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There's 5 British films out on DVD and VOD this week, 100 STREETS, ESSEX HEIST, THE WEEKEND, UNDER THE SHADOW and THE REZORT.
100 STREETS Directed By Jim O'Hanion
Starring Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton & Franz Drameh
Slick and provocative, 100 STREETS wanders along the interwoven paths of Londoners who live within a square mile of each other. Read Britflicks' 100 STREETS review here.
Directed by Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Jim O’Hanlon, 100 STREETS is a layered and gripping drama, with an original screenplay by Leon F Butler. It takes a compelling look at the vibrant and complicated life of a group of individuals in contemporary London – destination capital of the world.
100 STREETS intersect the film’s setting. Chelsea is just down the road from high-rise estates, riverside opulence contrasts with the day-to-day grind. It’s in these streets that the characters face major choices and fundamental change in their separate lives, as they negotiate their paths through life - through those hundred streets.
ESSEX HEIST Directed By Steve Lawson
Adam Collins, Marcus Langford, Glenn Salvage, Georgia Annable, Dean Leon Finlan & Steven Dolton.
ESSEX HEIST is a great little crime thriller that keeps you guessing and engaged to the end. Read the Britflicks review here.
Times are tough for Jez (Glenn Salvage - "Never Let Go") and his motley crew of car mechanics, scraping a dishonest living in a small town on the Essex coast. So when they hear on the grapevine that a million pounds in cash is being transported across town, Jez plans an elaborate heist.
There's just one problem - the cash belongs to local crime kingpin Terry Slade (Steven Dolton - "The Curse of Robert"), whose iron grip extends to every criminal enterprise in town - including Jez's garage.
When the heist plan goes awry and the body count starts to rise, Jez and the gang learn the hard way that there's no honour among thieves - and that nobody messes with Terry Slade!
THE WEEKEND Directed By Sheridan De Myers
Starring Jovian Wade, Dee Kaate & Percelle Ascott.
THE WEEKEND is a great little comedy with pleny of great characters and laughs. (Released on VOD)
THE WEEKEND is a funny and outrageous family comedy that follows school friends Derrick (Jovian Wade), Tyler (Dee Kaate) and Malcolm (Percelle Ascott) as they embark on a weekend of serious misadventure.
In an incredible twist of fate, the hapless boys come across a huge sum of money that, unbeknown to them, belongs to a notorious villain. Delighted with their good fortune, they spend The Weekend like never before - in a whirling blaze of flash cars, casinos, champagne and luxury – as they make their entrance into the real world with a bang!
But the bad guys soon catch up with the trio and they’re given 24 hours to return all the cash or risk the wrath of the gangsters. The terrified boys come up with a series of side-splitting plots to make the money back, but will they manage to repay their debt in time, or are they in too deep?
UNDER THE SHADOW Directed By Babak Anvari
Starring Narges Rashdi and Bobby Naderi.
A must-see even for non-horror fans. Read the Britflicks review here.
Shideh and her family live amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war (known colloquially as The War of the Cities). Accused of subversion by the post-Revolution government and blacklisted from medical college, she falls into a state of malaise.
Conscripted to the army, her husband is sent to the frontlines leaving Shideh all alone to protect their young daughter Dorsa, all the while Tehran is under the constant threat of aerial bombardment. Not long after, a missile hits their apartment building and while failing to explode, a neighbor dies in mysterious circumstances. Following this, Dorsa’s behaviour becomes increasingly disturbed and Shideh is slowly drawn into a mania in which she struggles to cling onto what is real and what is not.
Searching for answers, Shideh learns from a superstitious neighbor that the cursed, unexploded missile might have brought with it Djinn – malevolent Middle-Eastern spirits that travel on the wind. Convinced that a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess Dorsa, Shideh finds she has no choice but to confront these forces if she is to save her daughter and herself.
THE REZORT Directed By Steve Barker
Starring Claire Goose, Dougray Scott, Jessica De Gouw & Martin McCann.
Barker’s nightmare vision of the limitless of human stupidity and arrogance coupled with our primal will to survive is there for all to see until the very last frame. Read the Britflicks review here.
The Walking Dead’ meets JURASSIC WORLD in a fast-paced, gory horror from OUTPOST franchise director Steve Barker. In the aftermath of an apocalyptic zombie outbreak, rich holidaymakers can visit a luxury theme park where every paying guest has a license to kill the captive undead in organised Zombie Safaris. Such Zafaris are the ultimate blood sport experience and for many much-needed therapeutic revenge for suffering horrendous family losses. When the security system crashes at The ReZort, unleashing hordes of bloodthirsty Zee’s on the unprepared holiday makers, it’s up to enigmatic, former zombie hunter Archer (square-jawed Dougray Scott) to save the day.
THE REZORT director Steve Barker talks about his zombie Safari on the Britflicks Podcast.
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