UK New Film Releases Week 14: 3 April – 9 April 2009

  • New British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 18 [15% of total film releases]
  • New British Fictional Feature Films (Released in 2009) Watched in the Cinema in 2009- 11
  • Total Film Releases in the UK in 2009 – 119
  • The new films on release in the UK  in the week commencing 3 April 2009 are:

    • Cherry Blossoms (GER)
    • I Can’t Think Straight (Shamim Sarif, 2008, UK) #17 British release 2009
    • Modern Life (FR)
    • Monsters Vs Aliens (and 3D) (USA)
    • Religulous  (USA)
    • Waveriders (UK/IRE) Documentary
    • The World Unseen (Shamim Sarif, 2008, S. AFR/UK) #18 British release 2009
    • Dragonball Evolution (USA/HK) 8 April

    April Third is ‘super-Friday’ for the release of documentary. There is an opportunity to poke fun at organsied religion (Religulous), discover how the Irish invented surfing (Waveriders) and learn a little more about French rural life (Modern Life). And also pretty super for Shamim Sarif who has two debut releases on the same day. Surely this must be a first for a British film director?

    Sarif, a novelist,  has adapted and directed her own work with her partner Hanan Kattan for their own production company, Enlightenment Productions . Privately financed films are quite rare in the British film industry and funding difficulties caused the films to be completed at roughly the same time. Both films are only showing at the Apollo Piccadilly Circus and by the time they are shown anywhere else they will be available on DVD (10 April). Sarif wants both films to be seen as ‘just love stories’, but this might be difficult for romantic films that are ‘just’ a cocktail of lesbian and cross-cultural drama.



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