British Independent Films

Thursday, September 8 by Duncan Jones

If you are not a fan of mainstream cinema, you might want to consider learning more about and watching the many British independent films that have been released throughout the years. British independent films serve as an alternative to more popular blockbuster films that routinely come out of Hollywood. For a quirkier look at life, research more on the topic of British indie movies.

"Fish Tank."

"Fish Tank" is a British dramatic film that centers around a fifteen-year-old named Mia. In "Fish Tank," Mia's existence changes drastically when her mother Joanne begins a new relationship with a man named Connor. The film stars Rebecca Griffiths, Katie Jarvis, Sarah Bayes and Harry Treadway. It was released in the fall of 2009.

"Stella Does Tricks."

"Stella Does Tricks" is an independent film that hit theaters in 1996. The movie focuses on young Stella, who is a Glasgow, Scotland-bred call girl now residing in London, England in order to start life anew. This flick stars Kelly Macdonald, Hans Matheson, Andy Serkis, Ewan Stewart and James Bolam.

"An Education."

"An Education" is a British drama that is based on a biographical account by "The Sunday Times" journalist Lynn Barber. The film revolves around young teenaged Jenny and her blooming romance with a much older man. "An Education" takes place during the 1960s in suburban London. The cast consists of Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina and Olivia Williams.

"Shallow Grave."

"Shallow Grave" is a dark comedy that hit theaters in 1994. The film was the debut directing effort by filmmaker Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"). "Shallow Grave" depicts the story of a handful of friends and their discovery of their brand new roommate's dead body. The catch is the roommate happens to have vast sums of money inside of his suitcase. The cast includes Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston and Kerry Fox.

"How to Be."

"How to Be" is an indie drama-comedy that was released in 2008. The film is about a young man who experiences confusion and crisis in life, and decides to enlist coaching and assistance through a Canadian guru. The film's cast includes Robert Pattinson, Powell Jones, Rebecca Pidgeon and Jeremy Hardy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         -Duncan Jones