What to Watch while you’re self isolating: hidden gems

Following on from last week’s post of some suggestions of film and TV shows to watch while you’re stuck at home, I thought I’d recommend some films that you might never have seen before and are free to watch on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

As always, these are my choices, so you’re not likely yo see many horror films here, but there may be a few that will pique your interest,

Saved! – Netflix

I love a good quirky teen comedy, and Saved! is one of the best. Jenna Malone plays Mary, a teenager at a Christian high school who is ostracised when she gets pregnant. Mandy Moore is the school princess, and her brother is played by Macauley Culkin.

Wilbur Want to Kill Himself – Amazon Prime

Another of those quirky comedies I love. 30-something Wilbur and his brother Harbour try to find meaning in a Glasgow bookshop. But Harbour spends a lot of his time trying to keep Wilbur away from his suicidal thoughts. The cast include Jamie Sives, Adrian Rawlins, Shirley Henderson and Mads Mikkelsen.

The Breaker Upperers – Amazon Prime

If you’re a fan of quirky New Zealand comedies, then this is for you. For the right price, best friends Jen and Mel will ruthlessly end any romance. But when one grows a conscience, it threatens to derail their relationship. Executive produced by Taika Waititi, this is both very funny and incredibly touching.

Boy – Amazon Prime
Talking of Taika, you’ve probably seen What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. But do check out his second film, Boy. Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago. It’s very sweet.

Only You – Netflix
Time for a weepy. Josh O’Connor and Laia Costa star in this drama about a young couple who meet by chance on New Year’s Eve. After sharing a taxi home, they begin a whirlwind relationship. But not everything is going to be so perfect for the couple.


Wild Rose – Amazon Prime

Jessie Buckley lights up the screen as Rose-Lynn, recently released from prison, she dreams of becoming a Nashville country star. But she has responsibilities to deal with, including two kids who have been living with their grandmother (Julie Walters).

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