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The Florida Project - hotly anticipated by the Film team

June 2017 | On a screen near you...

Searching for something to watch? Every month, members of the Film Team give a few pointers to the media that they’re particularly excited about – whether films, TV or games.

Christine Bardsley, our documentary specialist:
Among the wealth of docs receiving their UK premieres at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 I was especially excited to see City of Ghosts, a real-life international thriller that follows the journey of a handful of anonymous Syrian activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. Made by Matthew Heineman (whose previous award-winner was the gripping Cartel Land), this deservedly scooped Doc/Fest’s top prize – the courage and sacrifice demonstrated by these citizen journalists is truly inspiring. The film gets in UK theatrical release in July, don’t miss it; whet your appetite with the trailer here: 

As a lover of Sean Baker's brilliant Tangerine (and who wasn't?!) I can't wait to see his new film The Florida Project, his latest tour de force of ramshackle realism which wowed them in the aisles at Cannes where it screened in the Director's Fortnight section. Once again he has used a largely nonprofessional cast and has filmed it on 35mm, something of a rarity in today's digital age. It's bound to be a fixture on the festival circuit this year and will hopefully come to these shores soon.

Briony Hanson, Director of the Fim team:
Don’t miss the chance to see Lady Macbeth, still on UK screens, just beginning its international release and still one of the best British Films of the last year. Set in rural England in1865, this is period drama with a real difference, a brilliant debut from William Oldroyd (championed in our BAFTA Brits To Watch series ) and starring Florence Pugh (former Screen Star of Tomorrow ) about a woman trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man who begins a passionate affair.

Then for something completely different and available internationally on Amazon is the simply glorious I LOVE DICK – the new series from Jill Transparent Soloway adapted from Chris Kraus’ novel about an experimental filmmaker who follows her academic husband from New York City to small town, Texas, but is quite unprepared for what she finds there. It’s twisted, witty, rude and quite thrilling – much of it directed by the UK’s Andrea Arnold - and with a massive gender focus in the foreground. I LOVE IT.

Alice Cabanas, who has joined us recently to look after ouor Shorts & Global exhibition programme:
I’m looking forward to watching Whitney this month after the UK premiere happened last week at Sheffield Doc Fest.  She was such a sound of my youth, and I find her story so tragic – I’m intrigued to see how UK director Nick Broomfield crafts all of the archive footage, music and interviews together to tell this story.

I look after Shorts for the Film team and I am really looking forward to seeing Rory Stewart’s Wild Horses. The film has just screened in Cannes in the Cinéfondation category which is dedicated to emerging talent and is about Joan, a teenage girl who has been housebound with M.E. for most of her teenage years, but is now in slow recovery with an urge for independence that’s causing friction with her mother.  We recently supported Rory to attend Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival with his previous short In the Grass – it’s great to see filmmakers on our shorts support scheme go onto further festival success in such a short timespan

Wendy Mitchell who oversees our Film Festival selector screening programme:
I can’t wait to see Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk, which will hit cinemas across the globe in July. Even though he lives in LA, we still firmly count Mr Nolan as great British Talent. And there are some really exceptional rising British actors in the cast of Dunkirk, including Jack Lowden, Fionn Whitehead, and, ahem, One Direction’s Harry Styles in his acting debut.

I was a big fan of Ruben Ostlund’s Cannes Palme d’Or winning comedy/satire The Square. It plays in August at Somerset House Summer Screenings in London  and will be at lots of film festivals around the globe. Here’s a great scene by way of a taster:

More from the rest of the team next month