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On Sunday the 8th of May we celebrate our mothers and thank them for their love and support. This Sunday, stay in and enjoy some quality time with your mum, and choose from the vast selection of films on Beamafilm.
Advanced Style follows the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic, unique style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. The film is derived from Director Ari Seth Cohen’s blog, where he paints intimate and colourful portraits of independent, stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty. In a society with an ever increasing obsession with youth and looking young, these extraordinary women are rejecting these ideals and embracing their age. Advanced Style is appropriately fun, frivolous and ornate. Its subjects sing, perform, model and are living life to the fullest, inviting us to do the same. Advanced Style is the perfect film for a Mother’s Day afternoon. If you enjoy it, why not check out some other fashion flicks such as Iris, Dior and I, Premiere or The September Issue.
Love is a universal language. Kay Rasool’s provocative documentary Punjabi Love Story investigates love and marriage in eastern cultures through the eyes of a conservative, western woman. Jocelyn Ortt-Saeed was born in Brisbane, but has lived the last 55 years of her life in Pakistan with her husband Muhammad Saeed, a Pakistani sugar technologist. Through her eyes, we have extraordinary access to the private lives and thoughts of her young chef Nawaz and her maid, Mehnaz. The love affairs of the young men and women of Jaranwala, a village just a few hours out of Lahore, keep entire families entertained with gossip and sexual intrigue. Punjabi Love Story is a superb observational documentary set against the political unrest of Pakistan in 2005. It gives us a rare glimpse into the workings of another society, while reminding us that whatever our differences, in affairs of the heart we all speak the same language.
Sarah Polley is an actress and director, who gained an Academy Award Nomination in 2006 for her inspired narrative drama Away From Her. In 2012, she directed her acclaimed first documentary. Stories We Tell is a deeply moving portrait of a family dealing with a legacy of secrets and lies, and the elusive nature of truth itself. Polley undertakes a series of interviews with a cast of characters of varying reliability, revealing candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each recounts their version of the family mythology, present day recollections combine into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their childhoods. Stories We Tell explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, and a deeply personal film about how our stories shape and define us as individuals and families, painting a profound, funny and poignant picture of the larger human story.
A light and refreshing comedy about three women dealing with their passing of their youth, Girl Clock follows a group of friends as they attempt to take on the might of Mother Nature. When Christine wakes up to find that her biological clock has gone off with a vengeance, she realises that the road to motherhood is strewn with bedlam, calamity and smoked out eggs. As a commitment-phobe on the wrong side of 40, Christine turns to her two friends Margo and Mikki only to find them facing their own ageing dilemmas. Directed by Jennifer Ussi, this zany coming-of-middle-age comedy packs an all-star Australian cast including Veronica Neave, Queenie van de Zandt, Catarina Hebbard, Sean Dennehy and Jamie Dunn. If you like this, check out these other fantastic comedy films and documentaries on the Beamafilm catalogue: Fly me to the Moon, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, and The Magnificent Tati.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there, and happy viewing!