11 items from 2017
Louisa Mellor Jul 4, 2017
Broken concludes with a moving episode that takes Father Michael to his lowest point and back…
This review contains spoilers.
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If I had my druthers, Sean Bean would play Father Michael Kerrigan for the next thirty years and become as dissociable from the role as David Suchet in Poirot or Tom Baker in Doctor Who. Instead of Sharpe or Boromir or Ned Stark, the words ‘Sean Bean’ would instantly conjure up the image of a man in a cassock struggling to do good.
It won’t happen – Broken’s creator Jimmy McGovern has already suggested that it’ll be one and done for Bean, who, understandably, feels he’s gone as far as he can with the part. He is often one for an early exit, after all.
But he’ll be missed, »
Directed by Joel Hopkins.
Widow Alice (Diane Keaton) lives in a mansion flat opposite Hampstead Heath when property developers announce their intention to build new apartments. She discovers that, smack bang in the middle of the land they want to develop, there’s a shack, occupied by Donald (Brendan Gleeson). The property company tries to evict him but, as Alice encourages him to fight for his home, she and Donald become closer.
Grey Market Movie Alert! Ok, so the words aren’t actually scrawled across the posters for Joel Hopkins’ Hampstead, but they might as well be. It makes no bones about aiming itself at older cinema goers – American tourists will go for it as well – but it has aspirations in other, potentially more thoughtful, directions. And they’re decidedly mis-judged. It just doesn’t know when to stop. »
- Freda Cooper
Directed by John Goldschmidt.
In a London suburb, a family owned Jewish bakery is on its uppers, losing customers and under pressure to sell up to developers. Then baker Nat (Jonathan Pryce) loses his assistant, who goes to work for the nearby supermarket because the pay is better. Desperately needing a replacement, he takes on his cleaner’s son, but the new apprentice has a sideline in selling cannabis. He decides to combine his two careers by adding an extra ingredient to his bread and cakes. And the shop’s sales go sky-high.
The temptation to say this isn’t a Homer Simpson bio-pic is almost overwhelming, but it’s not a pun that works especially well in print. With all the current interest in baking, however, it was only a matter of time until we saw a film about the subject, »
- Freda Cooper
Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Jerome Holder, Phil Davis, Ian Hart, Pauline Collins, Andrew Ellis, Malachi Kirby, Natasha Gordon, Melanie Freeman | Written by Jonathan Benson, Jez Freedman | Directed by John Goldschmidt
It has to be said that 2017 hasn’t been the best year when it comes to feeling good about the world. When everybody seems to be against helping out others, it seems timely that a film about two cultures coming together should at least raise a smile, and Dough manages this.
When aging Jewish baker Nat Dyan (Jonathan Pryce) takes on young Muslim Ayyash (Jerome Holder) as apprentice in his shop, at first, they don’t get on. When Ayyash accidentally drops cannabis into the bakery’s dough the bakery becomes very popular, building a bond between the two.
Dough walks a well-trodden path of movies where two people with differences are brought together when prejudices are taken away and friendship blooms. »
- Paul Metcalf
This is Britflick variant #7: The Cosy Small Business Caper (with Optional Comedy Drug Element). Jonathan Pryce is the cranky north Londoner whose kosher bakery is threatened by ruthless Phil Davis’s convenience store empire. Jerome Holder is the young Muslim who helps profits rise after covertly bringing his weed-slinging operation in house.
Reassuringly predictable for the most part – yes, cultural differences will be overcome and yes, Pryce loosens up after breaking bread baked with Holder’s “special ingredient” – it succumbs to tonal wobbles and credibility issues late on. Still, welcome faces (Ian Hart, Andrew Ellis, Pauline Collins as flirty divorcee Mrs Silverman) give individual scenes spark, and the leads form an amiable double-act. But given his past work with Richard Eyre and Christopher Hampton, it »
- Mike McCahill
Author: Richard Phippen
It’s incredibly hard to tell where the inspiration for Dough came from. A British-Hungarian co-production about a Jewish baker and an African immigrant sounds like the kind of script Stephen Frears or perhaps Mike Leigh would be taking on. At least they might have done, had the script explored the kind of themes that would gain the attention of such culturally smart filmmakers. Instead, Director John Goldschmidt appears to have been hired as a safe pair of hands to turn a light-hearted, if rather vacuous story into something that could reach a wider audience. And to be fair to Goldschmidt, he’s certainly made this accessible.
Nat Dayan (Jonathan Pryce) is an ageing Jewish baker, eking out a living from his small, family business in the heart of a dying suburban London street. With his right hand man taking the offer of a better paid job at the mini-market next door, »
- Richard Phippen
The concept at the heart of John Goldschmidt’s good-natured comedy drama is one that sounds just a tiny bit ridiculous, and a little too on the nose to set up a film involving many cultural clashes. It is a film that hardly plays it subtle, and it is hardly the finest piece of filmmaking you’re likely to see this year, but there is no denying that it has something akin to charm at the centre of its over baked loaf.
A young African Muslim, Ayyash (Jerome Holder), has fallen in to working for hardened dealer Victor (Ian Hart). Ayyash’s mother finds him more straight-and-narrow work as an apprentice at the struggling bakery which she cleans, run by old Jewish baker Nat (Johnathan Pryce). When some of the weed that Ayyash is carrying for Victor accidentally falls into the dough mix, the »
- Andrew Gaudion
Elderly in crisis, youngster who can help, drug being salvation and all sorts of drama bubbling around after use of drug – it’s a struggle to rid a particular TV show from the mind while watching this film, even when the protagonists spend more time in the kitchen than an Rv. That said, director John Goldschmidt’s latest, which also marks his return to the craft since 1987, would fill the small-screen mold with utter perfection. In some ways, staying in that state would have been enough for Dough.
But then comes Jonathan Pryce who makes a semi-compelling reason to shell out for the film at the cinema. The powerhouse actor, sporting a beard and kippah, commands every frame with a heartfelt turn as Nat Dayan, the owner of a family pastry joint not so hot in sales and longevity. While he makes his way to the store at 4 a.m. »
- Nguyen Le
Entertainment One has released the first trailer for director Joel Hopkins’ upcoming comedy drama Hampstead which stars Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, James Norton, Simon Callow, Jason Watkins, Lesley Manville, Will Smith, Phil Davis, and Hugh Skinner; watch it below after the official synopsis…
American widow Emily Walters (Diane Keaton) lives beside the picturesque Hampstead Heath. Despite her seemingly idyllic existence, she doesn’t want to admit that she’s drifting through life without much thought to her future, finance or relationships. One day, Emily stumbles upon the reclusive Donald Horner (Brendan Gleeson), who has lived quietly in a shack on the Heath for seventeen years. But now his home and lifestyle are under threat from property developers who want to build luxury apartments on the land. When Emily discovers that it’s her friend Fiona (Lesley Manville) who is leading a community initiative in support of the developers, she bravely »
- Amie Cranswick
Here’s the official synopsis:
American widow Emily Walters (Diane Keaton) lives beside the picturesque Hampstead Heath. Despite her seemingly idyllic existence, she doesn’t want to admit that she’s drifting through life without much thought to her future, finance or relationships. One day, Emily stumbles upon the reclusive Donald Horner (Brendan Gleeson), who has lived quietly in a shack on the Heath for seventeen years. But now his home and lifestyle are under threat from property developers who want to build luxury apartments on the land. When Emily discovers that it’s her friend Fiona (Lesley Manville) who is leading a community initiative in support of the developers, she bravely steps up to take Donald’s side in the escalating battle, »
- Paul Heath
Author: Jon Lyus
Diane Keaton is one of those actresses whose presence in a film immediately piques the interest. Director Joel Hopkins’ latest film follows up the similar themes of Last Chance Harvey with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson and The Love Punch with Pierce Brosnan and Thompson again. Hampstead has Keaton and Brendan Gleeson as two people who live by the famous London landmark. One in a magnificent townhouse and the other in a shack. The film kicks off when a property developer wants to demolish the shack, and the pair find their differences melt away as they realise they have more in common than they thought.
James Norton, Simon Callow, Jason Watkins, Lesley Manville, Will Smith, Phil Davis and Hugh Skinner are the main supporting cast and the new trailer sets the scene perfectly. There’s the typical postcard London show, »
- Jon Lyus
11 items from 2017
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