British drama The Last Tree leads this week's new releases

26 Sep 2019 in New Releases

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The Last Tree
The Last Tree

A young British boy of Nigerian heritage finds his life turned upside down when his birth mother opts to take him to live with her in inner-city London.

Torn away from his idyllic life in rural Lincolnshire, Femi struggles to adapt to his new life, finding himself drawn to the murky world of gangs and drugs. The Last Tree is a beautifully shot and authentically written portrait of a young Black man torn between two cultures, an ideal film to raise discussions around identity, belonging and integration.

Also out in cinemas this week

The Goldfinch; One Child Nation

One for the literary crowd here as Donna Tartt's wildly popular novel, The Goldfinch, gets adapted for the big screen. Ansel Elgort plays a young man named Theo struggling after the death of his mother during a terrorist attack in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. As he grows up and becomes involved with the world of art forgery, this drama becomes a layered exploration of life's hardships, growing up and key questions around the art industry.

One Child Nation, meanwhile, is one of the year's most important and valuable documentaries, covering a dark period in Chinese history when the one-child policy was put into effect in 1979 and lasted until as recently as 2015.  After becoming a mother, first-time filmmaker Nanfu Wang decides to investigate the repercussions this policy had on the country, offering educators and students the chance to raise ethical considerations in the classroom.

New to Order on DVD

Aladdin; Harvie and the Magic Museum

Two new films out on DVD to order for your film club or classroom this week include a Disney live action remake and a colourful CGI animation. Aladdin and the Genie will be sure to invigorate your classroom into discussions about wishes and magic whilst Harvie and the Magic Museum tells the story of a young boy obsessed with video games who is sucked into a mysterious world. 

New Film Guides to Download

Mary Poppins Returns; Two By Two; Stan & Ollie

Three new Film Guides to highlight this week, starting with the musical blockbuster Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the much-loved classic that doubles down on the song and dance whilst providing an uplifting tale about growing up (and how to avoid becoming an adult!). Two by Two, meanwhile, is an animated tale from Europe as a family of creatures desperately try to make their way onto Noah's Ark, dealing with themes of religion, environmentalism and family. Lastly, we celebrate two of cinema's most lasting icons in the biopic Stan & Ollie, which visualises the twilight years of the great comedic duo Laurel & Hardy.

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