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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.
Exploring the artistry and history of film sound, Making Waves: The Art of Cinema Sound is an entertaining and hugely educational documentary that features interviews with some of Hollywood's biggest names and highlights some of the most fascinating uses of sound in film. Brittany Runs a Marathon is a heart-warming comedy that sees a New Yorker in her late twenties taking up running after her doctor reveals her lifestyle has become unhealthy. Unexpectedly, her health journey leads her to learn more about herself and to forming new relationships.
Just in time for the festive season, Nativity Rock! is the latest instalment in the British film series. The pupils of St. Bernadette school welcome a new teaching assistant and a new pupil with a difficult past. While practising for their annual Christmas performance, they get up to a bunch of silly antics in this fun comedy for the youngest of audiences.
You can find other Christmas films on the catalogue here:
Get the festive feeling with these Christmas themed films for Primary and Secondary
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films25
Personal independence takes centre stage in this Americana-tinged drama about a young man who follows his dream to become a professional wrestler.
Reading time 4 mins
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