UK New Film Releases Week 17: 24 April – 30 April 2009

  • New British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 24 [17% of total film releases]
  • Total Film Releases in the UK in 2009 – 145
  • The UK  film release schedule for the week commencing 24 April 2009 is:

    • City Rats (Steve Kelly, 2007, UK) #22 British release 2009
    • Encounters at the End of the World (USA)
    • FAQ About Time Travel  (Gareth Carrivick, 2007, UK) #23 British release 2009
    • From Russia With Love (UK) Re-issue
    • The Grocer’s Son  (FR)
    • Observe and Report (USA)
    • Outlander (USA/GER)
    • Shifty (Eran Creevy, 2008, UK) #24 British release 2009
    • State of Play (USA/GER)
    • The Uninvited (USA)
    • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (USA) 29 April

    After the famine, the feast. No new British films on show in Leicester in recent weeks, only to be followed by several, including a delayed appearance of In the Loop this week. In terms of new releases this week, we can detect some ongoing developments. City Rats, another British gansgter film, continues the trend towards limited theatrical and multiplatform release. While showing only a couple of times in the East and West Ends of London, it will be almost immediately available on DVD.

    city_rats

    FAQ About Time Travel, like Lesbian Vampire Killers before, is attempting to build on the success of Shaun of the Dead.

    faq

    Most interesting of all, however, is Shifty, the second film (the first being Mum and Dad) to be released from the Film London Microwave scheme to produce films for the unbelievable  micro-budget of £100,000. Listening to one of the film’s actors, Jason Flemyng, on Jonathan Ross’ radio show this morning, I learned that on the 13 month shoot of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button a similar amount was spent on the coffee budget alone!

    shifty

    As part of publicity and promotion, most films have their own websites now, and often this will include a competition to win free tickets. But you have to be organised because the closing dates are often in advance of release. City Rats had an intriguing photography competition involving stenciling the film’s title onto a watermelon (a prop that features prominently in the film) and then photographing the aforementioned fruit at a ‘famous British landmark’. No entries are yet available on the website, but it would be interesting to know how many entries they did get, and has anyone else thought of my idea to climb the Angel of the North and put the watermelon on its head? FAQ About Time Travel had a science fiction quiz, but Shifty has a much more engaging and rewarding competition that involves remixing the soundtrack by downloading the stems of a track, and then uploading the new mix to a website. The winner will receive £500 and studio time to professionally produce the track. The competition is open until 22 May – so get remixing!

    shifty_comp

    city_rats_comp faq_quiz

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