This fast-paced and hilarious satire about multicultural Britain in the ’70s made a big splash when first released, deservedly winning the BAFTA for Best British Film.
Starring the ever so brilliant Om Puri (alongside Linda Bassett and Jimi Mistry), the film takes a wry look at a Pakistani chip shop owner’s efforts to raise his children amid cultural tensions in 1970s Salford.
Filled with film homages and an endlessly quotable script, Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers is a howling good horror that is bound to become your new favourite werewolf film.
Griping that they are missing a crucial England vs Germany football match, a squad of British soldiers on a routine training exercise in Scotland soon find they have much bigger problems in the form of a pack of hungry werewolves.
This understated, charming and bittersweet comedy from director, writer Simon Amstell received glowing critical response when released in 2018.
The perfect blend of bellowing laughs and sci-fi thrills, Attack the Block was a breath of fresh air after a series of dull alien invasion films in the 2000s. We can also thank the film for kickstarting the careers of director Joe Cornish, John Boyega and composer Steven Price!
When aggressive aliens pick a South London housing estate to invade, a group of teenagers venture into battle to protect their neighbourhood.
David Lynch’s slow-paced, devastating but beautiful biographical film stands proud as one of America’s best road films.
This affecting collection, featuring the best from the Iris Prize 2020 festival, celebrates emerging talent and LGTBQ+ stories.
Pili (2017), dir. Leanne Welham
Originally a documentary project, Leanne Welham’s compassionate drama was a collaboration between the filmmakers and local women, with 70% of the cast being HIV-positive.
Rural Tanzania, Pili works in the fields for less than £1 a day to feed her two children and struggles to manage her HIV-positive status in secret. When she is offered the chance to rent a market stall, she is forced to make difficult decisions with ever-deepening consequences.
Sweet Sixteen (2002), dir. Ken Loach
Powered by a storming debut from Martin Compston (Mary Queen of Scots, Line of Duty), this gritty British drama is the second film in the unofficial Ken Loach and Paul Laverty trilogy, set in Scotland.
Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager sets out to raise the money for a home in the only way he knows how – by stealing his stepfather’s drugs and selling them on the street.
It might be famous for being the film shot exclusively on an iPhone 5s, but director Sean Baker’s tender comedy saw a significant leap for representation of transgender people on film.
After hearing that her boyfriend-slash-pimp cheated on her while she was in jail, a prostitute (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and her best friend (Mya Taylor) set out to find him and teach him and his new lover a lesson.