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This month we’re featuring new movies and series just added to biblio+ including the acclaimed documentary profile of Reverend Al Sharpton Loudmouth, the Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan comedy Ideal Home, and the BBC coming-of-age comedy series Ladhood.
New to our Lifelong Learning category this month is The Edible Garden, the home improvement series from the BBC that shows you everything you need to know about growing all the food you’ll need in your home garden.
New selections from the BBC this month include the comedy series Mr. Sloane starring Nick Frost, Olivia Colman, and Peter Serafinowicz, the rousing legal drama The Split, and the BAFTA-nominated drama Life and Death in the Warehouse.
We’re celebrating independents this month with indie film highlights, including The Seven Faces of Jane starring Community’s Gillian Jacobs and Joel McHale from a collective of directors, included Jacobs, Gia Coppola, Ken Jeong, and Xan Cassavetes, the Independent Spirit Award-nominated and film festival award-winning drama Queen of Glory, and the Australian family drama Ocean Boy starring Westworld’s Luke Hemsworth.
Refresh your holiday spirit with our Christmas in July programming, featuring some of our favorite frosty flicks including Christmas Catch, Christmas with a Prince, and the Hallmark Christmas movie Engaging Father Christmas.
And don’t miss the kids series The Boy who Grew a Forest from our partners at Vooks Storybooks.
Rabble rouser or activist? Opportunist or trailblazer? During his six-decade journey from pastoral prodigy to racial justice firebrand to elder media statesman, the Reverend Al Sharpton has been a polarizing figure on the national stage. LOUDMOUTH is the definitive look at his life and battles, featuring President Barack Obama, James Brown, Reverend Jesse Jackson and Senator Chuck Schumer.
Paul (Paul Rudd) and celebrity chef Erasmus (Steve Coogan) live an extravagant, self-indulgent life. When the grandson they never knew existed crashes their fancy dinner party, their lives are turned upside-down.
Liam Wlliams searches for the secret to a less idiotic future. But can he learn from his past mistakes? With his best mate Ralph, reflecting on lad culture and the formative experiences of his youth, Williams skewers modern day masculinity by delving into the memories of his own misspent adolescence, loitering in the streets, parks and graveyards of suburban Garforth.
THE EDIBLE GARDEN (BBC)
Gardeners’ World presenter Alys Fowler is transforming her small back garden to become self sufficient in vegetables for a year. This series follows her mission as she shows that growing and cooking your own fruit and vegetables can be rewarding, cost-effective and life enhancing. Each episode focuses on a particular food group as Alys shows how to grow and create tasty dishes from produce you grow yourself. It’s a stylish series which will inspire urbanites to have a go at ‘grow your own’ by showing just how much pleasure can be gained from this style of city living.
NEW TO BIBLIO+ FROM BBC
SLOANE (Editor’s Pick)
Bittersweet comedy-drama about a buttoned-down man in crisis. It’s December 1969 and Jeremy Sloane is at the end of his rope – literally. He’s been sacked from his accounting job, his wife Janet has left him to “find herself,” and he is beginning to despair of his lot in life. Most evenings are now spent down the pub, drowning his sorrows with childhood mates Ross, Reggie and Beans. But with a potential job opportunity on the horizon and the phone number of free-spirited American girl, Robin, following a chance encounter in a hardware shop – could Mr Sloane’s luck be about to change?
The Split examines the fast paced circuit of high-powered female divorce lawyers in London through the lens of three sisters – Hannah, Nina and the youngest, Rose. Exposing the complex realities of high end divorce and broken marriage through female divorce lawyers and sisters embattled and bound by their own troubled past.
LIFE AND DEATH IN THE WAREHOUSE
Warehouse work is now the most realistic option in many places for young people leaving education. Hidden behind a firewall of paranoid secrecy, distribution centres are the Victorian workhouses of the present day. Pregnant women routinely fall below their target ‘pick rates’ and are subjected to constant CCTV and algorithmic surveillance, ‘self enhancement plans’ and obsessive monitoring. Inspired by real-world events, this film tells the story of a pregnant young Welsh worker Alys. Her childhood friend Megan joins the warehouse on a fast-track manager scheme and is given the task of getting Alys’ pick rate back up.
THE SEVEN FACES OF JANE
Jane (Gillian Jacobs) drops her daughter off at sleepaway camp, excited for a reprieve from her otherwise mundane life. Little does she know what awaits her on the drive home– from old friends to new, alternate universes, laughter, tears, and a little bit of magic. Jane’s road trip was created by playing exquisite corpse with eight different filmmakers who were each invited to create a section of the film without any knowledge of what came before or after it. Each director was encouraged to stay true to their own unique life experiences, vision, and style. Presented by Roman Coppola.
QUEEN OF GLORY
Queen of Glory’ is the story of Sarah Obeng, the brilliant child of Ghanaian immigrants, who is quitting her Ivy League PhD program to follow her married lover to Ohio. When her mother dies suddenly, she bequeaths her daughter a Christian bookstore in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx where Sarah was raised. A follow-up on the classic immigrant’s tale, Queen of Glory provokes laughter and empathy, as its heroine is reborn through her inheritance.
As Rockit grapples to understand why his Mum’s not coming home, he embarks on a magical holiday with his father, Bosch, only to discover they’re actually running from the law. Rockit finds a soulmate and then teenage love with Ash Ash, but it’s the ocean that gives him the security and calm he yearns from his parents. Ultimately Rockit is a boy nurtured and held by nature.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Detective Mackenzie Bennett loves Christmas more than anyone except her mother, who’s also a police captain and Mackenzie’s boss. In her work life, Mack is smart, tough, and an excellent detective. In her home life, she thinks that cargo pants and heavy black safety shoes are just fine for a date. Enter Carson Mills: he’s handsome, chivalrous — and the FBI’s lead suspect of a recent diamond theft. The FBI and the Captain send Mack in to investigate him up close, their meeting might not be serendipity.
ENGAGING FATHER CHRISTMAS
A Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original movie. In this sequel to Finding Father Christmas, Miranda worries about her relationship with the Whitcombs when she receives an anonymous text threatening to expose her identity which she’s kept secret.
CHRISTMAS WITH A PRINCE
Pediatric specialist Tasha Miller is caring for two young patients plus one sinfully gorgeous royal. She knew Prince Alexander at boarding school long ago and thinks he’s still a self-absorbed, incorrigible heartbreaker. But when Tasha sees him with the children, his kindness and caring nature shine through so brightly that Dr. Tasha can’t help but be attracted.
KIDS AND FAMILY
THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST
Jadav lives on an island in the middle of a river. When floodwaters begin destroying the island’s trees, Jadav starts planting bamboo. The shoots grow into a thicket—but Jadav fears it’s not enough. He collects supplies and seeds from neighboring villages. He tends the plants each day. And slowly, acre by acre, animal by animal, the thicket grows into something remarkable.
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