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The Happy Prince (2019 in Spain)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story The possible last three yeas of the life of Oscar Wilde Director Rupert Everett Writers/Script Rupert Everett Starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Chancellor, Ronald Pickup Elevator Pitch: Oscar Wilde is released from jail and takes up residence in Paris, … Continue reading

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Duration 3h 36m Rating (UK) PG Source of story Real WWI events and the words of T.E.Lawrence Director David Lean Writers/Script Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson Starring Peter O’Tool, Alec Guiness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, José Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Wolfit, Elevator Pitch: A young British intelligence officer, based in … Continue reading

Hammer of the Gods (2013)

Duration 1h 39m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay possibly reflecting events in Britain in 871 AD, the year King Alfred ascended to the throne of Wessex. Director Farren Blackburn Writers/Script Matthew Read Starring Charlie Bewley, Clive Standen, James Cosmo, Elliot Cowan, Glynis Barber, Alexandra Dowling Elevator Pitch: In a time of … Continue reading

Stan & Ollie (2019 in Spain)

Duration 1h 38m Rating (UK) PG Source of story Real events and “inspired by” a book Laurel & Hardy – The British Tours by A.J. Marriot Director Jon S. Baird Writers/Script Jeff Pope Starring Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Nina Arianda, Rufus Jones, Danny Huston, Sanjeev Kohli Elevator Pitch: Stan Laurel and Oliver … Continue reading

The Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Elevator Pitch. In 1184 a young blacksmith, Balian, finds that he is the illegitimate son of a crusader knight, and joins his band on its way to Jerusalem. In a minor skirmish the knight is killed but Balian carries on to Jerusalem, where he joins the court and restores the lands he has inherited. The … Continue reading

Mary Queen of Scots (2019)

Elevator Pitch. Mary returns from France after the death of her husband the young French king, and takes up the throne of Scotland. She is a Catholic and therefore disliked by the Scottish protestants. Back in England Henry Cecil, Queen Elizabeth’s advisor, forments revolt forcing Mary to take up arms against her half brother. She … Continue reading

The Name of the Rose (1986)

Elevator Pitch William de Baskerville and his young acolyte Adso are visiting a Benedictine abbey in 1327 to take part in a conference when a mysterious death of one of the monks occurs. William is asked to investigate and while doing so further deaths occur resulting in a visit from a reprentative of the inquisition.  … Continue reading

Northmen: A Viking Saga (2014)

Elevator Pitch A Viking longboat is overcome by bad weather landing the survivors on the coast of what today is Scotland. They immediately have to fight a group of soldiers who are guarding a carriage and dispatch all but one who escapes. In the coach is a woman who they think they can ransom to … Continue reading

Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

Elevator Pitch In 1972 American Boby Fischer meets Russian chess master Boris Spassky in Iceland to decide who is to be world chess champion. Fischer has proved himself to be a brilliant player, becoming American champion at the age of 14, but he suffers from paranoia, believing that his every move is being monitored by … Continue reading

The Favourite (2019 in Spain)

Elevator Pitch In the early 18th century Queen Anne is on the throne of Britain, and is influenced in her governing of the country by Lady Sarah Churchill wife of the Duke of Marlborough, who is away in Europe fighting the French. Sarah’s impoverished cousin Abigail arrives at court and, by means of collecting herbs … Continue reading

African Queen (1951)

Elevator Pitch A Christian mission manned by a preacher and his sister in German East Africa is serviced by an antique river boat the African Queen, operated by a disreputable Canadian captain. After the breakout of WWI the Germans burn down the mission and the preacher dies, leaving the sister with no option but to … Continue reading

First Man (2018)

Elevator Pitch The life of Neil Armstrong between 1961 and 1969 when he made it to the moon is presented sequentially, including a flight in the X15 and with others his flights of the Gemini space missions in preparation for the big event. He suffers a family tragedy and the loss of some of his … Continue reading

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