It has now been 35 years since Chariots of Fire screenwriter Colin Welland told the audience at the Oscars that "the British are coming". Movies on this side of the Atlantic have had various ups and downs since then, but 2017 has been an undoubtedly strong year for British movies, both from established filmmakers and brand new talents emerging on the scene.
The current mood in the United Kingdom is not one of jubilation and pride, but one of turmoil given the ongoing Brexit process and economic difficulties. However, the country's movies have proven to be a consistent force for good, whether spotlighting the heroism of the past in gripping fashion or providing a more optimistic vision of the present day.
Elsewhere, British movies have found the room to spotlight groups under-represented on the big screen in starring roles, from the pregnant lead of Alice Lowe's Prevenge to the same-sex romance at the centre of God's Own Country.
British film this year has been enough to make anyone proud of the country and has shown that the UK can give the best of America a run for its money.
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