The images and stories coming out of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan are horrifying. Now Vue Entertainment are going to raise money for the charity relief effort by screening the British-Filipino thriller, Metro Manila.
The film is a gritty, fast-paced thriller set in the megalopolis that is Manila, a city with a population of 12 million people. When Oscar Ramirez (Jake Macapagal) and his family leave a life of rural poverty in the north of the Philippines, they find that life in the big city is still tough. A job delivering cash by armoured lorry seems to be the answer to Oscar’s prayers, but things never turn out to be simple. Let’s just say there’s robbery, corruption, gun fights and more.
Metro Manila was directed by Sean Ellis, a young British director who was nominated for an Oscar for his 2006 short, Cashback. Now this film has also been selected as the British entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® at the Academy Awards in March 2014.
Screenings will take place at 12 Vue cinemas on Thursday November 28, with all proceeds going to DEC’s Philippines Typhoon appeal. The DEC, or Disasters Emergency Committee, is an umbrella organisation for 14 humanitarian aid agencies which launches responses to major disasters overseas. To give you an idea of the scale of the problem, the UN estimate that 11 million people are in urgent need of food, water and emergency shelter.
Sean Ellis has said: “The people of the Philippines were tremendously supportive during the making of Metro Manila, and it’s only right that we should now use the film to raise money to help the victims of this terrible disaster.” Who could disagree?
Find out more about the charity screening of Metro Manila here. And if you cannot make it to one of the screenings, but still feel the pull to help, remember, even a £5 donation will be appreciated.