Best of British FilmBy Sj.Cliff
Dom Hemmingway is the story of a notorious safe-cracker returning to the streets of London after a 12 year prison stretch. Now, it’s time to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut.
After visits his crime boss (Bichir) in the south of France, with his devoted best friend (Grant), to claim his stake decides that what he’s lost is irreplaceable.
One car accident and a femme fatale later (Ghenea), Dom realizes that his priority must be to reconnect with his long-lost daughter (Clarke).
But Dom does what Dom does best. He screws things up for everyone…
With a flair for comedy and drama, British films never fail to deliver maximum entertainment. Dom Hemmingway is a great example of this with its mixture of a crime background, father/daughter reconnection, and laughs along the way.
To mark the release of the new movie, we’re taking a look back at the best of British film.
Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes team up in this British-American black comedy. Mob boss Harry Walters (Fiennes) tells his two hit men Ray (Farrell) and Ken (Gleeson) to lay low in Bruges, Belgium for a few weeks following their latest hit, which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander. Filling their days living the lives of tourists, the two hit-men find themselves permanently altering their outlook on life. Farrell won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, while Martin McDonagh won a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay. With the success of the movie, the film has gone on to achieve cult status.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Richard Curtis features Hugh Grant in the British romantic comedy, Four Weddings and a Funeral. Charles (Hugh Grant) and Carrie (Andie MacDowell) meet briefly at a wedding find themselves crossing paths at another wedding. Unfortunately, Carrie is engaged to another man, a complication for both parties. With Richard Curtis’ witty dialogue and Director Mike Newell’s attention to detail, the film achieved unexpected international success. Becoming the highest-grossing British film in cinema history at the time as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, Four Weddings and a Funeral is a British classic.
The Damned United
Visionary Don Revie (Colm Meaney) the manager to whom the Leeds United football club owes their championship success, leaves to take over the England team. The Damn United tells the story of his replacement, Brian Clough’s (Michael Sheen) 44 day tenure as new manager of the team and his bitter rivalry with Revie. The film was critically acclaimed and was nominated for numerous awards.
Shaun of the Dead
Living with his best friend (Nick Frost), neglecting his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield), despising his step-dad (Bill Nighy) and unemployed, it’s safe to say Shaun (Simon Pegg) is going through a rough patch in life. The day he decides it’s time to turn his life around and patch up his relationships is the day the dead have decided to come back to life, spreading their zombie curse to everyone they bite. Receiving 91% approval ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, a BAFTA nomination and a cult following, the film was a critical and commercial success.
Withnail & I
Wasting their life away waiting for their career to take off, two unemploed young actors, Withnail (Richaed E. Grant) and “I” (Paul McGann) go on a holiday to Withnails’s uncles cabin in the country. However,with the non-stop rain, lack of food and basic survival skills, their friendship is tested. With the films tragic comedic elements, Withnail & I has been described as “one of Britians biggest cult fims.”
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