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Mostly British Film Festival 

Wednesday, Feb 17 2016
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"Mostly British" sounds almost defensive, doesn't it? Kinda like the "stop calling them British!" outcry after that unpleasantness with B(ritish) P(etroleum) a few years back. Less British than Australian is Jocelyn Moorhouse's 2015 The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet as a successful fashion designer who returns to her hometown in the outback to supposedly care for her ailing mother (Judy Davis), but who may have darker motives. Englishman Alfred Hitchcock's 1940 Rebecca was actually his first film for an American studio, and though it was his only work to win Best Picture, not only is it not his best movie, it's not even his best movie from 1940. (Foreign Correspondent FTW!) Both very British and very funny is Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkins' 2014 What We Did On Our Holiday, in which the final family trip of a soon-to-be-divorced couple (David Tennant and Rosamund Pike) at first threatens to be about their moppets teaching them What's Really Important In Life, before taking a surprisingly dark turn and following through with its heavier themes of truth and mortality. John Mackenzie's 1980 The Long Good Friday, meanwhile, stars a young Bob Hoskins and features an even younger Helen Mirren and Pierce Brosnan. It's also the third film by George Harrison's Handmade Films, which is its own festival waiting to happen.

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