UK Theatrical Release: The Ballad of Billy McCrae

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Munro Films has confirmed that their British thriller, The Ballad of Billy McCrae, will be released in UK Cinemas from 24th September. 

Filmed in Port Talbot, Wales, the film was directed by Chris Crow (Panic ButtonThe Lighthouse (2016)) and stars David Hayman, best known from his roles in Sid & Nancy and Macbeth, as well as Sianad Gregory and Ian Virgo. 

Chris Blythe returns to his home town in Wales after losing a fortune in Canada. He falls in love with Elen, a volatile and charismatic woman. But Elen’s father Billy is a dangerous man and Chris finds himself torn between love and hate…
 Discussing the upcoming film, director Chris Crow said, “The Ballad of Billy McCrae is a film about damage and dysfunction, a film about flawed people, emotionally stunted people, people who can’t see far beyond their own desires, dreams and greed.” 

The Ballad of Billy McCrae will be in UK Cinemas from 24th September

UK Theatrical Release: Picture Stories

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 How one magazine transformed British photography 
Ship Of Life Films are delighted to announce the release of their new documentary, Picture Stories, about the life and legacy of Picture Post, the revolutionary magazine which shaped perceptions of British life during and after the Second World War. 

Ahead of its UK theatrical release on the 24th September, the documentary will also have special screenings at the Royal Photographic Society in Bristol on 15th September, and the Photography Show (NEC Birmingham) on 18th September. Following the UK theatrical release, Picture Stories will be released on digital download on 30th September. 

Britain’s best-selling magazine during the Second World War, and hugely influential for years after, Picture Post revolutionised the picture magazine, showing Britain to the British in a fundamentally new way. 

Using the freedom of new camera technology, Picture Post’s photographers portrayed the lives of ordinary people, at home, on the street, unposed – in a way they had never been seen before. 

Through its powerful, socially committed picture stories, Picture Post helped to transform post-war Britain, and change the face of British photography.

The story of this iconic magazine is told by its photographers, writers and editors. Leading contemporary photographers reflect on Picture Post’s extraordinary images and influence.
Commenting on the release, film director Rob West stated; “Picture Post is arguably the most important magazine in British social history. It was born under the threat of War, and survived and flourished under the intense bombardment of the Blitz. Extraordinarily, during the height of World War II, Picture Post was looking ahead to post-War life and to the possibility of fundamental social reform. 

Picture Post had a huge impact on national awareness of social conditions in Britain and of the need for a comprehensive welfare state and a national health service. It brought cutting-edge photography, and the picture story, to a mass audience. It changed people’s understanding of their own country by showing, vividly, what British life was really like. 

I wanted to bring the extraordinary story of Picture Post and its photographers to modern audiences. Many of things we take for granted in photography, and our understanding of photographs and picture layout, started with Picture Post. Many of our ideas about British society were forged by Picture Post and its unique group of creators.” 

UK screenings of Picture Stories wil take place from 15th September and will be available on Digital Download from 30th September. More info can be found at picturestoriesfilm.com

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UK VOD Release: Angie – Lost Girls

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Jinga films is pleased to announce the UK and Ireland release of Julia Verdin’s award-winning crime thriller ANGIE: LOST GIRLS, a social-impact film about the harsh reality of modern-day child trafficking which hits VOD from September 13th 2021. 
Olivia D’Abo (Point Of No Return) and Randall Batinkoff (As Good As It Gets) star as a middle-class couple whose teenage daughter (Jane Widdop) is abducted by sex traffickers. After helping her escape they assist police to infiltrate the gang and rescue other girls being held in captivity. Other significant cast include Dylan Sprayberry, Anthony Montgomery, Cherie Jiminez and Marty Dew.

ANGIE: LOST GIRLS won Best Feature Awards at Chandler International Film Festival, Accolade Global Film Competition and Moving Parts Film Festival before its US release by Freestyle Entertainment.

ANGIE: LOST GIRLS is the feature directorial debut of Hollywood producer Julia Verdin (Merchant Of Venice) who co-wrote and produced the film for Artists For Change, an organisation she founded to raise awareness about child sex trafficking.  
ANGIE: LOST GIRLS will be available to stream and download from September 13th on Sky, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft and YouTube.

Pre-order your copy here!

UK Festival Release: When The Screaming Starts

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Riotous Films in association with FOUR plus10 Films and Little Narwhal Films are delighted to announce that their new comedy-horror mockumentary, When the Screaming Starts, will have its World Premiere at FrightFest this August.

Described as “If Louis Theroux met the Manson Family”, the film will debut alongside this year’s most prestigious and hotly anticipated horrors and thrillers at Leicester Square’s Cineworld on 28th August. The film will have two additional screenings, one later that night and another on Sunday 29th.  

The film includes Yasen Atour, who will star alongside Henry Cavill in the second season of The Witcher, as well as up and coming talent Ed Hartland (The Crown), Octavia Gilmore (For Sale) and Jared Rogers (making his second appearance at FrightFest following 2018’s Killer Weekend). 

When The Screaming Starts marks the feature debut of filmmaker Conor Boru, and was overseen by a production team which includes Dom Lenoir, who directed and produced the award-winning thriller Winter Ridge. 
 When Norman Graysmith is invited into the home of an aspiring serial killer, Aidan Mendle, he believes he has found the subject for the documentary that will transform his failing career. Initially the production goes well with Aidan freely opening up about his desire to kill, but when his early attempt at committing murder falls apart, things begin to unravel.

Aidan desperately tries to maintain his position as the next Charles Manson by starting a murder cult, interviewing prospective members for what he affectionately calls his “family”. The potential candidates provide a rich tapestry of misfits, from the lost and confused to the (most likely) psychopathic. Events begin to spiral out of control and Norman watches his dreams crumbling around him.

A wannabe serial killer, a warped filmmaker, and a murderous cult on a blood-soaked rampage. When The Screaming Starts is a darkly comic tale of how far we will go in order to achieve our ambitions. 
 Director Conor Boru was thrilled with the news that the film was heading to the prestigious horror festival; “We’re honoured to have our world premiere at FrightFest! The fact that it is in our home city makes it even more special. We cannot wait to share our twisted vision with the ravenous FrightFest crowd!” 

When The Screaming Starts will have its World Premiere at FrightFest 2021 on 28th August. 

Tickets can be bought here
World Premiere – Sat 28th – 8.50pm – Tickets here 
Sat 28th – 9.15pm – Tickets here 
Sun 29th – 1.15pm – Tickets here 

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UK VOD Release: Sacrilege

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 “A breath of fresh air in the Hollywood-dominated horror space” – Metro 
“Sacrilege is a revelation for independent film” – Horror Screams Video Vault 
Bad Blood Films have confirmed that their folk-horror Sacrilege will be heading to digital download from 27th September. 

The film stars a host of British talent, including Tamaryn Payne (Hollyoaks), Emily Wyatt (Rise of the Footsoldier), Sian Abrahams (Complete Strangers), Naomi Willow (A Guide To Second Date Sex), Ian Champion (Property), Rory Wilton (Fisherman’s Friends) & Emma Spurgin Hussey (Poldark). 

Four lifelong friends head to a remote lodge for a weekend of fun.What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into a fight for their lives when a local Pagan cult offer them up to their Goddess as a sacrifice for the Solstice.
Sacrilege was produced and filmed in the South West of England where Producer Mark Kenna and Writer/ Director David Creed reside. Much of the film was shot in nearby  Forest of Dean, as well as Weston-Super-Mare.  

The film was scheduled for a UK wide release in March 2020 and premiered at Empire Cineworld in Leicester Square to a packed out screening. Unfortunately within days, the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the country and many of the film’s screenings were curtailed. 

“We’re thrilled that UK audiences will finally be able to get the chance to watch Sacrilege. We’ve been blown away by its reception in the US and it’s great to see it finally come home after a tumultous eighteen months“, said producer Mark Kenna.

Bad Blood Films pushed the limits of the budget by using a drone for the opening credit scene, as well as making use of a robot camera dolly and a five-camera set-up for the Ritual scene, casting 60 local residents as extras. 

The company also tested what could be done within independnent filmmaking in terms of special effects, bringing in stunt man David Anders (Spectre, Wonder Woman) in order to set him on fire for a scene. This was a remarkable feat within the independent filmmaking industry, with most companies opting for the less realistic alternative of CGI. More information on the Burning Man stunt scene can be found here

This will be Bristol-based Bad Blood Films’ first feature length title, however they are already in different stages of production with five upcoming horror titles, starting with supernatural The Rippers Ghost and creature-feature horror Facility 31.

Sacrilege will be available on digital download from 27th September and can be pre-ordered on iTunes here and Apple TV here 

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UK VOD Release: Hall

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Lightbulb Film Distribution are delighted to share the poster and trailer for new claustrophobic horror feature, Hall

Following its world premiere at FrightFest last year, the film later played at Blood In The Snow film festival. 

Set within the confines of a dark hotel corridor, Hall stars Carolina Bartczak (X-Men: Apocalypse), Julian Richings (Anything for Jackson) and Bailey Thain (Pet Sematary). 

When a debilitating virus spreads across a hotel hallway, scattered victims must fight for survival. 

Hall will be released on UK digital download and On Demand from 13th September.
 Commenting on the release, Matthew Kreuzer, Commercial Director at Lightbulb Film Distribution, said: “Hall is an impressive debut feature from filmmaker Francesco Giannini. It was written and shot before the pandemic outbreak and arguably, as a result, will now be viewed differently. It’s tense, suspenseful and Julian Richings plays the villain perfectly.

Hall will be released on UK Digital Download and On Demand from 13th September 

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UK Theatrical Release: The ParaPod – A Very British Ghost Hunt

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Blue Finch Film Releasing & Infinite Hermit are excited to announce that hilarious new docu-comedy The ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt will be coming to UK cinemas this September & on VOD 27th September.  

After 3.5 million podcast downloads, sold-out live shows and hit specials, get ready to go on the road with hardwired sceptic Ian Boldsworth. Follow as he goes head-to-head with lifelong believer Barry Dodds to discover the truth about the supernatural.  

Taking to the roads of the UK in a souped-up hearse, they visit the UK’s most haunted village, the home of the world’s most violent poltergeist, the underground labyrinths of Edinburgh, and everywhere in between. What follows is a rollercoaster of conflict and hilarity, as Barry tries – with increasing desperation – to find the proof to convince his cynical friend that ghosts are real.

Documentary-filmed completely on location over a three-year period, The ParaPod – A Very British Ghost Hunt is produced by Bil Bungay (Moon, Diego Maradona, Nureyev, When The Lights Went Out), directed by and starring award-winning podcast pioneer Ian Boldsworth (The ParaPodPeacock & Gamble Podcast, The Mental Podcast) with multi-award-winning comedian Barry Dodds.
Director & star Ian Boldsworth is excited for the release saying “The sell-out preview of January 2020 in London’s Leicester Square rather cruelly tricked me into believing this arduous journey of listening to Barry’s ghost nonsense had an end in sight. In March 2020, two dates into the UK screening tour, it was clear that the universe had other ideas. So I am truly delighted that this unique film is finally going to be witnessed by others, and I can get the sympathy I deserve for putting myself through this supernatural bombardment.” 

Co-star Barry Dodds also can’t wait for the release saying “After what has felt like (and literally has been) years of waiting for the wider world to see the film which dominated so much of our working lives, it’s a real pleasure to know that it will finally be out there for the world to see. It’s a very unique experience to hear oneself in the grip of mind-bending fear but I hope both sceptics and believers will take away something from this film, hopefully, something different to what they brought to it” 

The ParaPod – A Very British Ghost Hunt is coming to cinemas this September and on VOD 27th September
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UK Theatrical Release: Shepherd

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Remember, Remember the 5th November! Darkland Distribution have shared a brand new teaser trailer and poster for their upcoming British elevated horror, Shepherd. It has also been confirmed that the film will be released in UK and Irish cinemas from 5th November.  Shepherd stars Tom Hughes (Red JoanVictoria), Kate Dickie (Game of ThronesThe Witch), Gaia Weiss (VikingsMedici) & Greta Scacchi (The Player). 

Running from grief after the mysterious death of his wife, Eric Black takes a job as a shepherd. Trapped alone on a majestic weather-beaten island with an ominous secret. One mans sudden, spiralling madness meets a vengeful supernatural force. What starts as the perfect wind-swept escape becomes a race to save his sanity and his life.
 Speaking about the film, Writer and Director, Russell Owen said; “Shepherd has been a labour of love and many years in the making. I’m extremely thrilled audiences will be able to experience it where it was designed for – The Big Screen.” 

Tom Stewart, Acquisitions Director at Darkland Distribution added; “Everyone at Darkland Distribution cannot wait to bring this hugely thrilling ride to Cinemas Nationwide in the UK & Ireland this November!” 

Shepherd will be in UK/ EIRE Cinemas from 5th November 

UK VOD Release: Out Of Death

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 ILY Films confirmed that their latest action thriller, Out of Death, is set to be released on Digital Download from August 2nd and on DVD from October 4th. 

Directed by Mike Burns, who makes his feature film debut, Out of Death stars the legendary action icon Bruce Willis (Die Hard), Jaime King (Sin CityMy Bloody Valentine) and Lala Kent (Hard KillVault). 

Still grieving the untimely death of her father, photojournalist Shannon Mathers (Jamie King) spreads his ashes in the woods when she witnesses a cop (Lala Kent) shooting and killing an unarmed henchman during a drug deal. She captures the whole scene on her camera before being discovered. Shot at, scared, helpless and on the run, she races her way through the woods with no recognition of her location. 

Distracted by the violent noise of the attack, Jack Harris (Bruce Willis) a newly retired police officer who is relaxing at his cabin, saves Shannon just in time and the two narrowly escape into the woods. Not sure of whom she can trust, as more dirty cops arrive to help hunt her down, including the brutal town sheriff Hank Rivers (Michael Sirow), she decides to rely on Jack, her only real chance to fight back the corrupt police and bring it to justice.
 Director of ILY FIlms, Richard Lechartier, says “We are delighted to be releasing Out of Death in the UK. It’s a tense action-packed thriller and we are sure the audiences will love seeing Bruce Willis back to his best”. 

Out of Death will be available on Digital Download from August 2nd and DVD from October 4th

UK VOD Release: A Perfect Enemy

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Smart Dog Productions is thrilled to announce that the psychological thriller A Perfect Enemy will be available in the UK on Amazon, Google and iTunes from 5th July. Based on the book by Amélie Nothomb, The Enemy’s Cosmetique, and directed by Kike Maíllo, the film stars Tomasz Kot (Cold War), Athena Strates (The Good Liar) and Marta Nieto (Madre). 

A successful architect Jeremy Angust is approached on his trip to Paris by a strange young woman who will not leave him alone. Missing his flight and trapped in the airport lounge he is unable to get rid of the annoying stranger. Although the meeting at first seems to be by chance, soon there is a turn that will transform the nature of their encounter into something much more sinister and criminal.
Speaking about the film, Director Kike Maíllo said;  “In an era when we are permanently exhibiting ourselves, with “A Perfect Enemy” I wanted to talk about the monsters we keep in the closet. About the sins we try to hide from others and ourselves. Those faults that we sweep under the carpet hoping that no one will ever be able to uncover them.” 

A Perfect Enemy will be available on Digital Download from 5th July on Amazon, Google & iTunes