Sea Fever (2019, dir. Neasa Hardiman)

A PhD student seconded to a fishing vessel makes an unusual aquatic discovery. While the script can’t quite get to grips with genre storytelling, there’s a lot to enjoy initially, not least with the cast of character actors and excellent use of location and the main fishing vessel environment.

Gladiator (2000, dir. Ridley Scott)

A famed general, condemned to death in a coup, seeks revenge on Roman emperor Commodus for the murder of his family. Vivid and muscular historical drama, with excellent performances, solid action, and a keen visual sense. A Hollywood history; the inspirations are less actual events than the epics of the 1950s and early 1960s.