Daring, startling and wholly original, London Road is a musical about the infamous Ipswich murders of 2006, adapted from Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s play by the director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris.
And it’s not just any musical; every lyric is adapted from interviews with residents of the area where the murderer lived and his prostitute victims worked. These are verbatim translations too, meaning that every stammer, pause and repetition is adapted into song. The result is incredibly powerful - every “um” and “er” that’s accentuated reveals something of the protagonists’ deepest and darkest fears. With a top cast including Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy, London Road is a unique and provocative memorial to a stark tragedy, a testament to the quiet determination of those affected, and one of the year’s most distinguished films.
La La Land
Musical 2016 128 mins Director: Damien Chazelle
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone channel old-school Hollywood glamour in this bright and playful romantic musical from director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash).
Musical 2015 127 mins Director: Spike Lee
Spike Lee’s bold and vivacious hip-hop musical restages an ancient Greek battle-of-the-sexes in 21st-century Chicago.
Song of Freedom
Drama 1936 77 mins Director: J. Elder Wills
A black London docker becomes a famous opera singer in this stirring musical drama starring Paul Robeson
Musical 1934 66 mins Director: John Baxter
Rarely-seen 1930s British musical about two African American travelling minstrels in search of entertainment work.
Drama 2015 106 mins Director: John Carney
The third in John Carney’s trilogy of musical films is the utterly charming story a boy who escapes his troubles through fronting a pop band.
Musical 1998 77 mins Director: Julian Henriques
Neeta and her crew rise to dancehall fame in North West London's Caribbean community, in the first Black British musical.
Thriller 2014 99 mins Director: Yann Demange
A young British squaddie is caught behind enemy lines in bomb-torn Belfast, in Yann Demange’s riveting suspense thriller.
Drama 2013 86 mins Director: Hong Khaou
Ben Whishaw stars in an intimate portrait of two strangers brought together by the common language of grief.
Drama 2015 103 mins Director: Omer Fast
Omer Fast’s gripping puzzle-box thriller about an amnesiac reconstructing his elusive past.
Queen and Country
Comedy 2014 115 mins Director: John Boorman
John Boorman’s follow up to Hope and Glory finds 18-year-old Bill called up for National Service against the backdrop of the Korean War.
Comedy 2014 120 mins Director: Matthew Warchus
The smash culture-clash comedy tells the incredible true story of how miners and a Gay Pride support group come together to fight a common cause.
Crime 2010 124 mins Director: Peter Mullan
Peter Mullan's forceful drama about a boy who becomes embroiled in gangland life in 1970s Glasgow, peppered throughout with a rich vein of black humour.
Featuring Olivia Colman
Drama 2013 85 mins Director: Steven Knight
Tom Hardy commands the screen as the only star of Steven Knight’s bold, mesmeric drama, which is set entirely in car and unfolds in real time.
Drama 2010 92 mins Director: Paddy Considine
Paddy Considine’s powerful feature debut, featuring astonishingly strong performances from Olivia Colman and Peter Mullan.
Comedy 2013 98 mins Director: James Griffiths
Nick Frost plays the one-time teen salsa champion, lured back to the dancefloor in an attempt to win the girl of his dreams.
Science Fiction 2015 118 mins Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw and Rachel Weisz star in this bleakly hilarious dystopian drama from Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth).
Grow Your Own
Comedy 2007 97 mins Director: Richard Laxton
A group of Merseyside gardeners take umbrage to the arrival of some refugees, but they find common cause to resist a devious corporate takeover.
The Iron Lady
Drama 2011 105 mins Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Meryl Streep delivers an extraordinary performance as Margaret Thatcher in a provocative portrait.
Directed by Rufus Norris
Drama 2012 91 mins Director: Rufus Norris
A compelling drama of splintered families and warring neighbours, with a stunning debut from young Eloise Laurence. With Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy.
Mad to Be Normal
Drama 2016 105 mins Director: Robert Mullan
David Tennant is inspired as the renegade Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing, whose unorthodox therapeutic ideas chime with the radical spirit of 1960s counterculture.
Thriller 2017 96 mins Director: Felix Randau
Revenge is served ice-cold in this visceral thriller, in which a neolithic hunter seeks vengeance against those who decimated his tribe.
Sicilian Ghost Story
Drama 2017 119 mins Director: Fabio Grassadonia
A gripping real-life story of a Mafia kidnapping in Italy is enthrallingly re-imagined as supernatural fantasy by the directors of the acclaimed Salvo.
Drama 2015 90 mins Director: Bilall Fallah
Star-crossed lovers from rival street gangs conduct an illicit affair in this pulsating urban romance.
Crime 2017 80 mins Director: Travis Mathews
From the director of Interior. Leather Bar. comes this eerie and powerful psychological thriller that offers a disturbing insight into the dark heart of Trump’s America.
Girls on Film 3: Goddesses
Anthology 2018 111 mins Director: Karishma Dev Dube
Eight more award-winning short films from around the world, exploring female desire, empowerment and the realities of being a woman, a lesbian and a feminist in the modern world.