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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...

  • Hue and Cry

    The first of the Ealing Studios “comedies.” After discovering that his favorite comic is being used as a means of communication between a master criminal and his gang of thieves, teenager Joe Kirby (Harry Fowler) sets out to alert the writer (Alastair Sim) and turn the page on the crooks.

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  • Laughter in Paradise

    Practical joker Henry Russell (Hugh Griffith) leaves 50,000 pounds to his four surviving relatives, including his cousin, retired army officer Deniston Russell (Alastair Sim). There’s just one stipulation – each of them has to undertake a task completely out of character for one month.

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  • Whisky Galore!

    Inspired by a true story. It is 1943 and the tiny Hebridean island of Todday is plunged into the depths of despair. Spirits are low – for Todday is without whisky. Then during a storm, a freighter runs aground which happens to hold a cargo of 50,000 cases of whisky bound for America. Soon a battl...

  • The Belles of St. Trinian's

    The schoolgirls of St. Trinian’s are more interested in men and mischief than homework and hockey, but even greater trouble beckons with the arrival of two new students. Features Alastair Sim playing dual roles as the headmistress, Miss Millicent Fritton, and her twin brother, Clarence.

    THE BELL...

  • School for Scoundrels

    Henry Palfrey (Ian Carmichael) tries hard to impress but always loses out to the rotter Delauney (Terry-Thomas). Then he discovers the Lifeman college run by “Professor” Potter (Alastair Sim) and learns the secrets of success. But does he have the courage to put all his lessons into effect?

    DIRE...

  • 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...

  • The Colditz Story

    The Nazis believed that no man could break out of Colditz Castle. A medieval fortress located in the heart of Saxony and situated 400 miles from any neutral frontier, it was the prison where the most rebellious Allied POWs were sent. Despite the threat of execution, British officer Pat Reid (John...

  • Ice Cold in Alex

    The year is 1942. Along the barren North African coast where war has turned towns into smoking ruins, Captain Anson (John Mills), a commanding officer in the Royal Army Service Corps, is tired and thirsty. Separated from his unit while evacuating to Alexandria in a military ambulance, he takes on...

  • Dunkirk

    One of the most authentic cinematic representations of World War II, DUNKIRK recounts the dramatic events of Operation Dynamo, the Royal Navy’s evacuation of over 350,000 Allied troops from Nazi-occupied France in 1940. Told from dual perspectives, the epic film follows stranded British Army Corp...

  • Went the Day Well?

    Based on a story by Graham Greene. Bramley End, snug and safe, seemed far away from the perils of World War II. Little did the villagers suspect the grim events that would arrive at their doorsteps. Surprised by the lorry loads of Royal Engineers that rolled onto their village green, they had no ...

  • 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...