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Convicted murderer Jake Shuttlesworth (Denzel Washington) is allowed temporary release from prison in order to convince his estranged son Jesus (Ray Allen) that he should play basketball for the Governor's old college. As decision-time approaches, Jesus weighs up his options, whilst Jake has to wrestle with new found parental responsibilities.
Talented trumpeter Bleek Gilliam (Washington) is obsessed by his music and indecisive about his girlfriends Indigo (Joie Lee) and Clarke (Cynda Williams). But when he is forced to come to the aid of his manager and childhood friend Spike Lee, Bleek finds his world more fragile than he ever imagined. Stunning cinematography, a rousing score and superlative...
Spike Lee directs this satirical musical drama based on the classical Greek comedy 'Lysistrata' by Aristophanes, in which women deny their husbands sex in order to punish them for fighting in the Peloponnesian War. In the present day, the same measure is taken by a group of women, organised by Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris), after a gang shooting in Chicago's...
Including an unprecedented insider's look at the film, with behind-the-scenes visuals and interviews, this impressive book celebrates the impact of "Do The Right Thing" on our culture throughout the years.
Musician Sami Yaffa travels around the world using his talent as a busker to earn money to progress to the next stage. In this episode Sami continues his journey in to Brazil.
Cynthia Mort writes and directs this biographical drama starring Zoe Saldana as legendary musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone. With her career at a crossroads and her struggles with alcoholism and financial problems taking their toll on her mental health, an unstable Nina is committed to a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital after threatening...
Erotic shocker by cult director Jess Franco featuring a jazz score by Manfred Mann. James Darren stars as Jimmy Logan, a jazz trumpeter in the throes of a breakdown who is sucked into a perverse mire of pyscho-sexual horror after finding the dead body of a girl he had watched being stripped and whipped the previous evening at a party. Now Jimmy, along...
A profile of the jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, tracing his musical development from his roots in the black church. In addition to extensive footage of Coltrane in performance, there are interviews with fellow saxophonists Wayne Shorter and Jimmy Heath.
The 'Godfather of Soul' is captured live at Monterey, California in January 1979, performing some of his best known tracks such as 'Get Up Offa That Thing', 'Sex Machine' and 'Please, Please, Please'.
Documentary about English singer-songwriter David Bowie featuring a collection of interviews with the iconic rock star from throughout his career.
Classic musical comedy starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds. In 1927, Don Lockwood (Kelly, who co-directs) has worked his way up from being a song-and-dance man with partner Cosmo Brown (Donald O'Connor) to become a top movie star. His on-screen partner, Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen), who believes that Don loves her for real, needs to...
Oliver Stone directs this film biography of Jim Morrison, lead singer of the celebrated 1960s rock group The Doors. It traces the group's road to success, from their first rehearsal sessions through to their sell-out live concerts, and follows Morrison on the self-destructive path which would eventually take him to an early death. Starring Val Kilmer...
Sci-fi action adventure sequel to the 1982 film 'Tron'. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) is the rebellious technological whizzkid son of leading video-game developer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges). After his father mysteriously disappears, Sam finds himself pulled into the dangerous virtual world that his father has been inhabiting for the past 20 years. Along...
Miles Teller and J.K Simmons star in this Academy Award-winning drama written and directed by Damien Chazelle. With a promising career as a drummer ahead of him, Andrew (Teller) enrols at one of the most prestigious music conservatories in America to try to hone in his skills and perfect his ability. When he meets Terence Fletcher (Simmons), the notoriously...
Pink Floyd1971A Period Of TransitionSmokin
Documentary about English rock band Pink Floyd which focuses particularly on their success during 1971. The programme features performance footage and interviews with the band members and those who worked with them.
Biopic of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis. Directed by photographer Anton Corbijn, who took some of Joy Division's most iconic pictures, this film is inspired by the book 'Touching From A Distance' written by Curtis' widow, Deborah, who is played here by Samantha Morton. It tells the story of how Curtis (Sam Riley), married to Deborah at a young age,...
Live performance from the British rockers The Rolling Stones. This footage shows the band performing live at Oxford's Marquee Club in 1971, shortly after the completion of their UK tour. The tracks featured include 'I Got the Blues', 'Midnight Rambler', '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' and 'Brown Sugar'.
Bernard Rose writes and directs this comedy drama based on the life of celebrated British drug smuggler Howard Marks. Rhys Ifans stars as Marks, the charismatic Welshman who is drawn into drug dealing after he graduates from Oxford University and qualifies to become a school teacher. Marks's legitimate career soon disappears in a puff of smoke, however,...
A documentary record of the free Rolling Stones concert which took place in Hyde Park on 5th July 1969, two days after the death of guitarist Brian Jones. Includes interview footage and a number of classic performances.
Documentary which focuses on Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett and tells the story of his life, work and time with the band.
Steve McQueen stars in this classic drama directed by Norman Jewison. The story follows self-made property developer Thomas Crown (McQueen) who masterminds a successful billion-dollar bank job, even though he has no need of the money. Beautiful insurance investigator Vicky Anderson (Faye Dunaway) begins to look into the case and instinctively picks...
Mario Van Peebles' story of ex-slave Jesse Lee who was conscripted into the Spanish American War in 1892 and who, along with his squadron of black conscripts, was ordered by Colonel Graham (Billy Zane) to ambush a supply column that happens to be laden with gold. However, Lee and his men realise that once they have stolen the gold Graham plans to kill...
Bob Geldof plays Pink, a burned out rock star holed up in a Los Angeles hotel. He reminisces on his life, from his wartime birth to his present circumstances. The film contains no dialogue; rather the narrative is carried by the Pink Floyd soundtrack and the Gerald Scarfe animation
Don Cheadle directs and stars as Miles Davis in this biopic about the influential jazz musician. The film begins in the late 1970s during a dark and troubled time of Davis's life in which, after giving up performing, he mostly lived as a recluse in his Upper West Side apartment in New York. When insistent reporter Dave Brill (Ewan McGregor) from Rolling...
Gordon Parks was born with, he says, a stubborn need to be somebody. Though Parks is remembered most notably as a photographer and filmmaker, on his enthralling climb to fame between 1944 and 1978 he was successful in many pursuits, including journalism, poetry, and music. It was not always an easy journey, but by thirty-six he had overcome many obstacles...
Derek Jarman's second feature transports Queen Elizabeth I (Jenny Runacre) through time from 1578 to 1978, where she sees what has become of her once glorious kingdom: law and order have broken down, punks roam the streets, decay and desolation eat away at the basic fabric of society. With a cast featuring the likes of Adam Ant and Toyah Wilcox, a vivid...
Thriller starring the late Tupac Shakur in which the attempt of four young black men to gain street cred through an armed robbery backfires. Bishop (Shakur), Q (Omar Epps), Raheem (Khalil Kain) and Steel (Jermaine Hopkins) are a group of friends growing up in the tough New York neighbourhood of Harlem. One day, tired of harassment from police and a...
Mid-1960s comedy adventure based on Peter O'Donnell's comic strip. When former crime boss and sassy spy Modesty Blaise (Monica Vitti) is recruited by the British intelligence services to help prevent a diamond heist by a notorious international gang led by Gabriel (Dirk Bogarde), she quickly realises that she has been set up - and responds by recruiting...
Musical adaptation of Colin MacInnes' novel about teenage life in 1950s London. Set in 1958, young photographer Colin (Eddie O'Connell) falls in love with aspring model Crepe Suzette (Patsy Kensit), but her interests lie more in her budding career than in the affections of a man. When Crepe leaves town to pursue her dreams, Colin is taken under the...
Critically-acclaimed Russian arthouse feature from the Soviet era. The film covers the life of the 18th century Armenian poet Arutiun Sayadin (Sofiko Chiaureli), also known as Sayat Nova. He began as a carpet weaver's apprentice, then became a court minstrel and finally an archbishop. The film's director Paradjanov was imprisoned in 1974 and on his...
American action drama starring Pam Grier. Model-turned-photographer Friday Foster (Grier) is at Los Angeles airport to record the arrival of millionaire Blake Tarr (Thalmus Rasulala), the country's wealthiest African American, when she witnesses three men attempting to assassinate him. Photographing the melee, Foster teams up with private eye Colt Hawkins...
Disney's classic first venture into the field of computer-generated animation. Whizz-kid computer programmer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) tries to hack into the ENCOM computer system, but his efforts are continually frustrated by the Master Control Program. One night he is actually transported into the system, where he again comes up against the oppressive...
Director, writer and producer Spike Lee's film about the life of the controversial black leader Malcolm X, who emerged from the streets to become a powerful voice for the black rights movement in America. The film follows X (Denzel Washington) from his days as a Harlem pusher, through his conversion to Islam in prison, his pilgrimage to Mecca and finally...
MapplethorpeLook At The PicturesA Film by Fenton Bailey & Randy BarbatoDogwoof Digital
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato direct this documentary on the life of controversial artist Robert Mapplethorpe who used photography to examine and explore sadomasochism and male genitalia. In complete contrast to his conservative upbringing in a suburban Catholic family, Mapplethorpe became known for the production of his provocative images throughout...
John Travolta stars in this 1970s drama about a young man who dreams of a better life. Tony (Travolta) is a Brooklyn roughneck stuck in a dead-end job as a salesman in a paint shop. He lives for Saturday night down at the disco where his stylish dancing has made him something of a local hero. But Tony wants more than his small world can offer. Through...
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