As part of Britannia in Brief Week here at Anglotopia we’re happy to be hosting one of the author’s – Leslie Banker – for a guest post. Here’s her rundown of top 5 favorite British movies. Be sure to check out the rest of Britannia in Brief week! Check back later in the week for an interview and a post from her other half and co-author – William Mullins.
Much of the material in our book, Britannia in Brief, comes from the questions I had while reading English newspapers and watching British television and movies. In the name of research, William and I filled our Netflix queue with British movies that we watched with pen and paper in hand to make note of the cultural references I (the native New Yorker) didn’t catchâ€”from cockney rhyming slang to political jokes to class-based jokes that were completely lost on meâ€”and that we’d need to consider for inclusion. Here are my top five favorite British movies:
Hot Fuzz (2007). From the makers of Shaun of the Dead (2004), this is a hilarious spoof on the traditional cop movie. Overeager London copper gets transferred to a small town in the country, gets saddled with a not-so-sharp partner, and uncovers very strange happenings behind the hedgerows.
Withnail & I (1987). A British cult classic. As I understand, people in the UK are not allowed to graduate from University unless they can quote large tracts of the script from memory. The film doesn’t have much of a plot but is filled with great dialogue. It centers around two unemployed actors, Withnail and Marwood, who flee London for the countryside where they are stuck with Withnail’s who keeps tryingâ€”unsuccessfully–to seduce Marwood.
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). Before Madonna was in the picture, Guy Ritchie made this great fast-paced movie about a high stakes card game gone awry. The East End (of London) gangsters all have great names like â€œHatchet Harry.â€ I’m looking forward to Guy Ritchie’s upcoming movie about !
Bend it like Beckham (2002). The daughter of orthodox Sikhs wants to play women’s football (soccer) but her parents disapprove. Culture clash ensues. The movie follows her as she struggles between the sport she’s really good at and her family’s traditions. It’s kind of a chick flick, but guys will appreciate that Keira Knightley‘s in it.
24 Hour Party People (2002). Let’s start by saying that Steve Coogan is a comic genius. Coogan plays Tony Wilson in the re-telling of the true story of the rise and fall of the â€œMadchesterâ€ music scene, featuring bands such as The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays, in Manchester with the famous Hacienda Club at its epicenter.
What are your favorite Brit Movies?
Britiannia in Brief – The Scoop on All Things British – was written by Leslie Banker and William Mullins. It’s the ultimate guide to Britain for Anglophiles! To purchase Britannia in Brief: The Scoop on All Things British – click here. And be sure to check out their great blog here.