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Parallax Pictures

Overview
Works: 40 works in 190 publications in 5 languages and 3,737 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comedy films  Historical films  History  War films  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Social problem films  Short films  Epic films 
Roles: Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Parallax Pictures
The Englishman who went up a hill but came down a mountain by Christopher Monger( Visual )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young man offends an entire town by declaring their mountain - a prized local landmark - to be a "hill". But he soon finds the eccentric locals, led by a witty innkeeper, will stop at nothing to defend their honor!
Bread and roses by Ken Loach( Visual )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and French and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maya is an illegal alien who has crossed the U.S. border from Mexico to search for her sister Rosa, and to begin a new life. After being reunited, Rosa gets Maya a job with a janitorial service in a large office building. While working, Maya happens upon Sam Shapiro, a muckraking lawyer and union agitator whom the service-workers' union has assigned to bring its "justice for janitors" campaign to the building. Appalled at the work conditions and unfair labor practices, Maya and Sam team up to fight her employer
Raining stones by Ken Loach( Visual )

18 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Desperate for cash to buy his daughter a new Communion dress, a working-class man risks everything he loves, not least his immortal soul, in blind pursuit of that goal
The ad and the ego : truth and consequences( Visual )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses how the market economy has grown to the point that commercialism invades the most intimate aspects of life. Leading media critics show how living in an environment saturated with advertising creates a psychology of need. The history of advertising is traced from the 19th century through today
Carla's song by Ken Loach( Visual )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Scottish bus driver falls in love with a Nicaraguan refugee. They travel to Nicaragua together, so she can come to terms with her past
Land and freedom : a story from the Spanish Revolution by Ken Loach( Visual )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David, an unemployed young Liverpudlian (Ian Hart) joins the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. Shows how David's confusion and divided loyalties mirror the in-fighting that plagued the Left and led to Franc's victory. Despite the film's didactic shortcomings on the ideology of collectivisim, it has execellent performances (especially from Hart) and packs an emotional punch. "It is 1936 and the Spanish army, led by the fascist General Franco, is trying to wrest control from the democratic government. The Republican loyalists ... struggle desperately against the uprising. David ... makes his way to Spain as a volunteer, where he joins an English-speaking section of the militia"--Case-slip
The navigators by Ken Loach( Visual )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As big business takes hold of the rail industry, a local depot gang is forced to either adapt to the new managerial double-talk or take chances with receiving severance pay. Agreements set long ago are suddenly undermined by a new managing director who wipes the slate clean. Tensions mount when the men show up the the depot only to find there is no work for them
Ladybird, ladybird by Ken Loach( Visual )

10 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and German and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maggie Conlon (Rock) is an unwed mother with four children by four different fathers. While she loves her children deeply, she seems unable to escape the self-destructive behavior that repeatedly brings her into conflict with the local social services department. A new love affair with Jorge (Vega), a gentle political refugee, may be her last chance to break the vicious cycle she's trapped in-- and her only hope for building a better life for her family and herself
Almost adult by Yousaf Ali Khan( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mamie and Shiku are two young African girls. Almost adults. One is 17 years old, the other is 13. These two minor refugees who arrived in England to get a better life become friends. But soon, administrative and police issues separate them. Mamie becomes a clandestine while Shiku's foster family makes her a maid. The story tells how Mamie's courage will maybe allow them to have a future. It is a film about friendship and fear provoked by the discovery of a new world, a new language and new habits. What makes them adults has less to do with their age than with their stories
The Governess by Sandra Goldbacher( Visual )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Da Silvas are a contented and affectionate family, secure in the vibrant warmth of the Sephardic Jewish community in London of the early 1840's. The family's eldest daughter, Rosina (Minnie Driver), is a spirited young woman who secretly dreams of going on the stage. Headstrong and charming, she is the delight of her father. But when Rosina's father is murdered, his shocked family are plunged into debt. Rejecting the confines of an arranged marriage, Rosina resolves instead to support her family herself and make her way in the world outside. But Rosina quickly realizes that her Jewishness will bar the door to any employment opportunities in the larger world. Necessity and her delight in play acting prompt her to invent a new identity. Securing a position as a governess, Rosina -- now calling herself Mary Blackchurch -- journeys anxiously to a remote Scottish island where even the landscape seems alien to everything she knows. Her new home is as bleak as the welcome she receives from her new employers, the wealthy Cavendish family. "Miss Blackchurch's" charge is the precocious and spoiled Clementina (Florence Hoath), whose isolation and craving for attention make her a nightmarish pupil. Mrs. Cavendish (Harriet Walter), trapped and disappointed by her life, treats the governess with wary condescension. Her husband Charles (Tom Wilkinson) is indifferent to domestic matters, completely absorbed in his pioneering studies of photography. Rosina finds it hard to fit in to this strange family. The tension of maintaining her disguise heightens her loneliness and she longs for the ritual of home. Slowly, however, Rosina forms an uneasy friendship with Clementina. At the same time, her knowledge and interest in natural science forces Charles Cavendish to notice her. He reveals to her that he has devised a way to print beautiful photographic images, but can't prevent the pictures from quickly fading away. Fascinated with his work, Rosina convinces him to let her become his laboratory assistant, and through a combination of inspiration and accident, she discovers a way to permanently capture Charles' images on paper by making "salt fixed" prints. As the two of them begin to explore the esthetic and sensual dimensions of this new art form, the excitement of their collaboration soon heats up into a passionate and uncontrollable affair. When the Cavendish's troubled son Henry (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) arrives home in disgrace from university, he is drawn to Rosina, unaware of the relationship she has with his father. His attraction and curiosity intensify the strain in the household and threaten finally to expose Rosina's deception. Charles, for his part finds the intensity of their love frightening and ultimately unbearable. Something will have to give. Returning to London, Rosina faces a further trial when she discovers that cholera has devastated the cherished world she left behind. But now Rosina is strong enough to reclaim her identity and make a life for herself on her own terms. She sets up as a photographer in the ravaged Jewish community, becoming celebrated for her work and drawing what remains of her family around her
My name is Joe by Ken Loach( Visual )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and German and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After years of battling personal demons, Joe has put old vices to rest. Living in Glasgow, he survives on odd jobs, plays surrogate father to the town soccer team, and has embarked on an unlikely but beautiful romance. But everything threatens to come crashing down when one of the young men gets in over his head with a mob boss who is an old associate of Joe's, and Joe must choose between the woman he loves and the dangerous life he left behind
Riff raff by Ken Loach( Visual )

19 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comedy about workers from all over Britain (Liverpudlians, Geordies, West Indians & Glaswegians) on a London building site. They're breaking every regulation in the book & running scams on the side
Princesa( Visual )

3 editions published in 2002 in Italian and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fernando/Fernanda, a 19-year-old Brazilian transvestite, travels to Milan and becomes a prostitute to finance a sex-change operation. Fernanda dreams of becoming a "real" woman but in Milan is transformed instead into Princesa, a mysterious figure of allure. She then meets Gianni, a straight-laced, married businessman who falls in love with her. It all seems to good to be true ... and is."--Internet Movie Database
Land and freedom by Ken Loach( Visual )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An epic tale of love and revolution during the Spanish Civil War. A local man in 1936-Liverpool and wrestling with disillusion decides to join the fight against fascism in Franco's Spain. He finds himself deeply drawn to the cause and character of his new comrades, the Republican freedom-fighters, especially the beautiful Blanca. Unfortunately, political infighting threatens to do them all in
The Ad and the Id : sex, death, and subliminal advertising( Visual )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Bernard McGrane lectures on the conscious psychological manipulation of potential consumers by the advertising industry. Using the insights of hired psychologists with the aid of numerous pictorial examples, McGrane attempts to teach viewers to recognize the subliminal content of advertisements, usually images of sex and death. He presents the art of Violet Ray, which explores the deceptions perpetrated by advertising
Bad behavior( Visual )

4 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A thirty something couple remodeling their marriage as they remodel their house
Bad behaviour( Visual )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A thirty-something couple remodels their marriage as they remodel their house in North London
Ladybird, ladybird : based on a true story by Ken Loach( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

DVD. Maggie Conlon (Rock) is an unwed mother with four children by four different fathers. While she loves her children deeply, she seems unable to escape the self-destructive behavior that repeatedly brings her into conflict with the local social services department. A new love affair with Jorge (Vega), a gentle political refugee, may be her last chance to break the vicious cycle she's trapped in-- and her only hope for building a better life for her family and herself
Tierra y libertad by Ken Loach( Visual )

1 edition published in 1995 in Spanish and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David, a young communist in training, leaves Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War. Wounded, he is hospitalized in Barcelona, where his political loyalty is challenged by a new love
2 by Ken Loach : Riff-raff ; Raining stones( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raining stones: a Jury Prize-winner at the Cannes Film Festival, about an earnest man driven to desperate measures in an effort to buy his daughter a First Communion dress
 
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