UK New Film Releases Week 18: 1 May – 7 May 2009

  • New British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 26 [17% of total film releases]
  • Total Film Releases in the UK in 2009 – 152
  • The UK  film release schedule for the week commencing 1 May 2009 is:

    • The End  (UK) Documentary
    • Funuke: Show Some Love, You Losers! (JAP)
    • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (USA)
    • Hannah Montana: The Movie (USA)
    • Helen (Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy, 2008, UK) #25 British release 2009
    • Is Anybody There? (John Crowley, 2008, UK) #26 British release 2009
    • Kal Kisne Dekha (IND)


    Back to the famine. Two new British feature fiction films this week, but not showing in Leicester. One can understand that Helen will be on limited release given that it is art-cinema material from debut co-directors, but it is a surprise not to see Is Anybody There? on local screens since it stars Michael Caine and it has received some publicity. I have even seen a couple of posters at Leicester railway station, so what’s going there? What’s the point of stimulating interest if it can’t be met? Is anybody there? Yes, we are, but the film isn’t. Also, this might be a significant coincidence, but both films have main characters living in social institutions – care home (Helen) and retirement home (Is Anybody There?). Philip Fench is likening Helen to Bresson and Antonioni. In Is Anybody There? Michael Caine plays Clarence the retired magician…got to be mashup material, surely.

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