First published in 1977 at the height of the punk era, UK sci-fi comic 2000AD was violent, antiauthoritarian, darkly funny and distinctly British. With such iconic characters as Strontium Dog, Nemesis and Judge Dredd, it became the anarchic underdog that forever changed the face of the international comics industry. Offering a comprehensive overview of the comic's history, Future Shock! takes a funny, moving and passionate look at the various highs and lows of how a band of talented eccentrics came together to create a visionary and extraordinary publication that still remains a game-changer more than 40 years later.
Jack Rosenthal's name stands high in the list of television's greatest dramatists. With a career that started on early episodes of Coronation Street, he was well-advised to launch into writing plays and began by drawing on his own experiences in The Evacuees directed by a young Alan Parker.
Jack Rosenthal brought to his writing knowledge of, and love for, the everyman; the man or woman in the street, the worker, labourer, taxi driver, parent and child. Witty, insightful, rich in irony and human observation, even his villains reveal a human side he couldn't resist exploring.
These five plays capture a playwright at his zenith, in a range of work that speaks both to his experience and his empathy. Featuring Maureen Lipman, Maria Charles, Adrienne Posta, Jonathan Lynn, John Duttine, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Carteret and Laura Howard, they are sure to be treasured by anyone who appreciates fine drama - or anyone who simply enjoys life.
The Evacuees (1975)
World War II has just begun. A Jewish school evacuates its children from Manchester to Blackpool, where two young boys are taken in by a less than sympathetic couple.
Bar Mitzvah Boy (1976)
Eliot Green is turning 13 and about to undergo one of the great rituals of Judaism, the Bar Mitzvah, throwing his family into turmoil and making for a day that no one will forget.
Spend Spend Spend (1977)
The dramatic story of Pools Winner Viv Nicholson who, in 1961, won £152,000 (about £3 million today) and the devastating effect it had on her life and loves.
Eskimo Day (1996)
Three sets of parents must deal with the emotional upheaval of their children applying to Cambridge, while a tutor there must address his aging father's needs.
Cold Enough for Snow (1997)
The irresistible follow-up to Eskimo Day, for all those who were wondering what happened next...
Pauline is a student in New Zealand who has no affection for her family or her classmates, but when the beautiful and wealthy Juliet enrols at her school the pair become best friends. Through their shared tastes in art, literature, and music they begin to build an elegant fantasy world. However, when Juliet's parents threaten to separate the girls, they make a ruthless pact to preserve their fairytale forever, whatever the cost...
Italian director Franco Zeffirelli stunned the screen world when he cast two young unknowns to portray the star-crossed lovers in Romeo & Juliet, but it was a gamble that resulted in one of the most popular motion pictures of all time, winning international acclaim and four Academy Award nominations. Shakespear's classic romance comes to stunning visual life in a refreshingly modern interpretation, bringing new vitality and insight to the most enduring love story ever written.
Malcolm McDowell provides the original idea for and stars as wide-eyed innocent (not for long) Mick Travis in Lindsay Anderson's epic comedy O Lucky Man! Armed with ambition and a work ethic, coffee salesman Mick hits the road and finds that desire alone can't bring wealth and status. He meets rich and poor alike... and finds cunning and cruelty across the social spectrum. Ralph Richardson, Helen Mirren, Arthur Lowe, Rachel Roberts, Mona Washbourne and other stars in multiple roles knit Mick's picaresque adventures together. And commenting with wit and irony is Alan Price, providing a memorable song score. Once you meet Mick, you're the lucky one.
The Last Weekend is a compelling psychological thriller that delivers a chilling and suspense filled punch. Set over a long weekend in East Anglia, this is a chilling story of a rivalrous friendship - as told with deceptive casualness by narrator, Ian. It opens with a surprise phone call from an old university friend, inviting Ian and his wife, Em, for a few days by the sea. Their hosts, Ollie and Daisy, are a golden couple, and the scene is set for sunlit relaxation. Dangerous tensions quickly emerge however, from within the stifling atmosphere of a remote cottage in the hottest days of summer. Ominous revelations from Ian's past slowly intrude, and his rivalry with Ollie intensifies as they resurrect a long established and highly competitive triathlon. Each day becomes a series of challenges for higher and higher stakes, setting in motion actions that have irreversible consequences...
Compelling, complex, gripping and genuinely disturbing, The Red Riding Trilogy is a breathtaking, neo-noir epic based on horrific, factual events and adapted for the screen by Tony Grisoni from David Peace's series of groundbreaking novels. The Red Riding Trilogy follows controversial stories revolving around the manhunt for the brutal Yorkshire Ripper. After a failed attempt to crack Fleet Street, a cynical journalist returns to his homeland of Yorkshire and finds himself assigned to report on the case of a local girl who has gone missing. But after her bizarrely mutilated body is discovered, he is thrown into a sleaze infested, nightmarish world of corruption. As the killer's identity remains a mystery, savage events spiral out of control, spanning generations and leading to a shocking climax.
'The Joy Luck Club' tells the epic story of four families whose extraordinary lives are filled with joy and heartbreak, richness and magic. From the war-torn fields of early-century China to the streets of modern-day San Francisco, the hopes, dreams and triumphs of two generations are revealed through the startling events that shaped their lives.
It's 1947 Hollywood and Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a down-on-his-luck detective, is hired to find proof that Marvin Acme, gag factory mogul and owner of Toontown, is playing hanky-panky with femme fatale Jessica Rabbit,wife of Maroon Cartoon superstar, Roger Rabbit. When Acme is found murdered, all fingers point to Roger, and the sinister, power-hungry Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) is on a mission to bring Roger to justice. Roger begs the Toon-hating Valiant to find the real evildoer and the plot thickens as Eddie uncovers scandal after scandal and realizes the very existence of Toontown is at stake!
Following the Earth's close encounter with a comet, a meteor shower strikes Britain's population blind. Bill Masen (John Duttine), recovering in a London hospital from a vicious plant attack, is one of a few to survive with eyesight intact. The world he emerges into has been terrifyingly altered. The government has collapsed, bands of renegades are thriving in the anarchy - and a hostile carnivorous form of plant life, the Triffids, have begun to prey on the weakened and vulnerable human population. For Masen, life is now a desperate struggle...
Left behind by the world, former hit man and union truck driver Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) looks back from a nursing home on his life's journey through the ranks of organized crime: from his involvement with Philadelphia mob boss Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) to his association with Teamsters union head Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) to the rift that forced him to choose between the two. An intimate story of loyalty and betrayal writ large across the epic canvas of mid-twentieth-century American history...
In the near future, the world cruelly pitches the insanely rich and diabolically beautiful against the tragically ugly and unfortunately poverty-stricken. But salvation is hand for the underbelly of society: they call themselves.. .Accion Mutante! Yarritu, their fearless and incorrigible leader, recently released from prison and anxious to change the fortunes of his misshapen band of cultural terrorists, steps up a plot to kidnap daughter of a wealthy mogul. But when the plot goes disastrously awry, the gruesome group of renegades crash lands on the planet Axturiax. Pursued across space by a ferocious government, the grotesque and the gorgeous must take matters into their own hands and look to each other for survival. This hysterical sci-fi comedy horror is like nothing you've ever experienced.
In 1988 Tehran, Shideh's attempts to rejoin medical school are thwarted as a consequence of her politically active history. Her husband is sent off to serve in the Iran-Iraq War while Iraqi air raids draw perilously close to their own apartment. As neighbours and friends flee from a city in chaos she is left alone with her daughter Dorsa (Avin Manshadi) who becomes increasingly ill and seemingly disturbed. Shideh (Narges Rashidi) initially dismisses her tantrums over a missing doll but is soon terrified they've been targeted by a djinn - a malevolent spirit that steals from those it seeks to possess.
Threads, a shockingly realistic account of global nuclear war and its horrific aftermath. It's a normal Thursday in Sheffield when East. and West stumble into war and Britain is devastated by 200 megatons of nuclear explosive. This chilling film tells the story of a nuclear strike on Britain. Through the eyes of two Sheffield families we witness the immediate after effects of the attack - the shock, grief, radiation sickness, hypothermia and starvation. In the months that follow, hideous injuries remain untreated, looters are shot on sight, food supplies run out and many die in the intense cold of the nuclear winter. Thirteen years on reveals a depopulated Britain living below subsistence level - a devastated economy where money has no value, crops fail through lack of pesticides, no fuel and machinery, and a brutalised post war generation grows up stunted mentally, physically and emotionally.
Enigmatic young Melina (Louise Sorel) has fallen in with a group of Chelsea beatniks, catching the attention of the gang's defiant leader Moise (Oliver Reed). But wild and drunken partying has terrible consequences, and when Melina's fiance Carson (Clifford David) begins investigating, the shocking truth is soon revealed.