UK New Film Releases Week 1: 2 January- 8 January 2009

Number of British Films Watched in the Cinema During 2009 – 0

It will not be possible to watch the first night release of a British film in Leicester tonight. There are only four films launching in the UK today, none of them British:

  • Bring Me the Head of  Alfredo Garcia (USA, revival) – for the ‘Southbank johnnies’
  • Che: Part One (USA) – which Soderbergh are you gonna get – yeh!  – Out of Sight or the bad Good German?
  • The Reader (USA/GERMANY) – worthy, literate, ill-judged middle-class psychodrama
  • Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2 (USA) – if only I was 13 again, and a girl

[Source: Film Distributors’ Association]

For those of you seeking an evening Leicester premiere, only The Reader is currently showing, but given the global melting pot of contemporary cinema, this film has a strong British presence (directed by Stephen Daldry, starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, photographed by Roger Deakins and Chris Menges, adapted screenplay by David Hare). One could go on, but would one want to go out? Not even one for the Lovefilm list I think. The Reader could easily have been one of those US-UK co-productions, and as such, under the rules of the quest it would have to be seen – a lucky escape.

No, I will have to seek British film culture away from today’s releases – time to make plans for the rest of the week. Anyway, it’s prog rock night on BBC4.




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