- New British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 61 [19% of total film releases]
Total Film Releases in the UK in 2009 – 327
If you want to see new British films, the UK film release schedule for the week commencing 18 September 2009 is:
- 31 North 62 East (Tristan Loraine, 2009, UK) #58 British feature film release 2009
- The Agent (Lesley Manning, 2008, UK) #59 British feature film release 2009
- Away We Go (Sam Mendes, 2009, USA/UK) #60 British feature film release 2009
- Birdwatchers (IT/BRA)
- Blind Dating (USA)
- Chevolution (MEX)
- Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 3D (USA)
- The Firm (Nick Love, 2009, UK) #61 British feature film release 2009
- Je Veux Voir (FRA/LEB)
- Three Miles North of Molkom (UK) Documentary
- Wanted (IND)
A tale of the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ in the British feature film UK box office opening weekends of 18 September 2009. The first surprising aspect is that Nick Love’s The Firm was given a wider release than Sam Mendes’ Away We Go by more than a hundred cinemas (265 and 152 cinemas respectively). Thus, even though Mendes’ new comedy (and his second American co-production release of the year after Revolutionary Road) outperformed Love’s retro ‘football casuals’ movie with a higher site average (£1,170 and £1,646 respectively), it finished just below The Firm in gross terms (£250k compared tp £310k).
Does this mean that Nick Love has more box office clout than Sam Mendes?
While The Firm and Away We Go are quite widely distributed, The Agent (in 3 cinemas) and 31 North 62 East (in 29 cinemas) are on very limited release. The Agent, a virtual two-hander, was only made for £26,000, and is much less ambitious than the political thriller 31 North 62 East which has all the bravado of a Hollywood major supported ‘indie’, but none of its kudos.