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Film & TV Lunch Club: February 2021 - Love is Love

Hello and welcome to February, which is not only the month of romantic, hetero-love, but all sorts of love. Everyone should be able to love freely!

The members of my #filmandtvlunchclub put forward and have been voting on titles which they think fits the theme this month: 'Love is Love'. Below you will find the selection that got the most votes in our poll, as well as a long list of other titles which you can use as a watchlist - each film, documentary or television show has a method for watching in brackets but please note that these are correct as of today and are subject to change.

🎞February Selection🎞

  1. The Lobster (2015; Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos) Comedy/drama/romance: In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. Rent from Rakuten, Amazon, Youtube or BFI Player.

  2. Time (2020; Dir: Garrett Bradley) - F-Rated Documentary: Fox Rich fights for the release of her husband, Rob, who is serving a 60-year sentence in prison. Stream on Amazon Prime.

  3. Submarine (2010; Dir: Richard Ayoade) Comedy/drama/romance: 15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life. Rent from all the places listed above.

Bonus Short: If Anything Happens, I Love You (2020; Dir. Michael Govier, Will McCormack)

Animation/short/drama: This illustrated short film takes us on an extraordinary emotional journey of two parents struggling to overcome the hurt left by a tragic event that leaves their family changed forever.

🎬The Long List: Optional Extras🎬

Other notable films/TV shows suggested for the theme by club members:

  • Love, Simon (Rent or watch on Channel 4 on 14th February) - Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

  • Appropriate Behaviour (Prime) – Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.

  • Someone Great (Netflix) - After a devastating break up on the eve of her cross-country move, Jenny enjoys one last NYC adventure with her two best pals. Someone Great is a romantic comedy about love, loss, growth and the everlasting bond of female friendship.

  • Time and Again (BBC iPlayer) - Welsh acting legend Dame Siân Phillips stars alongside Brigit Forsyth in this award-winning drama written and directed by Cardiff-based film-maker Rachel Dax.

  • 10 Things I Hate About You (Disney Plus) - A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.

  • About Time (Prime and Netflix) - At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

  • Definitely Maybe (Netflix) - A political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year-old daughter.

  • Under the Eiffel Tower (Netflix) - Stuart is a having a mid-life crisis. Desperate for something more in life, he tags along on his best friend's family vacation to Paris - then proposes to his friend's 26-year-old daughter, Rosalind, while standing under the Eiffel Tower.