This week’s new releases on BFI Player+ (10th December)
James R | On 10, Dec 2016
Heard of BFI Player? Well, there’s also BFI Player+, a subscription service that offers an all-you-can-eat selection of hand-picked classics.
Every Friday, Mark Kermode highlights one of the collection’s titles with a video introduction. This week, it’s For Those in Peril. Mark Kermode recommends the arresting and hypnotic feature from writer-director Paul Wright, who would go on to win a BIFA for best debut director.
The film stars a heartbreakingly good George MacKay as Aaron, a young boy in a small Scottish village who went out on a fishing voyage with four other men, including his older brother. He was the only one to make it back alive. He’s struggling to find peace in the wild confusion of his loss – and so is everyone else. Read our full review.
What else is available to stream? Every week, we bring you a round-up of the latest titles on BFI Player+:
My Brother the Devil
One of Britain’s best dramas of recent years, Sally El Hosaini’s film follows brothers both looking for a change in life direction in Hackney. It won Best British Newcomer for El Hosaini at the London Film Festival in 2012 and Most Promising Newcomer for star James Floyd at the BIFAs.
Within Our Gates
When it comes to early silent films, Birth of a Nation is one of the most well-known – but Oscar Micheaux’s classic, the earliest surviving feature from an African-American director, presents a fascinating black counterpoint to Griffith’s film.
Madonna and Child
Autobiography as art: the centrepiece of Terence Davies’ devastating Liverpool-set Trilogy focuses on his fictional alter-ego in middle age.
Anatomy of a Pin-Up
This documentary explores attitudes to nude modelling in Britain – models, photographers and members of the public express their opinions.
Documentary about the lives of the women who work at a striptease club called The Phoenix on Old Compton Street, in the heart of Soho in the swinging 60s.
John Irvin’s 1965 documentary follows three young striptease artists working in Soho.
Cheryl Farthing’s 1991 drama about a lesbian couple who arouse the interest of their new neighbour is an exploration of voyeurism, power dressing and fantasy. You’ll never think of Citizen Kane in the same way again.
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