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Dan Carrier’s movies news: The Islands and the Whales; High Hopes

30 March, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

The Islands and the Whales

DOCUMENTARY The Islands and the Whales considers the clash between the need for sustenance and the need to protect the natural world. Focusing on the story of the people who live in the Faroes – up in the chilly waters north of Scotland as you head towards Iceland – it tells of a campaign to halt the fishing for graceful pilot whales. But the islanders have lived off their meat for centuries, so as well as considering overfishing and conservation, the film considers the ideas of heritage, history, and how to maintain an industry without overfishing in a modern world of horrendous, competing pressures. You won’t like the 21st century much after watching this well-made, thoughtful and beautifully shot film by director Mike Day.

The Mike Leigh classic High Hopes is having a special screening this week at the Primrose Hill Community Library. Starring Phil Davis, Ruth Sheen and Lesley Manville, Leigh’s story follows the lives of an extended family through the Thatcher era. Meet socialist bike courier Cyril (Phil Davis), his mother (Edna Dore) and sister Valerie as they make sense of a rapidly changing London. It is a masterpiece and has only improved with time, offering a brilliant insight into the mores, wants and issues that were so prevalent during the 1980s. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets, £8 including a glass of wine, are on sale at the library, Sharpleshall Street, NW1 8YN, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays or on the door.


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