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With Christopher Nolan's blockbuster Tenet setting the pace for the reopening of cinemas at the end of August, audiences are now seeing a host of new releases that move beyond Hollywood and remind us of the diversity and power that film has to offer. This week, we take a look at two British releases that explore the intensity of growing up and the never-ending drive that young people have to make significant changes in society.
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Rocks is charming and high energy, made with entirely unprofessional actors, celebrating youth, optimism, diversity and friendship. The film follows a young girl's quest for survival after her mother abandons her, and her younger brother all of a sudden. Shola, known as 'Rocks' to her friends, must grow up fast and navigate her new life whilst going through the throes of adolescence in director Sarah Gavron's striking and unique coming-of-age drama.
Be sure to also check out our exclusive interview with Sarah Gavron below as she talks about her career and why Rocks was such an important story for her to tell.
After suddenly being abandoned by their mother, a young girl must care for her little brother on the streets with the support of her new friends.
Age group14+ years
In the current divisive political and social climate, it is important to remember the amazing movements that defined a generation and helped us progress. British documentary White Riot is an electric, shining example of what can happen when people come together to fight against injustice. Putting a spotlight on the Rock Against Racism concert in 1976, this film explores the personalities, artists and rock musicians who decided to throw a concert to protest against the bigoted views of the National Front.
We hope you look forward to enjoying and exploring the many treats cinemas has to offer when you feel ready and safe to do so; for more info on new requirements, procedures and safety protocols, please visit individual cinema websites as many venues will be operating under individual protocols. For more general information, please visit the LoveCinema homepage.
Please note that our DVD service has now resumed after temporarily shutting down during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
One of Charles Dickens' most cherished works is given a new makeover through the eyes of British filmmaker and satirist Armando Iannucci, who brings his trademark wit and very specific sense of humour to this classic story of a young man who works his way from the bottom to the top and back again, meeting a cast of decidedly charismatic characters on his way. The colourblind casting and contemporary humour make this a standout and accessible Dickens adaptation.
Available to stream
Comedic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ rags-to-riches novel about an orphaned boy who tries to find his way in the world.
Age group7–16 years
Actor Dev Patel and director Armando Iannucci discuss the adapting Dickens' classic, the power of words, and forging the character of Copperfield himself.
Viewing time 7 mins
We begin the roundup of DVD releases this week with the video game adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog, the hugely recognisable blue hedgehog who finds himself adrift in the real world and must enlist the help of a bumbling police officer in order to get back to his own. Next up, Just Mercy tells the true story of a passionate civil rights defense attorney who makes it his life mission to help Black inmates who are on Death Row in America. And lastly, the highly stylish Queen & Slim is Bonnie and Clyde-esque tale that sees a Black man and woman go on the run from the authorities after their first date has disastrous consequences.
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A video game legend is brought to life – meet Sonic, the blue hedgehog who must use his super speed to thwart the evil Dr. Robotnik.
Age group7–11 years
True story in which a passionate civil rights defense attorney seeks to prove the innocence of death row inmates from the African-American community.
Age group14–16 years
As Into Film's DVD service gets back up and running and schools reopen, we take a look at the newest DVD releases for our members.
Reading time 4 mins
A selection of films looking at international representations of Black History across cinema.
No. of films24
Daniel Kaluuya & Jodie Turner-Smith discuss role models, first dates and making an impact in the industry.
Reading time 4 mins
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