At the 2019 Raindance Film Festival we’re bringing it back to British with our Homegrown strand. The very best of UK films by young, indie and upcoming directors have been handpicked to showcase a variety of modes, perspectives and styles. Homegrown British talent has always been important to Raindance. Whether its quirky documentaries, gritty realism or hard hitting narratives the British indie film-makers of today have so much to offer and in the current climate of Brexit confusion, they have a lot to say. Here is only a small selection of the films selected in our Homegrown strand.
Hurt By Paradise
Showing: 28th September 8pm & 29th September 12:15pm
Director: Greta Bellamacina
A young single mother navigates the elitist world of poetry in London’s Fitzrovia, while her long-time childminder and neighbour has a passionate online relationship. Greta Bellamacina directs and stars in this black-and-white love letter to London and those artists in love with London, and has earned the film a nomination for Best UK Film at Raindance. The films success is already evident with its festival run including the BFI London Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, you can catch it at Vue Piccadilly on the 28th September.
Showing: 25th September 6:45pm & 27th September 3:15pm
Davie (Conor Berry) is a young man seeking an alternative to working in a factory. Instead, he puts on increasingly more ambitious concerts in his local area. Assisted by friends, family, and his rather underserved girlfriend (Tara Lee), he manages to make the gigs a success, despite a number of setbacks of his own making. Director David McLean has already seen success with the film as it won the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. It will be competing alongside Hurt By Paradise in the Best UK Film category at Raindance.
Under The Radar: The Mike Edmonds Story
Showing: 26th September 9:15pm & 27th September 4:15pm
This documentary is an affectionate portrait of an accomplished film and stage actor. Everyone Mike Edmonds has ever worked with (including this documentary’s director, Simon Frith) praises him so highly, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Mike has blackmail material on them all. But the less dramatic answer is that he is just about the nicest person in show business. It’s no surprise that this heartwarming indie has made it into the official selection of other festivals including Southend-on-Sea Film Festival and Hot Springs Documentary Festival. You can watch it for yourself on the 26th September at the Raindance Film Festival in Vue Piccadilly.
Showing: 19th September 4:15pm & 23rd September 9:15pm
Homeless Ashes is the story of a boy named Frankie who runs away from a troubled home life to brave the streets of Britain, alone. A striking tour de force from director and lead actor Marc Zammit, the film elegantly tackles some of the issues facing the destitute in Britain today, including homelessness and domestic abuse. Zammit is bringing the film to Raindance on the 19th September where you can watch the films UK Premiere and catch a Q&A with the director.
Showing: 24th September 9:15pm & 25th September 4:15pm
Review: Based on the true brutal murder of Angela Wrightson, Michael Frank’s Like follows two teenage girls and the events that led them to crime. Filmed by the actors themselves, Frank examines how our online presence can feed into the temptation to commit criminal acts. This isn’t just a crime story, it’s an exploration of friendship, class, and abuse – asking what puts the weapons into criminal’s hands, as much as how they are used. The film is having its World Premiere with us on the 24th September with us at the UK’s largest independent film festival.
Showing: 20th September 21:15 & 22nd September 16:00
Hugo Winter is a drug smuggler against the clock. If he doesn’t recoup certain losses soon, both he and his family will be at risk. But after stumbling upon a new drug – Bulu, a substance that can supposedly reveal the future – his destiny swerves entirely off (or perhaps entirely on) course. British Director Richard Raymond is bringing this fantastical story to Raindance for its International Premiere.
Explore the other festival strands here.