Made in Britain season: all five reviews

Made in Britain postcard

Over the last month I’ve had a lot of fun watching the all-too-brief Made in Britain season, which saw a bunch of homegrown film gems get a big screen outing across the country. The pleasingly eclectic choices saw comedy happily rub shoulders with sci-fi and horror – genres too often overlooked when it comes to handing out cinema re-releases. It was a very real joy to experience these films in their proper habitat. The only downside was the occasional sniggering from some audience members who failed to grasp the concept that acting styles and production values change and evolve over the years.

I propose that StudioCanal make this an annual month-long event. Not only would it be a perfect showcase for their back catalogue, it would continue to raise public awareness about the rich legacy of British cinema and provide support for those who continue to keep its flame alive.  There are after all plenty of other neglected gems that deserve a cinematic airing. More Ealing and Hammer classics of course, and I think we can all agree that Flash Gordon deserves the restoration and re-release treatment.

Anyway, thanks to Take One I was able to view and review them all, and (as much for my benefit as yours) here are links to the complete set:

Passport to Pimlico

The Plague of the Zombies

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Hobson’s Choice

Quatermass and the Pit

Review: Hobson’s Choice (1954)

A truly Great British romance as well as a deliciously unconventional romantic comedy, HOBSON’S CHOICE remains a treat nearly 60 years after it first arrived on our screens. Showing as part of the ‘Made in Britain’ season, this is arguably a story that could only have been made in this country. Its working class, northern English roots give the film a bracing texture that never allows it to become sappy or fall victim to cliché. It can also boast a trio of superb performances, led by the larger-than-life Charles Laughton, and marvellous direction from an on-the-cusp-of-greatness David Lean.

Full review: Hobson’s Choice | TAKE ONE