (Matthew Baynton), wannabe rock star Stevie (Ian Bonar) works in a call centre and dreams of making it big in the indie music scene. The future looks a whole lot brighter when Stevie and Neil team up with experienced guitarist Billy (Kieran Bew) and scatty art student bass player Emily (Lyndsey Marshal). But will band politics get in the way of Stevie's big dreams?
High stakes drama starring Sam Riley, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke and Ray Winstone. The family of Vince Ferro (Riley) are in grave need of money to pay medical bills. When Vince hears of the death of a man who was due to start a well paid job, he steals a letter addressed to the man and heads to New York to try and assume his identity. The ploy works and Vince is taken to the place of his employment but the 'job' is unusual to say the least. Vince finds himself forced to participate in a game of Russian roulette where the winner takes home a fortune and the losers go home in a body bag. Wealthy men, such as Jasper (Statham) - who has entered his less fortunate brother, Ronald (Winstone), into the event - bet on the outcome. Can Vince find a way to survive the horrifying game?
Matthew McConaughey, David Connelly, Joseph Siravo
Ensemble drama from director Jill Sprecher. The lives of several different New Yorkers, from an academic having a mid-life crisis to a young woman waiting for a miracle, intersect and intertwine, as each one discovers the different ways in which their lives can affect others. Starring Matthew McConaughey, John Turturro, and Alan Arkin.
In a holocaustic future world, perpetually at war, where failure to conform is the ultimate crime, Winston Smith (John Hurt) rewrites history books and finds himself dreaming of escape from the all-seeing eyes of the Authorities. He embarks on a passionate (and illegal) affair with a young woman (Suzanna Hamilton) but they are soon caught and Smith undergoes a nightmarish brainwashing at the hands of the chief inquisitor O'Brien (Richard Burton).
Mike Mills writes and directs this 1970s-set American drama starring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning and Billy Crudup. The story follows the life of Dorothea Fields (Bening), a single mother in her 50s, as she tries to raise her adolescent son to the best of her ability while still living her own life. Struggling with the cultural changes going on around her, Dorothea asks two women for help - her teenage neighbour Julie (Fanning) and her hippy artist friend Abbie (Gerwig). The film was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical and Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical (Bening), and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Award-winning film by the director of 'Amores Perros', Alejandro González Iñárritu. Shot mainly with a hand-held camera, and following a non-linear plot line, the film captures the immediacy and confusion of the moments before, during and after a horrific accident that causes the lives of three disparate people to become interwined. Sean Penn plays Paul Rivers, a mathematics teacher facing up to his pending death from a heart problem, while his distant wife Mary (Charlotte Gainsbourg) hopes to become pregnant from artificial insemination. Naomi Watts is Cristina, mother of two little girls who has overcome a drug-dependent past to achieve a stable, happy marriage and family life. Benicio del Toro plays Jack Jordan, an ex-criminal who has now found Jesus and is struggling to provide for his wife and their two children in a poor area of the town. When tragedy strikes, all three characters must re-evaluate their lives in the face of death. The title refers to the 21 grams a person loses at the moment of death, thought to be the weight of the human soul.
When her alcoholic misdemeanors land her in court on a drunk-driving charge, Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock) is sentenced to 28 days in rehab. Arriving at the clinic, Gwen at first resists the discipline and emotional honesty required by her treatment, but she soon forms bonds with the other inmates and builds up the courage to tackle her problem. Also starring Steve Buscemi, Viggo Mortensen and Elizabeth Perkins.
Wes Bentley, Vincent Piazza and Amber Tamblyn star in this American drama. Six years after going their separate ways three former friends and bandmates reunite in the desert to celebrate their 30th birthdays together. While singer Anna (Tamblyn) has forged a successful solo career, Barry (Piazza) has become a lawyer and gotten married while Travis (Bentley) has failed to move on and is still eager to chase his lost dream of success. During their three day reunion old emotions and resentments come to the surface as the trio reminisce over how they almost made it together as a band but were instead driven apart.
Drama loosely based on Arthur Schnitzler's 1897 play 'La Ronde' and starring Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Ben Foster. Set in various cities around the world, the film follows a number of people who are all linked by their sexual encounters, unbeknown to them. Among them are businessman Michael Daly (Law) who considers hiring a prostitute; his wife, Rose (Weisz), who decides it's time to end the affair she has been having; an elderly man (Hopkins) recovering from a drinking problem who goes in search of his estranged daughter; and sex offender Tyler McGregor (Foster) who struggles to resist temptation when he is released on parole.
British gangster drama penned by the writers of 'Sexy Beast', featuring an ensemble cast that includes Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joanne Whalley and Tom Wilkinson. Ray Winstone stars as Colin Diamond, a London gangster who enlists the help of his friends to kidnap his wife's young French lover (Melvil Poupaud) in the hope of restoring his damaged ego.
Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay star as an aged couple in this British drama written and directed by Andrew Haigh. In the run-up to their 45th wedding anniversary, Kate (Rampling) and Geoff Mercer (Courtenay) are rocked by the news that the body of Geoff's former fiancée has been discovered in the Swiss Alps, 50 years after she disappeared on a walking holiday with Geoff. Although Kate knew of Geoff's first love he kept their engagement a secret. As Geoff reminisces about his past and debates whether to fly to Switzerland to formally identify the body, his wife is left to re-evaluate their long relationship. As Kate finalises preparations for their anniversary party, she begins to delve deeper into her husband's past and makes new discoveries that threaten to spell the end for their 45-years of marriage. Rampling was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Coming-of-age drama set in 1970s rural New Zealand. Farmer's son Billy (Andrew Patterson) feels out of place at school. While the other boys want to fight or play rugby, Billy's passion in life is watching science fiction movies and re-enacting them with his tomboy cousin Lou (Harriet Beattie), or withdrawing into an imaginary world in which he is Lana, the heroine of his favourite TV soap. Billy's world is changed forever with two important new arrivals into his world: gawky new classmate Roy (Jay Collins) and handsome young farmhand Jamie (Michael Dorman).
Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del Herbert-Jane, Mario Späte
Australian coming-of-age drama shot over 52 consecutive Tuesdays. 16-year-old Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) shares a close relationship with her mother (Del Herbert-Jane) but is shocked to return home from school one day and discover her dressed as a man. The change, however, soon turns into a permanent one when her mother announces her intention to become a man and her wish to be known as James. Billie is sent to live with her father Tom (Beau Travis Williams) but visits James every Tuesday afternoon during the year-long adjustment period, which they both individually document with video diaries. While her mother deals with the intense changes of her gender transition, Billie engages in a new relationship with classmates Josh (Sam Althuizen) and Jasmine (Imogen Archer) while filming them for an art project.
A fictionalised account of the rise and fall of the infamous 1970s New York nightclub, Studio 54. Controversial owner Steve Rubell (Mike Myers) recognises star potential in young Shane O'Shea (Ryan Philippe) and gives him a job behind the bar. Shane's good looks and charm ensure the dancefloor remains full, but Rubell's empire is threatened by the decadence and corruption that runs through it.
This gritty, urban drama, starring controversial white rapper Eminem in his film debut, sparked a media debate on release and broke box-office records. Jimmy Smith (Eminem), aka Rabbit to his friends, has grown up on the wrong side of 8 Mile Road in the industrial city of Detroit. After being dumped by his girlfriend, Rabbit has to move back with his mother (Kim Basinger) and her new boyfriend but gets on with neither of them. His only solace is rapping with the group of DJs and MCs who go under the name of Three One Third. But he is a white boy in a predominantly African-American music culture and there are many who do not like it. Convinced that this is his only hope of getting out of the dead-end life he could end up living, Rabbit perseveres with rapping and is backed up by a new girlfriend (Brittany Murphy) and his friends.