Published on May 13th, 2014 | by admin
What Is Your Favourite Ever Great British Film?
According to experts at the British Film Institute and based on surveys conducted, six of the most cherished British post-war flicks adored by the nation are: A Matter of Life and Death (1946), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Chariots of Fire (1981), Secrets & Lies (1996) and Bend It Like Beckham (2002).
The oldest post-war movie selected to be included in the Great British Film stamp series is A Matter of Life and Death. Starring David Niven, Kim Hunter, Raymond Massey and Roger Livesey, this romantic fantasy film was set in England during the Second World War and tells the story of a British wartime RAF Squadron Leader Peter David Carter (David Niven) who cheats death in the name of love after escaping a burning Lancaster Bomber aircraft.
Filmed in three-strip technicolour, the film tells the story of how David Carter falls in love with an American named June (Kim Hunter) who he speaks to, believing this is his final conversation as he tries to radio the information that his plane has been shot down by enemy fire.
Winner of no fewer than seven academy awards including Best Director, Lawrence of Arabia starring Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins and Omar Sharif is based on the life of Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) who is sent from Cairo to the Arabian desert to find Prince Faisal of Mecca.
Directed by David Lean, Lawrence of Arabia was two years in the making and is widely regarded as one of the great achievements of cinematic history which witnesses Lawrence befriend Sherif Ali Ben El Kharish (Omar Sharif) to make plans to support the Arabs in their rebellion against the Turks. Lawrence of Arabia was filmed in Spain and Jordan and cost $13 million which was a very significant budget at the time.
Having initially received mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike, 2001: A Space Odyssey became widely regarded as one of the most influential sci-fi movies of all time which inspired subsequent films of the same genre. It is based on Arthur C. Clarke’s story entitled ‘The Sentinel’ and is remembered for creating one of the most realistic depictions of outer space ever to grace the big screen.
The storyline in 2001: A Space Odyssey witnesses a series of four encounters between humans and mysterious black monoliths that are seemingly affecting human evolution. Four years in the making, 2001: A Space Odyssey is regarded as one of the finest movies of the 20th century starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester and Douglas Rain.
Chariots of Fire is based on a true story of two athletes who compete in the 1924 Paris Olympics. From very contrasting religious faiths, Eric Liddell (played by Ian Charleson) and Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) are two Englishmen with much to prove as competitors for different reasons.
Directed by Hugh Hudson and featuring music by Vangelis which has since become synomonous with athletics events following the success of the movie, Chariots of Fire received four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score. The famous beach scenes associated with the theme tune were filmed at West Sands, St Andrews where a plaque commemorating the film remains to this day.
Written and directed by Mike Leigh, Secrets & Lies tells the story of a family forced to confront personal issues they’ve been avoiding for years. The movie received glowing plaudits for its portrayal of life in everyday Britain at the time. As the plot unfolds, an optometrist named Hortense Cumberbatch (played by Marianne Jean-Baptiste) sets out to track down her biological mother, Cynthia Rose Purley (Brenda Blethyn).
Receiving a number of notable accolades including winning three awards for the Palme d’Or at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, Secrets & Lies also stars Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan and Claire Rushbrook who have secrets of their own which affect their everyday life.
Comedy drama Bend It Like Beckham tells the story of an 18-year-old girl who looks to pursue her dream of becoming a professional footballer despite the resistance from her family who has more conventional expectations for her to settle down as part of their Indian traditions.
The movie documents the enthusiasm that Jess Bhamra (played by Parminder Nagra) has for her secret passion of football which is heightened when she happens to meet Juliette Paxton (Keira Knightley) by chance who plays for a local semi-professional team. The film, which was huge box office hit in the UK and Europe, documents the journey of Jess as she seeks to overcome cultural prejudice.