still from I Am Not Your Negro

MEDIA films on UK screens: April

Hinterland/Y Gwyll Series 3

Shot in both English and Welsh, the crime drama series centres around the pursuits of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Mathias, played by Richard Harrington (PoldarkCasualty), and is set in Aberystwyth against a backdrop of mountainous terrain, isolated farms and close-knit villages. In the third season, DCI Tom Mathias and DI Mared Rhys are confronted by a family in grief and a community in shock when they investigate the violent death of a local minister.

Fiction Factory received funding for season three in 2015 through the TV Programming scheme (as well as for the first season through the previous MEDIA programme). It airs on BBC on 5 April.

I Am Not Your Negro

When in 1987 James Baldwin died, he left behind an unfinished book: Remember This House, which was in its finished form to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. I Am Not Your Negro is Raoul Peck’s envisioning of that story, reflecting on the life of the writer and his political struggle against racism.

French production company Velvet Film received development funding for the film in 2013. It is released in the UK 7 April Altitude Films.

 

City of Tiny Lights

Set in contemporary London, City of Tiny Lights tells the story of a seemingly straightforward missing-persons case that ends up drawing its detective into a dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue.

NDF Productions received development funding for the film through the previous MEDIA programme. It is released in the UK by Icon on 7 April.

 

A Quiet Passion

A Quiet Passion takes the audience into the life of American poet Emily Dickinson, from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognised artist.

The film received support for its distribution in Europe and is released in the UK by Soda Pictures on 7 April.

 

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

This is the story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who was set to become the first ever Finn to take the World Featherweight title in 1962. The films shows his small town life transformed by national stardom and what happens when, training for the prize, he falls in love.

With support from the Selective distribution scheme, the film is released in UK cinemas by Mubi on 21 April.

 

Their Finest

Set in London during The Blitz, Their Finest follows a young woman finding her way into the movie industry and making with her peers a film to raise the spirit of the nation and capture the imagination of the American population.

Wildgaze received development funding for the film, which is released in the UK by Lionsgate on 21 April.

 

Heal the Living

Adapted from Maylis de Kerangal’s acclaimed novel, Heal the Living is an ensemble drama about organ transplants and the lives they affect. In Le Havre, an accident leaves a young surfer in a coma and doctors must gauge whether his parents are willing to consider a heart transplant, while in Paris a woman (Anne Dorval) waits to see whether she will be given a new chance of life.

With support from Creative Europe's Selective Distribution scheme, Curzon release the film in the UK on 28 April.

 

The Lovers and the Despot

Documentary The Lovers and the Despot tells the story of a famous director and actress who, after the collapse of their glamorous marriage, are kidnapped by movie-obsessed dictator Kim Jong-il. Forced to make films in the world's most closed state, they get a second chance at love, but only one chance at escape.

The film received Single Project and TV Programming funding through the previous MEDIA programme. The film was released in UK cinemas by Soda Pictures on 23 September 2016 and is now available on BBC iPlayer.

Image: I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck