Eric (Rob Brydon) is a middle-aged man seemingly at a juncture in his life. Estranged from his wife and with no real friends to speak of, he decides at a stroke to join a male synchronised swimming team. What begins as a way to meet new friends soon becomes more momentous when the group is entered into the world championships in Milan.
Rob Brydon here revels in a all-too rare leading film role, playing somewhat against type as a staid accountant. But it's the support team who add the decorative touch, with a backup including Daniel Mays, Jim Carter, Adeel Akhtar and Thomas Turgoose. While echoes of The Full Monty resound knowingly, Swimming with Men is in a lane of its own; in particular with its serious undercurrent stressing the importance of middle-aged men looking after their physical and mental health.
Drama 2016 88 mins Director: John Carroll Lynch
Harry Dean Stanton gives the performance of a lifetime as an irascible nonagenarian maverick in a New Mexican town, grappling with his mortality.
The Marvellous Mabel Normand: The Leading Lady of Film Comedy
Comedy 2018 78 mins Director: Mabel Normand
Discover early Hollywood's irrepressible comic pioneer, showcased in this delightful package of short films in which she appears alongside fellow greats Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle and Oliver Hardy.
Anchor and Hope
Comedy 2018 113 mins Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet
Sweetly swaying houseboat comedy about a couple whose river-bound existence is upended by the arrival of an old friend.
An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn
Comedy 2017 108 mins Director: Jim Hosking
Lulu Danger's (Aubrey Plaza) unsatisfying marriage takes a turn for the worse when a former lover comes to town in this strange and surreal comedy.
Scene Nun, Take One
Comedy 1964 26 mins Director: Maurice Hatton
Susannah York plays a mischievously wayward actress mistaken for a nun in this comedy short shot in Swinging 60s London
Miss Mactaggart Won't Lie Down
Comedy 1966 28 mins Director: Francis Searle
Sprightly Scottish spinster Miss MacTaggart makes an unexpected return from the dead in this gentle character comedy.
Comedy 1941 94 mins Director: Walter C. Mycroft
A penniless woman’s attempts at matchmaking her way to riches go awry when her son falls for the wrong daughter of a nobleman.
East Is East
Comedy 1999 97 mins Director: Damien O'Donnell
Damien O'Donnell's charming comedy-drama about Zaheed Khan (Om Puri), the patriarch of a Pakistani-British family whose children begin to reject their heritage and embrace UK life.
Romance 2014 88 mins Director: Ben Palmer
Simon Pegg’s date is hijacked by Lake Bell in this effervescent urban comedy, a fresh twist on the British rom-com.
Shaun of the Dead
Horror 2004 99 mins Director: Edgar Wright
The original ‘rom-zom-com’: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are the slacker mates tasked with battling a zombie apocalypse in Crouch End.
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Comedy 2013 90 mins Director: Declan Lowney
It’s Alan’s finest hour, as the veteran DJ for North Norfolk Digital (Steve Coogan) is called into action to mediate a hostage situation following a siege.
The Big Lebowski
Comedy 1998 117 mins Director: Joel Coen
Arguably one of the greatest comedies of modern times; the Coen brothers’ deconstructed film noir following slacker hero ‘The Dude’ (Jeff Bridges).
Featuring Rob Brydon
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2018 89 mins Director: Nick Park
In Aardman’s latest animated adventure, Caveman Dug and his pet hog, Hognog, must unite their tribe if they're are to survive the threat of pompous tyrant Lord Nooth.
Documentary 2018 96 mins Director: Steve Loveridge
Fascinating delve into the career, personality and politics of award-winning musician M.I.A.
Postcards from London
Drama 2017 89 mins Director: Steve McLean
A stylish, sexy film about a young man’s journey into an unusual form of escort work.
Drama 2017 100 mins Director: Tupaq Felber
Four thirtysomethings find some much-needed time to reconnect in this beautifully observed and subtly insightful debut.
The Special World of Nigel Hunt
1967 27 mins Director: Ian Mcfarlane
An edition of This Week reporting on the restricted lives of young people with Down’s syndrome living in homes away from their families.
The Wild Pear Tree
Drama 2018 189 mins Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s follow-up to his Palme d’Or-winning Winter Sleep is a persuasive portrait of a young writer at odds with his hometown and family.
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda
Documentary 2017 101 mins Director: Stephen Schible
A graceful, intimate study of a the legendary Japanese musician, composer, actor, writer and activist.