TOP TEN BRITISH INDIE MOVIES: A MOVIEHOOKER MOVIE-LIST

British Indie Movies

 A LIST OF TEN OF MY FAVOURITE BRITISH INDIE MOVIES. I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE LIST

 

1: DEAD MANS SHOES

I first saw Dead Man’s Shoes years back and still to this day there hasn’t really been anything in that genre that has come anywhere close to it.

The story of Richard an ex-army man who returns home to seek revenge on the goons for tormenting his disabled brother.

Paddy Considine was mind-blowing. Not to mention Toby Kebble as the younger brother, Anthony.

British Indie Movies DEAD MAN'S SHOES
BUY Dead Man’s Shoes [DVD] [2004]

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 2: KILL LIST

The story follows two ex British soldiers who are struggling for cash so they decide to take on a job. They get handed a list of names and they have to kill all the people on this list without asking any questions.

It stars Neil Maskell (utopia) and Michael Smiley ( utopia, Spaced). They both are superb in it.

A head fuck of a movie.

Kill List would be a perfect film for fans of Shane meadows stuff.

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3: HAROLD’S GOING STIFF

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A heartfelt zombie film shot in mockumentary style. It follows Harold, an elderly man who has contracted O.R.D (Onset Rigors Disease) a virus that has hit England, infecting mainly men.

Harold’s receives home help from a nurse called Penny, and the film is about the relationships between the two.

It has a little bit of everything, horror, drama, violence, and comedy.

Stan Rowe plays Harold and his acting is just unreal. You seriously feel for the character. You’re watching him go through the different stages of this disease, and it’s quite sad.

Meanwhile, a group of vigilantes have formed. They’re going around town and killing anyone that is showing any signs of infection.

If I told you Ben Wheatley made this film then you wouldn’t question it.

It fits right in with the best indie films around.

BUY Harold’s Going Stiff [DVD]

British Indie Movies HAROLD'S GOING STIFF

4: LE DONK & SCOR-ZAY-ZEE

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Filmmaker Shane Meadows follows around retired roadie Le Donk (Paddy Considine). By mentoring up-and-coming rapper “SCOR-ZAY-ZEE”, Donk plans to make a comeback.

The film was shot in a stupid amount of time (5 days). It still manages to be up there with the very best of mockumentary style films.

This film is so good. Shane Meadows said that he will be releasing more films based on the character Le Donk.

BUY Le Donk [DVD]

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5: SIGHTSEERS

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I think it’s safe to say that Ben Wheatley has earned his spot as one of the newest and freshest directors.

I have seen every one of his films to date and each one, a progression. Not only do we see his films progress and mature, we see a different style and genre with each feature.

First, we had Down terrace; a council estate mafia-type film in which the drug of choice being Solpadol (Codeine).

A dark and sometimes funny look into a crime family from working-class England.

In my opinion, Down Terrace had the same sort of feel as Italian movie, Gomorrah. Then we had Kill List; a dark and violent hitman/horror which was praised by critics and viewers all over the globe.

Now we have the hilarious Sightseers. Another movie, another genre that brilliantly mixes in humour with carnage.

The story of a couple who go holidaying in their caravan around Yorkshire leaving a trail of bodies in their wake.

It makes for some fine evening viewing. It also has a stomping 80’s soundtrack, so what’s not to love?

Also for fans of any Shane Meadows films.

BUY Down Terrace [DVD]

British Indie Movies SIGHTSEERS

6: HUSH

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Nothing that we haven’t seen before.

But a clever twist in familiar surroundings.  Hush wasn’t your usual American road/killer/kidnap movie. It’s set in rainy England, which immediately gave it a really dreaded and gloomy feel.

The story of a couple who while arguing almost have an accident involving a large truck.

They pull over to the next service station and before ya know it the girl has been kidnapped. It is now up to her boyfriend to find out who kidnapped her and get her back before she becomes the latest victim of a plot far bigger than any of them.

As I said before the story doesn’t sound that original but if you haven’t seen it then please do give it a shot. I really enjoyed it for what it was, a stripped back cat-and-mouse type thriller.

It’s an impressive first feature by Mark Tonderai and also bears the Warp label.  Anyone who is familiar with Warp knows to expect something a little different.

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British Indie Movies HUSH

7: THE ZOMBIE DIARIES

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As a zombie fanatic I was delighted to hear about The Zombie Diaries. a mockumentary style apocalyptic zombie movie from England.

Set in a collapsed England after a viral outbreak it follows a group of survivors as they feel the urge to document every minute of every day on camera during the outbreak.

I have read nothing but bad reviews for this film. As a zombie movie lover, I’ve seen some pretty bad zombie movies. So, if you can handle the low budget and the shaky cam-style filming then give it’s a must.

BUY The Zombie Diaries [2006] [DVD]

British Indie Movies THE ZOMBIE DIARIES

8: THE DEVILS BUSINESS

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It would be a shame for this flick not to make my top ten British indie movies. Two hit men, one an old-school hitman, the other a rookie. They are tasked with breaking into a house to wait for a target to return home so they can execute him.

Written and directed by John Hogan and made a tiny budget. The Devil’s Business is a seriously good movie. I can understand why some people might not like it. It’s pretty much just two people in a house and it doesn’t steer away from that one location.

The script is solid, the acting is awesome. Throw in a bit of satanic madness towards the end and you’ll be thinking about for quite a while.

Would make an AWESOME double bill with Kill List.

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British Indie Movies THE DEVIL'S BUSINESS

 

9: THIS IS ENGLAND

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Another instant classic steeped in realism from Shane Meadows. Fantastic performances from Thomas Turgoose and Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire).

Set in working-class England in the 80’s, the film follows Sean who falls in with some older friends. Heavy influences from his new mentors change Sean from a lovable, polite young kid, into a system-hating, vile skinhead racist.

Joseph Gilgun also knocks it out of the park with his character, Woody.

A very realistic film and since its release it has spawned a tv show which is equally as good.

BUY This Is England [DVD] [2006]

BUY This Is England [Blu-ray]

BUY This Is England ’86-’90 [Blu-ray]

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10: THE GREAT ECSTASY OF ROBERT CARMICHAEL

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This is the most disturbing English film that I have seen to date. I made the mistake of picking this film up in the video shop I worked and watching it with the Mrs.

I’d easily compare this film to the French masterpiece Irreversible. Hopefully, on that comparison alone, you will understand the brutal and shocking nature of this film.

Although, Danny Dyer on the front cover, he is is only in it for a short time (take comfort if you will).

A film I would find hard to recommend to anyone, yet I still enjoyed it for being so daring and different.

BUY The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael [2010] [DVD]

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2 thoughts on “TOP TEN BRITISH INDIE MOVIES: A MOVIEHOOKER MOVIE-LIST

  1. Hi, I enjoyed the 2 on your list that I’ve seen so I’ll check out the others. I thought Dead Man’s Shoes was an excellent film and a good example to what can be achieved on a low budget with the right script and director. What has surprised me since the release of This Is England is that stand-out actor Joseph Gilgun hasn’t gone on to be a bigger star. Good article!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting and taking the time to read my work. I completely agree with you on “dead mans shoes” it should be an inspiration for all film makers ( paddys performance helped though) such a well written, acted piece of cinema with some great music soundtrack.
      Please do check some of the others I’m am sure you won’t be disappointed if you like dead mans shoes. Then I think it safe to say we are on the same page.
      Cheers, have a great weekend
      G