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The rich human condition told with a straight face, this is the mother of all genres. So if it doesn't fit snugly anywhere else it's usually Drama...

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Daughters of the DustDaughters of the Dust (1991)
Dir. Julie Dash
Feat. Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers
Turn-of-the-century tale of the Gullah, descendants of slaves living on islands near South Carolina who maintained their West African heritage. Through a mingling of old memories and ancestral myths, this unfolds as an evocative tone poem, narrated by a child not yet born.
Smoke SignalsSmoke Signals (1998)
Dir. Chris Eyre
Feat. Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard
Entirely made and funded by Native American Indians, this is both a fresh, palpably authentic portrait of a minority culture and an engrossing road-movie, following two Coeur d'Alene Indian lads off their Idaho reservation and onto the trail of a long-lost father. Adapted from Sherman Alexie's book 'Lone…
American HoneyAmerican Honey (2016)
Dir. Andrea Arnold
Feat. Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough
Esteemed British director Andrea Arnold changes pace in her American debut, taking a cast of mostly non-actors through a poetically burnt-out Midwest in this propulsive road movie. The basic premise of a poor girl running away from an abusive family with a bunch of misfits (including love-interest…
Light Between Oceans, TheLight Between Oceans, The (2016)
Dir. Derek Cianfrance
Feat. Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz
An elegant sweeping melodrama set in post-WWI Western Australia about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat, only to years later face a moral dilemma when they encounter the real mother of the baby. Largely film in New Zealand (Dunedin & Marlborough), and…
Man Who Knew Infinity, TheMan Who Knew Infinity, The (2015)
Dir. Matthew Brown
Feat. Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Malcolm Sinclair
Biographical drama based on the extraordinary life and academic career of pioneering Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and his friendship with his mentor, Professor G.H. Hardy.
London RoadLondon Road (2015)
Dir. Rufus Norris
Feat. Olivia Colman, Tom Hardy, Anita Dobson
An audacious but audience-dividing musical devised around the unlikely premise of Ipswich community members who are drawn together to come to terms with the serial murders of five women in their neighbourhood. Based on true events that occurred in 2006, and adapted for the screen from the hit National…
Daughter, TheDaughter, The (2015)
Dir. Simon Stone
Feat. Geoffrey Rush, Miranda Otto, Paul Schneider
Australian melodrama based on Henrik Ibsen's play "The Wild Duck", in which a prodigal son's return home to a small logging town reveals a dark family secret. Feted theatre director Simon Stone enjoyed success with his stage production of the play and this translation to the screen marks his confident…