Romance

Summer of 85 – The intoxicating joy of first love and gut-wrenching pain of loss

Summer of 85 is now showing in Cinemas nationwide and on Curzon Home Cinema Benjamin Disraeli once said, “The magic of our first love is our ignorance that it can never end”. And anyone looking back on those first intense feelings, wrapped in a shield of invulnerability, could hardly disagree. With youth itself surrounded by an impenetrable bubble of hope, …

Cocoon (Kokon) – A delicate, yet vibrant portrait of youth

Cocoon will be released nationwide in selected cinemas and on-demand from the 4th December. As the sun beats down on Berlin, Leonie Krippendorff laces the heat of summer with the uncontrollable fever of adolescence. In a delicate, yet vibrant portrait of youth that pulses with the heat, desire and trepidation of teenage life. With one unforgettable summer changing the rules …

Endless: Teen love story comes to Showcase Cinemas from October 16

From the distributor that brought you After We Collided, the UK Box Office teen smash hit, comes teen love story Endless, launching in Showcase Cinemas from October 16th. When madly in love high school graduates Riley (Alexandra Shipp) and Chris (Nicholas Hamilton) are separated by a tragic car accident, Riley blames herself for her boyfriend’s death while Chris is stranded …

Getting It – We talk to writer, director and actor Tom Heard about life, love and LGBTQ representation

Getting It is now available on Vimeo in the United Kingdom and Amazon Prime in the US Let’s face it, the only thing more complicated than love is the self-assembly instructions on a flat-pack piece of furniture. In fact, in both respects, we often give up, or bypass the difficult bits and hope the end result will work out just …

A Ghost Waits – Love transcends death in a delightful debut feature

Romance, belonging and ghosts are a staple of the supernatural genre, from A Ghost Story (2017) to Beetlejuice (1988) and The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947). The relationship between love, life and death central to our reflections on mortality. With film offering a glimmer of hope that death neither separates nor ends our eternal need for love and belonging. The …

Matthias and Maxime – Now available to stream on MUBI

Friendships change over time, especially the ones born of childhood and adolescence. Sometimes those friendships hide the true feelings of the journey from boy to man (or girl to woman). While sometimes, they hide, repressed desires that surface on the road to adult life. These are all themes that Xavier Dolan’s latest film explores with tenderness and ease. Bound together …

Around the Sun – The mysteries of life in a universe of possibilities

In 1686 the philosopher and scientist Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle published Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds. A pioneering mix of discussion and science that centred on his five-night stay at a chateau in France. The conversations with his hostess focusing on the nature of the universe and planets. And the infinite possibilities of the stars above us. These themes …

A Rainy Day in New York – A decidedly damp affair

Despite featuring some of the finest on-screen talents of recent years, the latest film from Woody Allen ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ is a decidedly damp affair. Its narrative combining a mix of 1950s nostalgia, 1980s affluence, and his trademark whimsey alongside a 21st Century backdrop. Ultimately creating a film that feels both disconnected and distant; a relic from …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Little Women

This is the sixth on screen adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. The most recent having been the 1994 academy award nominated film starring Winona Ryder. However, unlike previous adaptations Greta Gerwig’s Little Women sings with a vibrant air of modernism. Taking the roots of the classic novel while dovetailing them with a beautiful coming of age journey. With director and cast working in …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – A Guide to Second Date Sex

Based on her acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Play of 2012 A Guide to Second Date Sex. Rachel Hiron’s directorial debut reflects its theatrical roots with pride. Offering us a situation comedy that is quintessentially British in its awkwardness and humour. Reflecting the deepest desires of two twenty-something adults to embrace the spark of a potential new relationship. While surrounding this with …