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Drama

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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WandaWanda (1970)
Dir. Barbara Loden
Feat. Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins
The sole writing/directing credit of Barbara Loden, whose command of verite storytelling is matched by her own astonishing performance as a feckless waif who 'wanders' into the disdainful company of a petty crook. Rightfully considered a lost masterpiece of American independent cinema, this presaged the…
Riff RaffRiff Raff (1990)
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Robert Carlyle, Emer McCourt, Richard Belgrave
A warts-and-all exploration of the barely-working class focusing on a group of nomadic Northerners who find work on a London building site. Embellished with semi-improvised acting, treacle-thick accents, and a skilful fly-on-the-wall approach to recording the drama.
Judy & PunchJudy & Punch (2018)
Dir. Mirrah Foulkes
Feat. Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman
Outrageously carnivalesque and blackly comic Australian period drama in which the traditional fairy tale of Punch and Judy is turned on it's head. The two puppeteers are struggling in the anarchic town of Seaside (nowhere near the sea) when a tragic event compels Judy to take revenge on the violent alcoholic…
BellbirdBellbird (2019)
Dir. Hamish Bennett
Feat. Marshall Napier, Cohen Holloway, Annie Whittle
Charming and quietly restrained comedy drama set on a Northland NZ dairy farm, where a third generation farm owner struggles to cope with the loss of his wife, and the local community rallies to support him. Suffused with a poignant sense of location and emotionally intelligent portrayals of what would…
Blinded By the LightBlinded By the Light (2019)
Dir. Gurinder Chadha
Feat. Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra
Set in 1987 during Thatcher-era Britain, a Pakistani Muslim navigates his teenage years and finds his voice through a love of Bruce Springsteen songs. With a soundtrack filled with all the hits, this is a no-brainer for Springsteen fans, and an apologetically exuberant coming-of-age drama.
Ride Like a GirlRide Like a Girl (2019)
Dir. Rachel Griffiths
Feat. Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Sullivan Stapleton
Gritty and passionate racing drama based on the true story of jockey Michelle Payne, who fulfilled a life-long dream of winning the Melbourne Cup, and was the first woman to do so.
JudyJudy (2019)
Dir. Rupert Goold
Feat. Renee Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock
Renee Zellweger's thoroughly committed and well-researched portrayal of Judy Garland elevates this biopic set in 1968 during the last year of the actresses life, when she relocates her stage career to London and performs a series of sold out concerts.