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'In his version of events, each and every character speaks like a race commentator, clarifying events as they happen and saying things like "Ready? I've been waiting for this my whole life..."'

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What makes a film British? It's a question that rolls around every January as Bafta's annual nominations spill out of the gate, and their definition of "homegrown" becomes ever broader. This year, all manner of foreign co-productions have made the cut, despite settings as far-flung as South Africa (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Disneyland (Saving Mr. Banks) and outer space (Gravity). Next month, they'll compete for the title of outstanding British film, alongside unarguably local offering The Selfish Giant (which is also out on DVD this week), and Rush, a film with German backing, an American director, Australian and Spanish-born German leads, and a whopping 16-country setting.

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