Audience vote: Best of British

For the past two years Film Critic and movie aficiando Danny Leigh has graced the Borough of Eastleigh with his eclectic mix of movies, put to an audience vote and screened in the centre of town. This year, Danny has followed our theme of Best of British to a tee, and has made your choice a whole lot harder by picking three truly iconic examples of UK cinema. 


"For the last two years the Eastleigh Film Festival has bowled me over with its verve, imagination and knack for screening great movies in inventive locations. In 2016, with a focus on British movies, I've got a feeling it'€™s going to the best festival yet. "

Danny Leigh.

Fancy a Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley face/off? Or maybe you want to feel the fear in the original The Wicker Man? Alternatively, travel back in time for a slice of  1960's filmmaking with Sir Dirk Bogarde.  Whatever your choice, make sure it counts by hitting 'vote', and you might just see one of these classic films on the big screen once more.
 

Sexy Beast

Certificate: 18
Dir: Jonathan Glazer
Why Danny chose this:

British cinema has never been short of gangster movies, but not many have approached with the swagger and brilliance of this, the debut of visionary director Jonathan Glazer. Ray Winstone stars as a safecracker retired to Spain but dragged back into the trade, in a film that's both hilarious and a true one-off.


  
  

We say:

Drenched in sun, gangsters and a visually-arresting narrative, Winstone is on top-form as retired safecracker Gal in what might just be one of the legendary actor's best performances to date.

The Wicker Man

Certificate: 15
Dir: Robin Hardy
Why Danny chose this:

A classic folk tale and a horror movie that will forever make you nervous of Highland holidays. Few British films have the legendary status of this story of a police officer arriving on a remote Scottish island to investigate a young girl€™'s disappearance.
   
  
We say:

Voted the sixth Greatest British Film of all Time by Total Film, this 1974 horror is intelligent and shocking, visceral and gritty. Watch as Edward Woodward navigates a remote town as police officer Howie, who gets more than he originally bargained for upon arrival.

The Servant

Certificate: 12A
Dir: Joseph Losey
Why Danny chose this:

A faultlessly unnerving tale of class and identity in 60s London. Written by Harold Pinter, the great Dirk Bogarde plays a dapper manservant, ariving at the home of a young aristocrat to take up his new position. But tables turn...
  
  

We say:

This 1963 British thriller, written by Harold Pinter and directed by Joseph Losey, sees the legendary Sir Dirk Bogarde entangled in a psychological war with his former valet. Innovative for its time and tense in narrative this is an iconic example of classic Brit filmmaking.