High Hopes (1988)

MIKE LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1988.  British Screen Productions, Channel Four Films, Portman Productions.  Screenplay by Mike Leigh.  Cinematography by Roger Pratt. Produced by Simon Channing Williams, Victor Glynn. Music by Andrew Dickson. Production Design by Diana Charnley. Costume Design by Lindy Hemming. Film Editing by Jon Gregory. Independent Spirit Awards…

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Career Girls (1997)

MIKE LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   United Kingdom/France, 1997.  Channel Four Films, Thin Man Films, Matrix Films, Channel 4 Television Corporation.  Screenplay by Mike Leigh.   Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams.  Music by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Tony Remy.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Film Editing by Robin Sales. Mike Leigh scores a rare misfire with this drab…

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Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

TERENCE DAVIES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.   United Kingdom/West Germany, 1988.  British Film Institute, Channel Four Films, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Terence Davies.  Cinematography by William Diver, Patrick Duval.  Produced by Jennifer Howarth.  Production Design by Jocelyn James, Miki Van Zwanenberg.  Costume Design by Monica Howe.  Film Editing by William Diver. Independent Spirit Awards 1989.   Toronto International Film Festival 1988. Terence Davies follows…

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Carla’s Song (1996)

KEN LOACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Spain/Germany, 1996.  Alta Films, Channel Four Films, Degeto Film, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Institute of Culture, Parallax Pictures, Road Movies Dritte Produktionen, Television Espanola, The Glasgow Film Fund, Tornasol Films.  Screenplay by Paul Laverty.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Sally Hibbin.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Martin Johnson.  Costume Design by Daphne Dare,…

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Backbeat (1994)

IAIN SOFTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/Germany, 1994.  Channel Four Films, Fortbeam, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Royal, Scala Productions, Wildgaze Films.  Screenplay by Iain Softley, Michael Thomas, Stephen Ward.  Cinematography by Ian Wilson.  Produced by Finola Dwyer, Stephen Woolley.  Music by Don Was.  Production Design by Joseph Bennett.  Costume Design by Sheena Napier.  Film Editing by Martin Walsh.   The early days of the…

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The War Zone (1999)

TIM ROTH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Italy/United Kingdom, 1999.  Channel Four Films, Fandango, Mikado Film, Portobello Pictures.  Screenplay by Alexander Stuart, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Dixie Linder, Sarah Radclyffe.  Music by Simon Boswell.  Production Design by Michael Carlin.  Costume Design by Mary-Jane Reyner.  Film Editing by Trevor Waite.   Independent Spirit Awards 2000.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   …

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The Winter Guest (1997)

ALAN RICKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1997.  Capitol Films, Channel Four Films, Fine Line Features, Pressman-Lipper Productions, Scottish Arts Council Lottery Fund.  Screenplay by Sharman Macdonald, Alan Rickman, based on the play by Sharman Macdonald.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Steve Clark-Hall, Ken Lipper, Edward R. Pressman.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Robin Cameron…

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A Month In The Country (1987)

PAT O’CONNOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1987.  Channel Four Films, Euston Films, PfH Ltd..  Screenplay by Simon Gray, based on the novel by J.L. Carr.  Cinematography by Kenneth MacMillan.  Produced by Kenith Trodd.  Music by Howard Blake.  Production Design by Leo Austin.  Costume Design by Judy Moorcroft.  Film Editing by John Victor-Smith.   This mild British drama features powerful acting and…

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Dancing At Lughnasa (1998)

PAT O’CONNOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom/USA, 1998.  Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, Capitol Films, Channel Four Films, Ferndale Films, Irish Film Board, Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Sony Pictures Classics.  Screenplay by Frank McGuinness, based on the play by Brian Friel.  Cinematography by Kenneth MacMillan.  Produced by Noel Pearson.  Music by Bill Whelan.  Production Design by Mark Geraghty.  Costume Design by Joan Bergin.  Film…

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Solomon And Gaenor (1999)

PAUL MORRISON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1999.  APT Films, APT Productions, Arts Council of England, Arts Council of Wales, Channel Four Films, Met Film Production, Met Film, National Lottery, September Films, Sianel 4 Cymru.  Screenplay by Paul Morrison.  Cinematography by Nina Kellgren.  Produced by Sheryl Crown.  Music by Ilona Sekacz.  Production Design by Hayden Pearce.  Costume Design by…

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El Norte

GREGORY NAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1983.  American Playhouse, Channel Four Films, Independent Productions, Island Alive, Public Broadcasting Service.  Story by Gregory Nava, Screenplay by Anna Thomas.  Cinematography by James Glennon.  Produced by Trevor Black, Bertha Navarro, Anna Thomas.  Music by The Folkloristas.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Hilary Wright.  Film Editing by Betsy Blankett Milicevic.  Academy Awards 1983.  …

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Kama Sutra: A Tale Of Love (1996)

MIRA NAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  United Kingdom/India/USA/Germany/Japan, 1996.  NDF International, Pony Canyon, Pandora Filmproduktion, Channel Four Films, Mirabai Films.  Screenplay by Helena Kriel, Mira Nair, based on the story Hand Me Downs by Wajida Tabassuh.  Cinematography by Declan Quinn.  Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Mira Nair.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Eduardo Castro.  Film…

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