WATCH: Britain Flies Flag at Cannes with Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Matt Smith’s ‘Lost River’

The titans of British cinema, Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, battle it out at Cannes in 2014. (Photo: Press Association via AP)

The titans of British cinema, Ken Loach (left) and Mike Leigh, battle it out at Cannes in 2014. (Photo: Press Association via AP)

As the Cannes Film Festival gets underway, several British productions—and stars—are in the limelight. Two veteran British filmmakers, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, are vying for the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top prize. Leigh’s film, Mr. Turner, is a biography of the British painter J.M.W Turner, portrayed by Timothy Spall. Ken Loach, in the competition at Cannes for the 12th time, has crafted Jimmy’s Hall. It the story of a communist leader who was deported from Ireland in the 1930s.

Whovians will be glad to know that Matt Smith, will also be appearing in a Cannes picture, Lost River, in which Hollywood star Ryan Gosling is making his directorial debut.

I joined film critic Nicholas Barber on the Croisette at Cannes to find out more about the British in Cannes.

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Here’s a trailer for Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner:

A trailer for Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall:

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