Directors: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn.
Voices: Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Timberlake. USA 2016. 92 mins.
The creators of such family friendly fare as Shrek and Alvin And The Chipmunks have delivered an irreverent animated comedy voiced by top names such as Gwen Stefani, James Corden and Anna Kendrick. The magical world of the eponymous, ever cheerful and indeed constantly singing Trolls is threatened by the gloomy Bergens, who frankly just want to eat them up.
Co-directed by Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell, the Trolls’ hair-raising but comic adventures as they outwit their adversaries are set to a catchy original score by Justin Timberlake, who also voices one of our heroes. Being a DreamWorks production, the visuals are cutting-edge awesome.
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Audio Described: Everyone welcome. Audio Description is available for this film, and is undetectable to anyone not wearing a headset
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.