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In which I tell you about some of the most heart-stoppingly good films I watched last year.

 

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FILMS

“Far From the Madding Crowd” (2015)

Director: Thomas Vinterberg

Writer: David Nicholls

Production Companies: Fox Searchlight, DNA Films, BBC Films

Main cast: Carey Mulligan (Bathsheba Everdene), Matthias Schoenaerts (Gabriel Oak), Michael Sheen (William Boldwood), Tom Sturridge (Sergent Troy), Fanny Robin (Juno Temple), Jessica Barden (Liddy).

 

“The Theory of Everything” (2014)

Director: James Marsh

Writer: Anthony McCarten

Production Companies: Working Title, Universal

Main cast: Eddie Redmayne (Stephen Hawking), Felicity Jones (Jane Wilde), Harry Lloyd (Brian), David Thewlis (Dennis Sciama), Emily Watson (Beryl Wilde), Charlie Cox (Jonathan Hellyer Jones).

 

 

“Suite Française” (2015)

Director: Saul Dibb

Writers: Matt Charman and Saul Dibb

Production Companies: Qwerty Films, Alliance Films, TF1 Films Production, The Weinstein Company

Main cast: Michelle Williams (Lucile Angellier), Kristin Scott-Thomas (Madame Angellier), Matthias Schoenaerts (Lieutenant Bruno von Falk), Ruth Wilson (Madeline Labarie), Sam Riley (Benoit Labarie), Lambert Wilson (Viscount de Montmort), Harriet Wilson (Viscontess de Montmort), Margot Robbie (Celine Joseph).

 

“Gone Girl” (2014)

Director: David Fincher

Writer: Gillian Flynn

Production companies: Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises

Main cast: Ben Affleck (Nick Dunne), Rosamund Pike (Amy Dunne), Neil Patrick Harris (Desi Collings), Kim Dickens (Detective Rhonda Boney).

 

“Testament of Youth” (2014)

Director: James Kent

Writer: Juliette Towhidi

Production Companies: BBC Films, Heyday Films

Main cast: Alicia Vikander (Vera Brittain), Kit Harington (Roland Leighton), Emily Watson (Mrs Brittain), Hayley Atwell (Hope), Colin Morgan (Victor Richardson), Taron Egerton (Edward Brittain), Anna Chancellor (Mrs Leighton), Dominic West (Mr Brittain), Miranda Richardson (Miss Lorimer).

 

“It Happened One Night” (1934)

Director: Frank Capra

Written by: Robert Riskin, based on the short story by Samuel Hopkins Adams

Production Companies: Columbia Pictures

Main cast: Clark Gable (Peter), Claudette Colbert (Ellie), Walter Connolly (Andrews), Roscoe Karns (Shapeley), Jameson Thomas (Westley), Alan Hale (Danker).

 

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two” (2015)

Director: Francis Lawrence

Written by: Peter Craig, Danny Strong and Suzanne Collins

Production Companies: Lionsgate, Color Force

Main cast:  Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Stanley Tucci (Caeser Flickerman), Elizabeth Banks (Effi Trinket), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Julianne Moore (President Alma Coin), Philip Seymor Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee), Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), Natalie Dormer (Cressida), Jeffrey Wright (Beetee), Donald Sutherland (President Coriolanus Snow), Patina Miller (Commander Paylor), Gwendoline Christie (Commander Lyme).

 

“When Harry Met Sally…” (1989)

Director: Rob Reiner

Written by: Nora Ephron

Production Companies: Castle Rock Entertainment, Nelson Entertainment

Main cast: Billy Crystal (Harry Burns), Meg Ryan (Sally Albright), Carrie Fisher (Marie), Bruno Kirby (Jess), Steven Ford (Joe), Lisa Jane Persky (Alice).

 

“Brooklyn” (2015)

Director: John Crowley

Written by: Nick Hornby, based on the novel by Colm Toibin

Production Companies:

Wildgaze, Parallel Film Productions, Irish Film Board, Item 7

Main cast: Saoirse Ronan (Eilis), Jim Broadbent (Father Flood), Fiona Glascott (Rose), Julie Walters (Mrs Kehoe), Emory Cohen (Tony), Domhall Gleeson (Jim).

 

“Suffragette” (2015)

Directed by Sarah Gavron

Written by Abi Morgan

Production Companies: Ruby Films, Film4, Pathe and Ingenious Media

Main cast: Carey Mulligan (Maud Watts), Anne-Marie Duff (Violet Miller), Ben Whishaw (Sonny Watts), Romola Gari (Alice), Helena Bohnam-Carter (Edith Ellyn), Finbar Lynch (Hugh Ellyn), Brendan Gleeson (Inspector Arthur Steed), Natalie Press (Emily Wilding Davidson), Meryl Steep (Emmeline Pankhurst).

 

MUSIC

“Cute” by bensound.com

“Indie Romance” by Silent Partners

 

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