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.
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Director: Sharon Maguire.
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey. UK/Ireland/France/USA 2016. TBC mins.
Twelve years since The Edge Of Reason reprised the incredible success of Bridget Jones’s Diary, Renée Zellweger makes her third appearance as the delightfully ditzy singleton.
After recently splitting up with Mark Darcy (Firth), her enduring admirer from the first two romantic comedies, Ms Jones now maintains that she’s both happy and finally in control of her life – until, that is, a handsome American, Jack Qwant (Dempsey, long-term star of TV’s Grey’s Anatomy), sweeps her off her feet. And then, rather inconveniently, she finds herself pregnant and unsure whether Mark or Jack is the father.
It’s an uneasy dilemma for the somewhat reluctantly grown-up Bridget, who must also decide who she would want the father to be. Zellweger’s wonderfully nuanced performance will delight cinema audiences.