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Director Stephen Frears
Victoria & Abdul (DVD + digital download) | DVD | (22/01/2018)
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Queen Victoria strikes up an an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Click Images to Enlarge
A Very English Scandal ? Season 1 | DVD | (02/07/2018)
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Adapted from John Preston's book A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment by Russell T Davies (Dr Who, Queer As Folk, Cucumber) and directed by Stephen Frears (Florence Foster Jenkins, Philomena, Dangerous Liaisons), starring Hugh Grant as Jeremy Thorpe and Ben Whishaw as Norman Scott. A Very English Scandal is the shocking true story of the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy to murder. It's the late 1960s, homosexuality has only just been decriminalized, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, has a secret he's desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his vociferous exlover is around, Thorpe's brilliant career is at risk, and eventually Thorpe can see only one way to silence Scott for good. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed politics forever as the British public discovered the darkest secrets of the Establishment and the lengths they'd go to conceal them.
Florence Foster Jenkins | DVD | (05/09/2016)
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FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS is the inspirational true story of the eponymous New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice Florence (Meryl Streep) heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), managed to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, St Clair realised he had perhaps bitten off more than he could chew. The comedy drama directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) celebrates the human spirit, the power of music and the passion of amateurs everywhere.
Victoria & Abdul (BD + digital download) | Blu Ray | (22/01/2018)
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Queen Victoria strikes up an an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Click Images to Enlarge
The Queen | DVD | (12/03/2007)
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Tradition prepared her. Change will define her. In the wake of the death of Princess Diana in 1997 Queen Elizabeth II (the outstanding Helen Mirren) must come to terms with a nation in mourning a new government under pressure to deliver an outpouring of grief and a Royal family in turmoil...
The Grifters (Dual Format Limited Edition) | Blu Ray | (21/05/2018)
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From director Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons) and producer Martin Scorsese, comes The Grifters, a taut thriller in which seduction and betrayal could lead to murder. Adapted for the screen by Donald E. Westlake, from a novel by Jim Thompson, The Grifters features a stellar cast, including Anjelica Huston (Crimes and Misdemeanors), John Cusack (Grosse Pointe Blank), and Annette Bening (American Beauty). When small-time cheat Roy Dillon (Cusack) winds up in hospital following an unsuccessful scam, it sets up a confrontation between his estranged mother Lilly (Huston) and alluring girlfriend Myra (Bening). Both Lilly and Myra are con artists playing the game in a league far above Roy, and always looking for their next victim. As Roy finds himself caught in a complicated web of passion and mistrust, the question is who's conning who? Brand New Extras: Seduction. Betrayal. Murder: The Making of The Grifters: A brand new feature length documentary on the film's production, including new interviews with director Stephen Frears, cinematographer Oliver Stapleton, editor Mick Audsley, executive producer Barbara De Fina and co-producer Peggy Rajski. Limited edition booklet: Includes ?Jim Thompson, Noir, and the Popular Front', an essay on the American author's societal influences by David Cochran, and ?Elmer Bernstein: Grit not Grift', a review of the legendary composer's career by Charlie Brigden.
Alan Bennett At The BBC | DVD | (26/10/2009)
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Alan Bennett At The BBC
Philomena | DVD | (24/03/2014)
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Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952 Philomena (Judi Dench) was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a fallen woman. When her baby was only a toddler he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him but with no success.Then she met Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off to America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena&rsquo;s son but also create an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin.The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates life showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places.
Follyfoot - Series 1-3 - Complete | DVD | (20/10/2008)
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Follyfoot was based on an idea by novelist Monica Dickens and starred Gillian Blake Steve Hodson and Christian Rodska as the trio of workers at a retirement home for old or unwanted horses. A collection of every episode from each series!
Six Plays By Alan Bennett: The Complete Series | DVD | (20/02/2017)
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Stephen Frears produces six plays by Oscar-nominated playwright Alan Bennett. Showcasing the talents of Julie Walters, Prunella Scales, Patricia Routledge, Dave Allen and Alun Armstrong, Six Plays by Alan Bennett includes the BAFTA-nominated Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Frears himself directs four of the six plays, with the remaining two directed by BAFTA-winning Giles Foster and Palm d'Or winner Lindsay Anderson. Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf Trevor Hopkins is painfully shy, but a chance encounter makes him think that his life is about to turn a corner. Starring Neville Smith, Thora Hird and Julie Walters Doris and Doreen Doris and Doreen are happy working in an obscure provincial office, until the spectre of redundancy rears its head. Starring Prunella Scales, Patricia Routledge and Pete Postlethwaite The Old Crowd George and Betty are throwing a housewarming party, but circumstances conspire against them... Starring John Moffatt, Isobel Dean, Peter Jeffrey and Rachel Roberts Afternoon Off A hotel waiter spends an afternoon off in search of sexual fulfilment, but instead finds a town full of eccentrics bearing petty prejudices. Starring Henry Man, Benjamin Whitrow and Philip Jackson One Fine Day An estate agent suffering a mid-life crisis takes up residence in an office block that he's supposed to be renting to his firm's clients. Starring Dave Allen, Robert Stephens and Benjamin Whitrow All Day on the Sands The Coopers decide to holiday in Morecambe as a change from Menorca. They stay in the Miramar Hotel, but Mr Cooper has a guilty secret... Starring Alun Armstrong, Marjorie Yates and Ken Jones
The Snapper | DVD | (02/11/2009)
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The Program | DVD | (15/02/2016)
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From Academy AwardÂ® nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) and producers Working Title Films (The Theory Of Everything, Everest, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), comes the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history; Lance Armstrong, the world-renowned Tour de France champion. Inspired by the award winning book ?Seven Deadly Sins' by David Walsh, and featuring a stellar cast including Ben Foster (Lone Survivor), Chris O'Dowd (Calvary), Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), THE PROGRAM is a tense and suspenseful thriller.
The Van | DVD | (12/03/2007)
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A large portion of life... The third installment of Irish author Roddy Doyle's 'Barrytown Trilogy' depicts the hilarious yet poignant adventures of Bimbo. Upon being fired from his job at the bakery Bimbo and his best mate go into business for themselves and purchase a chipper (a fish and chips van); but will the pressures of financial success sour their friendship forever?
The Royal Box (The King's Speech/ The Queen/ Young Victoria) | DVD | (09/05/2011)
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The Young Victoria:The Young Victoria is a lavish costume drama that focuses on the early life of Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt, My Summer Of Love, The Devil Wears Prada), one of the most venerated monarchs in British history. Born into nobility, her ascent to the throne was assured. Politically however, Victoria's inexperience meant that she relied heavily upon advisers to guide her. None more so than her cousin Prince Albert (Rupert Friend, Pride And Prejudice), who, at the tender age of 21 she married and went on to have nine children with.Produced by Sarah Ferguson--herself no stranger to the trials and tribulations that befall young royalty--and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (C.R.A.Z.Y), The Young Victoria is a visually-stunning film that gives candid insight into the challenges faced by those growing up in the public eye.Kings Speech:The untimely death of King George V (Michael Gambon) means that his son will be crowned as King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), however due to his desire to marry a woman whom the church do not approve of, Edward has to step down.Bertie (Colin Firth) is appointed as leader of the country and named King George VI. Unfortunately Bertie has suffered from a speech problem for the majority of his life and can barely speak in private, let alone public. At a time when the country is at war and desperately needing a leader they can trust, King George VI is not the ideal candidate. His wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) is forced to take it upon herself to fix the problem and hire an eccentric and unconventional speech therapist; Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush).A conflict immediately ensues between the teaching style Logue uses and the King. However, after an unorthodox course of treatment the two become good friends and eventually cure the problem, leaving the King to lead his country to victory.Based on the true story of King George VI, The King’s Speech tells the story of the royal and his battle with his stammer. Nominated for 12 Oscars including Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter) and Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush)The Queen:Following the death of Diana the 'People's Princess', the Queen (Helen Mirren) and her family remain hidden behind tradition and the closed doors of Balmoral Castle. whilst the heartbroken public becomes disillusioned with their Queen's absence, an increasingly popular Prime Minister, Tony Blair, must battle to convince the monarchy that its desire for privacy could lead to its ultimate downfall.With an outstanding performance from Helen Mirren, the Queen is Director Stephen Frears' engrossing, intimate and intelligently witty portrait of our monarchy's darkest days in the week following one of the nation's greatest tragedies.
My Beautiful Laundrette (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (21/08/2017)
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In case you'd forgotten, My Beautiful Laundrette will remind you of those mid-80s days when Thatcherism ruled the earth (or so it seemed) and money was king. Stephen Frears' low-budget realisation of Hanif Kureishi's subversively critical play captures the contradictions of that time in a way that's as fresh today as when it was new. Omar's wheeler-dealer uncle, Nasser (Saeed Jaffrey), sums it up when he says, "In this damn country, which we hate and love, you can get anything you want". He sets up Omar (Gordon Warnecke) with a rundown laundrette and the instruction to make it a success, which Omar temporarily does, with the help of his childhood friend Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis). When the film first came out, it was the gay content that dominated the column inches, whereas now it seems a sensitive and multi-faceted summation of its decade, exploring social, ethnic and sexual issues and contradictions. Bringing together two such different characters as Omar--Asian, ambitious, for whom success is defined by wealth--and former childhood friend Johnny--white trash, ex-National Front--was inspired. Watching their friendship develop into love, and the ensuing bitterness and misunderstanding that they suffer from friends and family is very poignant. All the lead roles are well taken, the contradictory character of Nasser in particular. By turns, funny, touching and anger-inducing, this is a movie that wears its age lightly and its era proudly. On the DVD: the picture is in 4:3 ratio with a Dolby Digital soundtrack. There's an original trailer and filmographies of the four main characters, with an additional biography for Day-Lewis. --Harriet Smith
The Deal | DVD | (19/05/2008)
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The Deal stars David Morrissey as Gordon Brown and Michael Sheen as Tony Blair and depicts the famed political legend that the two made a pact that Blair would step down as Prime Minister so that Brown could take his place. The Deal begins in 1983 as the two men are first elected to Parliament and concludes in 1994 at the Granita restaurant - the location of the supposed agreement - with a brief epilogue following the 1997 general election.
Prick Up Your Ears | DVD | (03/09/2007)
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Prick Up Your Ears is a celebration of outrageous playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman) and his love affair with Kenneth Halliwell (Alfred Molina) which concluded with their violent and premature deaths. Orton was one of the 1960s golden boys from working class Leicester lad to national celebrity from sexual innocent to grinning satyr from penniless student to icon of Swinging London. He became a star by breaking the rules - sexual and theatrical. But while his plays including Loo
Dangerous Liaisons | DVD | (01/06/2006)
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A sumptuously mounted and photographed celebration of artful wickedness, betrayal and sexual intrigue among depraved 18th-century French aristocrats, Dangerous Liaisons (based on Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses) is seductively decadent fun. The villainous heroes are the Marquise De Merteuil (Glenn Close) and the Vicomte De Valmont (John Malkovich), who have cultivated their mutual cynicism into a highly developed and exquisitely mannered form of (in-)human expression. Former lovers, they now fancy themselves rather like demigods whose mutual desires have evolved beyond the crudeness of sex or emotion. They ritualistically act out their twisted affections by engaging in elaborate conspiracies to destroy the lives of their less calculating acquaintances, daring each other to ever-more-dastardly acts of manipulation and betrayal. Why? Just because they can; it's their perverted way of getting their kicks in a dead-end, pre-Revolutionary culture. Among their voluptuous and virtuous prey are fair-haired angels played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman, who have never looked more ripe for ravishing. When the Vicomte finds himself beset by bewilderingly genuine emotions for one of his victims, the Marquise considers it the ultimate betrayal and plots her heartless revenge. Dangerous Liaisons is a high-mannered revel for the actors, who also include Swoosie Kurtz, Mildred Natwick, and Keanu Reeves. --Jim Emerson
Lay the Favourite | DVD | (21/01/2013)
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Based on the memoir by Beth Raymer, this lighthearted gambling caper based on true events stars Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta Jones (Chicago), Vince Vaughn (The Break-Up), Joshua Jackson (Bobby) and is directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Stephen Frears (The Queen). In the sports gambling Mecca of Las Vegas, an exuberant ex-private dancer Beth (Rebecca Hall) arrives in search of her ultimate dream - to become a cocktail waitress. Fate leads her to Dink (Bruce Willis), a charming, old-school gambler who seeing beyond the ditzy facade, takes a shine to Beth, recruiting her as his good luck charm.
Tamara Drewe | DVD | (28/03/2011)
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A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.