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7 Day Film Diet #28

7 Day Film Diet #28

QUAD Cinema Programmer Adam Marsh returns with another batch of suggestions of films to stream at home during lockdown.

Once again, no need to pay out for those streaming services. Here is another 28 films for you to watch for free from BBC iPlayer, MY5 and All4 and this week it is a rich mix of documentaries, westerns, thrillers, drama and men in nappies! 

Day 1 – BBC iPlayer 

Dolly Parton – Here I Am 

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A landmark documentary that explores the extraordinary life and music of Dolly Parton. Featuring incredible archive footage and exclusive interviews with Dolly and stars like Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, this film lifts the lid on the songwriting genius behind I Will Always Love You, Jolene, 9 to 5 and a host of other chart-topping hits. From her humble beginnings to her global success, the film discovers how a young girl from the Smoky Mountains conquered Nashville to become the queen of country music. 

Fast Girls 

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Regan Hall's directorial feature debut is a fast-paced sports drama set in London. Sparks fly when Shania (Lenora Crichlow), a sprinter from the city's back streets, comes head to head with Lisa (Lily James), an equally ambitious young runner from a wealthy middle class background. Their fierce rivalry soon reaches breaking point as both girls strive to make it to the top. Bradley James, Rupert Graves and Noel Clarke co-star. 

The Eichmann Show  

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Martin Freeman and Anthony LaPaglia star as producers wanting to televise the trial of former Nazi Adolf Eichmann in this made-for-TV drama. Following Eichmann's capture by Mossad agents in 1960, American TV producer Milton Fruchtman (Freeman) works with blacklisted producer-director Leo Hurwitz (Lapaglia) to get the trial televised around the world. In their honourable quest the pair face strong resistance from reluctant networks, the public and even from the Israeli prime minister. But their assembled team persevere to create 'The Eichmann Show', winning Emmy and Peabody awards for their trial summary programme 'Verdict For Tomorrow'. 

The Conversation 

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Surveillance expert Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) values his personal privacy and anonymity above all else. When he and partner Stan (John Cazale) are hired by a mysterious client known only as 'the director' (Robert Duvall) to follow a young couple, Harry deduces that the woman, Mary, is the director's wife, and the man an employee with whom she is conducting an affair. Harry becomes convinced that the director intends to murder the pair and, haunted by guilt from a previous assignment where the information he provided resulted in loss of human life, sets out to prevent the killing himself. 

Day Two – All4 

P’tang, Yang, Kipperbang 

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John spends his whole life thinking about cricket and kissing. The object of his kissing fantasies is one of his classmates, Ann, who only has eyes for the school heart-throb. John may get his chance to share a kiss with Ann when he stars opposite her in the school play. Vintage comedy from the pen of Jack Rosenthal. 

Enduring Love 

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Psychological drama based on Ian McEwan's acclaimed novel. The countryside trip of couple Claire (Samantha Morton) and Joe (Daniel Craig) is disrupted by a freak accident and the death of a man. As a result Joe becomes stalked by Jed (Rhys Ifans), one of the men at the scene of the accident, who feels an immediate connection to him - one that becomes more and more intense as weeks go by. 

The Woman In The Fifth 

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Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski helms this Paris-set psychological thriller adapted from the 2007 book by Douglas Kennedy. American novelist Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawke) arrives in Paris in the vain hope of staging a reconciliation with his estranged ex-wife and daughter. When his plan fails, Tom hits rock bottom, renting a room in a seedy motel, taking a job as a gangster's accomplice and embarking on an affair with mysterious literary translator Margit Kadara (Kristin Scott Thomas). 

American Animals 

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Bart Layton writes and directs this British-American crime drama starring Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner and Jared Abrahamson as four young men who attempt a daring heist. The film follows the four bright students - Warren Lipka (Peters), Spencer Reinhard (Keoghan), Chas Allen (Jenner) and Eric Borsuk (Abrahamson) - at Kentucky's Transylvania University as they hatch a plan to steal a rare multimillion-dollar edition of 'The Birds of America' collection by John James Audebon from their own college library. The boys concoct an elaborate plan to steal the books, which are only guarded by an elderly librarian, however, their knowledge of classic Hollywood crime films might not be enough to ensure they succeed... 

Day Three – My5 

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

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David Lowery writes and directs this indie drama about an on-the-run convict's attempts to reach the child he has never seen. After a series of crimes leads them to take to the Texas hills, lovers Ruth Guthrie and Bob Muldoon (Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck) are finally cornered in a shack and involved in a fierce shootout with the police. In the ensuing battle Ruth critically injures a police officer, and Bob, unwilling to see his love sent to jail, admits to firing the shot, resulting in a sizeable prison sentence. Years later, as he slowly acclimatises to life behind bars, the unexpected news that Ruth has borne him a daughter turns Bob's world upside down, resulting in him staging an audacious escape from prison and setting out across country to track down his family. 

Waking Ned  

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When Ned Devine dies of shock after he discovers he has won the lottery, his life-long friends Michael (David Kelly) and Jackie (Ian Bannen) find the winning ticket and decide that their old mate would have wanted them to collect the money. They deduce that one of them must pass himself off as Ned. But they must convince the rest of the town to go along with their scheme, and they will need all the help that they can get in order to dupe the authorities into parting with the cash. 

Lord Of The Flies 

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Peter Brook directs this adaptation of William Golding's novel. When a group of young schoolboys are stranded on a Pacific island following a plane crash, they initially regard it as a grand adventure. However, after splitting into two rival groups, the children gradually descend into tribal warfare. 

Attack of The Adult Babies  

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Not one for the easily offended but this comedy / horror screened at Paracinema Film Festival a couple of years ago. A family are forced by a Russian gang to break in to a country manor and steal important documents. When the nervous family arrive at the grand house, they are shocked to discover that it is inhabited by men dressed as babies and women posing as nurses who take care of them as they live out their fantasies. But when the situation turns evil, can the family escape while retrieving the wanted documents? 

Day Four – BBC iPlayer 

Joan Of Arc 

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Academy Award-winner Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca) is spellbinding as the 15th century French peasant girl who rouses a nation and inspires the world with her faith and bravery. Fiercely believing that she is directed by God, Joan triumphantly leads an army into battle against the British, who are driven from France. When a new king (Jose Ferrer in an extraordinary film debut) is crowned, Joan's influence grows and makes him wary of her power, ultimately betraying her to martyrdom. This powerful, visually stunning epic of one of history's most fascinating heroines features spectacular action and unforgettable drama!  

Look Back In Anger  

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British drama directed by Tony Richardson in which Richard Burton plays angsty young man Jimmy Porter in this screen adaptation of John Osborne's groundbreaking stage play. Jimmy, university-educated, articulate and poor, is angry with almost everything and everyone from the government and the church to his long-suffering wife, Helena (Claire Bloom). 

Election  

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This satirical comedy takes an uncommon look at ambition, morality, desire, love and lies: Jim McAllister (Mathew Broderick) is a popular teacher and student government adviser who loves making a difference in his students' lives. Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) is the school's consummate overachiever, an alarmingly ambitious go-getter, who is running for student council president. Jim decides to recruit his own president, Paul - a sidelined football hero whose enormous popularity threatens Tracy's chances. As campaign fever sets in, the lines between right and wrong grow increasingly blurry and Jim's life spins out of control. Received an Academy Nomination for Adapted Screenplay (1999). 

The Goob  

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Writer/director Guy Myhill makes his feature debut with this British drama. After leaving school 16-year-old Goob Taylor (Liam Walpole) goes to spend the summer with his mum Janet (Sienna Guillory), working in her cafe and pumpkin fields. He has to face challenges of the adult world as his relationship with his mother becomes strained due to the presence of her new boyfriend Gene Womack (Sean Harris), a cruel, womanising stock-car racer. Meanwhile, Goob falls for Eva (Marama Corlett), a foreign field worker who helps him to imagine a better life. 

Day Five – My5 

The Brass Monkey 

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Based on an old British radio show, 'The Brass Monkey' is a fast-paced British mystery and comedy thriller. Caroll Levis stars as a radio personality who attempts to prevent a connoisseur of Buddhist artefacts from stealing the priceless Brass Monkey. The film is littered with stars such as Herbert Lom, Avril Angers and Terry-Thomas, but it is perhaps most famous for being the swansong of the beautiful Carole Landis. She committed suicide soon after completing this film in a scandal that shook the film world. Starring: Caroll Levis, Carole Landis, Herbert Lom and Terry-Thomas. 

A Prairie Home Companion 

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Robert Altman directs this comedy about the last night of a long-running country and western radio programme and the characters who have kept it going over the years. Security man Guy Noir (Kevin Kline) is in reflective mood and his voice provides the narrative for the film. The station's owners have decided to axe the show and have sent in Axeman (Tommy Lee Jones) to put the nails in the coffin. While the production is in progress, under the dulcet tones of MC Garrison Keillor (who wrote the original radio show on which the film is based), an angel (Virginia Madsen), who has come for one of the cast, stalks the studio. Noir kind of takes a shine to her. The cast of country stars, and their reveries about the show's past, start to come out as the night goes on; among them singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty (Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly), sisters Yolanda and Rhonda Johnson (Lily Tomlin and Meryl Streep), and Yolanda's maudlin, suicide-fixated daughter Lola (Lindsay Lohan). 

Take Shelter 

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When Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon), a crew chief from Ohio, begins having dreams about a foreboding storm he starts building a shelter in his backyard for himself, his wife Samantha (Jessica Chastain) and his daughter, Hannah. As he tries desperately to stay sane, his obsessive actions become ever more erratic, placing his livelihood, his marriage and eventually his health in jeopardy. But the question remains: are Curtis’s apparitions real? Or is he beginning to follow a past family member down the road to mental illness?  

Black Dynamite 

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Meet Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White), the smoothest, baddest cat on the street. He’s a ladies’ man and the man with a plan. He’s also a former C.I.A. agent out to avenge his brother’s death. Whether he’s taking down drug dealers or sweet-talking foxy mommas, he’s the man on the streets out to stop The Man. Take a wild ride from the mean streets of the ghetto to the pool halls of the inner city, all the way to the “Honky House” with this bad-ass, tough-as-nails action hero. Black Dynamite is a kung-fu-fighting, pimp-slapping, gun-blasting, outrageously over-the-top parody of ’70s-era blaxploitation films that delivers big action and even bigger laughs like nobody’s bizness. 

Day Six – BBC iPlayer 

Song Of The Sea (Oran na Mara) 

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Tomm Moore directs this animated adventure based around Irish folklore. When a woman mysteriously disappears she leaves behind her husband Conor (voice of Brendan Gleeson), son Ben (David Rawle) and newborn daughter Saoirse (Lucy O'Connell). Blaming her for the loss of their mother, Ben becomes resentful towards his little sister and doesn't treat her too kindly. But after it is discovered that Saoirse is actually a selkie the siblings must team up and go on a journey, along with their sheepdog Cu, to help a group of mythical creatures return to their home. 

Second Chance 

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A disillusioned boxer and a gangster's fugitive girlfriend meet in Mexico where they are trying to rebuild their lives. However, their growing romance is shadowed by a killer. The excellent Robert Mitchum stars alongside Jack Palance and Linda Darnell in this hard to catch thriller. 

Le Mans 

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Driver Michael Delaney (Steve McQueen) and bereaved Lisa Belgetti (Elga Andersen) come to terms with wins and loses against the backdrop of rivalry on the famous 24-hour racetrack. A box office flop on its release in America it has since become a cult hit amongst racing fans for its pitch perfect depiction of the existential nature of a professional racing driver’s life.  

Nothing Like A Dame 

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Together, they are 342 years old. They are in their seventh decade of cutting-edge, epoch-defining performances on stage and on screen. Funny, smart, sharp, competitive, tearful, hilarious, savage, clever, caustic, cool, gorgeous, poignant, irreverent, iconic, old... and unbelievably young.  Special friends, special women and special dames - and this special film is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hang out with them all, at the same table, at the same time, and enjoy sparkling and unguarded conversation spliced with a raft of astonishing archive. 

Day Seven – BBC iPlayer 

The Thing From Another World 

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After an unknown spacecraft crashes near a remote scientific outpost in the Arctic, a US Air Force crew is dispatched from Alaska to investigate. They frantically begin to recover the craft, which is encased in ice, and find a frozen body buried nearby. They take it back to their base and, while they argue over how to proceed with their discovery, the alien life form escapes and begins feeding on any living creature it can find… 

The NeverEnding Story 

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A withdrawn, bookish boy called Bastian (Noah Hathaway), who fears his bullying schoolmates and an impending test, steals a mysterious book and reads it in the school attic. He is drawn into the fantasy to such an extent that it soon becomes clear he is the hero needed to save 'Fantasia' from destruction. Bastian's adventures include encounters with a range of magical creatures. 

Timbuktu 

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Timbuktu, Mali. With the ancient city having been captured by Islamist militants, its inhabitants are forced to live under new laws that threaten their freedoms and existence. Music, bare flesh and football are forbidden and risk public floggings, or even death. Outside the town, a cattle farmer and his family expect things to return to normal soon but even they are under the watchful eye of the soldiers.  Oscar-nominated foreign drama in French, Arabic and Tamashek with English subtitles. 

Young Guns 

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In 1878, young William Bonney (Emilio Estevez) joins a group of farmhands protecting a ranch and becomes 'Billy The Kid'. He and his friends set out to avenge the murder of their employer (Terence Stamp), but their vendetta becomes a bloody rampage, and they are soon the objects of a manhunt. The young stars, including Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips and Charlie Sheen, were the 'bratpack' of the mid-80s.