UK New Film Releases Week 3: 16 January- 22 January 2009

  • British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 2 [9% of total film releases]
  • British Fictional Feature Films (Released in 2009) Watched in the Cinema  in 2009- 1
  • Total Film Releases in the UK in 2009 – 22
  • A diverse set of new releases this week – films from France, Romania and South Korea, a Hindi film produced by Warner Bros, a Disney dog film (or a dog of a Disney film), a re-issue, a new Will Smith and the latest Darren Aronofsky, the first UK 3-D release of 2009 (the first of many this year), and the second British film of 2009 – ‘the violent geezer porn’ of Clubbed:

    • A Christmas Tale (FR)
    • Beverly Hills Chihuahua (USA)
    • Boogie (ROM)
    • Chandni Chowk to China (INDIA/USA)
    • Clubbed (Neil Thompson, 2007, UK) #2 British release 2009
    • Hansel and Gretel (SOUTH KOREA)
    • My Bloody Valentine 3-D (USA)
    • Notorious (re-issue, USA)
    • Seven Pounds (USA)
    • The Wrestler (USA)

    Whereas last week’s British film release, Slumdog Millionaire, is exotic exception, a flurry of style and substance and international recognition, Clubbed is more traditional and easily overlooked average budget fare (£1.8m). This is very much on my territory of understanding – British crime film and male melodrama – tagline – ‘Once your in there’s no way out’. I wonder what is fretting the contemporary British male and driving him to crime?


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