The Hunt – Original Title: Jagten (2012) | 4 March 2020
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp
Language: Danish with English subtitles
Runtime: 1 hr 55 mins
A small town school teacher’s world threatens to collapse around him when a dangerous little lie told by a young child puts him on trial based on misunderstandings and hearsay in a close-knit community. Forced to prove his innocence against false child abuse allegations, he sets out to preserve his dignity amidst rising public doubt and turmoil, before his life spirals out of control. This riveting film examines social prejudice and the effects of a judgemental society.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) | 11 March 2020
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten
Runtime: 1 hr 48 mins
Hitchcock’s personal favourite amongst all his films features two terrific performances – Teresa Wright’s Charlie, a bored small town girl who worships her charming, city dwelling uncle only to realise he may not be the man he appears to be – and Joseph Cotten’s ‘Uncle Charlie’ who must come to terms with the fact that his beloved niece is onto him and suspects that he may be the serial-killing “Merry Widow” murderer. His arrival in her dull and idyllic small town shatters her peace of mind and threatens their “special bond”.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) | 18 March 2020
Writer & Director: Frank Darabont
Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman
Runtime: 2 hrs 20 mins
Since its release and shocking initial box office failure in 1994, The Shawshank Redemption has deservedly gone on to become one of the most beloved and treasured films of all time. It has retained the number 1 ranking among top ranked films on the IMDB website for the last 25 years. It may seem like high praise but its moving tale of hope and friendship thriving in the darkest of places continues to resonate with people all over the world. The story revolves around the unlikely kinship between new inmate Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) and old prison veteran ‘Red’ (Morgan Freeman) as they navigate decades of violence, prison politics and corruption while serving their sentences in the depressing Shawshank prison. The climax of the film is one of the most moving in cinema history. Legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins (1917) got the first of his 15 Oscar nominations for his brilliant work on this film. Based on the short story by Stephen King.
Rust and Bone – Original Title: De Rouille et D’os (2012) | 25 March 2020
Director: Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Dheepan)
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts
Language: French with English subtitles
Runtime: 2 hrs
Audiard’s deeply emotional, visually stunning and powerful love story ‘Rust and Bone’ features one of the great modern movie performances by Marion Cotillard as Stephanie, a ‘killer whale’ trainer who is struck by personal tragedy.
The film's eclectic soundtrack features songs by Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Bon Iver and a memorable score by Alexandre Desplat.
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