Biographical documentary 'Whitney' leads this week's new releases

04 Jul 2018

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Whitney
Whitney

The second documentary on the life of Whitney Houston in a year comes from British filmmaker Kevin Macdonald, who takes an in-depth look at the soul singer's life and career, as one of the most successful and iconic female artists of all-time. With access to home-movie footage from throughout her life, the film explores bullying, her treatment in the media, and her tragic decline, edited together with wider social and political issues of the 1980s and 1990s, examining fame, mental health and addiction.

Also released in cinemas this week

Mary Shelley; Uncle Drew; The More You Ignore Me

Mary Shelley is a period drama biopic about the author of Gothic masterpiece Frankenstein and her romance with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley; Uncle Drew is a sports comedy which sees a legendary veteran basketball player return to the court to compete in a street tournament; The More You Ignore Me is a British comedy about a mother-daughter relationship revolving around mental health and the music of Morrissey, based on Jo Brand's novel.

New to order on DVD

Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig's celebrated solo directorial debut Lady Bird is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale which follows Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson over the final year at her Catholic high school in Sacramento, 2002. As well as joining the school musical, applying for college and experiencing first love, she must contend with her overbearing, passionate mother, as her father attempts to build bridges between the two strong-willed women.

Also new to order this week

British Council Shorts 2018; I Kill Giants

British Council Shorts 2018: Primary and British Council Shorts 2018: Secondary are the latest compilations in a collaboration between Into Film and the British Council, this year comprising solely of animated shorts in celebration of Anim18; I Kill Giants is adapted from a popular graphic novel exploring themes around grief and anti-bullying in which a troubled teenage girl finds escapism by imagining a magical where she battles evil giants.

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