Here’s some happy news for this drizzly day in both New York and London. It’s finally time for the UK premiere of Stranger Things!
The film will be screening at the upcoming Raindance Film Festival in London this October, where it’s in competition for Best British Film. Ron and I will both be over in London for the premiere. I know it’s been a long wait on the British side and we hope everyone can make it. It would be absolutely wonderful to see you there and it would be fantastic to sell these screenings out, so please do tell everyone!
STRANGER THINGS at RAINDANCE:
Both screenings are at the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly (19 Lower Regent Street, London SW1Y 4LR – Near Piccadilly Circus).
Tickets are available through the programme page at http://bit.ly/STRainProg or by phone on 0871 220 6000 .
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Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal’s first feature film is a masterpiece of narrative, character and acting. Featuring Adeel Akhtar (Faisal in Chris Morris’ groundbreaking comedy Four Lions) and Bridget Collins (a considerably talented newcomer), Stranger Things examines the nature of human contact and relationship – and how extraordinarily capable we all are of compassion and kindness.
A grieving Oona (Collins) returns to her dead mother’s house to take care of her possessions and property. While there, however, she discovers a homeless man, Mani (Akhbar), squatting in one of the rooms. Making a hasty escape, Mani leaves behind his sketchbook – which reveals to Oona considerable artistic talent, a quality that seemed to surround her mother.
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Oona invites Mani to stay the night, and the two tentatively form a connection. Over the next few days they come to know each other a bit better, but Mani can’t seem to be able to leave his vagrant life behind him.
The relationship between Mani and Oona is as cautious as it is fulfilling: both are stuck in a rut and they find salvation within one another through kindness and understanding. The depth of human emotion expressed in the camera work and the prolonged close-ups of the actor’s faces is incredible, as is the underlying message behind this film: in a world where chance rules our lives and we can be described as ‘driftwood’, understanding can be the most powerful of tools to create the most surprising of circumstances. After all, stranger things can happen.