Archive for September, 2009

UK New Film Releases Week 38: 18 September – 24 September 2009

September 27, 2009

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  • 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).

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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.

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Brit Film Vinyan Available Today As A Live Streaming and Interactive Q & A

September 25, 2009

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The British co-produced horror film Vinyan (on general release 2 October) will today be available as a live online streaming on Lovefilm from 7-10pm. During the stream, viewers will be able to post questions and the top three questions will be asked at the Q & A screening the same night at the Prince Charles Cinema (in London’s West End) attended by the film’s director (Fabrice Du Welz) and lead actor Rufus Sewell. Details about the Prince Charles screening can be found here.

Vinyan will be released by Revolver Entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray on 5 October.

UK New Film Releases Week 37: 11 September – 17 September 2009

September 14, 2009

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  • New British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 57 [18% of total film releases]
  • Total Film Releases in the UK in 2009 – 316
  • The UK  film release schedule for the week commencing 11 September 2009 is:

    • Adventureland (USA)
    • Baabarr (IND)
    • Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009, UK) #55 British feature film release 2009
    • Julie & Julia (USA)
    • Miss March: Generation Penetration (USA)
    • Morning Light (USA)
    • Reckoning Day (Julian Gilbey, 2002, UK) #56 British feature film release 2009
    • The September Issue (USA)
    • Shank (Simon Pearce, 2009, UK) #57 British feature film release 2009
    • Whiteout (USA)
    • The Thing (USA) Reissue 15 September
    Katie Jarvis as Mia in Andrea Arnold's new film Fish Tank

    Katie Jarvis as Mia in Andrea Arnold's new film Fish Tank

    The ‘tasteful’ literary adaptation of Dorian Gray creeps effortlessly into the local multiplexes, but in this regard it does not typify the majority of new British feature films. More typical is the low budget social realism of films such as Fish Tank and Shank or the ultra-low budget films such as Reckoning Day heading almost immediately to DVD, that are all released this week on very limited schedules. Of these, Fish Tank, a family melodrama set on an Essex council estate, has the highest profile thanks to the critical success of Andrea Arnold’s previous CCTV thriller Red Road. In contrast, the teen gang film Shank with its gay sexual themes has struggled for publicity and recognition.
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    Finally, Reckoning Day is something different altogether and mainly gathering attention for a DVD release on 14 September – a ‘no-budget’  with a ‘mega-budget’ storyline (action thriller about international drugs gangs) picked up by Revolver Entertainment. Of interest are reports of a controversial advertising campaign involving the taking of the drug ‘Salvia’ which is likened to LSD and the fictional drug that is used in the film, including videos posted on YouTube.
    As yet I have not uncovered any reports of a controversial campaign for Dorian Gray where young Londoners are putting portraits of themselves in their attics in bizarre anti-aging experiments. Have the distributors missed a trick here?
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    The Slash Street Kids: A Review of Tormented

    September 14, 2009

    Placeholder for review…later.

    Group Mentality: A Review of Awaydays

    September 14, 2009

    Placeholder for review…later.

    Taking No Chances: A Review of Last Chance Harvey

    September 14, 2009

    Placeholder for review…eventually.

    Off The Telly: A Review of In the Loop

    September 14, 2009

    Placeholder for review to follow eventually.

    UK New Film Releases Week 36: 4 September – 10 September 2009

    September 10, 2009

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  • New British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 54 [18% of total film releases]
  • Total Film Releases in the UK in 2009 – 305
  • The UK  film release schedule for the week commencing 4 September 2009 is:

    • Big River Man (USA)
    • Bustin’ Down The Door (USA)
    • Coffin Rock (Rupert Glasson, 2009, UK/AUS) #53 British feature film release 2009
    • District 9 (USA/NZ)
    • Gamer (USA)
    • Greek Pete (UK) Documentary
    • Passchendaele (CAN)
    • The Red Baron (GER)
    • Tricks (POL)
    • Chess In Concert (UK) Documentary 6 September
    • Dorian Gray (Oliver Parker, 2009, UK) #54 British feature film release 2009 9 September
    • Sorority Row (USA) 9 September

    A milestone this week in terms of reaching over 300 films released in the UK in 2009 and British feature films holding up around the 18% mark. Coffin Rock is an Australian co-production from the producer of  backpacker slasher Wolf Creek and promises us ‘infidelity, harassment, terror and murder’ – but doesn’t look like it has attracted wide distribution. Not so the other British feature film release this week – Dorian Gray, and maybe hopeful of an auspicious release on  09/09/09. But how can you go wrong with Colin Firth costume literary adaptation nonsense?

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    Cinema Shows Week 32: The Taking Of Pelham 123, 10th August 2009, Odeon Freemans Park, Leicester

    September 2, 2009

    taking of pelham 123

    Total Ticket Outlay (on 23 British feature films released in 2009) – £102.67.5

    One of the earliest shocking images of cinema was when a cowboy pointed a gun at the audience in The Great Train Robbery (1903):

    great train robbery

    Did the audience duck and startle? Over a hundred years later Tony Scott continues the visceral assault on the senses with his high tech and doubtful US-UK co-production. The audience on this afternoon in August was about a dozen, mostly older couples I think. Why were they here on a summer’s day? Were they thrilled? It seemed all surface and gloss, though John Travolta and Denzel Washington are perfect as nasty and nice.

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