June-July 2011–Laemmle Theatres and Emerging Pictures are proud to present From Britain With Love, an initiative from Emerging, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and U.K. Film Council to bring the freshest independent cinema from Great Britain across the pond to American audiences.
From Britian With Love is a series of six new British films, screening exclusively at Laemmle Theatres in June and July 2011.
The series will include three films making their U.S. Premiere — Toast, In Our Name, Third Star — and three films that have had select festival screenings across the country — A Boy Called Dad, Africa United, NEDS.
June 18 ~ TOAST
June 25 ~ IN OUR NAME
July 2 ~ AFRICA UNITED
July 9 ~ THIRD STAR
July 16 ~ NEDS
July 23 ~ A BOY CALLED DAD
TOAST ~ Based on the best-selling autobiography of food writer Nigel Slater, TOAST is a delicious love letter to the tastes and smells that a young boy associates with his journey into adulthood. Starring Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech) and Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and adapted by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, Steven Spielberg’s War Horse) the film follows the boy’s difficulties communicating with his father following his mother’s death — all seen through his connection to food. The film also stars Ken Stott.
IN OUR NAME ~ Winner of “Most Promising Newcomer” for lead actress Joanne Froggatt at the 2010 British Independent Film Awards, the film follows the experiences of a British soldier following her return to civilian life after a tour of duty in Iraq. Haunted by the responsibility she feels for the death of an Iraqi child during her service, she becomes obsessed with protecting her own daughter. IN OUR NAME marks the first time a British film has dealt with the aftermath of war from a female point of view. The film also stars Mel Raido and Chloe-Jayne Wilkinson.
AFRICA UNITED ~The extraordinary story of three Rwandan children who walk 3000 miles to the World Cup in South Africa, Gardner-Paterson’s adventure focuses on a fantastic journey undertaken by the kids as they attempt to trek across seven countries, negotiating their way through a series of glorious, dangerous, hilarious and often bizarre situations on the way to their goal. The cast includes Eriya Ndayambaje, Rogernsengiyuma, Sayu Joanita Kintu and Sherrie Silver.
THIRD STAR ~ The feature directing debut by BAFTA short film winner Hattie Dalton, THIRD STAR stars Benedict Cumberbatch (star of Danny Boyle’s National Theater production of Frankenstein and Steven Spielberg’s War Horse) as a young man diagnosed with a terminal illness who joins three of his lifelong friends for an adventure in a stunning coastal retreat. The closing night film at the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival, THIRD STAR also stars J.J. Feild (The First Avenger: Captain America), Tom Burke and Adam Robertson.
NEDS ~ Written and directed by the Cannes award-winning Scottish actor (My Name Is Joe), NEDs stars Conor McCarron as a young man who joins a gang of NEDs (Non-Educated Delinquents). As his rage and frustration within their savage life on the streets spin him further and further out of control, he finds himself left with one extraordinary chance at redemption. The cast includes Mullan, Louise Goodall and Gregg Forest.
A BOY CALLED DAD ~ The debut feature from BAFTA short film winner Brian Percival follows the story of a boy thrust into early adulthood when he becomes a father at the age of 14. Newcomer, Kyle Ward, delivers an impressive performance as the young boy and Ian Hart (Backbeat, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) plays the boy’s father forced to confront his son’s newfound situation and help usher him into a life with increased responsibilities, that neither of them have any choice but to embrace.
All screenings take place simultaneously at Laemmle’s Claremont 5, Monica 4, Playhouse 7 and Town Center 5.
Curated by the prestigious Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Screeners are available for review.