As the World Cup enters its second week, and we seek to avoid the obvious alternatives (Dr Zhivago or The King’s Speech), here are three options that offer something different.
MOGUL MOWGLI (2020) Sunday 27 November 10.15-11.40pm BBC 2 P
One of our most exciting new talents, Riz Ahmed, plays an energetic MC who is diagnosed with a degenerative disease. His bewilderment and anger might be a little fierce for some, but surely we need to give fresh talent its head?
IN COLD BLOOD (1967) Wednesday 30 November 9.00-11.45pm Talking Pictures (Ch 82)
A striking (in b/w) and celebrated adaptation of Truman Capote’s book – a true-life account of two young robbers who killed an entire family. Robert Blake is light years away from his role of Little Beaver in the Red Ryder westerns of the 1940s and Richard Brooks again shows what an underrated director he is. All in all, this is one of the most accomplished films of the 1960s.
NEXT OF KIN (1982) Friday 2 December 9.05-10.55pm Talking Pictures (Ch 82)
Rarer than a rarity is this horror offering from TP’s Cellar Club. Filmed in New Zealand and New South Wales, on a modest budget, there can’t be too many films that are set in a haunted retirement home. There are some genuinely scary moments, if it has survived its transition to Freeview intact!
By David Johnson
Chairman of Lyme Regis Film Society
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