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BPS Recommends: Antidotes for January Blues

Friday, 13 January

Film Schemes


As the dark nights continue, we've filled the latest BPS recommendations with uplifting and warming films available to watch on a variety of different streaming services.

Discover less January blues and more deep blue as you delve into the fascinating world of marine life in Academy Award-winning My Octopus Teacher on Netflix. Or why not take a trip somewhere over the rainbow in Judy, a biographical drama film based on the life of American actress Judy Garland, available now on Disney+?

Chef (2014)

15 | 1 Hour 54 Mins | Comedy

Directed, written, co-produced by, and starring Jon Favreau

After losing his job at a popular Los Angeles restaurant following a public altercation with a food critic, Chef Carl Casper opens a food truck with his young son in an effort to reclaim his creative promise.

Watch the trailer here.

Watch the film on Amazon Prime.

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Judy (2019)

12A | 1 Hour 58 Mins | Biography/Drama

Directed by Ruper Goold

Starring Renee Zellweger

Multi award-winning Judy follows the story of American actress Judy Garland's career during the last year of her life, when she relocated her stage career to England, coupled with flashbacks of her childhood, most prominently the filming of her part as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz, her most famous role.

Watch the trailer here.

Watch the film on Disney+.


My Octopus Teacher (2020)

U | 1 Hour 25 Mins | Documentary

Directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed

Starring Craig Foster

2021 Academy Award winner of Best Documentary Feature, My Octopus Teacher follows film-maker Craig Foster on a year long expedition into the South African Kelp forest and his endeavors to befriend a wild common octopus.

Watch the trailer here.

Watch the film on Netflix.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

12A | 1 Hour 37 Mins | Adventure Comedy

Directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz

Starring Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson

The plot follows a young man with Down Syndrome who escapes from an assisted living facility and befriends a wayward fisherman on the run. As the two men form a rapid bond, a social worker attempts to track them down.

Watch the trailer here.

Watch the film on YourScreen.

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Bill (2015)

U | 1 Hour 28 Mins | Historical Comedy

Directed by Richard Bracewell

Starring Matthew Baynton

A fictional take on the young William Shakespeare's search for fame and fortune, described by The Guardian as 'a crowd-pleasing treat that should tickle audiences young and old'.

Watch the trailer here.

Watch the film on BBC iPlayer.

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Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

12 | 2 Hours 10 Mins | Comedy Drama

Directed by Jon Avnet

Starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy

BMI Film Music award winner Fried Green Tomatoes follows the story of a housewife who, unhappy with her life, befriends an elderly lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.

Watch the trailer here.

Watch the film on ITVX.

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Streaming Films Online

Many of the films on BBC iPlayer and 4oD offer subtitles and audio description.
For a handy guide on getting setting up and using BBC iPlayer on your smart TV click here.

A guide to film certificate age ratings can be found here.

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