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British Cinema

British Cinema

The British Isles have been the home of a significant cinema industry for over a century, producing such famous directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Powell, and Carol Reed, to name a few. Film Movement Plus is proud to offer a selection of British films, from early Hitchcock, through classic Ealing comedies, and on to more recent fare, starring some of the best British actors, including Alastair Sim, Peter Mullan, John Mills, Karen Gillan, Clive Owen, and Brian Cox. Featured directors include Hitchcock, Derek Jarman, Bill Forsyth and Alexander MacKendrick.

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British Cinema
  • Hector

    Life without a home is not always easy, but Hector McAdam (Peter Mullan) is embarking on his annual journey from Scotland to London, where comrades, Christmas cheer and a hot turkey dinner are waiting for him. Since this year's pilgrimage may be his last, he decides to take some alternate routes ...

  • Amorous

    Winner of the Best British Feature prize at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, AMOROUS follows four Londoners who, weary of the pressures and expectations of big city life, decide to move to an isolated country cottage. The group crafts strange new rules and rituals to help them combat th...

  • The Lady Vanishes

    In Alfred Hitchcock’s most quick-witted and devilish comic thriller, the beautiful Margaret Lockwood, traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming spinster (Dame May Whitty), who then seems to disappear into thin air. The younger woman turns investigator and finds herself drawn into a compl...

  • Broken

    Opening Film - Critics' Week - Cannes Film Festival. 11 year-old Skunk lives a carefree life with her loving father (Tim Roth), brother and nanny. Her afternoons are full of day dreams and curious wanderings around her neighborhood. One day, Skunk witnesses her angry neighbor, Mr. Oswald savagely...

  • Sabotage

    Based on Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent and starring Oscar Homolka and Sylvia Sidney, Sabotage is one of Hitchcock's most significant pre-war British films. Karl Verloc (Homolka), manager of a London cinema, is secretly involved with a gang of European saboteurs who are plotting a massive bomb...

  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

    This 1934 vintage suspense thriller was Alfred Hitchcock’s biggest British success and, although it was remade by Hitchcock in 1955, this remains the definitive version. The story concerns a British couple and their daughter traveling in Switzerland where they witness the murder of a Frenchman (P...

  • The 39 Steps

    In Alfred Hitchcock’s brilliant spy thriller, Richard Hannay has a knack for ending up with beautiful women. The first one asks him if she can come up to his apartment. It turns out she is a British secret agent being hunted by international agents working for a villainous man described only as h...

  • Jamaica Inn

    Adapted from the Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca, The Birds) novel of the same name, Jamaica Inn was the last British film that Alfred Hitchcock directed before heading to Hollywood. An often overlooked gem from the master of suspense, its story of cutthroats luring ships to be wrecked and then robbed...

  • Bent

    Set amidst the decadence and terror of pre-war Germany, BENT is a harrowing yet inspirational tale of struggle against oppression, based on the landmark play by Martin Sherman. A chance encounter at a Berlin nightclub exposes Max (Clive Owen) and his partner Rudy (Brian Webber) as homosexuals dur...

  • Not Another Happy Ending

    Jane Lockhart (Doctor Who's Karen Gillan) has pulled off a rare feat with her debut novel â?" critical acclaim and mainstream success. But now, with just the last chapter of the follow-up to write, she encounters crippling writer's block. It's bad news for her, and the worst possible circumstance...

  • Edward II

    In this new restoration of the iconic New Queer Cinema classic, Derek Jarman offers a postmodern take on Christopher Marlowe’s Elizabethan drama. Pleasure-seeking King Edward II sets the stage for a palace revolt by taking as a lover the ambitious Piers Gaveston - who uses his favor in bed to wie...

  • Gregory's Girl

    Gregory (John Gordon Sinclair) is an awkward, hormone-fueled Scottish teenager who has fallen hard for Dorothy (Dee Hepburn), the first female player on his school’s soccer team. A newcomer to the game of love, Gregory has no idea how to pursue the object of his affection, and shockingly, the onl...

  • Borrowed Time

    18 year old Kevin is picked on by everyone in and nearly disowned by his sister due to his kleptomania. After he is hoodwinked into debt by local hoodlum Ninja Nigel, Kevin, in desperation, decides to burgle a local retiree. However the tables are turned when the old man holds an antique gun on K...

  • Hamlet

    Shakespeare’s most iconic work, HAMLET is the ultimate play about loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness. Every production is defined by its lead actor. In this stripped back, fresh and fast-paced staging by Sarah Frankcom for the Royal Exchange Theatre, Maxine Peake (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHIN...

  • Having You

    At last, 30-something Jack is settling down. With his wild days now firmly behind him, he has finally plucked up the courage to propose to Camilla, his girlfriend of nine years, laying to rest his phobia of marriage and commitment. Life is looking good. But Jack's happy-ever-after takes an unexpe...

  • Hockney

    HOCKNEY weaves together a portrait of the multifaceted artist from frank interviews with close friends and never-before-seen footage from his own personal archive. One of the great surviving icons of the 1960s, Hockney’s career may have started with almost instant success but in private he has st...

  • Resistance

    An action-packed alternate history World War II film that's been compared to the hit series THE MAN IN THE HIGH TOWER, RESISTANCE boasts a BAFTA award and a star-studded UK cast including GAME OF THRONES' Iwan Rheon and Tom Wlaschiha, as well as Andrea Riseborough (Oscar winner BIRDMAN) and Micha...

  • Revolution: New Art for a New World

    Drawing on the collections of major Russian institutions, contributions from contemporary artists, curators and performers, as well as personal testimony from the descendants of those involved, REVOLUTION: NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD brings the art of the Russian Avant-Garde to life. This compelling ...

  • Still

    A gritty and atmospheric thriller about the traumatic disintegration of a man and father, STILL is the haunting, deeply moving story about a journey every parent hopes they will never have to make. Tom Carver (Aidan Gillen, Game of Thrones and The Wire) is a man stumbling blindly towards a crossr...

  • The Carer

    Diagnosed with a rare form of Parkinson's Disease, aging theatrical legend Sir Michael Gifford (Brian Cox) is foul-mouthed, irascible and highly reluctant to the concept of allowing a full-time caregiver into his home. Enter Dorottya (Coco König), an aspiring Hungarian actress, whose warm persona...

  • The Ice King

    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 in a time when homosexuality was not even fully legal. Toxic yet charming; rebellious yet elitist; emotionally aloof yet spec...

  • Aria

    Imagine that ten of the world’s most well-known highly regarded filmmakers were given a free hand to make real any vision. ARIA is that history-making epic. Sexy, violent, thought-provoking and funny, the film features Bridget Fonda’s electrifying film debut, a revealing and breathtaking performa...

  • Mr. Topaze

    Albert Topaze (Peter Sellers), a poor but proud French schoolmaster, loses his job after he refuses to alter the failing grades of one of students. Seizing the opportunity to exploit his honesty, actress Suzy Courtois (Nadia Gray) convinces her lover, the corrupt city council member Castel Benac ...

  • Penny Points To Paradise

    After a big gambling win, Harry Flakers (Harry Secombe) and his friend Spike Donnelly (Spike Milligan) decide to go to the same shabby seaside boarding house that they have always patronized for their summer holiday, but this year all the other guests (including two young women out to marry money...