On The Farm (2015)
1980 - Vancouver – Downtown - East Side - a densely populated, violent place - a ghetto of the drug addicted, impoverished and disenfranchised. Though violence is a fact of life here – for over two decades another shadow hung over the Lower East Side with as many as 50 women reported missing between 1978 and 2001. Fifty daughters, sisters, wives and mothers to those who loved them but to the government and police these missing women were of virtually no interest - women ignored because they were considered the detritus of society: native, crack addicted sex workers.
Finally, in 2007 a local pig farmer named Willie Pickton was caught, tried and imprisoned for life for the murders of 6 women. While in prison he claimed he was responsible for the disappearance and murder of as many as 49 women.
On The Farm is a cutting edge drama about a small army of people from all walks of life who exerted the pressure that led to the capture of one of history’s worst serial killers.
Based on Stevie Cameron’s best-selling book it’s the tale of a drug addicted sex worker, who with a the will to survive, fights Pickton and miraculously lives to talk about it; of a teenage girl who comes to search for her missing mother; and of a pair of good cops who despite contempt and intimidation, stay on the case.
Director: Rachel Talalay
(Tank Girl, Nightmare On Elm Street, Doctor Who)
Cast: Elle- Maija Tailfeathers, Sara Canning, Sarah Strange, Patrick Gallagher
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A tragic romance set against the backdrop of a military coup.
One of England's finest actors, John Hurt gives an intense performance in a film of poignancy and authenticity. As Granville Jones, John Hurt plays one of the great foreign correspondents of old-time Fleet Street who finds himself in the position to reverse an international catastrophe.
Director: Richard Stroud
Cast: John Hurt, Imogen Stubbs
Hell's Pavement (2009)
When good intentions are all you have.
How is it that so many well-intentioned people can do so much damage? A heart-breaking and topical story of a young girl in the UK's social care system.
Director: Andy Kemp
Cast: Pauline McLynn, Diveen Henry, Connor Byrne, Keeki Bennetts
Never before has one man seen so much of the future. Our future.
Contemporary audiences cannot escape the unsettling predictions of a man who lived centuries ago. The film recounts the life and loves of the famed physician and astrologer whose predictions have proved correct including the assassination of Kennedy, the first man on the moon, the last two world wars and horrors beyond.
Director: Roger Christian
Cast: Tcheky Karyo, Rutger Hauer, Julia Ormond
Savage Messiah (2002)
He promised them...Love, Healing, and Salvation.
This is a powerful, psychological movie about a small- town social worker who brings a diabolical cult leader to justice. Roch Thériault presides over a bizarre commune that includes his eight wives and 26 children. The film follows the social worker who visits the commune and, although everything on the
surface seems fine, she senses desperation among the wives.
Director: Mario Azzopardi
Cast: Polly Walker, Luc Picard, Isabelle Blais, Pascale Montpetit
The Lake (2002)
A lake full of memories, a lake full of dreams.
Anne, an English woman in her early seventies, is incorrectly diagnosed with terminal cancer. In the belief that she has just three weeks left to live, she decides to revisit a lake in northern Italy where she had restored paintings as a young woman after the Second World War. Anne hopes to discover what became of Antonio, her first and only passionate love.
Director: Robert Golden
Cast: Eve Pearce, Sandra Voe
The Many Trials of One Jane Doe (2002)
She demanded justice...She got a trial.
The Many Trials of One Jane Doe is based on the true story of an extraordinary woman, who, after a traumatizing rape refused to become a victim. Jane Doe (as she legally must be called) discovers that she was the fifth victim of a serial rapist that the police knew was operating in the area where she lived. Outraged, she sues the police - and makes legal history.
Director: Jerry Ciccoritti
Cast: Wendy Crewson, Steven Mackintosh, Gary Lewis
Blind Flight (2003)
When everything was lost they found hope in each other.
Blind Flight is the true account of the kidnapping of Brian Keenan and his subsequent captivity with John McCarthy in the Lebanon in 1986. Brian Keenan and John McCarthy spent four and a half years together, confined underground and chained to the wall of their cell. The two men, pawns in a game of international politics, were utterly different in personality, physical appearance and background.
Director: John Furse
Cast: Ian Hart, Linus Roache
The Whole Shebang (2001)
A tale of families and loyalties, life and death, dreams and answered prayers.
On a mission to save his family's fireworks business, a man becomes distracted after he falls in love.
In a family steeped in tradition, nothing can happen to one without it affecting the whole. Tragedy meets comedy when the bumbling and passionate Giovanni Bazinni is summoned to work in his family's fireworks factory in America.
Director: George Zaloom
Cast: Stanley Tucci, Bridget Fonda, Giancarlo Giannini
The French Guy (2005)
Elizabeth Murray just wants to help! Feeling lucky to be alive after surviving brain surgery, she brings home a stray young man. All she wants to do is care, cherish and look after him so what could possibly go wrong?
Director: Anne Marie Fleming
Cast: Babs Chula, Tygh Runyan, Carley Pope
Sleeping Dogs (2014)
A web of deceit,betrayal,and the ultimate test of devotion.
It's been a year since her fiancé Tommy became seriously ill following a vicious attack. Eve's days consist of nursing the almost vegetative Tommy while struggling to make ends meet. Tommy's outlook is bleak but Eve holds onto the only hope she has left, that a radical new treatment may help. The problem is money. With most legitimate avenues exhausted, she turns to Tommy's friends. She knows they're less than angelic but she's running out of time. What she doesn't know however is that journeying into the Tommy's murky past will unravel a chain of deception that will be the ultimate test of her devotion.
Director: Floris RAMAEKERS
Cast: Liberty MILLS, Jon CAMPLING, Simon KILLICK, David L ROONEY
Petroleum Spirit (2015)
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Raised in isolation by his mother at a remote petrol station, Errol yearns to explore the real world. When his Mother dies in an accident, Errol learns that the Father he thought dead is alive and sets off in the Lada to find him, leaving an unintended trail of destruction across the desolate backroads of 80′s Britain. When he finally does reach him, Errol’s violent-tempered Father tries recruiting him to a criminal underworld, forcing Errol to choose what kind of man he wants to be.
This thrilling odyssey burns a highly flammable cocktail of love, hate, sex and death until our moral compass is spinning and we can only hope that Errol finds salvation.
Director: Rob Sanders
Cast: Jarrad Ellis Thomas, Alexandra Weaver, Ryan Oliva,
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)
Inspired by the life of legendary English rock ‘n’ roll singer and performer, Ian Dury of Ian Dury and the Blockheads.
Andy Serkis (The Lord Of The Rings), Bill Milner (X-Men: First Class), Ray Winstone (The Departed), Tom Hughes (About Time), Olivia Williams (The Ghost), Naomie Harris (Pirates Of The Caribbean)
Director: Mat Whitecross
Writer: Paul Viragh
Fast Girls (2012)
Fast Girls is a feisty, frenetic and fast-paced drama with romance, conflict and the thrill of a championship final.
Lenora Crichlow (Being Human), Lily James (Cinderella, Wrath of the Titans, Downton Abbey), Noel Clarke (Adulthood), Rupert Graves (Made In Dagenham), Phil Davies (Vera Drake, Peterman)
Director: Regan Hall
Writer: Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Adulthood)
Hunky Dory (2011)
From the producer of Billy Elliot comes this funny, coming of age film featuring songs from artists as diverse as David Bowie, Lou Reed, The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel and Dusty Springfield. In the heat of the summer of 1976, drama teacher Vivienne fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to put on an end-of-term version of Shakespeare's The Tempest.
Cast:Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting), Aneurin Barnard (Trap for Cinderella)
Director: Marc Evans
Writer: Laurence Coriat