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  1. Drowned Out

    Shot over three years by Director Franny Armstrong (McLibel), Drowned Out tells the true story of one family's inspired stand against the destruction of their land, homes and culture. The 75 minute no-budget, no-electricity, no-Hindi documentary has been seen by more than 14 million people.
    Three choices. Move to the slums in the city, relocate to a barren resettlement site with no drinking water or stay at home and drown.
    The people of Jalsindhi in central India must make a decision fast. In the next few weeks their village will disappear underwater as the giant Narmada Dam fills.
    Bestselling author Arundhati Roy joins the fight agains the dam and asks the difficult questions. Will the water go to poor farmers or to rich industrialists? What happened to the 16 million people displaced by fifty years of dam building? Why should I care? Drowned Out follows the Jalsindhi villagers through hunger strikes, rallies, police brutality and a six year Supreme Court case. It stays with them as the dam fills and the river starts to rise.

    Directed by:
    Franny Armstrong
    Starring:
    Luhariya Sonkaria
    Year:
    2002

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    • Drowned Out: Drowned Out Screening

      Description
      High quality Indie Screening Disc
      Running time
      75 mins
      Rating
      E - exempt from classification
      Audio languages
      English/Hindi/French/Italian
      Subtitle languages
      English/French/Italian/English for the hearing impaired
  2. McLibel

    The first documentary from renowned director Franny Armstrong (The Age of Stupid, Drowned Out), McLibel tells the true story of two ordinary people who battle McDonald's in what became known as "the biggest corporate PR disaster in history" (Channel 4 News). The Seattle Times called the film an "irresistible David and Goliath tale... you can't help but cheer along" and the Sydney Morning Herald described it as "an often-hilarious exposé of big business arrogance... and an extraordinary example of independent filmmaking".

    McDonald's often used the English libel laws to suppress criticism. Major media organisations like the BBC, Channel 4 and The Sun had backed down in the face of their legal threats. But then they sue single father Dave Morris (41) and gardener Helen Steel (34). In what became England's longest-ever trial, the "McLibel Two" represent themselves for three and a half years in court against McDonald's £10 million legal team. Every aspect of the corporation's business is cross-examined, from junk food and McJobs, to animal cruelty, environmental damage and advertising to children.

    McDonald's try every trick in the book against the pair, including legal manoeuvres, secret settlement negotiations, a visit from Ronald McDonald and even spies. Seven years later, in February 2005, the marathon legal battle finally concludes at the European Court of Human Rights - will the result take everyone by surprise?

    Filmed over ten years, with courtroom reconstructions directed by Ken Loach, McLibel features the first interview with a McDonald's spy, as well as in-depth contributions from Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Keir Starmer (then Helen and Dave's pro bono lawyer, now the UK's Director of Public Prosecutions).

    The McLibel trial became a cause-celebre in the UK, resulting in changes both to UK law and to McDonald's itself. It is often cited as influencing works which followed, including Fast Food Nation, Jamie's School Dinners and Super Size Me. The producers estimate that more than 26 million people have seen McLibel on TV, cinema, DVD and at local screenings worldwide.

    Directed by:
    Franny Armstrong
    Starring:
    Helen Steel, Dave Morris
    Year:
    2005

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    • McLibel: McLibel Screening

      Description
      High quality Indie Screening Disc
      Running time
      85 mins
      Rating
      Clean Version = 12A
      Audio languages
      English
      Subtitle languages
      English
  3. The Age of Stupid

    The Age of Stupid stars Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, The Usual Suspects, Brassed Off) as a man living in the devastated future world of 2055, looking back at old footage from our time and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

    Launched at a Guinness World Recording-winning solar-powered premiere in London's Leicester Square, the film was released in cinemas worldwide, topped the UK box office (by screen average), became one of the most talked-about films of 2009 and garnered sensational reviews: The Telegraph called it "Bold, supremely provocative and hugely important", the News of the World described it as "A deeply inconvenient kick up the backside", ABC Australia said "So tightly constructed and dynamic you leave the cinema energised rather than terrified... hits home like a hammer blow" and the LA Times said "Think 'An Inconvenient Truth', but with a personality".

    Multi-award-winning documentary director Franny Armstrong (McLibel, Drowned Out) and Oscar-winning producer John Battsek (One Day In September, Restrepo) pioneered the now ubiquitous "crowd-funding" model to finance the film, and then spent four years following seven real people's stories to be interweaved with Pete Postlethwaite's fictional character: an Indian entrepreneur struggling to start a new low-cost airline, a Shell employee in New Orleans who rescued more than 100 people during Hurricane Katrina, an 82-year-old French mountain guide watching his beloved glaciers melt, two Iraqi refugee children searching for their elder brother, a young woman living in desperate poverty in Nigeria's richest oil area and a windfarm developer in Britain battling the NIMBYs who don't want his turbines to spoil their view.

    The Age of Stupid led to the formation of the 10:10 carbon reduction campaign which now operates in 45 countries (www.1010global.org). Recognising the film's unique contribution to independent filmmaking, the Huffington Post said that it "represents the future of film, film culture and film distribution and marketing".

    Directed by:
    Franny Armstrong
    Starring:
    Pete Postlethwaite
    Year:
    2009

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    • The Age of Stupid : Age of Stupid Screening Disc

      Description
      High quality Indie Screening Disc featuring five versions to screen from:

      1) Original Version (with swearing)
      2) Original Version (with swearing) and Full English Subtitles
      3) Original Version (with swearing) High Res for Cinema Screenings
      4) Clean Version (no swearing)
      5) Clean Version (no swearing) with Full English Subtitles.

      Please note that to ensure that your screening is a success, we always ship an additional sealed 'emergency' copy of the disc as a back-up.
      Running time
      89 mins
      Rating
      Clean Version = 12A
      Audio languages
      English
      Subtitle languages
      English