I’m experimenting with a new type of post, this one all about British films. I toyed with the idea of making it a part of my birthday list, as in “Watch more British films”, but it’s not specific enough. I’ve therefore just decided that I am going to watch more British films, and pay more attention to the British film industry. Hopefully this will become a regular post, as I keep you updated on different films that I have watched.
We’ve all seen a Carry On film or two, and Four Weddings and a Funeral, and maybe a Harry Potter film. I’ve grown up with my mum watching lots and lots of different British films, but I’ve watched very few all the way through. Of the BFI Top 100 British Films list, I’ve seen only 11. That’s pretty shameful!
I think it’s really important to support our film industry, and you only have to look at the calibre of some of the films that have been produced to understand why it’s so important. Unfortunately, in June of this year, the government announced plans to abolish the UK Film Council, an agency set up in 2000 to help fund British films. Better news is that Warner Bros, the studio behind the Harry Potter franchise, has bought the Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, where the series was made.
In the past few weeks I’ve been looking around the web trying to find details of new British films that are being released. We know all about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I, this weekend. I’m very excited, and have my ticket booked for Saturday morning. But as well as these big budget blockbusters, there are lots more that pass under the radar a little. Here are some that I am going to try and see:
- The King’s Speech – Tom Hooper directed film starring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter, about George VI’s struggle with his stammer as he took the throne following the abdication of his brother.
- Brighton Rock – A new version of the Graham Greene novel, directed by Rowan Joffe and starring Sam Riley and Helen Mirren.
- Another Year – Mike Leigh’s new film about a married couple’s average year. Starring Jim Broadbent and Lesley Manville.
- A Dangerous Method – Directed by David Cronenberg and starring Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen. It tells the story of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.
As I said, I hope to make this a regular post as I start to watch more British films. I absolutely do not intend for it to be a film review. It’s just me and my thoughts. Just so as you know.