Raindance Pic(k)s: Festival Programmers’ Film Suggestions for Lockdown – UK Films
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If you're a movie buff, it's easy to fill all the long, long hours that corona virus suddenly gave us (always look at the good side of life, right?). Watch a few films; and then watch something. What may not be that easy is navigating through all of the content that is now available online. Trying to find something worth seeing.

Let's help Those who have been to the Raindance Film Festival already know our expert curatorial decisions when it comes to the best independent films. Now, with our personal list of indie and arthouse gems, we want to help you choose your next great movie to watch at home. These are films that have impressed us, Raindance programmers. Every second Tuesday there is a new list with a new film category, a new genre or a new topic to guide you through the next few weeks.

If you liked or disliked our suggestions and would like to discuss the selection or receive other suggestions on topics that are close to your heart, just send us an email:

Malaika Bova & Martyna Szmytkowska

Although Raindance is an international film festival, we are in the heart of London and are passionate about British productions. We are always on the lookout for new British stories and talents and show our own strand of indie films every year.

For Malaika and myself as a foreigner, watching British films was and is an opportunity to get to know the culture, society, habits, humor and pain of the country we call home. Check out who and what we appreciate in British cinema.

Martyna's recommendations

Life is Beautiful

Mike Leigh, 1990

Mike Leigh, one of the masters of socio-realistic cinema in Britain, doesn't disappoint fans with this bittersweet and humorous story of an English working class family. Excellently cast, brilliantly played and undeniably funny, the film shows everyday life and more serious problems in an English suburban household. While the characters are strange and the environment and themes come from a certain part of British society, the struggles are universal.

Available on Amazon Prime


Andrea Arnold, 2009

Mia is a girl who lives with a drunken, careless mother on an estate in Essex. Thrown out of school, she has no friends and no prospects for the future. Her loneliness is devastating and her anger is great. Arnold's film grows from the roots of the British tradition of social realism, but it puts its own spin on it. The drama is a sharp but sensitive observation of a teenage girl who grows up under really difficult conditions and could break her forever. Mia is played by amateur actress Katie Jarvis, who makes her sensational performance credible.

Available for BFI players & aavailable at Amazon Prime

Malaika's recommendations

Land and freedom

Ken Loach, 1995

I saw this film when I was a child, and yet I was so impressed by it that I've watched Ken Loach's films ever since. A powerful search for justice on earth, if it is said well, cannot leave you indifferent. This is the story of a war in a distant past in a distant country, and yet the film is so emotionally intense that it breaks every barrier. The core of a universal search for the good comes without compromise. I will always admire this British director for teaching the world a lesson in how to make films about social injustice.

Available on Amazon Prime


Steve McQueen, 2008

Hunger, the first feature film by artist and director Steve McQueen, won the Cannes Camera D & # 39; or in 2008. It tells the last days of IRA activist Bobby Sands, who died on a hunger strike to protest the brutality of the prison. One of the most fascinating aspects of this film is that the harsh living conditions in prison are created by the director's artistic eye. In one scene Fassbender spreads his droppings on the wall and this gesture of desperate rebellion against authority leads to a perfectly round and harmonious spiral, a sign of beauty from shit.

Available on Amazon Prime

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About Martyna Szmytkowska & Malaika Bova

Raindance's lead programmer and program manager, Martyna, has been involved in curating the Raindance Film Festival lineup since 2013. In her previous life before Raindance, she was a talent agent in one of the leading Polish talent agencies. She has an MA in film history and theory.

Malaika has been a programmer and program manager for Raindance since 2017. Previously, she worked as a TV producer on ABC News, BBC and Fremantle Media and programmed the Italian Film Festival in London for five years.


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