UK New Film Releases Week 13: 27 March – 2 April 2009

  • New British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 16 [14% of total film releases]
  • New British Fictional Feature Films (Released in 2009) Watched in the Cinema in 2009- 9
  • Total Film Releases in the UK in 2009 – 111
  • The new films on release in the UK from 27 March 2009 are:

    • Aa Dekhen Zara (IND)
    • Afghan Star (UK/AFG) Documentary
    • The Damned United (Tom Hooper, 2008, UK) #14 British release 2009
    • Genova (Michael Winterbottom, 2007, UK) #15 British release 2009
    • The Haunting in Connecticut (USA)
    • The Life Before Her Eyes (USA)
    • Martyrs (FR/CAN)
    • Traitor (USA)
    • Two Lovers (USA)
    • Tyson (USA)
    • The Boat That Rocked (Richard Curtis, 2009, UK) #16 British release 2009 (1 April)

    A big week for British film releases with a documentary and three fictional feature films. All the British films are distinctive in terms of referencing time and place. Places where we shouldn’t be (Afghanistan), a place for grief (Genova), 44 days in Leeds in the early 70s (The Damned United), floating outside UK territorial waters in the late 60s (The Boat That Rocked). Richard Curtis’ new comedy and The Damned United are getting plenty of publicity and wide distribution. Not so for Michael Winterbottom’s new film Genova which is not being shown in Leicester this week. Why? Winterbottom has to be the UK’s most prolific film director, averaging a film a year since the mid-1990s. Why?





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