Storyhouse Cinema is (temporarily) closed, but we’ve teamed up with independent film companies to bring great new cinema to your home. Plus, every time you use the links on our website to rent one of these films, Storyhouse Cinema will benefit from a portion of the ticket sales.
Nicky is Storyhouse’s Film and Digital Programme Manager. She picks the films that you see at Storyhouse, Moonlight Flicks and Moonlight Drive. She tells us below why she has chosen each of these films for you to enjoy at home. Find out more about Nicky and Storyhouse Cinema.
New films to watch at home
Assassins (12) is available to watch now until 28 February.
“Riveting, the craziest murder of the 21st Centuryr”
★★★★ – IndieWire
In 2017, Kim Jong-nam—the half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un—was assassinated in the bustling departures hall of Malaysia’s international airport. The spectacularly brazen murder happened in broad daylight, filmed entirely by security cameras. Footage showed two young women approaching Jong-nam from behind, covering his eyes with their hands, and pressing VX—the most lethal nerve gas on earth—into his eyes. He stumbled away and was dead within an hour. But if the murder was extreme, the story that came next was even more bizarre: the two women who killed Jong-nam claimed they had simply been hired to pull a video prank and had no idea what they were really doing. The Malaysian government scoffed, arrested and imprisoned the women and put them on trial for murder, facing execution. But was their outlandish story actually the truth? And would anyone believe them?
Assassins, the latest from director Ryan White, travels from the sanctums of Pyongyang to the rice fields of Indonesia and Vietnam to the courtrooms of Kuala Lumpur to tell an extraordinary tale of manipulation and subterfuge in the age of social media.
Why Nicky recommends Assassins:
A masterful investigation that offers an unprecedented look at the real story of Kim Jong-nam’s murder, Assassins is the wildly improbable tale of a calculating dictator, a nefarious plot, a very public murder, and two women fighting for their lives.
MLK/FBI (12) is available to watch now until 21 February.
“Fascinating documentary on the FBI director’s obsession with the civil rights leader”
★★★★ – New York Times
MLK/FBI is the first film to uncover the extent of the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on newly discovered and declassified files as well as revelatory restored footage, the documentary explores the government’s history of targeting Black activists, and the contested meaning behind some of our most cherished ideals.
Why Nicky recommends MLF/FBI:
This documentary tells an astonishing and tragic story that has searing relevance to our current moment in time – how dissent is punished, and how white power structures remain.
Possessor (18) is available to watch now until 21 February.
“thrillingly ingenious tale of mind-invasion technology barrels
towards the most outrageous final twist imaginable”
★★★★ – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
★★★★ – Mark Kermode, Observer
★★★★ – Empire
Possessor is an original and graphic tech thriller about a corporate agent who uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies, driving them to commit assassinations for the benefit of the company. When something goes wrong on a routine job, she finds herself trapped inside a man whose identity threatens to obliterate her own.
Why Nicky recommends Possessor:
This is a blend of the techno-horror of Black Mirror and Inception-style mind-bending. Director Brandon Cronenberg is the son of David Cronenberg, the sci-fi horror aficionado who influences the genre to this day.
The Mole Agent (PG) is available to watch now until 31 January.
“The most heartwarming spy movie ever made”
83-year-old Sergio is tasked with posing as a resident in a Chilean nursing home to see if he can find signs of abuse, by a private investigator and the worried daughter of a resident at the home.
However, the truth isn’t what anyone had suspected…
Why Nicky recommends The Mole Agent:
Maite Alberdi’s The Mole Agent is a stylish combination of an observational documentary and a spy movie, with sleek camerawork and wonderfully watchable characters. It’s a unique meditation on compassion and loneliness that will infiltrate your heart and never let go.
Love Child (12A) is available to watch now until 21 February.
“Anguish and joy in heart-quickening documentary” ★★★★ – Variety
★★★★ – The Times
★★★★ – The Guardian
Love Child is a heart-breaking portrait of Leila and Sahand, an Iranian couple who are forced to flee for their lives from Tehran where their secret affair and illegitimate child are both considered crimes, punishable by death. Together with their four-year old son Mani they take refuge in Turkey with dreams of a new life, seeking asylum to either Canada or the US.
Why Nicky recommends Love Child:
Intimately filmed over a five-year period, so intimately you often forget this is a documentary, we follow their brave quest to be safe together as a family.
Falling (15) is available now until 31 January.
★★★★ – The Times
★★★★ – The Guardian
★★★★ – The Telegraph
Viggo Mortensen and Lance Henriksen star as a father and son whose very different beliefs and lifestyles clash when the father Willis is forced through illness to stay with his son.
Why Nicky recommends Falling:
Acclaimed actor Viggo Mortensen’s low-budget directorial debut is a revelation, shining a light on dementia. Beautifully filmed and edited.
Away (15) is available now until 21 February.
★★★★ – Empire
“…its genuine beauty, brought about by its strong visual storytelling and an excellent score”
Away is an animated fantasy film from Latvia, without dialogue, in which a young boy parachuted from a plane must find his way home through a strange landscape.
Why Nicky recommends Away:
Beautifully crafted with stunning imagery, fans of Studio Ghibli or the similarly dialogue-free The Red Turtle will find much to enjoy in Away.
The Best of the Sheffield International Film Festival is available now until 21 February.
Sheffield Adventure Film Festival is an annual three-day weekend event bringing together the best of outdoor and adventure filmmaking from all around the world. Each year the festival presents the pinnacle of adventure films, showing a host of incredible journeys – both physical and spiritual.
Why Nicky recommends SHAFF:
Whilst the world is on pause we’re privileged to be able transport you to the great outdoors, via these inspirational filmmakers and stories.