Made on the cusp of the sound era (and a ‘talkie’ prologue exists as an extra on the BFI’s recent DVD), the film has a vibrant, jazz-age energy to it that takes its cue from the dance scenes on the floor of Valentine Wilmot’s (Jameson Thomas) Piccadilly Club – where Charles Laughton has an amusing cameo as a disgruntled diner. Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon! Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts. The film is full of scenes and performances to treasure, though perhaps the best remembered is the arrival at the isolated well of Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif) and the long shot of his ride across the shimmering sand. List of the latest British movies in 2021 and the best British movies of 2020 & the 2010's. Image: 20th Century Studios/Universal Pictures By … If Fellini saw life as a circus, then Davies sees life as a cinema. Nice to see it make the list, albeit in the penultimate spot. A heady, almost surreal climax in Canterbury, where the three pals part ways and find comfort in friends, music and memory, is tremendously moving, not least because we also discover the reason why they were all there in the first place. GA, Director Mike Leigh Cast Roger Sloman, Alison SteadmanJudging by its surprise inclusion in this poll, this second episode in Mike Leigh’s ‘Play for Today’ TV series has remained one of the director’s most fondly remembered early features. The film may bear little relation to Gerald Kersh’s far nastier (and more grimly believable) source novel, but Jules Dassin’s stark, unforgiving direction, Max Greene’s oppressive monochrome cinematography and Richard Widmark’s twitchy central performance give the movie a paranoid power all of its own. It’s trite but true to say that Billy Casper stands for the crushed child in all of us, with his beloved kestrel as the soaring soul that school, work, family and society conspire to kill quietly in the woodshed. RECOMMENDED: The 100 best British films of all time. ‘“Barry Lyndon” is a story which does not depend upon surprise,’ Kubrick told Michel Ciment in one of his rare interviews, nailing the film’s re-found appeal. It also confirmed him as a director whose predominant interest is in contrasting the invigorating highs and vicious lows of English working-class life. So it’s upon Cavalcanti’s closing tale that the film’s reputation rests: the story of a disturbed ventriloquist – or a possessed dummy – has been done so often that one might expect the thrill to have gone. We experience the stuff of life – the brutality of a patriarch (Pete Postlethwaite), a daughter’s wedding, sing-songs at the pub – but the flow of the film is more emotional than chronological, and Davies prefers resonant images and moments to straightforward storytelling. And discipline is an alien word to him. And is London really the promised land, or just a place to ‘lose yourself’? Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) Film. Little-known actor Nigel Terry is great as the violently impulsive title character, and the film comprises flashbacks over his life as he lies dying. While both films feature the farming of sheep and two men who, while camping in the hinterland, share an intense sexual and romantic bond, the similarities end there. True, there’s the odd awkward moment, and the depiction of women leaves something to be desired. A list of British TV and radio comedies and comedy films that debuted in 2001. © 2021 Time Out England Limited and affiliated companies owned by Time Out Group Plc. Title Screen : Film Genre(s), Title, Year, (Country), Length, Director, Description : A.I. So we’re keeping this one! WH, Director Nicolas Roeg Cast Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, Harvey KeitelIt might have divided the critics with its disturbing notions of sexuality on its release, but ‘Bad Timing’ has grown in reputation to be counted amongst Nicolas Roeg’s best. TH, Director Terry Gilliam Cast Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Thank God for Universal Studios. This is contrasted with Alec Secareanu’s portrayal of the thoughtful Gheorghe, who exudes a gentle sensitivity. The negative reaction to – and 20-year banning of – his exposure of the threat of nuclear war in ‘The War Game’ (1965) led him into self-imposed, globe-trotting exile and obscurity. Set during the 1940s in Douglas’s own birthplace (the dead-end mining town of Newcraighall) the emotional focal point of these films is Jamie (Stephen Archibald), an inquisitive, defensive young scamp whose day-to-day existence is a fight for survival and friendship. The Docklands as the future! Deliberate! The Warrior is a 2001 film by British-Indian filmmaker Asif Kapadia.It stars Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan as Lafcadia, a warrior in feudal Rajasthan who attempts to give up the sword. DJ, Director Carol Reed Cast Ralph Richardson, Michèle Morgan, Bobby Henrey, Given his reputation as a novelist, it’s easy to forget how major a force Graham Greene became in post-war British cinema, and how many key aspects of national life became cemented in the public consciousness as a result of his extraordinary run of work between ‘Confidential Agent’ in 1945 and ‘Our Man in Havana’ in 1959. List of the latest British movies in 2021 and the best British movies of 2020 & the 2010's. But where most superficially similar works of consciousness-expanding ’60s experimentalism are now embarrassing, ‘Performance’ manages to remain confrontational, exhilarating and relevant. But it’s outstanding quality remains undeniable. Of course, you can titter at the gothic excess of the production design, how po-faced the whole enterprise is (with its lithe hotties darting around in lace negligees) and the cheapo effects, but the subtext of the story about the tragedy of addiction and the transmission of disease remains deadly serious. The way Lean weaves elements of Universal horror and film noir into his depiction of nineteenth-century London is breathtaking, and his treatment of Miss Havisham as a giant time-ravaged spider-queen wrapped in a crumbling web of dust and rotting lace finds unexpected echoes in everything from ‘Psycho’ to ‘Aliens’. ... Thu 18 Oct 2001 … It doesn’t matter that much, really, since the stylish, occasionally Langian visuals already present in the first cut are still there in the second one, though it’s fascinating to hear Hitchcock’s engagingly experimental, at times even playful approach to sound echoing the elements of expressionism to be found in some of the imagery: the scene in which Anny Ondra’s heroine, having recently stabbed a lecher in self-defence, listens in to a conversation (somewhat improbably) full of references to knives is rightly famous. This tale of a bomber and saboteur (Oscar Homolka) whose terrorist activities lead his young wife (Sylvia Sidney) and brother into tragedy is full of the master’s touches. With a sudden urge to start life over in the country, the remaining family members – mother Dinah Sheridan and her three children – up sticks and settle alongside a quaint Yorkshire railway line where the film slowly begins to work its very English charm. And you’ve got to hand it to Peter O’Toole; he plays the role of TE Lawrence – a British Army liaison officer during the Arab v Turkish revolt of 1916 – with gusto. Utterly cinematic, powered by a startlingly resonant late ’70s soundtrack (with Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ the ironic turntable centre) and with an acute sense of transformative hybrid landscapes as equal players in the film’s unfolding sensibility, ‘Radio On’ sits, quite literally, on the precipice between a failing post-war reality and the coming abyss of Thatcherism. DJ, Director Peter Watkins Cast Geir Westby, Gro Fraas, Iselin von Hanno BartLeft-leaning director Watkins is most famous for the challenging, innovative, vérité-style docs he made in the mid-1960s for the BBC (see ‘Culloden’, above). It’s rare that experimental filmmaking is this humane and enjoyable. The casting and performances, for a start, are brilliantly sharp. The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British … What’s even more interesting is that Watkins chooses to trace the legacy of the battle, patiently observing as the English army wade across the Highlands slaughtering women and children in the name of communal cleansing and retaining the authority of the British monarchy. Episodes of: Midsomer Murders, Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Rosemary and Thyme, Inspector Lynley, Inspector Barnaby, Fabian of Scotland Yard etc. and production design that’s just jaw-droppingly plush for what must’ve been a modest budget. In truth “the British” were already there. Remember ‘Rancid Aluminium’? Title Screen : Film Genre(s), Title, Year, (Country), Length, Director, Description : A.I. And chief among them was (and still is) Ken Loach, this country’s most relentless cinematic artisan, 47 years at the cultural coalface and still no sign of flagging. The reality is that ‘Colonel Blimp’ is a much more wise, surprising and measured film than either of these things suggest. Ships rolled in cardboard tube. WH, Directors Michael Powell and Emeric PressburgerCast Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Two things are well known about Powell and Pressburger’s 1943 epic about the life of an old-fashioned ex-army officer serving in the Home Guard during World War II: Churchill disliked the whole idea of it, and may have thought it was about him, and the Blimp character, over-fed and irascible, was inspired by David Low’s cartoon character of the same name in the Evening Standard. Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon Movie News India Movie Spotlight. A transgressive explosion of colour, exoticism, modernity and impetuous sex, James Bond’s first mission sees the imperious Sean Connery saunter through an overripe cocktail of Caribbean intrigue abetted by Jack ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Lord as his shifty CIA opposite number Felix Leiter and Ursula Andress as racy cockler, Honey Ryder, all of whom are variously hot under the collar for the bionic hide of Dr Julius No – major player in the Spectre spy organisation we shall become all-too familiar with in further instalments. There’s the exoticism of its unique Saharan locations; Maurice Jarre’s stirringly melodious string-laden score; and, above all, the undeniable quality of Freddie Young’s cinematography. The result is richly emotional without ever spilling into outright schmaltz (well, hardly ever), as what could have been a slushy tale of hugging, learning and growing is tempered with healthy (and often hilarious) sarcasm and a deep understanding of humanity’s capacity for goodness. If only British cinema produced more such films that dance merrily on the border between fact and fiction – but, then, again, Keiller’s film – the first in a trilogy – is so unique in tone that imitators would easily be caught out. The inability of protagonist Johnny Saxby to open up is delivered with piercing melancholy and palpable physical frustration by Josh O’Connor. Blimp may not be us,and we may not even like him – but by the end we know and understand him, and that’s the brilliance of Powell and Pressburger’s work. TH, Director Roman Polanski Cast Catherine Deneuve, Yvonne Furneaux, Emeric Pressburger, Karel Reisz, Joseph Losey, Stanley Kubrick… This list isn’t short of writers and directors who brought an outsider’s sensibility to British cinema. It’s a film about the unknowability of others, the complexity of lives, the power of time on our character and the influence of history on our behaviour. That it still stirs the blood and moistens the eye proves that few films manage to be as expansive and yet so intimate as this. ‘Rise of the Footsoldier’? On Jul-24-18 at 13:18:40 PDT, seller added the following information: DC, Director Ken Loach Cast Ian Hart, Icíar Bollaín, Tom GilroyKen Loach’s 1995 film about fatal splits on the Left during the Spanish Civil War – told from the viewpoint of David (Ian Hart), a Liverpudlian Communist who travels south to Spain to join the cause – achieved an epic look and feel while remaining committed to the cut and thrust of ground-level debate. A fabulously entertaining family musical, then, but one that, I suspect, is on this list for nostalgic value alone. Tom Hardy's RAF pilot gets the hero moments, but kudos to Nolan for unearthing a bunch of talented relative unknowns too. But it’s also a celebration of bloody-minded Britishness (or at least Scottishness) and the rebel spirit which, according to Ealing, showed Gerry what for. Still, you could judge that our contributors were merely hedging their bets by voting for Ealing’s finest: ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’. It presents the wayward travails of Little Alex (Malcolm McDowell) a tearaway who likes nothing more than a bit of the old ultra violence. Ramsay asks, ‘Do you know where your kids are?’, but she doesn’t forget that it is possible to be socially responsible and artistically audacious at the same time. It’s a bold, moving work, but it’s Jarman’s ability to conjure up such a unique, experimental event as ‘Blue’ that we must remember and honour – the way that, with this avant-garde work, he drew attention to him, his work, sexuality and illness and made an unembarrassed, deathbed claim for art itself. For each film, we use the first date on which it was made available to the public, which might include international theatrical or domestic video releases that were a few days, or sometimes more, earlier than the domestic (US/Canada) theatrical release. TH, Director Terence DaviesCast Pete Postlethwaite, Freda Dowie, Too often it’s assumed that there’s an arthouse cabal in British cinema obsessed solely with telling stories of the working classes from a distant perspective and with a drab realism – or, to borrow the moaners’ own word, ‘miserabilism’. DC, Director Sidney Lumet Cast Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Vivien MerchantAmerican filmmaker Sidney Lumet brought a keen outsider’s eye to this deliriously depressing slab of British noir. Monday, 29 January, 2001, 10:20 GMT Connery and Walters 'greatest UK actors' James Bond favourite Sir Sean Connery and Billy Elliot star Julie Walters have been voted the greatest British movie actors of all time. The focus of Jim Allen’s script on one group of militia allows for strong personalities with varying motivations and ideas to emerge, while the book-ending of the story with the discovery in the present of David’s letters by his granddaughter gives it a powerful immediacy. Our list of the best British movies has both, James Bond, and classic romantic comedies. GE, Director Shane Meadows Cast Paddy Considine, Andrew Shim, Ben MarshallThe importance of imperfection cannot be overlooked in British film: while there’s plenty to be said for the studied slickness of Hitchcock or Lean, I’ll take the shaggy-edged, off-kilter unpredictability of ‘A Canterbury Tale’, ‘Kes’ or ‘Romeo Brass’ any day. By entering your email address you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and consent to receive emails from Time Out about news, events, offers and partner promotions. Is Miss Giddens mad? An account of the South Wales Border Regiment’s seemingly hopeless last-ditch stand against the massed ranks of the Zulu Nation, it’s a massively successful enterprise – especially from first-time producer (and star) Stanley Baker and a director previously known chiefly for low-budget noirs. Based on the first novel by ‘Angry Young Man’ author Alan Sillitoe, (who also wrote ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’), the film gave Albert Finney his big break as the hard-drinking, hard-smoking and hard-loving Arthur Seaton, a nihilistic machine worker in Nottingham who habitually funnels his modest wage packet on pleasures of the flesh. Artificial Intelligence (2001), 145 minutes, D: Steven Spielberg This futuristic science-fiction fairy tale was a re-telling of Disney's Pinocchio (1940) about the search of a puppet to become a real boy and find real love. Finney’s all-pistons-firing lead performance is note perfect, and props still go to him for making us empathise with Arthur’s naivity rather than being alienated by his bravado and the fact that he’s, well, a bit of a shit. See all 90 votes for 2001: A Space Odyssey. And yet, of all the films in the higher echelons of this list, it might be the most flawed and difficult. TH, Buy, rent or watch ‘The Man in the White Suit’, Director Terence Davies Cast Marjorie Yates, Leigh McCormack, Anthony WatsonIt’s clear Davies believes we are shaped by the movies we watch. This is his highest-placed film, which may have something to do with just how real and recognisable Winterbottom and writer Laurence Coriat’s vision of London is as he tells of one Bonfire Night weekend in the lives of three variously troubled sisters, played by Gina McKee, Shirley Henderson and Molly Parker. And what’s more, it’s the only film in this list to open with the word ‘fuck!’ DA, Buy, rent or watch ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, Director Alexander Mackendrick Cast Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil ParkerThe price of progress Of all the top-rank Ealing comedies, ‘The Man in the White Suit’ is the one which least deserves the tag, partly because it’s not meant to be funny, and partly because it diverges so much from the Ealing template: it’s not set in London, it doesn’t feature wisecracking criminals, plodding bobbies or apple-cheeked tykes, and it eschews good-natured patriotism in favour of a rather cold, even misanthropic view of class-obsessed workers and short-sighted bosses. Arnold was awarded an OBE at the end of 2010 and is now finishing a version of ‘Wuthering Heights’ populated by little-known actors. Reproduction of a rare British Double Crown format. As Miss Giddens spots ghosts and becomes convinced of the kids’ malevolence, it’s the ambiguity of both the story and film that impress. British (16) Husband Wife Relationship (16) Knife (16) Neo Noir (16) Prison (16) Torture (16) Based On Novel (15) Boyfriend Girlfriend Relationship (15) Gang (15) Nightclub (15) Pistol (15) Surprise Ending (15) Cult Film (14) Fight (14) Punched In The Face (14) Restaurant (14) Shot To Death (14) Telephone Call (14) Voice Over Narration (14) Brutality (13) Face Slap (13) Fistfight (13) ‘In This World’ is admirable as a feat: Winterbottom cast two Afghan refugees in Pakistan and with a small crew shooting on digital cameras took them on a journey west over land, through Iran, Turkey and Europe, eventually arriving in London. WH, Director Shane Meadows Cast Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo HartleyYou could hear the British film industry breathe a collective sigh of relief when writer-director Shane Meadows got the breakthrough hit he so richly deserved after much critical but little commercial success with his previous films. The film remains influential on both horror directors and those looking to represent mental breakdown on film (look at Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’). These films capture a rare poetry in their depiction of wayward youth, the death of industry and the small, diligent ways in which the downtrodden are able to retain hope and ward off constant darkness. DC, Buy, rent or watch ‘Distant Voices, Still Lives’, Director Carol Reed Cast Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Alide Valli, It swooped in at number one on the BFI’s 1999 British cinema poll, but here, Carol Reed’s The Third Man’ will have to settle for second spot. The 20 Best British Films of The 2000s. British TV & Films 2001 Not Yet Released On DVD. Charlotte Rampling scored her first Oscar nod as Kate Mercer, one half of a long-married couple nearing a key milestone. TH, Director Mike Leigh Cast David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Karin Cartlidge, From its initial release, it was clear that ‘Naked’, which is Mike Leigh’s highest-ranked film on our chart, was destined to appear on lists like this for years to come. 30. Will Jerry Plunkket ever be able to make up for his mistakes?True Story/Event: The actual exploits of New York City’s 69th Infantry Regiment during World War I. Ultimately, both men’s attitudes are compromised to the greater good as the bridge comes crashing down in a riveting scene of unbridled catharsis. Kötting’s highly original methods of storytelling mean that ‘Gallivant’ looks nothing like most docs: he mixes formats, throws in archive footage and has much fun with the sound and picture edit. Eventually, his ignorance becomes a reason for many deaths and plight of innocent soldiers. No sooner have they disembarked from the train than one of their number is stung by a night-time prowler who’s getting his jollies by putting glue in women’s hair (and no, this isn’t a foresight into ‘Peeping Tom’). It was a statement that came at a time which now looks something like the peak of humanity’s technological optimism. The film doubly confirmed Loach’s return from the wilderness in the 1980s and set a precedent for his later films exploring global stories in Nicaragua, Los Angeles and Ireland. 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