Films We Love: The Fight

Celebrated writer and performer Jessica Hynes (2012, W1A, Spaced) delivers a richly layered and uplifting drama for her debut feature as writer, director and star. Tina (Hynes) works as a carer of the elderly, contending with the responsibility of three children, a supportive but strained relationship with her husband and a highly anxious mother (Anita Dobson). Thrown into this mix is her eldest daughter’s bully whose mother, Tina has her own troubled history with. Boxing provides an outlet for the frustration of life’s pressures, and there Tina can begin to see a way of finding balance. Known for her considerable comedic talents, Hynes weaves these subtly into The Fight, revealing gradually the complexity of family life and the triumph of attempting to break free from old patterns. “We related to this film strongly because it feels so authentic to family life. Each character experiences their own battle, and is portrayed with nuance and great depth of feeling, making The Fight a hugely satisfying experience.” – Screen Machine Team This screening is part of Films We Love: How We Live. For our third season, we’ve chosen films that represent the experiences closest to our own. Between July – December this year, we’re screening films from the past six years that we haven’t yet had a chance to share with our audiences, but that we hope you can relate to as much as we have. Each of the films in this selection explores the complexity of balancing the different pressures of belonging and identity. Whether it’s living and working rurally, navigating adolescence through barriers of class and status or reconciling racial tension with multiple cultural identities, these are all themes that feel acutely part of the fabric of how we live now. We have films here to make you laugh, think and cry, films to move you to action and feel the warmth of recognition. We hope you’ll see something of yourself in the ideas, characters and themes explored, just as we did. These are films we love – we hope you’ll love them too. Tell us what you think of Films We Love! We’ll listen to all the feedback on this project and use it to inform our future programmes. You can get in touch via: Twitter @screen_machine Facebook @thescreenmachine Instagram @screenmachine Email

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