As streaming is becoming increasingly common in the film industry, we found that quite a few films on our longlist this year were already available on streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and NowTV. So we’ve put together a little curated recommendation list of films you’ll be able to check out at home in between Film Club films.
This season we will be utilising our website and Facebook page more, to share reviews of films that committee members have seen. We’ll also invite club members to contribute their opinions to generate discussion around all the films we watch.
Rocks 12A UK (available on Netflix)
Teenage girl Shola, ‘Rocks’, finds herself struggling to take care of herself and her younger brother after being abandoned by their single mother.
“Rocks is a genuinely collaborative production, born out of workshops with young people at a range of schools and youth hubs. It’s an anti-hierarchical approach that has given this team effort an impressively authentic edge.” Mark Kermode, The Guardian.
Promising Young Woman 15 USA (available on NowTV)
A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out revenge against those who crossed her path.
“Fennell cleverly mixes romantic comedy tropes with more serious issues to give us one of the most complex #MeToo narratives we’ve seen so far.” Linda Marric, The Jewish Chronicle.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always 15 USA (available on NowTV)
A pair of teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania travel to New York City to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy.
“At once dreamlike and ruthlessly naturalistic, steadily composed yet shot through with roiling currents of anxiety, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” is a quietly devastating gem.” Andrew Barker, Variety.
Saint Frances 15 USA (available on Netflix)
34 year old aimless waitress Bridget hasn’t yet achieved her goal of becoming a respected writer. When casual relations with a younger ‘nice guy’ leads to an unexpected confrontation with potential motherhood, she manifests a job nannying a pint-sized spirit guide disguised as an obstinate 6 year old.
“Saint Frances is smart and original and anti-sensationalist. It is also a very good film, which speaks to you but never shouts.” Will Gompertz, BBC.
Rams 12A Australia (available on NowTV)
The Australian remake of Hákonarson’s Icelandic film of the same name from 2015 which was shown at Film Club.
A decades-long feud between two sheep farming brothers comes to a head when disaster strikes their flocks.
“The real magic of the film, of course, lies in the relationship between the brothers, and although this never quite equals what we see in Hákonarson’s film, there’s a lot of enjoy about it.” Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film.
Clemency 15 USA (available on NowTV)
As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.
“With Woodard and Hodge delivering phenomenal performances, Clemency emerges as an extraordinary feat in film-making that is as unflinching as it is poignant.” Beth Webb, Radio Times.
Les Misérables 15 France (available on Netflix)
A cop from the provinces moves to Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, discovering an underworld were the tensions between the different groups mark the rhythm.
“Debut writer/director Ladj Ly grew up on these estates and he captures the raw energy of the streets with such skin-prickling authenticity, French president Emmanuel Macron declared himself ‘upset by the accuracy’.” Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro Newspaper.
The White Tiger 15 India (available on Netflix)
An ambitious Indian Driver uses his wit and cunning to escape from poverty and rise to the top and become a successful entrepreneur in modern India.
“A fascinating story starring a hero that struggles to stay on the right side of likeable, but who is all the more compelling because of this.” Matt Neal, ABC Radio Australia.
Été 85 15 France (available on Amazon Prime)
While boating, Alexis’s boat capsizes and he almost drowns before being rescued by David, who ultimately ends up as his boyfriend. The summer holidays are just beginning, and this story recounts how Alexis grew into himself.
“Ozon’s nostalgic ode to the everlasting memories of first love carries his characteristic seductive and edgy style.” Rene Sanchez, Cine Sin Fronteras.
Your Name Engraved Herein 15 Taiwan (available on Netflix)
In 1987, as martial law ends in Taiwan, Jia-han and Birdy fall in love amid family pressure, homophobia, and social stigma.
“It’s the sensitivity that distinguishes (this film), a coming-out story that plays as a sentimental first-love-you-never-get-over romance.” Roger Moore, Movie Nation.
Superdeluxe 15 India (available on Netflix)
An unfaithful newly-wed wife, an estranged father, a priest and an angry son suddenly find themselves in the most unexpected predicaments, each poised to experience their destiny, all on one fateful day.
“Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s unstable mix of dark comedy, brutal thriller and Douglas Sirkian melodrama is shamelessly excessive but undeniably entertaining.” Joe Leydon, Variety.