UK New Film Releases Week 31: 31 July – 6 August 2009

  • New British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 51 [20% of total film releases]
  • Total Film Releases in the UK in 2009 – 259
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    The UK  film release schedule for the week commencing 31 July 2009 is:

    • Coco Before Chanel (FRA)
    • Crossing Over (USA)
    • G Force 3D  (USA)
    • Land Of The Lost (USA)
    • Love Aaj Kal (IND)
    • Mad, Sad & Bad (Avie Luthra, 2008, UK) #50 British release 2009
    • Rumba (FRA/BEL)
    • The Taking Of Pelham 123 (Tony Scott, 2009, USA/UK) #51 British release 2009

    A milestone week in terms of reaching 50 British feature films released in the UK in 2009. But the flow of new British films has become a trickle in recent weeks during the holiday period and the domination of the big Hollywood family films and the Harry Potter juggernaut. And those films that are released tend to be ones that get very limited distribution, often only on a single screen in London and then spreading slowly around the art cinemas. Thus, the latest example is Mad, Sad & Bad which opened on two screens taking just over £1000 pounds at its first weekend. Surely it must have a chance of getting a a good audience in Leicester? – a thirtysomething comedy about a dysfunctional Asian family starring Meera Syal?

    At the other end of the British feature film continuum is The Taking of Pelham 123. There seems to be contradictory evidence about whether or not this is an official USA/UK co-production, but for the moment I’m counting it in. IMDB and BritFilms say it is, but the UK Film Council has it as an American film. The only link to the UK can be through Tony and Ridley Scott’s film and television production company Scott Free. Otherwise, it seems entirely an American project – a $100 million actionfest with Hollywood stars. Could Tony Scott have relocated this remake to the London Underground? Probably not with the 7/7 terrorist attack still fresh in people’s minds, but it would be interesting to speculate about the kind of films that Tony Scott could make in a British milieu. How about a remake of Buster Tony?



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