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Adapted from Sarah Waters' 2009 gothic horror novel of the same name, The Little Stranger is a post-World War Two drama, set in 1948, in which strange incidents begin to occur at a rural mansion. Dr. Faraday, a country doctor and son of a former housemaid of the estate, is sent to visit the residents and uncover the truth behind the occurrences. While he refutes any suggestion of the supernatural, he begins to become closer to the Ayres family - especially Caroline - causing events to wildly escalate as a result, in this intelligent examination of British class and gender roles.
British gothic horror set in 1948 in which a doctor becomes a close acquaintance of a wealthy family who believe they are being haunted.
Age group14+ years
Also based on a gothic horror novel - a children's book in this instance - is The House with a Clock in its Walls, in which a ten year-old discovers that his uncle is a warlock and seeks to learn mystical practices before Doomsday hits; elsewhere, French documentary Faces Places from legendary filmmaker Agnès Varda sees her embark on a road-trip around small French towns and villages alongside her street artist friend, celebrating creativity and community; and another title for modern foreign languages students this week is The Captain, a German language production set during the final days of World War Two which sees a fleeing army deserter pretend to be a high-ranking Nazi official after stumbling upon a captain's uniform in this brutal black-and-white drama.
An orphaned boy sent to live with his magical uncle must locate a ticking clock before it brings about the end of the world.
Age group11–14 years
Documentary in which filmmaker Agnès Varda travels around rural France with a street artist, capturing portraits of local residents and communities.
Age group11+ years
Leading our DVD releases this week is British drama Apostasy, a semi-autobiographical tale from first-time director Daniel Kokotajlo, recounting his experiences growing up in a religious environment. The plot follows a family of Jehovah's Witnesses, living in Oldham, whose lives are turned upside-down when the eldest daughter begins to question her faith. Telling the story through the eyes of her younger sister, Alex, it explores ethical issues and the impact religions can have on relationships and identity.
Adapted from Ian McEwan's bestselling novel, On Chesil Beach is set in 1962 on the English south coast. University graduates Florence and Edward fall in love and soon marry, but fall victim to pressures of the period around sexual intimacy. Coming from different social backgrounds with complex family relationships, the film uses flashbacks and other storytelling devices to adapt the work for the big screen and to cleverly explore the characters' different understanding of the world, as well as of each other.
We look ahead to some of the most exciting titles set to be released in cinemas between now and Christmas, from foreign-language dramas to superhero animations.
Reading time 5 mins
Owain reports from the set of Celyn Jones's latest film, 'Six Minutes to Midnight', where he experienced what it's like to be an Art Director for the day.
Reading time 6 mins
Writer-director Desiree Akhavan and actor Chloe Grace Moretz talk about the new gay conversion drama and the importance of finding your own truth.
Viewing time 3 mins
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