As is the case with all things, Britishness comes in varying degrees. Last month’s Adult Life Skills was super-hella British, arguably even more so than 11th edition of the self-described Mostly British Film Festival, which promises “new and classic films from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, India, and South Africa.” For sure, you can’t tick off more “Yep, that’s British” boxes than David Batty’s documentary My Generation — which, right there, that title — wherein Michael Caine looks back at Swingin’ 1960s London.
Also beaucoup British is Roger Appleton’s Looking for Lennon, about the early days of Beatle John. Meanwhile, the story not previously told in Danny Ben-Moshe’s documentary Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema is the part that the women of India’s Jewish community played in building what remains the world’s largest film industry. Among the classic U.K. films is Laurence Olivier’s 1955 VistaVision opus Richard III. Lovely as it is to look at, the acting arguably hasn’t aged as well as other mid-century Shakespeare adaptations, and the Festival itself pretty much invites local audiences to hoot and holler by describing Olivier’s lead performance as “much heralded if undeniably campy.” Originally restored in 1981, it’s still worth seeing this second restoration from 2012 on the big screen, at least until Restoration III inevitably comes along.
Starts Thursday, Feb. 14 and runs through Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Vogue Theater.