Director: Ken Loach.
Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires. UK 2016. TBC mins
A searing indictment of the state of the British welfare system, this film is a passionate plea for social justice, bearing all the hallmarks of its thoughtful, highly political director.
Daniel (Johns) is a friendly 59-year-old joiner who is unable to work due to bad health. However the Department of Work and Pensions overrides the doctor’s report and refuses to award benefits. Daniel must be seen to look for a job although, on doctor’s orders, he cannot accept any work. It’s an absurd predicament that reaches Kafkaesque proportions as the hero becomes buried in red tape and jobsworth employees. As characters try to help each other despite their own troubles, Loach also offers humour and hope.
The film received the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and more awards seem certain for this compelling drama from a seminal director.
This shocking and irresistibly mysterious thriller is based on British author Paula Hawkins’s bestselling novel, relocating the action from London to New York.
Emily Blunt (Sicario) stars as Rachel, who daydreams about an imaginary ‘perfect couple’ living in one of the beautiful homes that she sees every day from the train. But one day, as she looks through the window, she sees something shocking in the house – and later she wakes up covered in blood and with no memory of why. When the news reports that a local woman has gone missing, Rachel becomes obsessed with finding out what has happened to her and, even more troublingly, where she herself was that night.
With a gripping central riddle, The Girl On The Train promises to be one of the year’s most talked-about movies.
Louis Theroux’s first theatrical feature documentary, from the Oscar TM winning producer of SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN and MAN ON WIRE, sees the renowned filmmaker delve into the world of Scientology, one of the worlds most mysterious and powerful religions, in what he regards as ‘the Holy Grail of Stories’.
With a lifetime of experience dealing with eccentric, unpalatable and unexpected human behaviour, the unassuming Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology headquarters is turned down. Inspired by the Church’s alleged techniques, and aided by former Scientology members-turned-whistleblowers, Theroux uses actors to recreate incidents people claim to have experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates. However, in a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that Louis is not the only one making a documentary… Suffused with a good dose of humour and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE is as outlandish as it is revealing.
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Director: David Yates.
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell. UK / USA 2016. TBC mins.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J. K. Rowling.
Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory Of Everything) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter blockbusters.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.