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This week, Phoenix Art Museum’s Virtual World Tour series spotlights the British Isles. To view, our coverage click here. From the bustling metropolises of London and Edinburgh, to the lush gardens of the English countryside, the Museum explores artworks from the PhxArt Collection that were created by British artists, that capture a moment of British history, or are inspired by British arts and culture. Also, there’s a deeper look at contemporary British artists, Scotland’s role in a global fashion trend, and six British-themed movies which we’ve listed below.
Romance: Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Emma Thompson writes and stars alongside Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman in this production of Jane Austen’s beloved novel that chronicles the financial and romantic ups and downs of the Dashwood family.
Drama: The Remains of the Day (1993)
Kazuo Ishiguro’s delicately crafted, Booker-Prize winning novel provides the foundation for this moving film that explores the upstairs/downstairs world of Darlington Hall and the sacrifices butler Stevens makes in pursuit of his duty.
Romance: Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Amidst his group of misfit friends, consummate Brit Charles pursues independent American Carrie when they run into each other at major life events in merry old England.
Drama: The End of the Affair (1999)
Graham Greene’s tragic novel comes to life on the silver screen. Moving between World War II and the Post-War period, the film unravels the tangled love story of writer Maurice and the object of his obsession, the very married Sarah.
Comedy/Drama: Billy Elliot (2000)
Against the backdrop of the coal-miner strikes in 1980s Northern England, Billy Elliot has no interest in boxing lessons but plenty of interest in ballet, sending himself and his family on a journey of love, disappointment, and hope.
Drama: To Sir With Love (1967)
When engineer Mark Thackeray (Sidney Poitier) cannot find a job in his field in London, he takes on a new role as a teacher in a rough, East End high school, where he finds a host of students who have no interest in anything he has to say.