A must for all who love noirish thrillers, Barnaby Southcombe's directorial debut features a stellar cast, headed by Charlotte Rampling and Gabriel Byrne. Rampling plays the titular character, who may hold the key to a murder investigation being conducted by Byrne's insomniac detective, for she was at the apartment of the victim on the night of his death. Anna's perspective on the crime makes us doubt the truth of what we see, which makes for a compelling psychological mystery.
What Richard Did follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers, through the summer between the end of school and the beginning of university. The world is bright and everything seems possible, until in one summer night Richard does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Featuring extraordinary performances from its mainly young cast, What Richard Did is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be.
In cinemas & Curzon on Demand January 11
Detailing the life and work of acclaimed war photographer Don McCullin, the seminal photo-journalist of the 1970s and 1980s, Jacqui and David Morris' documentary film shows the truth behind McCullin's hard-hitting and controversial images.
In cinemas & Curzon on Demand from 1 January
From the Award Winning Director of 'Lemon Tree' and the Academy Award Winning Producer of 'The King's Speach'
Zaytoun is the story of the unlikely alliance between a 12-year-old Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot shot down over Beirut in 1982. Their initial distrust develops into friendship as they make their way across war-torn Lebanon on a journey to a place they both call home. Zaytoun won the Runners Up Prize in the People's Choice Award at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, as well as playing in Official Selection at the London Film Festival and AFI Fest 2012.
In selected cinemas from 26 December
Cate Shortland (Somersault) offers a unique perspective on the nature of collusion with this story of a young German girl who, at the end of WWII, leads her siblings through a devastated and defeated nation. Shortland’s attention to detail and the beauty of the imagery she creates in her account of a national psyche brainwashed to believe in their own supremacy, only to confront the horror that resulted, is filled with brilliance and surprise in equal measure.
In cinemas & Curzon on Demand 22 February