Benjamin Britten – Peace and Conflict – director Tony Britten’s drama documentary about the early years of celebrated British composer Benjamin Britten (no relation) and the pacifism that affected his life and work. The official website is here and it contains details of screening locations here.
Grave of the Fireflies/My Neighbour Totoro – two classic manga animations now a quarter of a century old are given a dusting off at key cities only this comic drama follows a boy and his little sister as they struggle to survive in WWII Japan. The StudioCanal website has a link at the bottom page to cinemas that are showing the film.
The King of Marvin Gardens – Jack Nicholson proved his mettle in the 1970’s with a number of mature, male-led dramas, including this one with director Bob Rafelson. The drama concerns two brothers who team up for a number of get rich quick schemes in the developing Atlantic City. Showing at BFI Southbank and key cities around the UK only, the official site is here.
The Moth Diaries – American Psycho director Mary Harron has made only one feature length film in the 13 years that have elapsed (The Notorious Bettie Page). This production has had a troubled gestation and creation and is a horror drama about a new girl to an exclusive girls’ school (Lily Cole) pushing Sarah Bolger’s best friend away from her. Bolger suspects Cole is a vampire. The official site is here; the film will be showing at key cities only.
Something in the Air – French drama that follows a number of young people after the heady weeks of 1968 who decide the counter-revolution will continue and what they do next. The official IFC Entertainment site is here; the film will be showing at key cities only.
And on Wednesday 29 May…
The Big Wedding – long-divorced couple Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton have to pretend to be married again when one of their children gets married. Silly sounding comedy, a remake of a 2006 French film, that is the staple of De Niro’s 21st Century career. The official Lionsgate site is here; it will be showing nationwide.