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Hidden Gems on Virgin Movies this December

Hidden Gems on Virgin Movies this December



Time has flown by and the festive season is upon us once again! And as is the norm, this time of year is packed with Christmas releases and big budget blockbusters, but if you look a bit deeper you might just find a real treat.  To help you fill you movie stockings, here are the ten best hidden gems on Virgin Movies this December.

Elstree 1976

With Rogue One about to take off in cinemas, now is the perfect time for this Star Wars themed documentary. Travelling back to the golden age of cinema, when a little known movie called Star Wars went into production in a small English film studio, this film speaks to ten extras who discuss their role in the film, and the effect it had on their lives and careers.

Christmas With The Coopers

Christmas time is almost upon us (actually it’s been in stores for weeks now), so obviously now is the time for festive films. And if you fancy something brand new while you debate which classic Christmas movie to watch, this one is well worth a look. Featuring an all-star cast including John Goodman and Diane Keaton, Christmas With The Coopers is guaranteed to entertain the whole family.


No, not a documentary about the Matrix and Point Break star, but rather an action-comedy about two guys who going on adventure to retrieve their cat (the Keanu in question) from a crew of gangsters. Yes the plot is absurd, but that’s kind of the point. This is a fun and original movie that is a great antidote to current big screen blockbusters.


A documentary about the mysterious world of competitive tickling is probably a hard sell, there’s no point in trying to say otherwise. But there is far, far more to this film. Too know more about the subject matter would ruin the experience, but suffice to say this film is revealing, surprising and very, very dark. 

I Am Bolt


In a golden year for documentaries, I Am Bolt stands as one of the very best of the year. It’s hard not to love the man himself, and it’s impossible not to feel inspired by what he has achieved and how he’s gone about achieving it. Moving, highly entertaining, and most surprisingly very funny, this deserves to sit close to the top of anyone’s Christmas list.

The Shallows


Shark films have come and gone over the years, and the majority have sunk. Jaws remains untouchable of course, but The Shallows swims behind as the second best shark film ever made. Truly terrifying, this amazingly simple film will once again have you questioning whether it’s safe to go back in the water.

The Wailing


Korea has a proven track record when it comes to producing hard-hitting and visceral movies. Screened at Cannes, The Wailing is the story of a stranger who brings a violent sickness to a small-town. To say much more would mean heading deep into spoiler territory, but suffice to say, violence and death appear throughout.

David Brent: Life On The Road


The star of one of the greatest comedy series of all time makes his long awaited return. This time around the Brentmeister General stars in a feature length story of him following his dream of becoming a pop star. Ignore box office takings, this is your chance to laugh and be moved by one of the greatest characters in recent history. 

David Brent: Life On The Road is available on Virgin Movies from Monday 12th December

Swallows And Amazons


Adapted from Arthur Ransome’s beloved children’s novel of the same name, this is a tale for the whole family to enjoy. Although not Christmas themed, Swallows And Amazons is an old style adventure that will entertain all walks of life over the festive period.

Swallows And Amazons is available on Virgin Movies from Monday 12th December

Hunt For The Wilderpeople

A New Zealand production, featuring unknown Kiwi actors, and having received countless glowing reviews, this is the absolute epitome of a hidden gem. The legendary Sam Neil puts in a career best performance, and director Taika Waititi (the man helming the new Thor film no less) handles human emotion and humour with absolute ease, while young star Julian Dennison shines. Hunt it out this December.

Hunt For The Wilderpeople is available on Virgin Movies from Friday 16th December