FILMS FROM THE UK, IRELAND, AUSTRALIA, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA AND NEW ZEALAND
February 15-22, 2024
Anchor and Hope
Directed by Carlos Marques-Marcet, this is a romantic comedy with a difference. No home comforts or soft lights, but a cramped London canal boat which offers a delightful visual backdrop and setting for the story. The central lesbian couple who live on the boat face a conflict which challenges their visions for the future. Eva, a salsa teacher, desperately wants to have a child, while Kat, her girlfriend, is not keen. Enter Roger, Kat’s dear Spanish friend, who is enlisted as the sperm donor and unexpectedly for a lothario, warms to the idea of fatherhood. What makes the film so charming is the lively, loving banter between the trio, enlivened by wine and laughter. But the underlying emotional turmoil threatens to end in heartbreak and unravel their free-spirited aspirations. Playing mother and daughter are Geraldine Chaplin and Oona Chaplin—Charlie Chaplin’s daughter and granddaughter.
UK 2017 (113 minutes)