MEDIA films on UK screens: March
Set in a small town in a deep Icelandic fjord that has been snowed in, Trapped is a new 10-part mystery TV series produced by RVK Studios. After its initial screening at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015, the drama was first broadcast in the UK in February and is now available on BBC iPlayer.
Written and directed by Magnus von Horn, The Here After is a Swedish drama about a teenager who returns home after serving time in prison, looking forward to starting life afresh. What unravels, however, is a story of anger, hostility and abandonment.
The four-part series from UK producer Brook Lapping, follows Obama’s presidency and the key events during his tenure since taking office in 2009 through interviews with officials and people close to the US leader.
Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise satirises 1960’s social idealism and the Thatcherite values that undermined it. The film follows Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) as he is seduced by the luxury of a high-rise building, an isolated community cut off from the rest of society and the dangerous social situation that becomes of it.
The UK's Recorded Picture Company produced this film adaptation of JG Ballard’s novel with backing from the previous MEDIA programme's development funds. It is released in the UK by StudioCanal on 18 March.
Loosely inspired by the life of American socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, Marguerite is a golden twenties-set drama, directed by Xavier Giannoli. A co-production between France, the Czech Republic and Belgium, the film won several César Awards and a Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival.
Patricio Guzmán’s Spanish-language documentary The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar), which premiered at the Berlinale in 2015 and won a Silver Bear for best script, documents the settlement of Chile’s Tierra del Fuego, exploring familiar Guzmán themes such as memory and the historical past.
Image: High-Rise, courtesy of Studio Canal
08 Mar 2016