British Films


DVDs in English with International Content

Bend It Like Beckham
Director: Gurinder Chadha

Eighteen year-old Jesminder’s parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. 112 min.
Call number: DVD bend

Breaking the Waves
Director: Lars von Trier
1999 (1996)

Bess, a pious, young Scottish woman, prays to God to send her husband, Jan, home from his job on an offshore oil rig. When an accident sends him home paralyzed, she’s filled with guilt and submits to his wish that she take on other lovers, convinced that this will aid in his recovery. 152 min.
Call number: DVD brea

Bride and Prejudice
Director: Gurinder Chadha

A Bollywood update of Jane Austen’s classic tale, where Mrs. Bennet is eager to find suitable husbands for her five unmarried daughters. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to live nearby, the Bennets have high hopes, though circumstance and boorish opinions threaten to get in the way of romance. 112 min.
Call number: DVD brid

Bright Star
Director: Jane Campion

Nineteenth century poet John Keats and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, started out as unlikely lovers who were totally at odds with each other. However, when Brawne offers to help Keats nurse his seriously ill brother, the two soon became involved in an unstoppable romance that only his untimely death at age 25could bring to a shattering end. 112 min.
Call number: DVD brig

Dear Frankie
Director: Shona Auerbach

To spare the feelings of her fatherless boy, Lizzie secretly authors letters from his “father” recounting seafaring adventures around the world. Torn between exposing the truth and protecting her son, Lizzie hires a handsome stranger to play the role of a father and gets more than anyone bargained for. Scottish film in English. 105 min.
Call number: DVD dear

Easy Virtue
Director: Stephan Elliott
2009 (2008)

John Whittaker is a young Englishman who falls madly in love with Larita, a sexy, glamorous American woman. The two impulsively decide to get married. He takes her home to meet his family, she arrives like a blast from the future. John’s mother takes an instant disliking to Lairta and undermines her every move. But Larita will blow their entrenched British stuffiness right out the window. 96 min.
Call number: DVD easy

Magdalene Sisters
Director: Peter Mullan

In Ireland in the 1960s, four women were sent to the Magdalene Laundries, an institution for “fallen” women, where they will atone for their sins through a regimented life of work and prayer. They all had to work in the laundry, where the strict nuns would break everyone’s wills through sadistic punishment. Based on a true story. 120 min.
Call number: DVD magd

Monsoon Wedding
Director: Mira Nair

Love, lust and hope envelop an upper middle-class Indian family and their world-wide guests as they celebrate for four days the arranged marriage of their daughter to an East Indian man from Texas. English language soundtrack with some dialogue in Hindi or Panjabi. Optional subtitles in French or Spanish. 115 min.
Call number: DVD mons

Director: Franc Roddam
2001 (1979)

Songs by The Who set the background for this story of the passions of British street kids, circa 1964. 114 min.
Call number: DVD quad

Rabbit-Proof Fence
Director: Phillip Noyce
2003 (2002)

In 1931, Molly and her younger cousins, Gracie and Daisy, were three half-caste children from Western Australia who were taken from their parents under government edict and sent to an institution, were taught to forget their families, their culture, and re-invent themselves as members of “white” Australian society. The three girls begin an epic journey back to Western Australia, traveling 1,500 miles on foot with no food or water, and navigating by following the fence that has been built across the nation to stem an over-population of rabbits. Based on the book by Doris Pilkington Garimara. 93 min.
Call number: DVD rabb

The Saddest Music in the World
Director: Guy Maddin

Isabella Rossellini stars as a Depression-era beer baroness who sponsors a contest to find the world’s saddest tune in this dark comedy. Canadian film in English. 101 min.
Call number: DVD sadd

Whale Rider / Te Kaieke Tohora
Director: Niki Caro
2003 (2002)

Set in New Zealand. The Whangara people believe their ancestor Paikea was saved from drowning by riding home on the back of a whale. The tribal group has since granted leadership positions to the first-born males, believing them to be descendants of Paikea. But then a young mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn male son. His twin sister survives and the little girl, Pai, is brought up by her grandparents. Learning the skills of chiefdom from her uncle, Pai shows that she possess a natural leadership ability. In English; some Maori. 101 min.
Call number: DVD whal

Director: Sally Potter

Feeling trapped in her marriage to a politician, an American scientist begins an affair with a Lebanese surgeon living in exile in London. As the affair goes on the couple finds it difficult to put aside their very different beliefs. In English. 99 min.
Call number: DVD yes