British Isles Film Collection: Curzon Home Cinema. From 24 July on Demand

A selection of acclaimed independent films representing all corners of the UK and Ireland is being presented by Curzon Home Cinema, the on-demand streaming service from the cinema and distribution company.

With memorable characters and striking storytelling, the films range from explorations of the North of England’s ever-creative music scenes, to a psychological and psychedelic take on the bloody English Civil War, to the quest for a lost Welsh-speaking tribe in America.

In The Selfish Giant, from director Clio Barnard, two teenagers from a run-down West Yorkshire estate build a relationship with a scrap metal dealer and his horses, becoming involved in the world of amateur horse racing and an increasingly dangerous life of stealing valuable metal from high-voltage electricity pylons.

Not too far away, in Sheffield, Pulp: A Film About Life Death And Supermarkets gives a band whose outsider stance unexpectedly took them to stardom a chance to say farewell in their own unconventional way. Florian Habicht’s film, based around Pulp’s final concert in their hometown, puts the fans and the people of Sheffield in the spotlight, for a portrait not only of Jarvis Cocker’s band, but of the place they came from and the inspiration for their kitchen-sink lyrics.

And while Habicht’s movie captures a band amicably parting ways, Shane Meadows turns his camera on the dynamics behind the reunion of another legendary Northern group who split acrimoniously, in The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone.

Meanwhile, in the fields of Dorset, Ben Wheatley conjures up a hallucinatory nightmare atmosphere in his journey into the violent past behind every pastoral landscape in A Field In England, which sees a group of Civil War deserters seek buried treasure with the help of alchemy and magic mushrooms, with bloody results.

Leaving Wales for the American Interior, musician Gruff Rhys sets out on the trail of a distant ancestor. In 1792, John Evans, a farmhand from Snowdonia, travelled to the New World to discover whether there was a Welsh-speaking Native American tribe walking the Great Plains. Over 200 years later, Rhys retraces the explorer’s route by means of an investigative concert tour which has become a film, book and album.

Other films in the season include Filth (Scotland) based on Irvine Welsh’s novel, Birmingham gang documentary One Mile Away, Lilting (London), A Man’s Story (Nottingham) and Waveriders (Ireland). Curzon Home Cinema is a non-subscription secure cloud-based high definition video on demand platform available in the UK and Eire, available on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, BT TV, Samsung Smart TV and Freesat’s Freetime.

The British Isles Film Collection, available from July 24 on demand from Curzon Home Cinema, www.curzonhomecinema.com.

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Credits
1. Ben Wheatley, A Field In England.