Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan McKiernan
The winner of the top prize at Cannes this year, Ken Loach’s new film about a middle-aged man in the North East who, after a near-fatal heart attack, finds himself in a Catch 22 situation when denied sickness benefit. A stark and shocking vision of a life on the edge, told with passion and directness, this is a film with a fierce, simple dignity.
Rudy Kurniawan was a generous host, offering rare wines from his huge cellar, and in 2006 made 35 million dollars in auctions from the sale of his wine. Then in 2008 a French wine producer, realised that his wine was being sold from a year they hadn’t produced it. Set in the super-fast, super-rich world of LA and New York during the finance boom of the early 2000s, and featuring the obsessive collectors, outraged wine producers, suspect auction houses, and specialist FBI sleuths, Sour Grapes is an ‘Emperor’s new clothes’ fable for the modern age.
Sasha Lane, Shai LaBeouf, McCaul Lombardi
An adolescent girl from a troubled home, runs away with a travelling sales crew who drive across the American Midwest selling subscriptions door to door. Finding her feet in this gang of teenagers, she soon gets into the group's lifestyle of hard-partying nights, law-bending days, and young love. A visually astonishing and often devastating road movie.
Salomé Richard, Claude Gensac, Lazare Gousseau
After being humiliated at work, a young woman decides to return to her home town of Strasbourg to care for her grandmother and reconnects with an old flame whilst trying to build a shower stall for her grandmother’s bathroom. A unique, humorous and emotionally robust coming-of-age tale.
Voices: Jim Broadbent, Pam Ferris, Brenda Blethyn
Based on Raymond Briggs' award-winning graphic novel 'Ethel & Ernest', a funny and touching tribute to his parents. An entertaining and heart-warming story about two people who fall in love against the background of immense social change in the mid 20th Century.
Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo, Madina Nalwanga
The inspiring true story about a pre-teen girl in Uganda who becomes an unlikely chess prodigy. Under the guidance of a missionary who recognises her natural ability for the game, and in spite of a single mother concerned with false hopes, she uses her chess skills to find a way out of poverty.
Laura Carmichael, Chloe Pirrie, Joe Dempsie
A melancholic comedy drama about the road trip of two female friends in their late twenties, who had been tasked by their prematurely deceased male friend to scatter his ashes in various locations close to his heart in the UK. A life-affirming story about a voyage of self-discovery.
Alexander Skarsgård,Tessa Thompson, Michael Peña
In an homage to 70s detective-duo movies, two corrupt cops in New Mexico stick their noses into the middle of a million-dollar heist hoping to bust the criminals and keep the loot for themselves. A surreal, witty and irreverent black comedy from the director of The Guard.
Inspired by his acerbic and often hilarious diaries, the film shows Alan as he’s never been seen before – following him to New York, the scene of his early triumph in Beyond The Fringe, to accept an award from the city’s Public Library; to Shepherd’s Bush to record an episode of Private Passions for Radio 3 and open up about the importance of music in his life; to his local community-run library in Primrose Hill, which, he despairs, some would rather see turned into a Pizza Hut; to the East Coast railway line, which he’d like to see renationalised, and the village in Yorkshire he calls home. Intimate encounters, filmed over the course of a year, reveal a writer who is bemused by his own popularity and is still as angry and irreverent in his 80s as he was in his 20s.
Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce
The latest choice of our ushers, this is a flamboyant , moving and hilarious film that follows 3 drag queens on a trip to the outback in a bus called Priscilla.
Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz
A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia rescue a baby from a drifting rowboat and raise it as their own, but when they visit the mainland they make a shattering discovery. Much admired at Cannes this year, this is a swirling melodrama that will tug the toughest heartstrings.
Joanne Froggatt, Tom Riley, Phoebe Nicholls
A warm hearted and remarkable drama inspired by the true story of a married couple whose love is tested to the limit when the husband is struck down by a rare and devastating disease and their lives are changed overnight.
Bérénice Bejo, Cédric Kahn, Marthe Keller
After 15 years of living together, Marie (Bérénice Bejo) and Boris (Cédric Kahn) decide to get a divorce - but the separation proves far from simple as Boris can’t afford to move out of their house. Underpinned by a razor-sharp script this is an astute, intelligent and moving examination of modern relationships.
Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Isla Fisher
Susan, a Los Angeles art dealer, lives an incredibly privileged yet unfulfilled life with her husband Hutton. One weekend, as Hutton departs on one of his too-frequent business trips, Susan receives an unsolicited package that has been left in her mailbox. It’s a novel, violent and devastating, written by her ex-husband Edward. From writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption.
Highlighting one of the most innovative American directors, this film reveals the path traveled by the auteur from his small-town Texas roots to his warm reception on the awards circuit. Throughout his career, Linklater has worked with a core group of artists, raising the profile of both actors and the burgeoning independent film scene in Austin. This thoughtful examination of a groundbreaking filmmaker serves as a celebration of a rare talent.
Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Allison Janney
Following a map left by his grandfather, Jake finds his way to a strange island where he finds a school for children with strange superpowers. Tim Burton’s latest is a visual and imaginative extravaganza.
One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, don’t miss this glorious revival of Pinter’s comic classic. The broadcast will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the cast and director Sean Mathias. (150 mins)
Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.
Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.
Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.
Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer). (210 mins)