- “What you end up remembering isn't always the same as what you have witnessed.”
Tony Webster is retired. Looking back over his quiet life — a career, a marriage, a daughter, an amicable divorce — he's certain that at the very least he never tried to hurt anyone. Memories, though, can be misleading as an unexpected letter is about to prove…
Starring Jim Broadbent (THE IRON LADY, PADDINGTON), SENSE OF AN ENDING is the second film from BAFTA nominated director Ritesh Batra following his acclaimed debut feature THE LUNCHBOX. The screenplay is based on the Booker Prize winning novel by Julian Barnes and written by award-winning playwright Nick Payne (CONSTELLATIONS).
- WOMAN IN GOLD is the remarkable story of a woman who overcame great odds with the help of an improbably young lawyer, and righted a wrong that had stood for decades.
Sixty years after she fled Vienna during WWII, an elderly Jewish woman Maria Altmann begins a journey to reclaim family possessions seized by the Nazis. Among them, Klimt’s famous painting the ‘Lady in Gold’, a portrait of her beloved Aunt Adele, which has become an Austrian national treasure akin to the Mona Lisa.
Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy, she embarks upon a battle which will span more than 8 years, taking them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the US Supreme Court.
Directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn), and written by award winning playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell, WOMAN IN GOLD stars Academy Award® winner Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen) as Maria Altmann, and Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal, Safe House) as her lawyer Randy. The film also features appearances from Daniel Brühl (Rush, The Bourne Ultimatum), Max Irons (The White Queen, The Host), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, The Jewel in the Crown), and Katie Holmes (Batman Begins, Dawson's Creek), and is a co-production with The Weinstein Company.
"Woman In Gold is very fine indeed, a triumph of storytelling and a compelling real-life tale likely to have smart, grownup audiences cheering" Pete Hammond, Deadline
"An extraordinary true story turned into an exemplary motion picture" Rex Reed, New York Observer
- X+Y follows Nathan, an awkward, idiosyncratic teenager, grappling with the sudden death of the one person who understood him; his father. As he struggles to connect with those around him, he is introduced to an anarchic and unconventional maths teacher who takes Nathan under his wing.
Soon Nathan finds himself selected for the UK Mathematics Squad and, against the odds, representing his country in Taipei. Over there, the academically gifted aren't bullied but celebrated, envied and even invited to parties. Nathan's rational brain can cope with the most complex of maths problems just fine, the real test comes when he meets his female exchange partner, Zhang Mei, and has to cope with falling in love; the most irrational thing of all.
Written by James Graham and directed by BAFTA Award winner Morgan Matthews. Starring Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine, An Education), Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Hugo), Rafe Spall (Life of Pi, Prometheus), Jo Yang and Eddie Marsan (War Horse, Sherlock Holmes).
**** “an emotional knockout” Daily Telegraph
**** “a gripping film…honest, affecting drama" The Times
**** "well-observed and ultimately uplifting” The Independent
**** "Wonderful and heart-rendering” Daily Mail
**** “Poignant, funny and full of touching performances” Evening Standard
"Compelling and emotional, an outstanding cast. Blow the trumpet. It's deserved” The Huffington Post
- WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY is a hilarious journey through an unforgettable family holiday as a couple attempt to keep their impending divorce secret from their extended family.
Doug and Abi and their three children travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug’s father Gordie’s birthday party where it’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping their secret under wraps their children are their biggest liability.
From 9 year old Lottie’s notebook to keep track of the lies so she remembers which ones to tell, to 4 year old Jess’s perverse attachment to a brick named Norman signaling her maladjustment a mile off, the parents are kept on tenterhooks and a week has never seemed such a long time.
But it’s middle child Mickey and his granddad’s shared passion for Vikings which gives rise to the most far-reaching and unexpected consequences when a day at the beach turns to tragedy and the children take matters into their own hands.
Written and Directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin (creators of the BBC hit series OUTNUMBERED). Starring Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Ben Miller, Amelia Bullmore and Billy Connolly.
"Very impressive and likable stuff" Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
- MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM celebrates Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his election as President of South Africa. It explores the Mandela unknown to most of the world – the lover of fancy cars, a ladies’ man, the boxing enthusiast and playboy, the skilful lawyer and freedom fighter. The film is an intimate portrait of the making of a modern icon.
Director, Justin Chadwick (The First Grader, The Other Boleyn Girl) helms a screenplay penned by Academy Award® nominated screenwriter William Nicholson whose other acclaimed screenwriting work includes Shadowlands, Gladiator and, Les Miserables.
Multiple award-winning actor, Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther, Prometheus, Pacific Rim and Thor), plays the role of Nelson Mandela, with Naomie Harris (The First Grader, Skyfall) as Winnie Madikizela Mandela. The stellar South African cast is headlined by Tony Kgoroge (Invictus), Riaad Moosa (Material), Fana Mokoena (World War Z, Machine Gun Preacher), Jamie Bartlett (Beyond Borders), Deon Lotz (Skoonheid, Sleeper’s Wake), Simo Mogwaza (District 9), Terry Pheto (Tsotsi), Thapelo Mokoena (Nothing For Mahala), and Praise Singer and Poet of the Nation, Zolani Mkiva, who rose to fame as the praise-singer at the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President in 1994.
"A performance for the ages" Anton Bitel, Film4
- THE AWAKENING, the first feature from celebrated TV director Nick Murphy (Occupation), stars Rebecca Hall (The Town, Vicky Christina Barcelona), Dominic West (The Wire) and Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake). The screenplay was written by Stephen Volk and Nick Murphy.
The Awakening is set in 1921, a post-war world of loss where the bereaved seek solace in spiritualism. Haunted by the death of her fiancé, Florence Cathcart is on a mission to expose all séances as exploitative shams. However, when she is called to an English boarding school to investigate a case of the uncanny, she is gradually forced to confront her scepticism in the most terrifying way, shaking her scientific convictions and her sense of self to the very core.
"Rarely does a horror film make the back of your neck tingle with the calibre of its performances as well as its jumps and jolts - but The Awakening, a beautifully mounted ghost story in the style of The Turn of the Screw, provides chills of both kinds." Robbie Collins, Daily Telegraph
- Inspired by a true story, THE FIRST GRADER was written by Emmy-winner Ann Peacock (The Chronicles of Narnia, Nights in Rodanthe, Kit Kittridge). The film stars Naomie Harris (Ninja Assassin, Pirates of the Caribbean, 28 Days Later), together with newcomer Oliver Litondo.
The film tells the true story of Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an old Mau Mau rebel in his eighties, who knocks on the door of a bush primary school, seeking the free education promised by the Kenyan government to everyone. Maruge fought for Kenya’s liberation and now feels he has earned the chance of the education he was denied for so long – even if it means sitting in a first grade classroom with six-year-olds. The teacher Jane Obinchu (Naomie Harris) supports Maruge’s struggle, and together they face the opposition from parents and officials who think it’s a waste educating this old man.
Full of vitality and humour, the film explores the remarkable relationships Maruge builds with his classmates some eighty years his junior. Through his fight to get educated, Maruge and his teacher embark on an inspiring journey for a better future for himself and his country.