I am the Founder and CEO of IMDb. I already shared my Best Movies of 2017 list. This is a list in alphabetical order of ten 2017 titles which I feel have not yet received the recognition they deserve in one way or another. Many titles are yet to be widely released so there is still plenty of time.
In order to be eligible as hidden gems, I have set a limit of at most 5,000 votes on IMDb at the time of writing. This excludes a couple of further favourites which have the votes yet which may not have been seen as widely as they should: Good Time (2017) and Unlocked (2017).
Lead actress Jessie Buckley proves herself as a new talent to be watched, and was formally identified as such via the Toronto International Film Festival's Rising Stars program this year where I saw the film. Jessie transforms herself into the character of Moll in writer/director Michael Pearce's strong feature film debut.
Coming to the UK in April 2018 and preceded by a selection for Sundance 2018 and a US distribution deal already in place.
Manchester. The late 1970s and early 1980s. The Smiths. This film could have been made just for me. I saw this as the closing film at The Edinburgh International Film Festival. Jack Lowden transforms himself into a young Morrissey, so much so that I almost failed to recognize him as the lead upon meeting him immediately after the screening. Director (and co-writer) Mark Gill helps the audience understand the complex background of the subject of the film.
John Cameron Mitchell takes us into the mind of Neil Gaiman in this fresh and outrageously funny film which delighted the audience in its Sunday afternoon premiere at The Cannes Film Festival. Once again Elle Fanning is outstanding in one of four films in which she appeared this year, including two which played Cannes (see also The Beguiled (2017)).
This is a bold, fascinating and unusual film from writer / director Rungano Nyoni. To say any more would spoil the surprise of something truly special. We missed this at Cannes and London so caught it via a home cinema screening.
If, like me, you loved A Monster Calls (2016) then this is a film for you. I loved every second of this, including one or two surprise cameo appearances (hello Noel Clarke). Madison Wolfe is fabulous as the young lead, and it is always a delight to see the incredibly versatile Imogen Poots.
Ritesh Batra directs a wonderful ensemble cast headed by Jim Broadbent in a role which demonstrates his acting talents to their full. On the surface Broadbent plays a charming character, yet one who has committed some life-ruining deeds in his youth.