Released in 1999, this Spanish motion picture follows the life of an Argentine nurse in charge of organ donations, a single mother whose son is an aspiring artist. Starring Cecilia Roth, Penélope Cruz and Marisa Paredes, All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre) was directed and written by Pedro Almodóvar.
Freelancers Anonymous taps into the current issue of underemployment, where employers cut hours and benefits, forcing people to take multiple jobs to make ends meet. Thankfully, director Sonia Sebastian and writers Lisa Cordileone and Amy Dellagiarino never get overly serious about this, keeping things very light while grounding the humour in likeable characters.
Rupert Everett spent the past decade working on his passion project The Happy Prince, tracing the final three years in the life of Oscar Wilde. Ironically, these aren’t particularly happy years, following his post-prison exile from England as he loses status, money and finally his health, until his death at age 46 in 1900.
Released in 1997, In & Out was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe and won many awards with Joan Cusack receiving many Best Actress category awards including American Comedy Awards and New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Filmed in New Jersey and New York, In & Out was directed by Frank Oz and written by Paul Rudnick. The film stars Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack and Tom Selleck.
Anything is a warm and thoughtful drama that examines some very big themes without taking the usual route through them. Not only is it centred on a middle-aged man, but it also features a main character whose gender identity is never defined because it doesn’t actually matter. No, this is a film about community and belonging, and it fiercely refuses to fit in a box.