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To mark the release of Another Mother’s Son on 17th July, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
Another Mother’s Son is the extraordinary true story of Louisa Gould. A tale of defiance, bravery and betrayal set against against the backdrop of Nazi occupation on the Channel Islands during the Second World War. When a Russian soldier escapes the labour camps, seeking shelter, Louisa (Jenny Seagrove: Local Hero, A Shocking Accident) decides to offer her help, and by doing so, risking the lives of her friends and family who are in on the secret and facing the prospect of capture and deportation to Germany. Also starring, John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Mummy), Ronan Keating and Amanda Abbingdon (Sherlock, Mr Selfridge).
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You never heard of the Great Glasgow Ice Cream Wars? They weren’t exactly Armageddon, and the gentle director Bill Forsyth makes a radio personality’s involvement with two competing ice cream companies more of a plunge into amiable drollery. If you like Gregory’s Girl and Local Hero you’ll understand the odd, unhurried attitude of this oddball show from 1984.
Region B Blu-ray
1984 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 100 min. / Street Date February 29, 2016 / At Amazon UK / £ 9.99
Cinematography: Chris Menges
Film Editor: Michael Ellis
Written and Directed by Bill Forsyth
Quick, name some great filmmakers before the 1990s that hail from Scotland. Actually, there are plenty, it’s just that most made their careers and reputations in London, and some later in Hollywood. The home-grown talent Bill Forsyth »
- Glenn Erickson
Whisky Galore!, 2016.
Directed by Gillies MacKinnon,
It’s 1941, rationing is in force and the residents of the Scottish island of Todday are faced with a nightmare. Their supply of whisky has run out and the island is completely dry. But then a cargo ship runs aground on some nearby rocks and it’s carrying 50,000 cases of whisky. The islanders are determined to get their hands on it. All that stands in their way is that it’s the Sabbath – and the officers from Customs and Excise.
Alexander Mackendrick’s Whisky Galore! from 1949 is regarded as a British comedy classic. Compton Mackenzie had taken the true story of a ship – with its cargo of whisky – going aground off a remote Scottish island, turned it into a popular comic novel and then wrote the script for the film. »
- Freda Cooper
3 items from 2017
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