Days of British film
and culture

Uherské Hradiště
23–26 11 2017


List of films for 2017.

→ The Troubles
Latest British Film

The Troubles

Odd Man Out

Carol Reed / UK / 1947 / 116 min.


British film allegory of the limits of human compassion and sympathy. Johnny McQueen, a head of the local IRA, was given a 17-year sentence for accumulating weapons and ammunition. He did only eight months, but the following six months out on the run were none the worse for him than the time in prison. The film by Carol Reed is an adaptation of F. J. Green’s novel. Rather than a political film or a gripping thriller it is an allegory of the limits of human sympathy. It doesn’t deal with the fight between law and an illegal organisation; it focuses on inner conflicts of those who became engaged.  


Pat O´Connor / UK / 1984 / 102 min.


Cal is a young Irish man who longs to fulfil his dream. Being a devoted patriot he feels an urge to join IRA, to fight against Great Britain and struggle to free his homeland – Northern Ireland. He soon succeeds in his efforts, yet the moment he kills an enemy puts him in a dilemma between his goals and a woman who was in a close relationship with the dead one. This forbidden romance was screened at Cannes festival, having won Helen Mirren the Best Actress Award.


Pat Murphy, John Davies / VB / 1982 / 110 min.


Pat Murphy’s first and most experimental feature film was informed by feminist debates on the objectification of women and by the unresolved questions of the relationship between feminism and nationalism, and between history and myth. Set during the Troubles, the titular Maeve, played by Mary Jackson, returns to Belfast after a long absence in London. She stays in her family home where her sister Roisín still lives with their father Martin. She also meets up again with her old boyfriend Liam.  


Alan Clarke / UK / 1989 / 39 min.


Clarke’s Elephant depicts isolated violent acts and an extracted animality in its most extreme form. We are watching an inconsecutive series of the scenes based on real actions of Belfast sectarian murders. An inspiration to the eponymous movie by Gus Van Sant. 

The Crying Game

Neil Jordan / UK, Japan, USA / 1992 / 112 min.


Neil Jordan entangling several motives into a sovereign masterpiece. After an impressive prologue on the relationship between an inmate and a prison guard, revealing the atrocities of political violence, we are swayed over to watch an intimate erotic affair. In the end, both storylines merge into a rather bizarre drama from local tabloids that might not be too far from reality. Jordan is a master of atmosphere which he often builds up with the help of beautiful folk songs.

Mickybo and Me

Terry Loane / UK, France / 2004 / 95 min.


Mickybo and Jonjo are inseparable friends with great admiration for Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid. They decide to adopt the style of the latter two and set out on a long journey to Australia, far away from everyday hardships. The story is set in the 1970s, the dawn of The Troubles, and reflects on the conflict from the young boys’ point of view.

Hidden Agenda

Ken Loach / UK / 1990 / 108 min.


When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth... which they soon discover to be contained in an audio tape which the man had with him, exposing political manipulations at the highest levels of government. But such underlying agendas require careful considerations to avoid worse things than murder. 


Steve McQueen / UK, Ireland / 2008 / 96 min.


Northern Ireland’s Maze prison, 1981. The situation between the IRA inmates and the guards is getting out of control. Humiliation and escalation of the guards’ brutality provokes the inmates to greater resistance. Almost a 7-week-long hunger strike goes down in the bloody history of Anglo-Irish relations and draws the line between those who saw the Irish prisoners as terrorists and those who considered them to be the modern martyrs. First Steve McQueen’s feature film (Shame, Twelve Years a Slave) with a starring role for Michael Fassbender.

Good Vibrations

Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn / UK, Ireland / 2012 / 103 min.


Unlike all of his Belfast friends who in the 1970s took guns and joined the bloody, ravaging conflict, Terri Hooley, an uncompromising rebel and a music lover, opened a vinyl shop on one of the most dangerous streets in Europe. He named it Good Vibrations. The briskly narrated film about the founder of the Belfast punk scene skilfully combines archive footages and fiction. 


'Yann Demange / UK / 2014 / 99 min.


Great Britain, 1971. The Northern Ireland conflict has been growing into a civil war. The situation is chaotic and hard to handle. Belfast has been divided between loyal Protestants and hostile Catholics. The town is full of armed soldiers and secret or double agents. Soldier Hook accidentally finds himself amid the madding crowd, face to face with the fight for his own life, while we are given the chance to perceive his physical feelings of paranoia and anxiety radiating from the screen. The second part of the film slowly abandons the fictitious narrative and results into the condemnation of war and violence in general. 

Latest British Film

Oasis: Supersonic

Supersonic / Mat Whitecross / UK / 2016 / 122 min.


Supersonic was the debut single by Manchester Britpop band Oasis, the world’s most successful band of the 1990s. A bunch of boys led by the Gallagher brothers sold out a number of world stadiums, their hits soared into the Top 10s and changed life to plenty of their fans. With dozens of unique interviews and videos, Mat Whitecross’ documentary captures Oasis on the summit of their popularity.

Ethel & Ernest

Roger Mainwood / UK / 2016 / 94 min.


Mainwood’s hand-drawn animated feature-length film is based on a graphic novel by Raymond Briggs from 1998 and tells the story of Raymond’s parents – Ethel and Ernest – a couple from London living through extraordinary events and big social changes. The humorous and bittersweet film captures the lives of Ethel, a housemaid, and Ernest, a milkman, from their first encounter in 1928 up to their deaths that came within a few months in 1971. 

The Girl with All the Gifts

Colm McCarthy / UK, USA / 2016 / 111 min.


This British zombie-horror, based on Mike Carey’s novel, tells the story of an infected girl. In a dystopian future, the majority of the humankind has been ravaged by fungus Ophiocordyceps unilateralis. The afflicted lose their mental abilities and turn into flesh-eating zombies. The situation at the military base Hotel Echo forces the main character and a team of scientists to set out on a life-saving journey. 


Jonathan Teplitzky / UK / 2017 / 105 min.


June 1944. Allied Forces have been smashed up and the future of Europe seems to be in ruins. An army is secretly assembled on the south coast of Britain, poised to re-take the occupied Europe, to conduct the D-Day. There is only one man who stands against – Winston Churchill. He is terrified with an idea that if the D-Day failed, the whole Great Britain would end up in ashes. One man standing up against the King, General Eisenhower and Montgomery, against everybody. Teplitzky’s historical war drama with all-star cast premiered in the Czech Republic. 

God's Own Country

Francis Lee / UK / 2017 / 104 min.


Brokeback Mountain from Yorkshire? Francis Lee, the former actor and a son of a farmer, debuts with the movie that astonished audiences at last year’s Sundance and Berlinale. The film is a greatly performed, weather-beaten romance of a young frustrated farmer who hadn’t dared to love someone until the arrival of a handsome stranger. An exclusive pre-premiere of the winner of the SFS Presents project.