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Certification15 Our Rating

Inside this conventionally structured biopic resides an extraordinary story of an extraordinary man. William Wilberforce was the parliamentary spokesman for a group of radicalised young Evangelists (and Quakers), who despised the money politics and corruption of late 18th Century UK politics and who fought for many reformist policies, the most notable of which was the one this film annotates, the abolition of slavery, a process that took years of political skulduggery and the slow passage of find out more...

AMISTAD (1998)

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A group of abducted Africans break free from their shackles aboard a Spanish slave ship, the Amistad, so setting the scene for a lengthy courtroom drama played out against a backdrop of 19th Century slavery. Matthew McConaughy is the noble young lawyer fighting for the slaves' freedom, while Anthony Hopkins is mesmerising as decrepit former President John Quincy Adams. Superb sets and an authentic atmosphere, and it's pretty gruesome at times too. Typically Spielberg-esque epic. find out more...

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Chronicles the life and times of Nucky Thompson, the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City, who was equal parts politician and gangster.
High production values and a fine ensemble cast: HBO knows how to do TV.

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London, 1818; the young Romantic poet John Keats begins an unlikely three year romance with chic urbanite neighbour Fanny, an affair cut short by his premature illness and death. A superbly made interpretation of love and its rendition through poetry. find out more...

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The infamous 19th century tale of two grave robbers working for the Edinburgh Medical College who resort to murder when the cadavers start to dry up. Adapted for comedic purposes from the same gentlemen who gave us the re-birth of St Trinians.. I think Iíve said enough. find out more...

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This TV adaptation of a section of the classic book about the treatment of Native Americans by the all conquering Europeans centres on the struggles of the Lakota Sioux. The narrative follows Dr Charles Eastman, a young, western-educated 'civilised' Amerindian, Sitting Bull, the proud emasculated chief who refuses to submit to US government policies designed to strip his people of their land, a 'liberal' white teacher and Senator Henry Dawes, one of the men responsible for government policy on I find out more...

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The film focuses on Camille's time spent in an asylum after she is sent there by her brother, the poet Paul Claudel, who questions his sister's sanity when she destroys some of her own works. She lives a reclusive life trying to prove to her doctor that she is mentally stable while waiting in hope that her brother will visit and consent to her discharge from the institution. 

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Certification12 Our Rating

Abandoned by her father and brought up in an orphanage Gabrielle Chanel's early years were not easy ones, but her willful determination, intelligence and obvious gift would see her ultimately rise to iconic status within the world of 20th Century fashion. 'Coco Before Chanel' never glamorises her life, neither the way she looks nor the lovers she takes; a thoughtful understated observation of Chanel's life before fortune finally beckoned. Not a visually sumptuous film, as you might expect, but a find out more...
COMRADES (1986)

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The story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, a group of 1830s Dorset farm labourers who had the effrontery to form a Trade Union to fight against their wages being lowered and who got transported to Australia for their pains. find out more...

Certification15 Our Rating

Scooping almost all the Oscars in 1991, this epic film views the American Indians in a sympathetic light through the story of Lt John Dunbar, who volunteers for frontier duty. He discovers the Sioux tribe, an honourable and proud people living on the Dakota plains. Exquisitely filmed - it's a must. find out more...