The true story of the man who would become King George VI (the current Queen’s father) and the unorthodox speech therapist who helped him to the throne. Hindered by a nervous stutter, ‘Bertie’ Windsor lived his early life away from the public eye, only to be thrown into the spotlight as a result of his brother’s abdication.
Terrified by his inability to be a public king, Bertie turned to Australian Lionel Logue. The script explores a real turning point in British history through the story of one man’s need to be heard.
Shot during January 2010, the film was released in the UK on the 7th January 2011.
Director: Tom Hooper (The Damned United)
Producers: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin
Writer: David Seidler
Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter
Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town Irish cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humour, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international drug-smuggling ring that has brought FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door.
Boyle drifts through life not much concerned about anything, not even the mysterious murder of a man in one of the town’s holiday cottages. But when Everett shows Boyle the mugshots of four drug-traffickers, he recognises one of them as the dead man.
And so the two cases converge, with a bemused Everett finding himself adrift in the decidedly original and sometimes surreal world of Sergeant Gerry Boyle, the last of the independents.
Shot in Ireland during October and November 2009, the film was released in the US in August 2011 and in the UK shortly after by Optimum.
The Guard opened the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival to fantastic reviews
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Producer: Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe
Writer: John Michael McDonagh
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Liam Cunningham
England in 1527. Henry VIII has been King for almost 20 years and is desperate for a male heir. Intent on divorce he demands that Cardinal Wolsey persuade the Pope to grant him an annulment. With every month that passes without progress the King’s anger grows. Into this volatile court enters the commoner Thomas Cromwell.
A one-time mercenary, master-politician, lawyer and doting father, he sets out to grant the King his desire whilst methodically and ruthlessly pursuing his own reforming agenda.
Writer: Hilary Mantel
Director: Peter Kosminsky
Producers: Colin Callender, Mark Pybus (Einstein and Eddington)