British films you need to watch!

There are some absolutely brilliant British films out there! There’s no doubt about that. The ting that’s annoying is that no-one in Britain is really bothered about them. It seems that everyone would rather have the same regurgitated stories time after time by the facade that is Hollywood. I think that I read somewhere that France watches more British films than we do! We can’t have that.

So anyway, this is in no way a comprehensive list of British films, just a few of my favorites if you’re looking for something really good to watch.

BETTER THINGS

This is a highly complex film sort of fragmented narrative that wanders about and is never really definitive, much like life. It focus’ on some young smackhead, some younger school children and some oldies. There is a certain suffering to all of the characters which is exemplified by the setting.

It is set in the Cotswold’s and the director, Duane Hopkins, a proficient photographer, seems to be able to capture the beauty and harshness of the environment whilst representing the characters feelings without even saying a word. I love this film as it is an overlooked area of British life. People with no hopes in the city centres are often depicted, but those out in the sticks seem to get lost in the vast lonely plains where they live.

If you like this there is also a short by the same director called Field that really blew me away.

FISH TANK

A lot more well-known that the previous film but this is probably, again, because it focus’ on in London depravity rather than that of rural life. I’ll not go into the plot. What I like about this film is how it so harshly realist yet you can feel the camera float alongside and sort of puts a poetic twist to things; revealing more than it probably should. A whole host of emotions are felt throughout this film. Prepare yourself.

Like Duane, I feel I should mention one of the director, Andrea Arnold’s, short films. Wasp is a highly powerful short that you can’t help but provoke you in some way. By far the best thing I’ve seen Danny Dyer in as well!

LOOKING FOR ERIC

This one’s a bit more up-beat. Don’t get me wrong, it is British so it does have some major dark patches. Done by Ken Loach, I like this one because of its brilliant sense of humanity and the spirit of everyone pulling together. It’s not documentary/fly on the wall realism like his earlier stuff and as a result will leave you feeling euphoric in the end. No more needs to be said.

TWENTY-FOUR SEVEN

I couldn’t leave without putting a Shane Meadows film up there, a true Notts man that makes some of the best films you’ll ever see. I could’ve put any up but this is a personal favorite of mine. A real simple and honest story with an ending like life would end it. The brilliant Bob Hoskins sets up a boxing club and then… You’ll have to watch and see. Subtly poetic realism with characters that we all feel like we know.

If anyone’s got any others that they’d like to add, feel free. This is only a start to the Great British Films!!!!

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