Fill The Void
Rama Burshtein's acclaimed Israeli family drama, set within an Orthodox Jewish community
Sidney Poitier stars in this seminal, sentimental tale of an inspirational teacher in an inner city school.
Poitier gets a job in a failing school in inner-city London, and sets about scrapping the prescribed curriculum for his own brand of 'survival training'. The class includes Geeson - whose passion makes it to the title; Chirs Chittell, a yobbo just gagging to be reformed by Poitier's hard love; Roberts, the cocky classroom leader; and Lulu. Yes, Lulu - 30 years before she washed up on the TV lottery show, considered a serious contender. The film has gone in and out of fashion, but it's old enough now to return to it with a clear eye, and see the strength beneath the kooky sentimentality.
Sentimental and unrealistic it may be but undeniably influential, and still worth a watch if only to see Lulu and Poitier in their heyday.
Film4-backed films picked up five awards at the British Independent Film Awards last night, the annual ceremony which recognises excellence and achievement in independent filmmaking. [caption id="att
In case you couldn't make it to the industry forum held at Channel 4 on Tuesday 19th November 2013, here are videos of the keynote speeches and panel discussions. For more information, docs and data,
Film4.com looks over the best chases, fights, shootouts and stunts to grace the big screen and pick the 25 greatest ever action movie sequences.
Film4.com's pick of the best films that have made that toughest of transitions: from comic book page to the big screen
On Film4: 15 December 2013