Top ten British films of Autumn 2012

From violence to vibrators, here are the best British titles showing this Autumn

Last autumn gave us a bumper crop of British cinema, with the likes of ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’, ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ and ‘My Week with Marilyn’ all opening in cinemas towards the end of 2011. So what’s the tail end of 2012 looking like?

As we enter the season when talk turns to awards and audiences look to brush the frivolity of the summer’s blockbusters out of their hair, we’ve rounded up ten autumn British films that allows us to draw a line from nineteenth-century vibrators (‘Hysteria’) to Ray Winstone (‘The Sweeney’).

  • The period drama

    'Anna Karenina' - opens September 7

    They’ve given us two of the best novel adaptations in recent years – ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Atonement’. Now, Keira Knightley and director Joe Wright are back with what everyone’s hoping will be a repeat of the formula: a sumptuous but none-too-polite take on Tolstoy’s doomy masterpiece.

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  • The TV spin-off

    'The Sweeney' - opens September 12

    It’s over 30 years since John Thaw and Dennis Waterman played hard-nosed London cops on the edge of the law. Now Ray Winstone and Ben Drew (aka Plan B) take their places in a version directed by the ultimate lad’s lad director, Nick Love (‘The Football Factory’). Expect ample cockney cursing and enough bullets to fill the Olympic Stadium.

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  • The weepie

    'Now Is Good' - opens September 19

    This tale of a young woman, Tessa (Dakota Fanning), who wants to live life to the full before she dies of cancer is based on the 2007 novel ‘Before I Die’. Its writer-director is Ol Parker, writer of ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, so expect it to be fairly middlebrow and, considering the subject, tough on your tear ducts. Even the trailer wills you to burst out crying.

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  • The saucy historical film

    'Hysteria' - opens September 21

    The director is American. So too is leading lady Maggie Gyllenhaal. But this romcom about how the vibrator was invented in Victorian London couldn’t be more English. Jonathan Pryce plays a doctor manually massaging the wealthy ladies of London. Gyllenhaal – channelling Emma Thompson via Katharine Hepburn – plays his feisty suffragette daughter.

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