Free to View Film of the Week
'OJ - Made in America'
Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature 2016
BBC Four/BBC iPlayer
until midnight Tuesday March 31st
Shown in four parts, this film charts the rise and fall of OJ Simpson. At more than 400 minutes, it will certainly pass the time.
There are many reasons why OJ: Made In America shouldn’t work. It retells a story we all know and are probably a bit sick of, that being the rise and fall of Orenthal James Simpson. But despite all that, what you’ll get if you binge for those 480 minutes is one of the most in-depth looks at race and America that’s ever been committed to film. It’s no surprise that is scooped up the best documentary feature Oscar.
We see how OJ starts off as an unruly working class kid living in a still effectively segregated San Francisco, who is seduced by the white middle class of America.You’ll spend a lot of the eight hours going, “Ohhhh, I see why he was like that now”, and, “Ohhhh, America really does have a race problem, doesn’t it?” But the director Edelman isn’t giving OJ an excuse. He’s painted as a maniacal manipulator who, when he returned home to his affluent LA neighbourhood to be greeted with hundreds of African-American supporters after being arrested for the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, said: “What are all these n***** doing in Brentwood?”.
It’s all hard to believe and impossible to stop watching, not least because we see the jury members essentially accept that the not guilty verdict was a case of score settling for Rodney King, after the police officers who beat him walked free 18 months before.
**** The Guardian
Best Short Film of the Week
Free with the BFI Player
Part of the BFI FiveFilmsForFreedom LGBTQ+ Festival, this tells the story of an Irish couple struggling with their child's gender identity.
At only 12 minutes, you can watch this in the OJ breaks!
Streaming Film of the Week
Winner: Best Actress at Cannes Film Festival, 2017
Directed by Joon-Ho Bong
From Parasite director Joon-Ho Bong, Okja uses the trappings of sci-fi fantasy to ask uncomfortably down-to-earth questions about where our food comes from, exposing the savage teeth of consumerism behind the friendly smile of corporate capitalism.
In rural South Korea, a young girl named Mija (Ahn Seo-Hyun) enjoys an idyllic life with Okja, a genetically-modified ‘superpig’, as a companion. But when Okja’s inventor, Mirando Corporation CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton), demands she return to New York for a PR stunt, a fight for her freedom arises.
**** The Guardian
Watch the Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjCebKn4iic
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