British period drama Misbehaviour leads this week's cinema releases

13 Mar 2020 in New Releases

3 mins

Looking back at the political and social conversations that were occurring at the time whilst also spotlighting contemporary issues, Misbehaviour is a culturally aware and slickly entertaining slice of British cinema.

The 1970 Miss World pageant, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, was made infamous by several high-profile controversies before and during the proceedings. This film, starring a wealth of British talent such as Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley, follows the Women's Liberation Front as they hatch a plan to disrupt the competition in order to spotlight feminist concerns whilst two other women are amongst the favourites to become the first Black winners of Miss World in the event's history. 

Also out in cinemas this week

The Elephant Man (re-release)

Based on a true story, The Elephant Man tells the unforgettable tale of John Merrick. Taking place in the Victorian era, the film shows how a man born with a severe physical deformity is cruelly mistreated as a circus act - before being rescued and brought to London by the Queen's own doctor Frederick Treves. There at last, he finds kindness and hope - but the threat of a return to his old life is never far away. This re-release from visionary director David Lynch is both an artful and authentic examination of humanity.

New to DVD this week

Sorry We Missed You

Celebrated British filmmaker Ken Loach's latest film tackles the topic of the gig economy and how temporary work and zero-hour contracts affect the life a working-class family. 

Set in Newcastle upon Tyne, Ricky and Abbie are parents under pressure to provide for their family after the 2008 financial crash. After losing their mortgage, and Abbie struggling to keep up with her demanding hours as a nurse, Ricky has no choice but to take a parcel delivery job that will allow him to take care of their young daughter and teenage son. The film is an honest and careful depiction of how financial difficulties and exploitative work practices affect individuals in both significant and more subtle ways. With great, naturalistic performances from the cast and a thoughtful script by Loach's life-long collaborator, screenwriter Paul Laverty, the film sparks fruitful discussions around class, human rights and family relationships.

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