Amazon Studios family drama and Sundance film festival favorite, UNCLE FRANK (details below) will open exclusively on Amazon Prime on Wednesday November 25th- just in time for Thanksgiving. Accompanied by his teenage niece, a gay literature professor reluctantly returns home to attend his father’s funeral.
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In 1973, teenaged Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) leaves her rural Southern hometown to study at New York University where her beloved Uncle Frank (Paul Bettany) is a revered literature professor. She soon discovers that Frank is gay, and living with his longtime partner Walid “Wally” Nadeem (Peter Macdissi) — an arrangement that he has kept secret for years. After the sudden death of Frank’s father — Beth’s grandfather — Frank is forced to reluctantly return home for the funeral with Beth in tow, and to finally face a long-buried trauma that he has spent his entire adult life running away from.
Writer-director Alan Ball’s heartfelt and hilarious road movie travels from the bohemian scene of post-Stonewall New York City to rural South Carolina, following Frank’s painful journey from hitting rock bottom to acceptance and forgiveness and, finally, reintegration into his family and into life itself. Bettany reveals Frank’s fragile core by peeling away the layers of Frank’s sophisticated but guarded persona. Sophia Lillis plays Beth as a naïve but observant young woman whose eyes are opened to a world she could never have imagined. Peter Macdissi also has a standout performance as Wally, a man whose capacity for compassion runs deeper than he even knows. Ball (known for his ensemble TV work on Six Feet Under and True Blood) also elicits strong turns from his superb supporting cast, including Stephen Root, Margo Martindale, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer and Lois Smith.
Amazon Originals have been turning out some amazing movies/series lately such as BORAT, The Boys, Truth Seekers, WAYNE, and Good Omens. Don’t miss this chance to see “Uncle Frank” before it goes public!
Featuring: Red Saunders; Roger Huddle; Kate Webb; The Clash; Steel Pulse; Tom Robinson; Poly Styrene; Sham 69; Alien Kulture
For Fans Of: Pick it Up Ska In the 90’s, Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, The Decline Of Western Civilization, and Punk’s Not Dead CPRA Rating: 9.5
In the age of the Trump administration we have seen a meteoric rise in facism and systematic racism. It has been there all along, but it was lurking, sure to peek it’s ugly head again. In Rubika Shah’s new movie, “White Riot”, 1970’s England was a breeding ground for a fascist and racist movement called the “National Front”. The economy was bad causing many of the youth to go without work.
Many popular music acts at the time showed their support for the “NF”, such as Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, and yes even David Bowie. A movement was started by a punk zine called “TempoRaRy Hoarding”. The magazine was a complete DIY project. The magazine was used as a political tool to combat the “NF” members such as Enoch Powell. The magazine also interviewed bands like Sham 69, The Clash, and Steel Pulse. Out of Temporary Hoarding, the movement Rock Against Racism was born. I absolutely loved this movie.
Here are a few things I loved about the movie.
The inspiration for Temporary Hoarding and Rock Against Racism was England’s economy, and a right wing fascist movement called, The National Front. The National Front was inspiring youths to go out and commit acts of hate.
I had heard that Eric Clapton was in favor of the National Front, but I never looked into it. I think people want to shove this under the rug. I no longer hold him with the respect I once did. I also had no clue that other mainstream artists from England at the time held Fascist/and Nationalistic views. David Bowie s also mentioned,
The archival footage is amazing. Kate Webb’s story details how Temporary Hoarding created the zine, and distributed. The DIY element still survives today and I feel Temporary Hoarding was a major inspiration into today’s punk rock culture.
Seeing The Clash and Jimmy Pursey of Sham 69 performing “White Riot” to a crowd of 100,000 supporters at the Rock Against Racism Carnival was amazing. Jimmy Pursey showing his support for RAR after a riot by National Front Kids was pretty cool.
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“White Riot” by Rubika Shah is by far one of the most profound punk documentaries of the 21rst century. No time is more important than now to embrace the grassroots element of Temporary Hoardings and the Rock Against Racism Movement. We MUST continue the fight against fascism and racism, in the alley and in the voting booth. For information about making your vote count go here, https://www.headcount.org/state/. You can watch “White Riot” here, https://www.filmmovement.com/white-riot