Bill Nighy, Sam Riley and Alice Lowe star in this stylish and heartfelt comedy-drama about a Scrabble-obsessed tailor searching for a lost son.
Sharp of suit and vocabulary, Bill Nighy is winningly deadpan as Scrabble-obsessed Merseyside tailor Alan, whose eldest son Michael stormed out of the house after a particularly heated round of the popular board game, never to return. Years later, Alan and his other son Peter (a sensitive turn by Sam Riley) continue the search while trying to repair their own strained relationship.
Working from a typically witty and astute script by veteran screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce (24 Hour Party People), director Carl Hunter deploys a vivid visual style and striking production design to capture the shifting moods of a family who know plenty of words but struggle to communicate. A triple score-worthy supporting cast includes Alice Lowe, Jenny Agutter and Tim McInnerny.
- Manish Agarwal, BFI London Film Festival
Documentarian Jeremiah Zagar moves into narrative features with this fluid, dream-like adaptation of Justin Torres’ autobiographical novel about a mixed-race family with three inseparable young sons in upstate New York.
On Tuesday 10 September, award-winning and bestselling author Margaret Atwood publishes worldwide her highly anticipated new novel – The Testaments – a sequel to her most celebrated work, The Handmaid’s Tale.