16TH May SECRETS & LIES (1996). Dir: Mike Leigh Cert 15

This British drama stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Hortense, a well-educated black middle-class London optometrist, who, as an adopted baby, has chosen to trace her family history – only to discover that her birth mother, Cynthia, played by Brenda Blethyn, is a working-class white woman with a dysfunctional family. Claire Rushbrook co-stars as Cynthia’s other daughter Roxanne, while Timothy Spall and Phyllis Logan portray Cynthia’s brother and sister-in-law, who have secrets of their own affecting their everyday family life. The film won numerous awards which include Brenda Blethyn; Best Actress and Palme d’Or at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, the Goya Award for Best European Film, LFCC Award for Film of the Year, 7 nominations at British Academy Film Awards, winning both Best British Film and Best Original Screenplay to name but a few.