14 May 21
Clare Dunne, Harriet Walter, Conleth Hill, Ian Lloyd Anderson
This powerful, hard-hitting drama has been winning plaudits and prizes galore since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last year, and rightly so. Its star, Clare Dunne, co-wrote the screenplay in between acting jobs, and draws on the housing crisis that's plagued her native Ireland and the UK. She plays hard-working mother of two Sandra, who after finding herself unfairly thwarted by the system, takes matters into her own hands and begins to build her family a home herself – from scratch. The subject is tenderly handled by British director Phyllida Lloyd (The Iron Lady, Mama Mia!) with the help of an impressive supporting cast. This is a thoughtful, important film that doesn't shy away from the tough realities Sandra and her children face, yet offers a universal message of hope and redemption.
Could this be Ken Loach's swansong? Our most grounded storyteller, voice of reason and all-round man of the people claims his ageing faculties prevent him from making any more films. Judging by this timely and moving story, we beg to differ. There’s plenty, it seems, left in the tank.
To celebrate the release of The Old Oak, we've teamed up with Studiocanal to bring you a collection of photographs that give us a glimpse into the story of the film.
If you want to know European cinema - really know European cinema - you have to know Cristian Mungiu.
It has become increasingly rare for big, original ideas to be married with big, blockbuster budgets. The Creator is one of the few exceptions to the rule.
To celebrate A Little Life coming to Screen Arts this September, we sat down with theatre director Ivo van Hove to learn the story behind his adaptation of Hanya Yanagihara's best-selling book.