Environmentally focused doc 2040 leads this week's new releases

14 Nov 2019 in New Releases

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Filmmaker Damon Gameau, who previously investigated the effects of an unhealthy diet in That Sugar Film, turns his attention to environmental issues of the modern world in his latest project.

He sets out to address concerns around transport, energy, farming, education and more looking for existing solutions around the world aiming to set out his vision for a better tomorrow. Addressing the film to his young daughter who will be 25 by the year 2040, this is an insightful and thought-provoking piece with a hopeful message of how we can all make a positive difference to the world in both big ways and small.

Also out in cinemas this week

Le Mans '66; The Report; Last Christmas

A wide variety of other films are being let loose into cinemas this week, ranging from conspiracy thrillers to festive rom-coms. First off, Le Mans '66, is a high-octane drama based on the true story of how two men working for the Ford motor company vowed to beat Ferrari at the pinnacle of motor sports, Le Mans. Starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, this is a super-powered glimpse into the complex world of design and technology. 

The Report comes along at an interesting time, taking a peek back into recent history and politics as Adam Driver plays a young, idealistic staffer who discovers dark secrets amongst the CIA's secretive interrogation programme. And finally, Last Christmas arrives a little bit ahead of schedule but those who are in the mood for a festive treat have the chance to see Emilia Clarke find redemption and love after meeting a mysterious, handsome stranger whilst working as Christmas elf in London.

Out on DVD this week

Diego Maradona

In 1984, the world's most expensive football player, Argentine sensation Diego Maradona, moved from Barcelona to play for Napoli, a team in the poorest area of Italy and began a wild journey that would live on in football history. This documentary, from esteemed filmmaker Asif Kapadia, explores the price of fame and the way sport can define a culture and a city, covering the entirety of Maradona's six year stay in Naples with crisp, never-before-seen archive footage.

Also out on DVD this week

Gwen; Spider-Man: Far From Home

Welsh drama Gwen takes to the wilderness of 19th century Snowdownia, following a teenage girl as she attempts to keep her family safe from what seems to be a looming, supernatural threat. Atmospheric and rooted in folklore, Gwen is an eerie look into our industrial history.

On the other end of the spectrum is high-flying Marvel blockbuster sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home, which sees Peter Parker embracing his teenage lifestyle and embarking on a trip around Europe, only to be faced with a dangerous new enemy who is out to manipulate the world into seeing things his way.

New Film Guides to Download

Tolkien; Moulin Rouge; Charlotte's Web

Three new Film Guides to take a look at this week, beginning with a detailed look at the life of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, examining his relationships and his inspirations, especially during The Great War. Just in time for the BFI's Musicals season, Moulin Rouge! weaves a dazzling tale of love, passion and entertainment at the turn of the 20th century and, speaking of weaving, Charlotte's Web tells the story of a wonderful friendship between a pig and a spider - screening as part of the Into Film festival, this is the perfect time to teach a class about this most eccentric and emotional tale. 

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