January Winner : Fish Tank (United Kingdom)
Live, love and give as good as you get.
A Classic Coming of Age- story, Fish Tank focuses around Mia, a rebelling 15-year old from an Essex council estate. When she meets her mother Joanne’s new Irish boyfriend (Michael Fassbender) she’s introduced to life and living in a new way.
Could be classified as a 2009 film but mostly released in January 2010 this film showcases the bad that happens when council estate meets angry teenager, could be really cheesy but gives a nice edge to a coming-of-age story. With not that much screentime Fassbender gives a really solid performance, and I cannot praise him enough (he’ll be really big when he snags that big role) and if you haven’t seen Steve McQueen’s Hunger you’re missing out.
Best Bits: Bobby Womack’s California Dreaming, The Essex twang, Michael Fassbender
January Runner-Up : Soundtrack For A Revolution
Soundtrack for a revolution tells the story of American Civil Rights movement through the unbelievable, amazing music it produced.
Earning an 86% from Rotten Tomatoes this musical documentary has so much soul, that it is a pleasure to watch and is an inspiration in it’s story.
Best Bits: All the songs (especially Blind Boys of Alabama & Anthony Hamilton and The Roots)