There's something unique about what should be a 'done a million times before' underdog overcomes it all tale. This is superb.
Akeelah and the Bee
(2006) Starring:Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Keke Palmer Director:Doug Atchison Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Critically-acclaimed drama starring Laurence Fishburne. Eleven-year-old Akeelah Anderson's (Keke Palmer) life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her and her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a ..read more »
Terrifying insight into life in London without papers. Starring the always-excellent Chiwitel Ejiofor.
Dirty Pretty Things(2003) Starring:Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou, Sergi Lopez Director:Stephen Frears Certificate:
Okwe, a kind-hearted Nigerian doctor, and Senay, a Turkish chambermaid, work at the same West London hotel. The hotel is run by Senor "Sneaky" and is the sort of place where "dirty business" like drug dealing and prostitution takes place. However, when Okwe finds a human heart in one of the toilets,..read more »
An outstanding all-black ensemble piece. I wouldn't go to a desert island without it. A classic.
The Best Man
(1999) Starring:Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard Director:Malcolm D. Lee Certificate:
Novelist Harper (Taye Diggs) has agreed to be the best man at the wedding of his college friends Mia (Monica Calhoun) and Lance (Morris Chestnut) and is looking forward to being reunited with his other old friends at the weekend celebration. However, as the big day approaches, word gets out that ..read more »
Hilarious, heart-warming, nostalgic but intelligent and sensitive...brilliant tale of life in a Swedish commune in the 70s.
(2000) Starring:Emma Samuelsson, Lisa Lindgren, Sam Kessel Director:Lukas Moodysson Certificate: Watch now: Included in all packages with LOVEFiLM Instant
It is 1975 and bourgeois mother of two Elisabeth (Lisa Lindgren) tires of her husband Rolf's abusive and drunken behaviour. She moves out with her two children to stay with her brother Goran (Gustav Hammarsten) who lives in a hippy commune called 'Tillsammans' (Together). The move proves ..read more »
Another French classic, this time from a Parisian ghetto. Incomparable.
(1995) Starring:Vincent Lindon, Hubert Kounde, Benoit Magimel Director:Mathieu Kassovitz Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
An award-winning account of one crucial day in the life of three ethnically diverse teenagers on a housing estate in Paris. It documents the fierce loathing that exists between the estate's residents and the police, that explodes when the police beat a youngster into a coma. The three young men ..read more »
A hilarious comedy classic with amazing ensemble of a cast. You'll laugh so hard you'll cry!
Barbershop(2002) Starring:Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve, Keith David Director:Tim Story Certificate:
A feel-good tale about a Chicago barbershop. Calvin (Ice-Cube) is a would-be entrepreneur with big plans - and running his family's barbershop isn't one of them. But when he impulsively sells the shop to a shady loan shark, he soon realises just how important the neighbourhood salon is to him - and ..read more »
Revealing 1970s identity drama co-written by Sam Selvon. Discover the real Notting Hill.
Pressure / Baldwin's Nigger
(1975) Starring:James Baldwin, Dick Gregory Director:Horace Ove Certificate:
Two films from director Horace Ové. 'Pressure' (1975) is widely seen as Britain's first black feature. Set in 1970s London, it follows the daily struggle of young black British youths in an uncaring society. Tony (Herbert Norville), the son of West Indian immigrants, is torn between his parent's ..read more »