The Festival organisers describe the British Gala films as: "The very best in homegrown cinema, from high-end studio product to raw low-budget work." This is the pool from which the Michael Powell award is generally selected.
The Waiting Room and My Life As A Bus Stop
And When Did You Last See Your Father?
(Country: UK/Ireland; Year: 2007; Director: Anand Tucker; Writer: David Nicholls, based on the book by Blake Morrison; Stars: Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth, Juliet Stevenson, Matthew Beard, Gina McKee, Sarah Lancashire, Claire Skinner, Elaine Cassidy)
Memories of living with a popular dad.
(Country: UK; Year: 2006; Director: Anton Corbijn; Writer: Matt Greenhalgh, based on the book Touching From A Distance by Deborah Curtis; Stars: Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Alexandra Maria Lara, Toby Kebbell, Craig Parkinson, Joe Anderson, James Anthony Pearson), Official Site
The short, anguished life of Joy Division's lead singer.
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: James Threapleton; Writer: James Threapleton; Stars: Omar Berdouni, Andy Serkis, Ania Sowinski, Jimmy Yuill, Hugh Ross)
An insight into the life of a man who is kidnapped and subjected to extraordinary rendition.
My Life As A Bus Stop
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Duncan Finnigan, Wilma Finnigan; Writer: Duncan Finnigan, Wilma Finnigan; Stars: John Stewart, Angela Coates, Duncan Finnigan, Eleanor Capaldi, Marc Watson)
Five friends attempt to make a movie together, but they each have very different ideas about what they want.
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Greg Loftin; Writer: Greg Loftin; Stars: Sean Harris, Sarah Matravers, Michelle Connolly, Henry Kelly, Tony O'Leary), Official Site
A man in desperate trouble with loan sharks is persuaded to undertake a dangerous investigation.
Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle and Saxon
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Tom Hunsinger, Neil Hunter; Writer: Tom Hunsinger, Neil Hunter; Stars: Stockard Channing, Shaun Evans, Anthony Head, Bob Hoskins, Lesley Manville, Amanda Ryan, John Shrapnel, Peter Gordon), Official Site
A young man and his mother move from Liverpool to London to pursue their dreams.
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Justin Edgar; Writer: Justin Edgar; Stars: Dominic Coleman, Robyn Frampton, Sasha Hardway, David Proud, Jason Maza)
A film-maker faces comic consequences when he tries to make something 'real' with a group of disabled teens.
Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Simon Miller; Writer: Joanne Cockwell, Iain Finlay MacLeod; Stars: Aonghas Padruig Caimbeul, Padruig Moireasdan, Crisdean Domhnallach, Winnie Brook Young, Dolina MacLennan, Coll Domhnallach, Daibhidh Walker, Vidal Sancho)
A young man visiting his dying grandfather finds himself once again entangled in the stories he was told as a child.
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Gary Love; Writer: Dominic Leyton; Stars: Steven Mackintosh, Ashley Walters, Andy Serkis, Tolga Safer, Teddy Nygh, Adam Deacon, Tracey Whitwell), Official Site
A white collar worker meets a petty crook to buy some illegal merchandise, which happens to have been stolen from the neighbourhood psycho.
The Waiting Room
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Roger Goldby; Writer: Roger Goldby; Stars: Anne-Marie Duff, Ralf Little, Rupert Graves, Frank Finlay, Zoe Telford), Official Site
Londoners' love lives explored in will-they/won't-they romance.
Special People and WAZ
(Country: UK, US; Year: 2007; Director: Tom Shankland; Writer: Clive Bradley; Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Melissa George, Selma Blair, Ashley Walters, John Sharian), Official Site
A detective caught in a battle of wits with a killer is forced to pay for his past failings.