Mostly British Filmfest at The Vogue

  • by Joel Shepard, Jim Provenzano
  • Monday February 5, 2024
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Olivia Colman in 'Wicked Little Letters,' 'How to Please a Woman' and 'Pretty Red Dress,' <br>at the Mostly British Film Festival.
Olivia Colman in 'Wicked Little Letters,' 'How to Please a Woman' and 'Pretty Red Dress,'
at the Mostly British Film Festival.

For some jolly good cinema, the Mostly British Film Festival returns on February 15 to 22, at the Vogue Theatre. The 16th annual tribute to English language films from the former Commonwealth screens 26 movies from the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and India.

Program highlights with a queer edge include "Pretty Red Dress," a high-voltage film about masculinity, sexual fluidity, and a spectacular red dress; and "Mad About the Boy: The Noël Coward Story," which surveys the larger-than-life English playwright, narrated by Alan Cumming and featuring the voice of Rupert Everett as Coward.

Also of interest, "How to Please a Woman," in which a woman's birthday gift of a male escort inspires her to form a crew of all-male housecleaning hunks, and "Wicked Little Letters," starring Olivia Colman, based on a real life small town scandal.

The Opening Night selection, "How To Have Sex," is a wildly entertaining new drama about youth culture, consent, and sexual pressure at a Spring Break from hell.

The festival winds down on Feb 22 with the Closing Night screening and party, featuring a special sneak preview of the BAFTA-nominated "The Old Oak," a compassionate refugee drama by acclaimed director Ken Loach.

The Mostly British Film Festival at the Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St. Tickets range from $15-$20 for single films, and $250-$350 for a full pass to all events.

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