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Toronto Film Fest Spotlights 8 British Features

Toronto Film Fest Spotlights 8 British Features

For its 40th year, TIFF has added even more British features to bolster its already solid lineup of UK-hailing films including “High-Rise” and Oscar contender “The Danish Girl” — to name just a few of the most hotly awaited Brit titles.

This year’s City to City strand highlights eight films from England’s capital to expose the region’s emerging artists. Past programs have featured Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Mumbai and Seoul.

Selections include a lot of coming-of-age and music stories, including stage-to-screen “London Road,” director Rufus Norris’ followup to his abrasive 2012 suburban drama “Broken,” which premiered in Cannes. “Northern Soul,” the film debut of acclaimed English photographer Elaine Constantine, also finally makes its way to North America.

Couple in a Hole
Tom Geens,
United Kingdom/Belgium/France
World Premiere

A middle class British couple end up living like feral creatures in a camouflaged hole in the middle of a vast forest in France.
Paul Higgins and Kate Dickie.

The Hard Stop
George Amponsah,
United Kingdom

Over several years
The Hard Stop
features Marcus and Kurtis, childhood friends of Mark Duggan,
the young man whose death ignited
the UK riots in 2011. Marcus was sentenced for starting the riots
in Tottenham that turned
into the worst
civil unrest in recent British
history. The film reflects the current class divisions in British society as it charts the everyday challenges Marcus and Kurt
is face as
they grieve the loss of their dear friend, and negotiate incarceration and unemployment
the media debate about who their friend
the inquest into his killing plays out in the background.

Kill Your Friends
Owen Harris,
United Kingdom
North American

Set in 1990s London,
Kill Your Friends
follows a

Steven Stelfox

slashing his way through the music
business. Fueled by greed, ambition and inhuman quantities of drugs, Stelfox searches for his next hit record. But as the hits dry up
industry changes, Stelfox takes the concept of “killer tunes” to
a murderous new level.
Starring Nicholas Hoult
, James Corden,
Rosanna Arquette and Ed Skrein.

Kilo Two Bravo Paul Katis, United Kingdom International Premiere
Set in Afghanistan in 2006, a group of British soldiers find themselves trapped in an unmarked minefield, setting into motion a desperate rescue mission. Based on a harrowing real life event, this suspenseful drama sheds light on the bravery, selflessness and heroism soldiers must have to avoid severely tragic consequences. Starring David Elliot and Mark Stanley.

London Road Rufus Norris, United Kingdom International Premiere
A film adaptation of the National Theatre’s ground-breaking musical by Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork about the “Suffolk Strangler” murders in Ipswich in 2006. London Road follows the community who found themselves at the epicentre of these tragic events, and uses their own words set to an innovative musical score. Starring Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman.

Northern Soul Elaine Constantine, United Kingdom North American Premiere
John and Matt are changed forever when they discover American soul music. No longer satisfied with the prospect of a dead-end factory job, they dream of finding the American soul record which will make them famous DJs. Northern Soul was phenomenally popular with British youth in the 1970s, taking the north of the country by storm. This is the story of a youth culture that changed a generation and influenced songwriters, producers, DJs and designers for decades to come. This is the story of Northern Soul. Starring Elliot James Langridge, Joshua Whitehouse, Antonia Thomas and Steve Coogan.

The Ones Below David Farr, United Kingdom World Premiere
Kate and Justin are a successful working couple in their mid-30s whose lives are destined to change forever when the seemingly charming Teresa and Jon move into the flat downstairs. Kate and Teresa become especially close when they both discover that they are pregnant. But when Teresa loses her baby in an accident, she blames Kate. After that, nothing is ever the same. Starring Clémence Poésy, David Morrissey and Stephen Campbell Moore.

Urban Hymn Michael Caton-Jones, United Kingdom World Premiere
Urban Hymn is a redemptive coming-of-age story which follows a neglected and wayward teen, Jamie, whose incredible singing voice offers an escape to a better life until she finds her loyalties torn between her inspiring, unconventional care worker and her possessive and volatile best friend. Starring Letitia Wright, Isabella Laughland and Shirley Henderson.

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