Tag Archives: Social realism

Apostasy

At what point does the care and attention of a close-knit community become too close, evolving into a punishing system of abuse and control? What separates legitimate beliefs from the parasitic, overbearing decrees of an extremist cult? If you’re looking for ambiguous and equivocating answers

Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner

Based on Alan Sillitoe’s 1959 first person short story of the same name, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner was an obvious choice for Woodfall Films following the success they had had with a previous adaptation of a Sillitoe novel; Saturday Night and Sunday

Bad Day For The Cut

When the mother he both lived with and doted on is violently bludgeoned to death in an apparent home invasion,  middle-aged and seemingly mild-mannered farmer Donal (Nigel O’Neill) takes his shotgun and newly restored campervan and sets out from their remote farmstead looking for answers

The Unknown Girl

The Unknown Girl is the latest film from the Belgian Dardenne brothers, those purveyors of social realism who achieved critical and commercial acclaim most recently for their 2014 film Two Days, One Night, which starred Marion Cotillard as Sandra, a young woman who, following an

The Small World of Sammy Lee

Do you remember Ken Hughes? No? Let me jog your memory. Ken Hughes is the director behind such British films as The Trials of Oscar Wilde, Cromwell, and easily his most famous work, the children’s film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. With the odd exceptions like

Just Jim

Many actors take the leap from in front of the camera to behind it, while more common for established names who want to try something new or complete a passion project they’ve been sat on for years – there has been a swelling of young

For Those in Peril

Not to be confused with the Ealing film of the same name, Paul Wright’s 2013’s Feature debut For those in Peril is more of an amalgamation of Baltasar Kormakur’s The Deep and Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt than a call back to Ealing. George Mackay stars