The Essential Collection

15 Top TV Shows to Watch During Self Isolation

Being stuck at home during these challenging days isn’t easy. And it can mean 24 hour news becomes a normal part of our Televisual diet. But while important this can also increase a sense of isolation and worry. While also making the day drag as the main news repeats every hour. So why not take a break from world events …

Creative Films for Kids in Quarantine

We live in challenging times, and nothing can be more challenging than trying to entertain your children during a social and school lockdown. However, it is at times like this that film can offer kids an escape from rolling news coverage and worries. While also allowing their imaginations to run riot in world of possibility. Enabling further play and activities …

Comic Book Movies – The Essential Collection

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 the America’s the use of images in storytelling has a long …

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 …

Horror – The Essential Collection

Updated March 2020 Ever since the dawn of film, Horror has played a part in its development. Acting as a mirror to our inner most fears, while challenging us to face the ghosts of our deepest anxieties and terrors. Whether fictional, religious or real, horror has played with the psychology of human fear, shining a light into the darkest corners …

LGBTQ films – The Essential Collection

Last updated February 2020 For the LGBTQ community, film has long been a vehicle for challenging society’s pre-conceptions. While furthering inclusion and embracing a community rich in history, art and culture. As a result the film journey of the LGBTQ community reflects the history of its people. Not only providing a road map of discrimination and isolation, but also the …

Ten Film Alternatives to Watching Eurovision

It’s that time of year again when mediocre songs and flamboyant performances illuminate our TV screens. With the dreaded ‘deux points’ score for the United Kingdom having become a staple of Eurovision disappointment. So why not settle in with a large glass of wine and watch a movie instead? Movies have the ability to bring popular music, energy and diversity …

Coming of Age – The Essential Collection

Updated December 2019 Coming of age stories are integral to modern filmmaking and storytelling. Consequently offering us a window into the complexity, joy, frustration and urgency of teenage experience. While 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 the most emotive and powerful …