There's a great range of exciting new independent films available to BT TV customers on Curzon Home Cinema this month, so settle back with your popcorn and take your pick.
LoveTrue - available to rent from 10 February
Produced by Shia LeBeouf, this non-fiction film was nominated for the Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the London Film Festival last year, and becomes available to BT TV customers on Curzon on the day of its cinema release.
It follows three real-life relationships as they unfold in distinct corners of the US. Alaskans Blake and Joel pursue a promising romance, while in Hawaii free spirit Coconut Willie discovers another side of true love after realising his son is not his own. Singer/songwriter Victory philosophizes on faith and faithfulness as she and her siblings perform in the streets of New York City.
LoveTrue is also part of a new collection of films called ‘Curzon Home Cinema and Chill’, which show the more explicit side of intimacy while not lacking romance. Not ones to watch with your mum . . . just sit back and "chill". The collection is available from Valentine’s Day until 24 February.
Lost in France – available to rent from 24 February
In the mid-90s, the burgeoning Scottish independent music scene was spearheaded by Glasgow label Chemikal Underground, whose artists included The Delgados, Bis, Arab Strap and Mogwai.
A chaotic tour by a number of the label’s artists to play at a festival in the French town of Mauron in 1997 is recreated 18 years later by some of the original performers, as well as Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand.
Irish documentary maker Niall McCann lovingly combines archive film with his own footage of the reunion, as well as the musicians’ musings on the parlous state of the indie scene, in this affectionate celebration of an era of musical DIY that seems unlikely to be emulated. This film is available on the day of its cinema release.
It’s Only the End of the World – available to rent from 24 February
Grand Prix winner at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, this Canadian film starring Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel tells the story of a terminally ill writer who returns home after 12 years to announce his impending death to his family. A tension and recrimination-filled reunion ensues. The film is also available on the day of its cinema release.
It’s Only The End of the World forms part of the new Xavier Dolan Collection on Curzon Home Cinema, which features four other films from the young French-Canadian director – Heartbeats, I Killed My Mother, Laurence Anyways and Tom at the Farm – all available from 24 February.
The 9th Life of Louis Drax - available from 6 February
In this supernatural thriller, the young boy of the title suffers a near-fatal fall on his ninth birthday. A doctor begins to look into the dark circumstances surrounding the accident – and is drawn closer to the boy’s mother.
As new clues emerge in the case, a shocking revelation changes the fates of young Louis and everyone around him, and the boundaries of reality and fantasy are blurred.
Starring Jamie Dornan, Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon and Oliver Platt, and adapted from the novel by Liz Jensen, director Alexandre Aja delivers a taut suspense movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
I am Not a Serial Killer - available from 20 February
In this darkly funny horror-thriller from Irish director Billy O’Brien, sixteen-year-old John Wayne Cleaver is not a serial killer—but he has all the makings of one.
Keeping his homicidal tendencies and morbid obsessions with death and murder in check is a constant struggle that only gets harder when a real serial killer begins terrorising his sleepy Midwestern town.
In order to track down the psychopath and protect those around him, John must unleash his darkest inner demons.
Based on the cult novel by Dan Wells, this twisted, genre-bending thriller co-stars Christopher Lloyd and Breaking Bad’s Laura Fraser.