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Five Films That Explain Why Britain Voted To Leave The EU

This week, Neil Calloway suggests some films that explain why Britain voted to leave the EU…

Your social media feeds have been full of it for the past few days, with updates from people who you never knew were so politically engaged, but if you’re still confused as to why Britain voted to leave the EU, and what will happen next (and if you’re not confused about what will happen next, you should be), here are some films that might help explain why Britain voted to leave the EU.

The Full Monty – it was released almost twenty years ago now, but The Full Monty, and Brassed Off before it, show people struggling to cope in a post industrial Northern England; where once they had secure, unionised, relatively well paid jobs in traditional industries (be they coal mining or steel manufacturing), they are cast out into the unknown; living
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Win Pink String and Sealing Wax in a Vintage Classics Blu-Ray bundle

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To celebrate the new Home Entertainment release of Pink String &Sealing Wax we have a bundle of 5 Vintage Classics films to give away. Titles include Passport to Pimlico, The Lady Killers, Lavender Hill Mob, Kind Hearts and Coronets and of course, the classic crime comedy Pink String & Sealing Wax which sees its re-release this month. From Ealing Studios this roaring melodrama sees

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Oscar Nominated Moody Pt.2: From Fagin to Merlin - But No Harry Potter

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s.[1] But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans.[2] The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures.[3] Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The
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Ed Vaizey: BFI should expand remit for TV, animation

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Ed Vaizey: BFI should expand remit for TV, animation
The UK culture minister talks about the current strengths and challenges of the British film industry.

Ed Vaizey, the Conservative MP for Wantage and Didcot, is the UK’s Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Earlier this week, the Dcms released figures about the strength of British film production — with total UK spend for film so far this year at £750m, with £600m coming from inward investment – a “significant increase on the same point in 2013.” (Total spend in 2013 was £1.1bn.) The Dcms noted that for every £1 invested through the Film Tax Relief, £12 is generated for UK Gdp.

On the occassion of the BFI London Film Festival, Vaizey spoke to Screen editor Wendy Mitchell about the job being done by the BFI, the challenges ahead for the British film industry, and the current bright spots to celebrate in the UK’s creative industries.

We’ve seen
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Which is the greatest British film in history? No one seems to be in agreement

Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus,
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Red Army, Apes to bookend Moscow

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Red Army, Apes to bookend Moscow
35th edition of the festival runs June 19-28.

The Us documentary Red Army about the Soviet Red Army hockey team will open the 36th edition of the Moscow International Film Festival (Miff), which runs from June 19-28.

Directed by Gabe Polsky, the film was first shown at last month’s Cannes Film Festival and will be released in the Us by Sony Pictures.

Speaking at this week’s press conference, programme director Kirill Razlogov exxplained that documentaries have always played “a special role” at the festival - “documentaries are practically in all of the programmes” - and said that it was “symbolic” to open with a documentary.

The festival will be rounded off on June 28 at the Pushkinsky Cinema with a screening of Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Veteran Russian actor-director Gleb Panfilov (Vassa) will head the international jury for the main competition and will be joined by the German actress Franziska Petri, Georgian
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Clip joint: cockneys

Strike a light, guv – here are five of cinema's most memorable cockneys. Who else belongs on the list?

Cockneys have been a part of the cinematic landscape for years – see Ealing comedies such as Passport to Pimlico (1949), which had more than enough born-and-bred Londoners for a fine old knees-up round the Joanna.

There are many types of cinematic cockney – they're not merely one-dimensional east Londoners, born with rhyming dictionaries stored away in their loaves of bread. To prove this, here are five different types of cockney. A cockney compendium, if you will.

Please be aware that some of the clips contain a few rude words. Not Mary Poppins, obviously.

1. AlfieSir Michael Caine

Even though he was born south of the river, in Camberwell, Caine epitomised the newly-fashionable working-class Londoner; this was the movie that made him a star.

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2. Kill ListNeil Maskell
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Doctor Who: 25 stories that deserve more love

Cameron K McEwan Aug 16, 2016

Cameron sings the praises of 25 classic and modern Doctor Who adventures that went underappreciated. See what made the cut below...

Doctor Who fans can be an odd bunch at times (and by that I mean all the time), what's gold to one is dross to another. And when you think everyone is agreed on a genuine stinker (Timelash, for example), you'll find it has admirers in abundance. But what's here are some of the stories that, for whatever reason, get overlooked, underseen and, perhaps, undervalued - in no particular order.

The Awakening

Two-parters often get forgotten about (in classic Doctor Who at any rate) and this Peter Davison story, whilst perhaps best known to Who fans for a famous blooper featuring a horse, has some tremendous imagery and beautiful location shooting. Best of all is the villain of the piece, The Malus, who put the willies
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25 underappreciated Doctor Who stories

Feature Cameron K McEwan 26 Apr 2013 - 07:00

Cameron sings the praises of twenty-five classic and modern Doctor Who adventures that deserve more love. See what made the cut below...

Doctor Who fans can be an odd bunch at times (and by that I mean all the time), what's gold to one is dross to another. And when you think everyone is agreed on a genuine stinker (Timelash, for example), you'll find it has admirers in abundance. But what's here are some of the stories that, for whatever reason, get overlooked, underseen and, perhaps, undervalued - in no particular order.

The Awakening

Two-parters often get forgotten about (in classic Doctor Who at any rate) and this Peter Davison story, whilst perhaps best known to Who fans for a famous blooper featuring a horse, has some tremendous imagery and beautiful location shooting. Best of all is the villain of the piece, The Malus,
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The Spirit of '45 – review

Ken Loach's documentary is skilfully compiled from archive footage and newly recorded interviews with elderly socialists who remember the 1930s and 40s and with youngish leftwing academics of today. But rather than the provocative polemic one might have expected, it's more of an over-extended party political broadcast for a phantom old Labour party that is forever waiting in the wings. It celebrates the Labour landslide at the 1945 general election and the resolve never to return again to the miserable conditions that the working class endured in the 1930s. As I watched, there rang in my ears a distorted version of the question asked in the last two lines of WB Yeats's The Second Coming: "And what rough socialist beast, its hour come round at last,/ Loaches towards a New Jerusalem to be born?"

This committed view of our history over the past 70 years suggests that Britain was united
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The Man In The White Suit – DVD Review

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Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) bounces from job to job at a series of textile factories, where he tries to develop a new synthetic fabric that will never wear out or stain. He believes it will change the world for the better, but when he finally succeeds he finds the factory owners against him because they will no longer need to produce or sell clothes and the work force up in arms because they will become redundant, once everyone has bought the last set of clothes they will ever need.


Ealing comedies are a very particular species of film. On the one hand they have a seemingly cosy, inoffensive familiarity about them – very British, very undemanding. Yet virtually to a film we find on closer inspection that they have real bite to them. The Lavender Hill Mob, Passport to Pimlico, The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts & Coronets – all feature dark, subversive elements and this film,
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It Always Rains on Sunday – review

Ealing Studios' name is synonymous with comedy largely because of three films released on consecutive weeks in 1949: Passport to Pimlico, Whisky Galore! and Kind Hearts and Coronets. Before then it was associated with the form of realism created by the documentarists Alberto Cavalcanti and Harry Watt, brought in by Michael Balcon early in the second world war to give his studio a greater authenticity. The finest movie in this mode is It Always Rains on Sunday, made in 1947 in grimy, Blitz-scarred east London and being revived in a new print as an example of the darker side of Ealing in the BFI Southbank's Ealing retrospective. Superbly photographed by the great Douglas Slocombe in the Picture Post manner, a style radically different from the elegant Kind Hearts and Coronets, it's 24 hours in the life of Bethnal Green, cleverly dovetailing the lives of some 20 characters ranging from spivs, petty crooks
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Maurice Stewart obituary

My friend Maurice Stewart, who has died aged 79, was a consummate theatre professional. He was a stage manager, company manager and director in many parts of British theatre, working on operas and West End productions of American musicals. He toured with "third-rate variety to the Folies Bergère in Paris" and travelled to America with the Old Vic company. Renowned in the West End as a script doctor, he also wrote plays for BBC TV.

Maurice was a prime mover in the Puppet Centre and Trust, which evolved from talks held at Wandsworth library in 1976. He championed puppetry and played a part in its renaissance in the 1970s and 80s. More recently, he lectured at colleges in Europe and the Us on topics including "modern actors recreating the past" and British music hall and Gilbert and Sullivan. He built a substantial theatre archive and his interest in music hall led to
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Blu-ray Review: Passport to Pimlico – Welcome Addition to Studio Canal’s Ealing Collection

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Although Ealing Studios did not exclusively make comedies – actually, less than ten percent of their output was comic – it is the run of comedies from the late ’40s into the ’50s that the studio is best remembered for, and it’s not difficult to see why. Under the leadership of Michael Balcon, the legendary British producer who also founded Gainsborough Pictures, they produced incredibly sharp, witty and likeable comedies ranging from the whimsy of a film like Passport to Pimlico to the razor-sharp black comedy of Kind Hearts and Coronets, also released in 1949.

The movies were quintessentially British, and often got funnier as they got darker precisely because the characters had to uphold good British virtues while getting away with political upheaval (Passport to Pimlico), theft (The Lavender Hill Mob, one of their best) or murder (Kind Hearts and Coronets). This paradox is prevalent in Passport to Pimlico,
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This week's new films

ill Manors (18)

(Ben Drew, 2012, UK) Riz Ahmed, Ed Skrein, Natalie Press, Anouska Mond. 121 mins

The coalition government has repeatedly denied his existence, but Plan B proves he's for real with this intense, provocative survey of British urban decay in all its forms. A few too many forms, perhaps, as this crams in so many tales of hardship, exploitation, drugs and violence, and seeks to render them in so many ways (hip-hop numbers, tricksy visuals, flashbacks), it gets a bit carried away. Still, top marks for at least trying to tell it like it is.

Red Tails (12A)

(Anthony Hemingway, 2012, Us) Cuba Gooding Jr, Terrence Howard. 125 mins

George Lucas co-produces this story of the African-American Tuskegee Airmen and their role in the second world war, fighting both Nazis and racism. There's more of an eye for aerial action than grown-up drama, though.

A Fantastic Fear Of Everything (15)

(Crispian Mills, Chris Hopewell,
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The Hey U Guys Cinema Release Round-up : 8th June

It came, it saw, it massively underwhelmed. Nevertheless, despite lukewarm critical reviews, Prometheus shot to the top of the UK Box Office this week, comfortably ahead of Snow White and the Huntsman in second. I imagine Prometheus will have plenty of legs and should be at the top for another week or so yet as people flock to see what all the fuss is about.

The major release this week is Lucasfilm production Red Tails which tells the story of the first African-American airmen to serve in the American army during World War 2. It’s a project George Lucas has had gestating for some time now but he has wisely handed over directorial duties to Anthony Hemingway, an experienced TV director making his first foray into feature films. I can’t see Red Tails challenging the big hitters at the top of the Box Office pile, but it should do
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What to Watch This Week: Cinema Releases for June 8th 2012

It’s Friday, so you know what that means – lots more films released in cinemas across the country and this is week it’s a mixed bag. From the horrors of The Innkeepers, Harsh Light of Day and The Pact to the comedy stylings of Simon Pegg and Will Ferrell in A Fantastic Fear of Everything and Casa de Mi Padre respectively.

Nationwide Releases The Pact

“At 4.47 Pm Nicole Barlow Arrived At 550 Claremont Avenue. At 8.23 Pm She Phoned Her Daughter. It Was The Last Call She Ever Made.”

Following her mother’s funeral, Annie reluctantly returns to her childhood home – a place that she’d rather forget. Now her sister Nicole and cousin have inexplicably disappeared, she is forced to unlock the doors to the past to discover the hidden secrets of the house and in doing so finds a room that she has no memory of. Things take a
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Film Review: 'Passport to Pimlico' (re-release)

★★★★☆ Newly restored 1949 comedy classic Passport to Pimlico is a fine example of a post-war comedy produced by the renowned Ealing Studios. Written by the highly talented T.E.B Clarke, (who was responsible for another comedy classic, 1951's The Lavender Hill Mob) and directed by Henry Cornelius, Passport to Pimlico shows a great understanding of the mechanics of not only great writing but also of comedy.

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Passport to Pimlico Blu-ray Review

A typically quaint and light-hearted comedy from the masterly Ealing Studios, Passport to Pimlico has endured as one of their best loved capers.

The film is set in post-war London in 1949, an era of British history that arguably tends to be ignored slightly by the movies. Obviously the great triumphs and struggles of the war years are well known to modern day audiences, as of course are the swinging sixties a fair few years later. 1949 however is a relatively uncommon time period to set a film in. Life was still tough for your regular Brit as while the spectre of war may have dissipated there were still plenty of everyday reminders of its impact on the general public. Rationing was still in place, goods were in short supply and bombed out buildings still stood along the city streets. In Passport To Pimlico, scriptwriter T.E.D. Clarke and director Henry Cornelius
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Feature: The ‘Made in Britain’ Film Season

A joint venture between StudioCanal and the Independent Cinema Office, Made In Britain is a new film season that is set to debut five restored and remastered classic British films over five weeks including Passport to Pimlico, Plague of the Zombies, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Hobson’s Choice and Quatermass and the Pit – an eclectic mix of British film at its best.

Passport to Pimlico is on limited release now and that will be followed by Plague of the Zombies on June 12th and The Man Who Fell to Earth on June 19th. StudioCanal UK have released a number of clips demonstrating the restorations at work – you can see a few below:

Passport to Pimlico Restoration Comparison

Plague of the Zombies – Restored Footage

The Man Who Fell to Earth – Clip

The Made in Britain season runs June 5th to July 3rd. For more information check out the official
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