The Essential Collection

Muppet Movies: The Essential Collection

Many children of the 1970/80s will have The Muppets deeply embedded in their hearts. Their presence felt through TV, movies, music and theatre over the course the decades proceeding the mid-1970s. However, Jim Henson’s dysfunctional family of foam have of course been around far longer than a mere 45 years. With many early versions of the gang appearing from 1955 …

5 Essential Family Movies this Easter

Its Easter! And whether you are in it for the chocolate, the roast dinner or the religious significance, we are here to help you celebrate. With five great family films that scream Easter in all its spring bound wonder. From the Easter Bunny to religious epics and the indulgence of chocolate, these films have Easter written all of them. So …

Top TV: Our guide to the best box sets

Last Update: May 2020 Television has the power to whisk us away into new worlds, while remaining firmly rooted to our favourite armchair. While equally opening up new worlds through longer, episodic stories that leave us gagging for more. In recent years this has led to a new golden age of TV, as our viewing habits have changed in an …

Comic Book Movies – The Essential Collection

Updated June 2020 Ever since the 18th Century, comics, manga, cartoons and graphic novels have been a part of public storytelling. Taking us to new and existing worlds through art and words. While equally challenging political figures and institutions as they reflect and dissect our human journey. From Japan to Europe and America, the use of images in storytelling has …

A Deliciously Dark Christmas

The Essential Collection The presents are wrapped, the tree is up and you’re already sick of the Christmas songs playing in every shop you visit. What you need is something deliciously different to watch. A film that offers a more adult take on the festive season, or takes you on a weird but fantastical journey. So join us as we explore …

River Phoenix – The Essential Collection

Updated July 2020 River Jude Phoenix was born on August 23, 1970, in Madras, Oregon. His name inspired by ‘the river of life’ in Hermann Hesse’s book Siddhartha. While his parents, John Lee Bottom and Arlyn Dunetz, both following a lifestyle born of the 1960s hippy movement. While working as farm labours; their roots never tied to any one place. By 1972, …

LGBTQ films: The Essential Collection

Last updated May 2020 For the LGBTQ community, film has long been a vehicle for challenging social oppression and isolation. While, in turn, furthering inclusion and understanding of the LGBTQ community’s vibrant place in history, art, and culture. This has led to a cinematic journey that not only reflects the history of the people at its heart. But also celebrates …

Coming of Age: The Essential Collection

Updated: June 2020 Coming of age stories are integral to modern filmmaking and storytelling. Consequently offering us a window into the complexity, joy, frustration, and urgency of the teenage experience. At the same time, reflecting back to us the intense feelings and powerful emotions of the journey into adult life. As a genre, ‘coming of age’ has housed some of the …