UPDATE: July 1 - Two uniquely British films are this week’s new entries. The first takes a famous comedy character out of his office and onto the stage in David Brent: Life on the Road, while the other is the true story of two unlikely allies against an uncaring government in Pride. Read more about them and our other choices below.
Both the BBC’s own feature-length content and big movies from all around the world appear in the film section of iPlayer. The length of residence varies significantly, ranging from the default 30 days to over a year. The BBC is trying to lengthen this time, and Ofcom is currently examining its proposals to do this, so hopefully in the near future, you will have a little longer to watch all of these excellent movies. For now though, you’ll need a well organised schedule if you want to make time for these among all your other TV and cinema appointments.
Foxcatcher (2014) - Expires July 14
Mark and Dave Shultz, both Olympic gold medallists in wrestling, are invited by enthusiastic billionaire John du Pont to help start a wrestling training facility at his estate in Pennsylvania. While it seems like an ideal arrangement, the tension between the two brothers is worsened by du Pont’s involvement, which spills out into more destructive behaviours that endangers the whole team.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014 - Expires July 16
If you’ve been watching the recent TV series based on this film, you will be familiar with the setup. A group of vampire housemates living in New Zealand invite a camera crew into their home document their lives drinking blood, controlling their human familiars, and dealing with the other supernatural creatures living in the local area. Expect events like recruiting new vampires, learning about the modern daytime world, and hosting parties.
David Brent: Life on the Road (2016) - Expires June 29
Ricky Gervais revives his memorable turn as the cringey but well meaning office manager to show us the next stage of his life as he takes time off work to tour with his band. The tour plays out as you might expect with having David on stage, but his band - Forgone Conclusion - has more songs than just David’s own famous compositions, and seeing him interact with the modern world, rather than remembering him stuck in the early 2000s, gives some new life to this decades old character.
Pride (2014) - Expires July 30
During the 1984 - 85 Miner’s Strike, a group of gay and lesbian activists form a protest organisation to campaign in solidarity with the miners, who like themselves are regularly harassed by the police. The newly formed group travel to a mining town in Wales to help the cause, but the miners and their supporters are unsure whether to accept their assistance.