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God's Own Country
Screens with short film 'No Ball Games' (2020)
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A troubled young sheep farmer embarks on an unlikely romance with a Romanian migrant worker in Francis Lee's sensual film set against a dramatic Yorkshire landscape.
Johnny (Josh O’Connor) leads a simple yet uninspired life as a closeted farmer, living in rural Yorkshire in the North of England. His world is turned upside down when his strict, traditional father employs handsome Romanian farmhand Gheorghe (Alec Secăreanu) to help out on the farm. What follows is a sensual, heartbreaking queer love story that has earned its place as one of the greatest British films of recent times.
The cult-like following that director Francis Lee has obtained following his feature debut reflects the desire of so many for a story like God’s Own Country to be told.
No Ball Games
Charlotte Regan paints a beautiful, uplifting slice-of-life picture of working-class children on various housing estates across the UK. No Ball Games is a sweet, life-affirming documentary that demonstrates why Regan is slowly becoming one of the most celebrated and exciting emerging filmmakers of her generation.
Charlotte Regan | 2020 | United Kingdom | English | 14 min
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