Whilst the world is on pause and your Filmhouse Sunderland visits aren’t possible, we’re keeping the independent cinema flag flying with our new weekly watch lists from Chris & Jonny, the people behind the project.
Each Friday, we’ll post a list of four films that are currently available across BBC iPlayer, All4, Netflix and Amazon Prime that we think you should seek out.
This week’s selection is…
Beats (18) (2019) (BBC iPlayer)
Scotland, 1994. Nervous and shy young shop worker Johnno is set to move away from the run-down Glasgow neighbourhood where he and his parents live. But Johnno and his edgy and frowned-upon best mate Spanner have grown up together, so on the eve of going their separate ways the pair decide to embark on a rave fuelled all-nighter and overnight odyssey. Brian Welsh’s Beats takes an affectionate look at the potential end of a young friendship and it’s also a deeply authentic time capsule study of life in 1994, when rave culture was legislated against by the Tory government and the music ruled all….
Good Time (15) (2017) (Netflix)
After a robbery goes wrong, Small-time crook Connie (Robert Pattinson)’s younger brother Nick is arrested and sent to prison. Desperate to get him out, Connie does everything he can to pay Nick’s bail, taking him on a trip through New York’s dangerous underworld. Directors Josh and Benny Safdie’s (Uncut Gems) exhilarating film boasts a mesmerising turn from Robert Pattinson, who has been recently soaring through a career stuffed with showcase performances in terrific indie films. Don’t miss!
Proof (15) (1991) (All 4)
Jocelyn Moorhouse’s 1991 Australian drama features early performances from superstars Russell Crowe and Hugo Weaving. Weaving is Martin, a blind Australian man who is inherently unable to trust others. Not believing people’s descriptions of the world around him, he takes photographs and has others describe what they see for comparison. Alone but for the housekeeper Celia (Genevieve Picot) who secretly loves him, Martin meets Andy (Crowe), a dishwasher with a talent for description. A quietly funny black comedy, Proof is a touching, underseen gem with excellent and understated performances.
I Care A Lot (15) (2020) (Amazon Prime)
Golden Globe winner Rosamund Pike OWNS the screen in this delicious and darkly funny swipe at capitalism. With unparalleled self-assurance, Marla Grayson (Pike) is a professional, court-appointed guardian for dozens of elderly wards whose assets she seizes and appropriates for herself through immoral, but entirely but legal, methods. When Marla finds her latest target, unassuming retiree Jennifer (Dianne Weist), she pounces. Set to make another small fortune, Marla soon realises that Jennifer is not all she seems. Soon her business – and her life – are in danger of unravelling.
We’d love to hear what you think of the films we recommend – let us know!
See you next week,
Chris & Jonny