Here is a selection of January DVD releases from Brighton and Hove City Libraries. Click on the image of the film or the title, to be redirected to the appropriate catalogue entry.
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Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay star as an aged couple in this British drama written and directed by Andrew Haigh. In the run-up to their 45th wedding anniversary, Kate (Rampling) and Geoff Mercer (Courtenay) are rocked by the news that the body of Geoff’s former fiancée has been discovered in the Swiss Alps, 50 years after she disappeared on a walking holiday with Geoff. Although Kate knew of Geoff’s first love he kept their engagement a secret. As Geoff reminisces about his past and debates whether to fly to Switzerland to formally identify the body, his wife is left to re-evaluate their long relationship. As Kate finalises preparations for their anniversary party, she begins to delve deeper into her husband’s past and makes new discoveries that threaten to spell the end for their 45-years of marriage. Rampling was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård star in this coming-of-age comedy drama adapted from the graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner. Set in the 1970s, the story follows teenager Minnie Goetze (Powley), who embarks on an affair with Monroe (Skarsgård), her mother Charlotte (Wiig)’s boyfriend. As she begins to discover her sexuality and searches for love Minnie keeps a record of her journey in her diary.
Hip hop biopic detailing the rise of American gangsta rap group N.W.A directed by F. Gary Gray. The film shows how aspiring rappers Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), MC Ren (Aldis Hodge) and DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.) all met on the tough streets of Compton, California, during the 1980s and how they formed the group which would later become one of the most controversial and seminal acts in the history of hip hop music. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Gaspar Noé writes, directs and produces this explicit romantic drama. The story follows American film student Murphy (Karl Glusman) who has split-up with his French girlfriend Elektra (Aomi Muyock) after cheating on her with another woman, named Omi (Klara Kristin). Two years later, a worried phone call from Elektra’s mother causes Murphy to spend New Year’s Eve in search of his former lover as he ponders how their relationship fell apart
Brian Helgeland writes and directs this crime thriller starring Tom Hardy in the dual role of infamous gangster twins Ronald and Reginald Kray. The film chronicles the Kray twins’ career during the 1950s and ’60s as they tighten their tyrannical rule over London. With Ronnie’s mental stability in question Reggie attempts to keep him under control while embarking on a romance with the beautiful Frances Shea (Emily Browning). Meanwhile, Detective Superintendent Leonard ‘Nipper’ Read (Christopher Eccleston) tries to bring the Krays down. The cast also includes David Thewlis, Colin Morgan, Taron Egerton and Tara Fitzgerald.
All eight episodes of the second season of the anthology crime drama created by Nic Pizzolatto. In this season, set in California, Detective Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell), Detective Sergeant Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) and Highway Patrol Officer Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) investigate the murder of bent city manager Ben Caspere. Career criminal and the dead man’s business partner Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn) discovers that over $5 million he gave to Caspere has been embezzled, money with which he was planning to invest in a rail deal in order to set him and his wife Jordan (Kelly Reilly) on the straight and narrow. Hoping to get his money back, Frank begins his own investigation into the murder. Each of the characters also has to deal with problems in their personal lives.
All six episodes from the first series of the BBC sitcom starring Peter Kay and Sian Foulkes. After their supermarket implements a new company car share scheme, employees John and Kayleigh (Kay and Foulkes) are paired together for their daily commute. Travelling in John’s Fiat 500, the assistant manager and promotions rep listen to Forever FM as they learn more about each other’s lives on their daily trips to and from the supermarket.
All six episodes from the ninth and final series of the Channel 4 comedy chronicling the private – and totally dysfunctional – inner thoughts of two flatmates, Mark (David Mitchell) and Jeremy (Robert Webb), living in post-credit-crunch Croydon. In this series, Mark is still bitter over Jez’s refusal to apologise for falling in love with Dobbie (Isy Suttie), six months after she moved to New York. But the two friends are forced to put aside their differences for Super Hans’ wedding, where Mark is taking on best man duties.
All eight episodes from the first series of the BBC crime drama. The programme follows the serving officers of the South Sussex Police Force as they deal with the daily challenges of the front line, including rookie PC Jake Vickers (Jacob Ifan), whose father is the Chief Superintendent, and his partner PC Ryan Draper (Ashley Walters). As they attend to various incidents including a dognapping, fighting naturists and public schoolboy muggings the officers’ personal lives are affected by their work.
Douglas Booth and Charles Dance star in this three-part BBC adaptation of the classic crime novel by Agatha Christie. When ten strangers are invited to stay on an isolated island off the Devonshire coast, they find that the owners, Mr and Mrs Owen, are nowhere to be seen. As, gradually, each member of the party is killed, the remaining holidaymakers become increasingly suspicious of their fellow islanders…
Félix de Givry stars in this French drama written by Mia Hansen-Løve and her brother Sven Hansen-Løve, on whose life the film is based. Paul (de Givry) is a troubled young man in need of a path and purpose in life. When he travels to Paris and discovers the world of underground music, he realises that he has found his true calling in life and sets about learning how to be a DJ. As he gets sucked into the seedy world that comes with life as a DJ, Paul quickly finds himself hooked on drugs, sex and hard-hitting bass. However, as Paul ages his music ages too and he struggles to keep up with the changing pace of the beats he once knew.
Nanni Moretti directs, co-writes and stars in this Italian drama. The story follows acclaimed film-maker Margherita (Margherita Buy) as she approaches an emotional breakdown whilst struggling to cope with her mother Ada (Giulia Lazzarini)’s illness during the shooting of her latest feature. Unable to understand or fully confront her mother’s hospitalisation, Margherita is forced to lean on her brother Giovanni (Moretti) as she ponders the potential loss of their mother. Outside of the hospital, the director’s life is made increasingly difficult on-set of her new political drama by its confrontational main star, American actor Barry Huggins (John Turturro).
Documentary from acclaimed director Werner Herzog which explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell. Treadwell lived unarmed among the bears for 13 summers and filmed his adventures in the wild during his final five seasons. Herzog uses Treadwell’s own startling documentary footage to paint a nuanced portrait of a complex and compelling figure while exploring larger questions about the uneasy relationship between man and nature.
Asif Kapadia directs this documentary focusing on the late British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. Featuring archive footage and interviews with the artist herself, the feature chronicles Amy’s life and successful music career which was cut short when she died from alcohol intoxication in 2011 aged 27. In addition to private home footage, those that knew Amy, including her father Mitch, husband Blake Feilder-Civil and collaborator Mark Ronson, discuss her life, career and notorious struggles with drugs, alcohol and eating disorders.
This set brings together ten films by influential cult director Kenneth Anger and a documentary about him by Elio Gelminis. This compilation of his works comprises of: ‘Fireworks’ (1947), ‘Puce Moment’ (1949), ‘Rabbit’s Moon’ (1950/1971), ‘Eaux D’Artifice’ (1953), ‘Inaugaration of the Pleasure Dome’ (1954), ‘Scorpio Rising’ (1964), ‘Kustom Kar Kommandos’ (1965), ‘Invocation of My Demon Brother’ (1969), ‘Rabbit’s Moon’ (1979 version) and ‘Lucifer’s Rising’ (1981).
One you may have missed
Six-part Golden Globe-winning adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s historical novels documenting the rise to power of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) in the court of Henry VIII (Damian Lewis). The programme begins as the King, lacking a male heir, tries desperately to annul his marriage to Katherine of Aragon (Joanne Whalley). But when her successor, Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy), also fails to satisfy this desire, she becomes paranoid that she too will meet the same fate. Meanwhile, Cromwell searches for an excuse to expel Anne from the court so Henry can be with Jane Seymour (Kate Phillips) whilst also ensuring that parliament will acknowledge the King as head of the Church of England.
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Duncan Andrews – Library Officer