5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five new English-language movies that range from a Hollywood comedy to acclaimed British and Irish dramas and a US docu-fiction. Among the subjects explored: female friendship, the trials of long-term marriage, vengeance and the difficulties of mother-daughter relationships.

The Wife (Picturehouse Entertainment)


Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce deliver fantastic Oscar-worthy performances in this drama of literary duplicity by Swedish director Björn Runge. Close plays Joan, spouse to Pryce’s impetuous, childlike author Joe Castleman, who is travelling to Sweden to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Co-starring Max Irons as their beleaguered son David, family secrets are set to spill from the moment they arrive in Stockholm.

Skate Kitchen (Modern Films)

Following her excellent documentary The Wolfpack, director Crystal Moselle returns with this docu-drama about an all-girl skate crew in New York. Rachelle Vinberg, Nina Moran and Dede Lovelace head the cast in what is a coming-of-age story, as the girls bond over skating, boys and more. A successor to Larry Clark’s Kids in some ways, Skate Kitchen is a more heartfelt experience thanks to Moselle’s warm direction and her actresses’ naturalistic performances.

Two For Joy (Lorton Distribution)

Tackling issues of child abuse and mental illness, Two For Joy is the directorial debut of Tom Beard, a music promo director who has already worked with FKA Twigs, Jamie T and the Klaxons. Spearheading an impressive ensemble cast, Samantha Morton plays Aisha, a mother of two with a daughter, Vi (Emilia Jones) and a son, Troy (Badger Skelton). But in a unique twist, the young Vi must act as Aisha’s carer.

Night School (Universal)

Two of America’s biggest comedians, Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, pair up for this comedy from Malcolm D. Lee (Undercover Brother, The Best Man). A group of troublemakers head back to night school to try and pass their GED exam to finally graduate from high school. Haddish, who worked with Lee on her breakout role for 2017’s Girls Trip, stars as Carrie, the unorthodox teacher who hopes to put Hart’s Teddy through high school at last.

Black 47 (Altitude)

Set in Ireland in 1847, during the devastating Great Famine, Lance Daly’s adventure story is both a political drama and a high-stakes western. Australian actor James Frecheville plays Feeney, an Irish Ranger who goes on a revenge mission after he returns from fighting in Afghanistan to discover his family has been brutalised under British rule. Co-stars in this rain-soaked thriller include Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent and Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan.

All films released on 28 September.

James Mottram

1. Still from Two For Joy (Lorton Distribution).
2. Still from The Wife (Picturehouse Entertainment).
3. Still from Skate Kitchen (Modern Films).
4. Still from Two For Joy (Lorton Distribution).
5. Still from Night School (Universal).
6. Still fromBlack 47 (Altitude).