Thunderbirds-style series filmed during UK lockdown scores release in Japan

0
   
Century 21 Films lockdown phenomenon Nebula-75 is due to air early next year in Japan and via cinemas too.  To celebrate, the Century 21 Films team have made a free preview episode available on Youtube that you can watch HERE

However, without the coronavirus situation of the past 20 months the series may never have been. 

Intended to evoke a 1960s Supermarionation series that never actually existed, Nebula-75 began its life during the UK Coronavirus lockdown of 2020. When the team at Century 21 Films found their planned projects cancelled as a result of the global pandemic, they made the decision to attempt to produce something worthwhile using the resources they had to hand in the London flat where a number of them lived. Fortunately, thanks to their work on productions such as Thunderbirds: The Anniversary Episodes, Endeavour, and UK television advertisements, they had numerous puppets, props and models to hand. 

Nebula-75 was filmed by a crew of three who happened to already live together during a time when travel was made impossible, with other members of the Century 21 Films team lending their talents remotely. It was originally intended as a one-off production and premiered as a ten minute short, but the resulting film was received so warmly and passionately by online viewers that plans for further instalments were soon made. A full length series of half hour episodes were produced throughout the course of 2020, introducing new vehicles and guest characters. 

Following the easing of lockdown restrictions, the team have also been able to leave their flat in order to continue production in more suitable studio premises. The result has been a second series of episodes that expand upon the scope and ambition of the original run. Transcending its lockdown origins, Nebula-75 has evolved into a fully fledged Supermarionation production in its own right. 

You can watch Season 1 of Neubula-75 on Amazon now and watch the first episode of Season 2 via Amazon Prime.
Nebula-75 Trivia

– Nebula-75 was created during the first UK lockdown and is intended to nostalgically evoke a 1960s series that never actually existed. It takes inspiration from the Gerry and Sylvia Anderson “Supermarionation” series of that era (Thunderbirds, Stingray, Fireball XL5, Captain Scarlet etc), while remaining its own unique entity.

– The series was created by Stephen La Rivière and Andrew T. Smith.

– Stephen and his two flatmates (his girlfriend Géraldine Donaldson and colleague Elliot Pavelin) filmed and puppeteered the first short film themselves in their small living room and used existing puppets from previous Century 21 Films Supermarionation productions.

– A couple of friends helped from outside – such as making the model of the Nebula-75 remotely and posting it to the flat.

– The voices of Commander Neptune and Lieutenant Solstice were delivered remotely from Canada. The rest were recorded in the UK.

– The sets were initially built onto the back of bookcases and dressed in vinyl and ordinary objects the team had laying around.

– The initial short film went live on YouTube and Facebook in May 2020 and received a huge response – at least a million views across different platforms – The team produced a second episode due to viewer demand and in response received an enquiry about buying from the Tohokushinsha Film Corporation in Japan. TFC have controlled Japanese rights to Thunderbirds and other Supermarionation shows for 50 years.

– BBC Front Row interviewed the team within the first three weeks which increased the series’ following. The team then turned Samira Ahmed into a puppet and she did the voice for the series’ Christmas episode. She later promoted the series on Channel 4’s Countdown.

– In a year Century 21 Films produced 8 episodes in the flat (by the second lockdown, Andrew was able to come to stay so the crew expanded to four). – The initial 8, plus a further 4 episodes produced recently outside of the flat, have been bought by Tohokushinsha Film Corporation to broadcast on Star Channel in Japan in Q1 of 2022.

– This is part of an overall campaign in Japan that showcases all of Century 21 Films’ new Supermarionation work including a theatrical release of Thunderbirds: The Anniversary Episodes, and a broadcast of the documentary Century 21 Slough.

– The first episode of Nebula-75 will be shown at the cinema, along with three new 50th anniversary episodes of Thunderbirds that Century 21 Films produced in 2015.

 – One of the four recently produced episodes has been directed by 90-year-old David Elliott, who directed on the original Thunderbirds series.

– David Graham – the 96-year-old voice of Parker in Thunderbirds – also provided a voice for Nebula-75. He played a character modelled on Thunderbirds director David Elliott to celebrate his 90th birthday.

– The series has spurned merchandise, including a DVD and Blu-Ray of the first series, and “Solar Smacks” badges.
     
NEBULA-75 CHARACTER PROFILES

COMMANDER NEPTUNE
A lone man in uniform responsible for a crew of lively civilian recruits, Commander Neptune’s overriding desire is to get his shipmates home. In a vast and isolated patch of space, he grapples with the loneliness of command at the same time wondering if his destiny might actually lie amongst the stars. 

DOCTOR ASTEROID
Fastidious and knowledgeable, German Doctor Asteroid can sometimes care a little too much about the well-being of his patients. Even when distracted by his favourite snack, Solar Supremes, the Doctor’s heart is in the right place and whenever the situation calls for it, he bravely rises to the occasion. 

ATHENA
A mysterious telepath from a race known as the Space Maidens, Athena is an unexpected arrival aboard the Nebula-75 and a guiding light in a dark corner of the universe. Kindly and enigmatic in nature, she uses her extraordinary powers to assist the crew when she can. 

CIRCUIT
Ramshackle, rusty, and feisty, Circuit is nevertheless a valuable member of the Nebula-75 crew. Always at the ready, he is an all purpose robot capable of piloting the ship, combatting intruders and making the tea. 

LIEUTENANT SOLSTICE
Organized, positive, and a little playful, Lt. Solstice multi-tasks to keep the ship running. A calming influence, she uses her knowledge of the crew to bring out the best in them whenever she is able. 

LIEUTENANT MERCURY
Whatever the job, the crew of the Nebula-75 know they can turn to the dutiful Lieutenant Mercury for help. Wide eyed and enthusiastic, Mercury is equally at home on the bridge or in engineering and he aspires to some day be as capable an astronaut as his Commander. 
     
FILMMAKER PROFILES: Stephen La Rivière (Co-Creator, Writer, Director, Voice Actor), Andrew T. Smith (Co-Creator, Writer, Producer), Geraldine Donaldson (Voice Actor, Writer), Elliot Pavelin (Editor, Post Production Supervisor) 

STEPHEN LA RIVIERE
Stephen La Rivière is a co-founder of Century 21 Films Ltd and the co-creator and co-writer of Nebula-75. He serves as the series’ lead director and co-producer in addition to providing the English language voices of Doctor Asteroid, Lieutenant Mercury and other guest characters. He has written numerous publications both for England and Japan, including his book Filmed in Supermarionation, which offers a comprehensive history of the puppet productions of the team led by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. This in turn led to his 2014 feature documentary of the same name. In 2015, he oversaw Thunderbirds: The Anniversary Episodes – creating three new episodes of classic-style Thunderbirds using the techniques employed during the 1960s. 

ANDREW T. SMITH
Andrew is a co-founder of Century 21 Films and the co-creator and co-writer of Nebula-75. Andrew has acted as co-producer for the series in addition to overseeing the recording and editing of the English language dialogue tracks. His most recent documentary film, Cartoon Carnival, was released in 2021 and outside of production he has authored and co-authored books on film and television history. 

GERALDINE DONALDSON
A puppeteer, script-writer, actress and costume designer, Swiss-born Géraldine Donaldson moved to England to join the crew of Thunderbirds: The Anniversary Episodes. For Nebula-75 Géraldine was responsible for the dressing, stringing and styling of the puppets, as well as lip-sync operating. She also oversaw all elements of the set design. In addition to puppet-wrangling and set-design, she performs the English language voice of Athena. 

ELLIOT PAVELIN
A puppeteer and post-production supervisor, Elliot Pavelin’s first job with Century 21 Films was on Thunderbirds: The Anniversary Episodes and he has since worked on all their subsequent Supermarionation productions, including a Thunderbirds advert for the Halifax bank and the Endeavour TV series. He has turned his hand to many roles and for Nebula-75 he multi-tasked as the lead puppeteer, picture and sound editor as well as finding time to do visual effects work. 
WEBSITE: www.nebula-75.com
CENTURY 21 FILMS WEBSITE: www.century21films.co.uk
TWITTER: www.twitter.com/nebula_75
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/nebula75series
INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/century21films

Experience12 tests your pop-culture knowledge this Christmas!

0
 Featuring the best of TV, Gaming and Film from the past year 
 To view the full image & take part in the challenge please visit: www.experience12.com/xmas  
We have finally made it to the end of the year and if there is something we can all agree on, it’s that we have had some amazing entertainment to help us get through it! As is tradition, the incredible team at Experience12 are back at it again with their pop-culture Christmas challenge, and this year it is back bigger & better than before!

As the world opened up following the pandemic, 2021 proved itself to be a bumper year for entertainment. October alone saw 16.4 million cinema admissions – the biggest October since 2012. Consumers are watching nearly 4 hours of TV a day, which although down on 2020 during lockdown, it’s still 50% more than 2019. Also now 93% of 16-24-year-olds are playing video games, which is also up from 73% in 2020.

To celebrate our love for pop culture Experience12 have created their largest pop culture Christmas challenge yet. Hidden in their IP isometric illustration is a total of 47 references across film, TV and video games – some more overt than others, but a true pop culture aficionado will spot them all. We’ve included a tease of the full image above, but head to www.experience12.com/xmas for the full experience! 

Riot Games, Netflix and Disney to attend Lucca Comics and Games 2021

0
Some of pop cultures biggest brands, stars and companies will be attending Europe’s largest pop culture festival Lucca Comics and Games 2021 from October 29th – Nov 1st. 

The master of comics Frank Miller, creator of ‘300’, ‘Sin City’ and ‘The Dark Knight Returns’, will be in Lucca for the presentation of the documentary dedicated to him, Frank Miller – American Genius, by director Silenn Thomas. The film explores half-century-long career of the author, who became a point of reference for the art of storytelling, pop culture and politics thanks to his work. From complicated personal affairs to worldwide success in print and film, the documentary is an epic journey into the mind and heart of one of the most prolific and iconic authors of our time. 

Roberto Saviano, the author of Gomorrah, a best-selling exposé of the Camorra Mafia in Naples. will be attending to promote is first graphic novel called Sono Ancora Vivo (I’m Still Alive) with drawings by Tel Aviv-based illustrator Asaf Hanuka.

In gaming, Riot Games will be showcasing Arcane. The exhibition will include a series of original sketches artwork and two very special collaborative handmade pieces, the boots of Jinx and the hextech glove of Vi, the two sisters protagonists of the series, on display. The exhibition will be held at the ex-Museo del Fumetto (Comics Museum) and include works dedicated to the cities of Zaun and Piltover for a unique and perfect experience to await the imminent release of the TV series Arcane, available on Nexflix from November 7th. 

Netflix will be hosting a special event dedicated to The Witcher with a special panel Kim Bodnia, who joins the cast for series two as Vesemir, will be joined by Joey Batey, who plays Jaskier.  Series creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, costume designer Lucinda Wright and production designer Andrew Laws will be in attendance. 

The Walt Disney Company Italia will be present at Lucca Comics & Games 2021 to present some new titles coming to the cinema and on Disney+. The new Disney animated film Encanto and Disney+ will also present the Italian premiere of the first two episodes of Dopesick – Declaration of Addiction, starring Michael Keaton. 

Searchlight Pictures films The Dark House and Antlers – Insatiable Spirit will be shown at Lucca Comics & Games 2021 with special screenings.  

Finally, Italian Gothic Band Lacuna Coil will be present at the festival’s Rock ‘n’ Comics. 

Emanuele Vietina, Director of Lucca Comics & Games says “Lucca Comics & Games is the biggest comic convention in Europe, a cultural festival dedicated to storytelling and modern forms of art. Lucca is a also a community event merging the modern mythology of comics, movies and rock with the Italian monumental heritage of a historic Tuscan town. This year, we offer a unique program which presents Frank Miller alongside Roberto Saviano and brings back major film studios such as Disney and Netflix to Lucca. Bringing this festival to life after a difficult pandemic year is our own way of celebrating Pop Culture.” 

Official site www.luccacomicsandgames.com
FB & IG: @luccacomicsandgames;

TW: @LuccaCandG

52 Self-Portraits by Italian comic book artists to be presented at Lucca Comic & Games 2021

0
ITALIAN MINISTRY OF CULTURE, UFFIZI AND LUCCA COMICS & GAMES COMBINE TO FOSTER THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMICS WORLDWIDE 
52 self-portraits of some of the most talented comic book artists on the Italian scene will enter the collection of the Uffizi Galleries, Italy.

The works – created with different techniques, formats and styles – will be presented at Lucca Comics & Games 2021 from October 8 to November 1 as part of the “Fumetti nei musei | Gli autoritratti degli Uffizi” (Comics in the Museums | Self-portraits of the Uffizi) exhibition, curated by Mattia Morandi and Chiara Palmieri.

The exhibition is an inititative between the Uffizi Galleries and Lucca Crea to foster the development and promotion of comics in Italy and abroad. The initiative will also see one of the portraits, selected by the Uffizi and the Ministry of Culture, going on display in the self-portrait collection of the Florentine Museum.

The new cluster of self-portraits of contemporary Italian comics will add a new dimension to the collection of self-portraits of the Uffizi Gallery – the richest and most prestigious in the world. These works will be exhibited in the new rooms dedicated to self-portraits that will open in the coming months on the second floor of the Vasarian Museum.

The agreement also sees the participation of the Uffizi and the Ministry of Culture in the selection of the Master of Comics within Lucca Comics Awards at Lucca Comics & Games and the entrance, every year, of the winner artwork into the self-portrait collection of the Florentine museum. The agreement will have an initial two-year duration at the outset and within its scope, a variety of shared initiatives may be undertaken in addition to exhibitions, events, cultural productions, creative, educational and scientific partnerships and much more. 
 The works that will be on display in Lucca have been generously donated by the artists who participated in Fumetti nei Musei, the project conceived by the Ministry of Culture.

Thanks to the artists for this important donation, which represents a further evolution of a path of valorization of contemporary comics that was born around the ambitious project Fumetti nei Musei. This new fund is an important innovation for the Italian contemporary art scene: the Uffizi thus becomes one of the first museums of classical art to bet on the vitality and creative force of the ninth art,” says the Italian Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini.

With this unprecedented, innovative alliance between the Uffizi and Lucca Comics, one of the most important comic events in the world, the goal is to reiterate a key concept: culture is pop and to effectively reach as many people as possible. The agreement we are presenting today is the first of its kind in the world: I am convinced that it will give rise to great results and will be the forerunner to many other ‘crossovers’ that will bear fruit in terms of ideas, creativity and inspiration for the future,” comments the Director of the Uffizi, Eike Schmidt.

Francesca Fazzi, President of Lucca Crea, adds “Even the most difficult edition of Lucca Comics & Games has generated exciting results. The presence of Eike Schmidt at Lucca Comics & Games in 2020 marked the start of a collaboration, which today takes concrete form in an initiative that will bring, every year, the Master of Comics crowned in Lucca to the Uffizi Galleries. It is a great recognition for the Festival and for all Italian comics“. Her words are reinforced by Emanuele Vietina, Director of Lucca Comics & Games

INFORMATION:
www.luccacomicsandgames.com
www.fumettineimusei.it
www.luccacomicsawards.com 
FB & IG: @luccacomicsandgames;
TW: @LuccaCandG 
 From left: Eike Schmidt (Gallerie Uffizi Director), Emanuele Vietina (Lucca Comics & Games CEO), Alessandro Tambellini (Major of the City of Lucca) and Francesca Fazzi (Lucca Crea President) 

Lucca Comics & Games festival takes place from October 29th to November 1st in Lucca, Italy

0
 To re-behold the stars: light is the claim of the 55th year of Lucca Comics & Games festival happening in person from 29th October to 1st of November 2021 in Italy.

This year Italy is honouring Dante Alighieri, the poet and philospher, by celebrating the 700th anniversary of his death and Dante’s Divine Comedy sets the tone for the returning festival – a community event that not only produced culture but creates a place where people can share experiences by occupying and interacting with and within a unique and monumental city. Light is the synthesis of this new Lucca Comics & Games, which signals a passage from dark to light, and paves a road to a new kind of normal. Visitors will go back to meeting creators of universes that have been an integral part of the festival – comics, games, storytelling, modern mythologies and big and small industries represented in these worlds. 

“Lucca Comics & Games is a unique cross-media event dedicated to pop culture, cosplay and comics held in a medieval Tuscan town. Before the pandemic, each year more than 250,000 fans walked through our city walls to immerse themselves in a world of fantasy. Our organisation has worked very close with government to implement safety rules. We are delighted to be able to open our gates again after a year of darkness. “Thence we came forth to re-behold the stars” is the last line in Dante’s Inferno. To me it means a new beginning and the hope that we will again be able to embrace our imagination and experience an unforgettable live event.” says Emanuele Vietina, Director of Lucca Comics & Games. 

THE FESTIVAL RECONQUERS THE CITY 
Lucca Comics & Games returns to the heart of Lucca, Italy, offering the public the chance to find the most beloved publishers and exhibitors in historical areas and in places to (re)discover: the central core of comics will remain Piazza Napoleone. The iconic pavilion has is coming back together with Palazzo Ducale and the historical spaces of the Palazzetto dello Sport, where the festival was held until 2005 and returns this year for the first time in 15 years. The world of gaming will be housed in the Real Collegio and in the Cavallerizza area Japan World will conquer the large spaces of the Polo Fiere di Lucca. The Music & Cosplay area will be hosted in the San Francesco complex. All these worlds will be increasingly interconnected within the Festival: visitors will be invited to travel from one to the other, to enrich their passions and rediscover the pleasure of being in Lucca. 

LIGHT 
The theme of Light will visually accompany the Festival experience with contemporary Italian illustrator Paolo Barbieri, creating the distinctive image of Lucca Comics & Games poster. In the year of Dante’s celebrations, he creates the poetic vision that links Lucca Comics & Games to Dante’s journey with Virgil through the darkness of Hell. The artist visually tells the story of the Festival’s adventurous journey, with its colourful paraphernalia of cosplayers, dragons and spaceships married to the literary and mythological forces that live in Dante’s poetry. 

Paolo Barbieri says “I decided to draw a road suspended in the sky that leads us towards Dante who, opening his red robe, reveals a fantastic Lucca opening up to receive the Festival. This grassy road, suspended in the midst of other flying rocks leads to the realm of fantasy with Lucca understood as a true door of the Imagination which I have tried to recreate in my own way to convey the sense of wonder in Dante’s myth.” 

COSPLAY WITHIN VILLA BOTTINI 
Suspended between theatrical performance and costume craftsmanship, the cosplay world finds its home within the evocative Villa Bottini, an architectural masterpiece of Lucca. The frescoed rooms and the garden will host some of the most interesting communities, including Assassin’s Creed Cosplay, Terre di Mezzo Cosplayer, Ghostbuster Italia, Avengers / X-Men and 501 Italica Rebel/Legion Empisa. There will also be space for medieval fantasy, steampunk, the post-apocalyptic world of The Walking Dead, the universe of Harry Potter and the magic of Disney. Dozens of characters will come to life, animating Villa Cosplay, with professional photoshoots, workshops and wardrobe services, to enjoy the Festival in complete safety. The San Francesco Auditorium will host the long-awaited Cosplay Competition on Saturday 30 October: backstage interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and lots of fun for what has always been considered one of the unmissable events of Lucca Comics and Games. 

INFORMATION:
Official site www.luccacomicsandgames.com
FB & IG: @luccacomicsandgames;
TW: @LuccaCandG

UK HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE SCHEDULE – AUGUST 17th 2020

0

Here’s the schedule for all UK home entertainment releases including VOD, DVD, Blu Ray and more.

Thanks to Strike Media for the schedule for the week commencing August 17th 2020.

#MoviesTogether

Yes, God, Yes
Release Date: 17th August
Distributor: The Movie Partnership
Format: VOD
Trailer
Contact: Strike Media

Growing up in the Midwest in the early OOs, sixteen-year-old Alice has always been a good Catholic. But when an innocent AOL chat turns racy, she discovers masturbation and is overwhelmed with guilt. Seeking redemption, she attends a mysterious religious retreat to try and suppress her urges, but it isn’t easy, especially after a cute upperclassman starts flirting with her.

Available on iTunes
Tenet – TICKETS ON SALE TODAY
Release Date: 26th August
Distributor: Warner Bros
Contact: Distributor / PR

Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.

Find out more here
AVA
Release Date: 21st August
Distributor: New Wave Films
Contact: Distributor / PR

Based on her own adolescent experiences, Sadaf Foroughi’s Ava is a gripping debut about a young girl’s coming-of-age in a strict, traditional society. Living with her well-to-do parents in Tehran, Ava is a bright and focused teen whose concerns – friendships, music, social status, academic performance – resemble that of nearly any teenager. When Ava’s mistrustful and overprotective mother questions her relationship with a boy, going so far as to visit a gynecologist, Ava is overwhelmed by a newfound rage. Formerly a model student, Ava begins to rebel against the strictures imposed by her parents, her school, and the society at large.

Find out more here
PERFUMES
Release Date: 21st August
Distributor: Curzon
Contact: Distributor / PR

A once-famous ‘nez’ (in the perfume world) sells her extraordinary olfactory facility to any company that’s prepared to pay for it. She’s a selfish diva, but one that might just have a shot at redemption through her relationship with her new chauffeur, a man with many troubles of his own…

Find out more here
SOCRATES
Release Date: 21st August
Distributor: Peccadillo Pictures
Contact: Distributor / PR

Socrates, a handsome 15-year-old, is not just another underage kid living on the margins of society while working the construction sites of São palo, he has a purpose. Because of the sudden death of his mother Socrates has had to fend for himself, trying desperately to earn the rent to keep his run-down apartment and remain out of the clutches of social services and his estranged father

Find out more here
THE MAN IN THE HAT
Release Date: 18th September
Distributor: Kaleidoscope
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

The Man in the Hat (Ciarán Hinds) journeys through France in a Fiat 500 accompanied by a framed photograph of an unknown woman. He is pursued by five angry men in a Citroën Dyane. Why are they chasing him? And how can he shake them off?

Travelling North on his escape across the mountains, gorges and bridges of France, he hears stories of love and loss, listens to Shubert, Otis Redding and Canteloube, and encounters mysterious strangers including The Damp Man (Stephen Dillane), The Chef (Muna Otaru) and The Biker (Maïwenn); coming face to face with the vivid eccentricities of an old country on an old continent, whilst trying to evade the pursuers who are always, relentlessly, on his tail.

Find out more here
Come As You Are
Release Date: 17th August
Distributor: Studio Soho Distribution
Format: DVD – Available on VOD now!
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

Inspired by a true story, three young men with disabilities (Grant Rosenmeyer, Hayden Szeto, Ravi Patel) flee their overbearing parents for a road trip to a brothel in Montreal that caters to people with disabilities, in order to lose their virginity and embrace their independence. Gabourey Sidibe stars as their jaded nurse driver, Janeane Garofalo and C.S. Lee also star as concerned parents hot on their trail. Based on the true story of Asta Philpot.

Available on Amazon & iTunes
Pegasus: Pony With A Broken Wing
Release Date: 17th August
Distributor: The Movie Partnership
Format: VOD
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

While walking in the woods one day, Sydney makes a magical discovery – a winged pony that has fallen from the sky.

Available on iTunes
Drunk Parents
Release Date: 17th August
Distributor: Dazzler Media
Format: DVD
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

Two drunk parents attempt to hide their ever increasing financial difficulties from their daughter and social circle through elaborate neighborhood schemes. One terrible drunken decision however dominoes into another and soon their lives plunge into absolute chaos and they find themselves kidnapped, homeless and locked in a prison cell.

Available on Amazon
The Parts You Lose
Release Date: 17th August
Distributor: Dazzler Media
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Wesley, a young deaf boy, discovers an injured fugitive (Aaron Paul) and secretly helps him recover. Wesley’s bond with the man grows that ultimately tests his understanding of right and wrong as the police inch closer and closer.

Available on Amazon
After Life
Release Date: 17th August
Distributor: BFI
Format: Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Meditative drama from acclaimed Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu. In a way-station between life and death newly deceased people are asked to reflect on their lives and select one memory that will then be recreated for them and become the sole memory of their life. A group of counsellors engage with the recently-deceased for a number of days to assist them when looking for that one significant moment that means the most to them.

Available on Amazon
Equus
Release Date: 17th August
Distributor: BFI
Format: Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Alan Strang (Peter Firth) is a troubled teenager who suffers from an uncontrollable urge to blind horses. In court, facing prosecution for his actions, psychiatrist Dr Martin Dysart (Richard Burton) attempts to unravel the root causes of Alan’s pathologic affliction.

Adapted by Peter Shaffer from his own landmark, Tony-winning play, Equus is a gripping psychological thriller exploring how corrupted ideals can lead to grave consequences.

Available on Amazon
Treasure Hounds
Release Date: 17th August
Distributor: High Fliers Video Distribution
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Children’s drama from film-maker Tim Brown. When his family are threatened with eviction, a young boy named Jack (Valin Shinyei) does all he can to ensure that they remain in their home. After Jack discovers that his late grandfather hid treasure somewhere in town, he attempts to find the horde in order to protect his family from the eviction. However, there are others in town who know about the treasure and in order to find the fortune before anyone else Jack must rely upon his neighbourhood friends as well as his grandfather’s wily old dog, Skipper (voice of Norm MacDonald).

Available on Amazon & iTunes
Edge Of Extinction
Release Date: 24th August
Distributor: Lightbulb Film Distribution
Format: DVD
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

15 years after a global apocalypse, mankind is on the verge of extinction. Civilisation no longer exists, food is scarce and most eke out a living by stealing and killing. One man clings onto life in the desolate British countryside, where staying away from others has been key to his survival. But this self-imposed isolation comes to an abrupt end when he crosses paths with another group of survivors and faces an enemy far more savage than any of them could have imagined.

Available on Amazon
The Bygone
Release Date: 24th August
Distributor: Lightbulb Film Distribution
Format: DVD
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

When a young rancher crosses paths with a native American girl from a nearby reservation, tensions are raised. She mysteriously disappears which sparks a search, uncovering a harrowing past that will ultimately lead to violence and considerable bloodshed!

Available on Amazon
At The End of The Day
Release Date: 17th August
Distributor: Trinity Creative Partnership
Format: VOD
Contact: Distributor / PR

A conservative professor at a Christian college finds himself in a gay support group to stop their launch of an LGBT homeless youth shelter in their small town.

Available on iTunes
Fragmentary
Release Date: 17th August
Distributor: Trinity Creative Partnership
Format: VOD
Contact: Distributor / PR

From Jace Pickard, winner of HorrorHound’s First Time Filmmaker award, Fragmentary tells the story of a man who believes he can travel to an alternate reality under the influence of alcohol to see the love of his life who was murdered in his reality two years before.

Available on iTunes
Fanny Lye Deliver’d
Release Date: 24th August
Distributor: Vertigo Releasing
Format: DVD, TVOD/EST
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

A dark folk-horror starring Emmy and BAFTA nominee Charles Dance, this unique, slow-burning folk-horror follows the radical liberation of a devout English woman from her patriarchal husband – a powerful brew of sex, violence and political radicalism.

Available on Amazon
Resistance
Release Date: 14th September
Distributor: Vertigo Releasing
Format: DVD, Blu-Ray
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

Resistance tells the remarkable true story of a lesser known part of the French Resistance in World War Two. Before he becomes a world-famous mime, aspiring Jewish actor Marcel Marceau (Jesse Eisenberg) joins the resistance, in order to save thousands of orphaned children from the Nazis. Their mission: to take the children safely across the Swiss border whilst being pursued by a ruthless enemy.

Available on Amazon
General Commander
Release Date: 24th August – Digital / 31st August – DVD
Distributor: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
Format: DVD, TVOD/EST
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

A powerful action thriller, full of explosive action, exhilarating stunts and bone-crunching fights – a CIA agent vows revenge on a global crime syndicate after a member of his own team is killed during a sting operation.

Available on iTunes
 She Dies Tomorrow
Release Date: 28th August
Distributor: Blue Finch Film Releasing
Format: VOD
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

Amy knows she’s going to die tomorrow and her fear is contagious. An apocalyptic thriller from acclaimed director Amy Seimetz.

Available on iTunes

The Voices
Release Date: 21st September – Digital / 28th September – DVD
Distributor: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
Format: DVD, TVOD/EST
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

A powerful and haunting horror thriller starring acclaimed horror actress, Lin Shaye (The Grudge, Insidious): after a painful break-up, Grace heads home to her isolated family property hoping for some sanctuary.  Instead she finds her sister suffering from a dangerous psychological illness, and begins to unravel a terrifying family secret…..

Available on iTunes
Look Back In Angus
Release Date: 21st September – Digital
Distributor: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
Format: TVOD/EST
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

From The Director of the acclaimed documentary, Steak (R)evolution, comes Look Back In Angus – the extraordinary and compelling story of how a small black Scottish cow came to dominate the world of beef.

This is a story of amazing food that unravels a surprising history, telling how the ancient genes of Scottish cattle are now found across the world in breeds as far apart as New Zealand and Japan.

Narcos Mexico
Release Date: 24th August
Distributor: Arrow TV
Format: DVD / Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Narcos: Mexico takes us back to where it all started with the first shots fired in the modern War of Drugs and the rise of the most successful drug empire of all time the Guadalajara Cartel.

In the immediate aftermath of Operation Condor, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna Rogue One) has lost everything his field, his home and his entire life savings. Amidst the ruins of the Mexican Army s invasion of Sinaloa, he forms a new plan to rebuild. To get it all back. Only this time in a place no one will ever touch Guadalajara.

Meanwhile Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Kiki Camarena (Michael Peña American Hustle) moves his wife and young son from California to Guadalajara to take on a new post quickly learning that this new assignment is going to be more challenging than he could ever have imagined

Available on Amazon

Bicycle Thieves
Release Date: 24th August
Distributor: Arrow Academy 
Format: DVD / Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Bicycle Thieves tells the story of Antonio, a long unemployed man who finally finds employment putting up cinema posters for which he needs a bicycle. His wife pawns all the family linen to redeem the already pawned bicycle and for Antonio salvation has come, until the bicycle is stolen. Antonio and his son take to the streets in a desperate search to find the bicycle. Bicycle Thieves is as much about the position of Italians in post-War, post-Fascist Italy as the relationship between father and son, told through the labyrinth of the cinematic city with De Sica s arresting visual poetry.

Available on Amazon

The Comic
Release Date: 31st August
Distributor: Arrow Video
Format: Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Stand-up comedy can be a cut-throat business, but in Sam Coex’s world, it’s downright murder… From the annals of bizarre cinema comes perhaps the most bizarre one of them all – 1985’s The Comic!

In a dystopian police state reality of indeterminate time and place, orange bouffant-haired comedian Sam Coex is eager for his big break. Realising that desperate times call for even more desperate measures, he slits the throat of his rival Joey Myers, leaving the way clear for him to carve his own niche on the comedy circuit. But success can be a fickle and fleeting mistress, and Sam soon finds his career on a downward turn when he falls foul of the powers that be.

Available on Arrow

Vitalina Varela
Release Date: 31st August
Distributor: Second Run
Format: DVD / Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Winner of the prestigious ‘Best Film’ and Best Actress’ Awards at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival, and the Silver Hugo Jury Prize at the Chicago International Film Festival, Costa’s film follows the titular Vitalina, a woman left behind in Cape Verde when her husband leaves to find work in Portugal. Years later, she finally makes the journey to Lisbon herself but arrives three days after his funeral. Alone and isolated in her late husband’s home, Vitalina is determined to persevere and confront the ghosts of the past..

Available on Amazon

Melancholic
Release Date: 7th September
Distributor: Third Window Films
Format: Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Despite having graduated from the prestigious Tokyo University, Kazuhiko is unemployed and living with his parents without any plans for the future. Everything changes, however, when he takes up a job at a local bathhouse and discovers that it is used by the yakuza as a convenient place for executions and corpse disposal. Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2018 Tokyo International Film Festival: Japanese Cinema Splash, this auspicious debut from writer/director Seiji Tanaka features an ingenious script full of unexpected shifts in genre and tone, effortlessly swinging between black comedy, coming-of-age romance and crime thriller.

Available on Amazon

Graveyards of Honor
Release Date: 7th September
Distributor: Arrow Video
Format: Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Set during the turbulent post-war years, Fukasaku s original 1975 film charts the rise and fall of real-life gangster Rikio Ishikawa (Tetsuya Watari, Outlaw Gangster VIP). Shot through with the same stark realism and quasi-documentarian approach as Fukasaku s earlier Battles Without Honor and Humanity, Fukasaku nonetheless breaks new ground through his portrayal of a gangster utterly without honor or ethics, surviving by any means necessary in a world of brutal criminality.

Meanwhile, Miike s 2002 retelling transplants the story to Tokyo at the turn of the millennium. Less a direct remake of Fukasku s film than a radical reimagining of the same overarching premise, Miike s film captures both the hedonism and nihilism of the modern Japanese crime scene in deliriously stylish fashion, resulting in a fascinating companion piece to the original that nonetheless stands as its own entity.

Available on Amazon

Jesus Shows You Way
Release Date: 14th September
Distributor: Arrow Video
Format: Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

The year is 2035, and Special Agent Gagano (Daniel Tadesse, Crumbs) dreams of leaving the CIA to open a business with his wife Malin (Gerda-Annette Allikas). Before he can hand in his resignation, however, a strange cyber virus attacks Psychobook, the CIA s operating system, forcing Gagano to enter cyberspace via virtual reality to combat the threat. Before long, however, the virus starts to reach out into the real world, destabilising the fragile socio-political order for its own ends, and Gagano, trapped in the VR world, must find a way out before it s too late.

Available on Amazon

GEORGES MÉLIÈS’ A TRIP TO THE MOON & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Release Date: 21st September
Distributor: Arrow Academy
Format: Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Georges Méliès was not just a pioneer of early cinema, he was central to what we know as film today. An illustrator, magician, filmmaker, and inventor he paved the way for animation and multi-media filmmaking.

Of all of Méliès films, his boldest and most well known is certainly A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune), loosely based on the writings of Jules Verne. A Trip to the Moon follows a group of travellers who jet off to the moon from earth on an exploration mission only to end up in peril and captured by the the local inhabitants, the Selenites. Featuring a who’s who of theatrical cast from the era, with Méliès himself taking a lead role, this is one of the very first forays into sci-fi cinema, and spawned one of the most iconic images of cinema – the man in the moon with a rocket in his eye.

Available on Arrow

Ivansxtc
Release Date: 28th September
Distributor: Arrow Video
Format: Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Danny Huston, Peter Weller and Lisa Enos star in this biting satire on the behind-the-scenes of the Hollywood film industry, with all its drink and drug-fuelled excess, from director Bernard Rose (Candyman, Paperhouse).

Opening with the death of its titular protagonist, ivansxtc goes back in time to chart the final days of hot-shot Tinseltown agent Ivan Beckman Huston) and his fast-paced, wheeler-dealer lifestyle, which will ultimately lead him to an early grave after a shock cancer diagnosis.

Loosely based on Leo Tolstoy’s celebrated 1886 novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich, and featuring a searing performance by Danny Huston at its core and wonderfully sleazy turn from Peter Weller as Ivan s biggest client, ivansxtc is a powerful meditation on life, death and morality set against the glitzy backdrop of La La Land.

Available on Amazon

Elizabeth is Missing
Release Date: 24th August
Distributor: Dazzler Media
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Two-time Academy Award ® winner Glenda Jackson makes a triumphant return to the screen after twenty-seven years, in this poignant and compelling mystery based on the bestselling novel by Emma Healey. When her best friend Elizabeth goes missing, Maud is convinced something terrible has happened. But her search to find Elizabeth unearths an altogether darker unsolved mystery: her sister’s disappearance, long buried in the recesses of her memory. Can Maud discover the fate of both missing women before her dementia erases the clues and the answers are lost to her forever?

Available on Amazon

Hunter’s Moon
Release Date: 24th August
Distributor: Dazzler Media
Format: DVD / VOD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Left alone for the night in their new orchard farmhouse, three teenage sisters soon find themselves at the mercy of some unscrupulous townie boys. The tables are turned however, when the malevolence that roams the orchard starts to hunt down the boys.

Available on Amazon & iTunes

The Tomb: Devil’s Revenge
Release Date: 14th September
Distributor: 4DigitalMedia
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

A down-on-his-luck archaeologist returns from a cave expedition that contains a cursed relic that’s also a portal to Hell. He discovers that the only way to stop the curse on his family is to go back to the cave and destroy the relic.

Available on Amazon

Magical Adventures In The Forbidden City
Release Date: 21st September
Distributor: 4DigitalMedia
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

In another world, not unlike our own, a young woman named Abigail lives in a city whose borders were closed many years ago because of a mysterious disease. Her beloved academic father was one of the sick and, like many, mysteriously taken away when she was six years old.Now grown, Abigail is determined to find her father and discover the real secrets lurking beneath the surface of her world. When she unexpectedly encounters citizens playing with spells, she discovers her city is filled with forbidden sorcery, and she herself possesses extraordinary magical powers. Abigail takes us on an exciting magical adventure, rising against the forces in command, and shows how being brave and following your heart can show anything is possible, if you just believe it.

Available on Amazon

Doomsday Device: 2020
Release Date: 28th September
Distributor: 4DigitalMedia
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

2 FBI agents trying to arrest several crooks find that they have an ancient Japanese artifact of enormous power. They then try to stop the crooks from delivering the stone to the criminal mastermind who is a rich business man.

Available on Amazon

UK HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE SCHEDULE – JULY 27TH 2020

1

Here’s the schedule for all UK home entertainment releases including VOD, DVD, Blu Ray and more.

Thanks to Strike Media for the schedule for the week commencing July 13th 2020.

#MoviesTogether

Spy Intervention
Release Date: 27th July
Distributor: The Movie Partnership
Trailer
Format: VOD
Contact: Strike Media

When a top-secret super spy suddenly meets the woman of his dreams, he abandons his adventurous existence and settles for the security of suburbia, revelling in the quaint existence he’s never known. One year later, he is completely bored, though he refuses to admit it. His old spy friends enact a “spy intervention,” convincing him that if he just returns to his old life, the adventure will help save his listless marriage… and maybe even save the world in the process.

Available on iTunes
Life With Music
Release Date: 27th July
Distributor: Blue Finch Film Releasing
Trailer
Format: VOD
Contact: Strike Media

A famous pianist struggling with stage fright late in his career finds inspiration with a free-spirited music critic.

Available on iTunes
One Way To Denmark
Release Date: Out Now!
Distributor: Blue Finch Film Releasing
Format: VOD
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

In this heart-warming comedy, a down on his luck Welshman hatches a far-fetched plan to better his life.

Available on iTunes
The Game
Release Date: 27th July
Distributor: Arrow Films
Format: Blu-Ray & DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Successful San Francisco tycoon and control freak Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas) approaches his forty-eighth birthday with some trepidation. For it was at this age that his father fell from his mansion roof and died. Nicholas receives an introduction to Consumer Recreation Services from his younger brother, Conrad (Sean Penn), and is informed that he is now playing ‘The Game’. Nicholas soon finds himself losing control and threatened with the loss of not just his company and fortune but also his life.

Available on Amazon
Undocument 
Release Date: 27th July
Distributor: Studio Soho Distribution
Format: DVD & VOD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Critically praised drama about four refugees and their stories. 

Available on Amazon & iTunes
Maserati
Release Date: 27th July 
Distributor: Studio Soho Distribution
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PRDocumentary about the iconic sports car maker
Available on Amazon
Come As You Are
Release Date: 17th July
Distributor: Studio Soho Distribution
Format: VOD
Contact: Distributor / PRInspired by a true story – three young men with disabilities flee their overbearing parents for a road trip to a brothel in Montreal, in order to lose their virginity and embrace their independence.
Available on iTunes

Trolls World Tour
Release Date: 27th July
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Format: VOD, Blu-Ray & DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return in an all-star sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2016 musical hit: Trolls World Tour. In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over six different lands and devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder. A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), aided by her father King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne), wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with their friends – Biggie (James Corden), Chenille (Caroline Hjelt), Satin (Aino Jawo), Cooper (Ron Funches) and Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar) – set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all.

Available on Amazon
Isn’t It Romantic
Release Date: 27th July
Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Format: VOD & DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

American romantic comedy starring Rebel Wilson. After being knocked out on the New York subway, Australian architect Natalie (Wilson/Alex Kis), who hates romantic comedies, awakens in a fantasy world reminiscent of her least favourite films. In order to get her life back to normal, Natalie sets out to satisfy the conventions of a romantic comedy and find love, but finds herself torn between billionaire Blake (Liam Hemsworth) and her co-worker Josh (Adam DeVine). The cast also includes Priyanka Chopra, Betty Gilpin and Jennifer Saunders.

Available on Amazon
Radioactive
Release Date: 27th July
Distributor: Studiocanal
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

From the 1870s to the modern era, RADIOACTIVE is a journey through Marie Curie’s (Rosamund Pike) enduring legacies – her passionate relationships, scientific breakthroughs, and the consequences that followed for her and for the world. After meeting fellow scientist Pierre Curie (Sam Riley), the pair marry and change the face of science forever by their discovery of radioactivity. The genius of the Curie’s world-changing discoveries and the ensuing Nobel Prize propels the couple into the international limelight. From the producers of ATONEMENT and DARKEST HOUR and Academy Award® nominated director Marjane Satrapi (PERSEPOLIS) comes a bold, visionary depiction of the transformative effects and ensuing fallout of the Curie’s work and how this shaped the 20th Century.

Available on Amazon
Battle Scars
Release Date: 27th July
Distributor: Ignition
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Michael Delucca, a war veteran suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, struggles to resist the dark experiences that haunt him. Estranged from the normal life around him, a steady low-paying job, a supportive girlfriend, and the opportunity to reconnect with the son he never saw grow up, Michael sinks into an underworld he may not return from. Written and directed by a veteran, Battle Rattle depicts with brutal authenticity the insurmountable difficulties thousands of soldiers face after returning home.

Available on Amazon
Incidental Characters
Release Date: 27th July
Distributor: Incanta
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Incidental Characters celebrates the magic of moments and the influence we each have on each other. Josie (Sophia Capasso) is a dreamer. Tony (Steve Watts) is a hapless romantic. Alf (Howard Perret) finds other people difficult to read. Alison (Isabella Marshall) is seeking answers but asking all the wrong questions.

Available on Amazon
The Big Ugly
Release Date: 24th July
Distributor: Vertical Entertainment
Format: VOD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Anglo-American relations go bad when London mob bosses invest in a West Virginia oil deal in hopes of laundering dirty money.

Available on iTunes
The Assent
Release Date: 27th July
Distributor: Dazzler Media
Format: DVD, EST & VOD
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

A single father suspects that his young son may be possessed. After spending three years in prison for the death of an 8-year-old during a failed exorcism, Father Lambert seeks redemption on a young widower, Joel Clarke, who believes his son has been marked by the Devil himself. Conjuring “deliverance” (unsanctioned exorcisms), Lambert convinces Joel that without his help, he will lose his son forever.

Available on Amazon & iTunes
Gangs of London
Release Date: 27th July
Distributor: Dazzler Media
Format: DVD, EST & Blu-Ray
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

For 20 years, Finn Wallace (Colm Meaney) was the most powerful criminal in London. Billions of pounds flowed through his organisation each year. But now he’s dead – and nobody knows who ordered the hit. With rivals everywhere, it’s up to the impulsive Sean Wallace (Joe Cole), with the help of the Dumani family headed by Ed Dumani (Lucian Msamati) to take his father’s place. If the situation wasn’t already dangerous enough, Sean’s assumption of power causes ripples in the world of international crime. Perhaps the one man who might be able to help him and be his ally is Elliot Finch (Sope Dirsu), who up until now, has been one of life’s losers, a lowlife chancer with a mysterious interest in the Wallace family. But as the wind of fate blows, Elliot finds himself transported to the inner workings of the largest criminal organisation in London.

Available on Amazon
Air Force
Release Date: 27th July
Distributor: Dazzler Media
Format: DVD, EST & VOD
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

Recent graduates of a secluded U.S. Air Force base must protect a gene-editing bioweapon from the Russian military—who are desperate to seize the deadly viral agent at any cost. STARRING: Eric Roberts (THE DARK KNIGHT), Carole Anne Watts (ANT-MAN), Ignacyo Matynia (Marvel’s LUKE CAGE) 

Available on  iTunes
Walkabout
Release Date: 27th July
Distributor: Second Sight Films
Format: Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

While out on a picnic in the Australian outback with his teenage daughter (Jenny Agutter) and young son (Lucien John), a man goes insane and kills himself. The girl takes her brother into the outback in order that he doesn’t see their father’s dead body. There they meet a young Aborigine (David Gumpilil) who is on walkabout – a rites of passage ritual whereby he must survive in the wilderness for several weeks. He finds food and water for the siblings, and develops a form of communication with the young boy despite being unable to speak English. The girl, however, rebuffs the mating dance which the Aborigine performs in her honour.

Available on Amazon
Story of a Love Affair
Release Date: 27th July
Distributor: Cult Films
Format: Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Italian drama from award-winning director Michelangelo Antonioni. Paola (Lucia Bose) is the beautiful and jealously-guarded younger wife of a shady factory owner, Enrico Fontana (Ferdinando Sarmi). In order to investigate her romantic history he hires a private detective, which ironically brings Paola back into contact with former lover Guido (Massimo Girotti), with whom she resurrects a lost passion. Dogged by the suspicions of their respective mates, they are drawn closer to each other in the face of adversity, and begin to plot Enrico’s demise. But when the challenge of being together falls away, will the passion start to wane?

Available on Amazon
The Constant Husband
Release Date: 27th July
Distributor: Network
Format: Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Rex Harrison gives a memorably smooth performance as an amnesiac boffin with a singularly dedicated attitude towards matrimony in this classic comedy by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat. Co-starring Margaret Leighton, Kay Kendall and Cecil Parker, The Constant Husband is presented as a brand-new High Definition transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited aspect ratio.

An Englishman wakes up in an unfamiliar hotel bedroom with amnesia. A specialist at the local hospital tells him it was brought on by some kind of upset and they both set out to unearth the patient’s past. What they find is shocking – not just to themselves but also to the man’s seven wives!

Available on Amazon
In Her Hands
Release Date: 27th July
Distributor: Parkland Entertainment 
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

The music is the secret of Mathieu Malinski (Jules Benchetrit), a subject about which he dare not speak in his neighborhood, where it lags behind with his friends. While a small burglary that he committed with the latter leads to prison, Pierre Geithner (Lambert Wilson), Director of the National Conservatory of Music in fate in exchange for hours of general interest. But Pierre has another idea in mind.

Available on Amazon

UK HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE SCHEDULE – JULY 13TH 2020

0

Here’s the schedule for all UK home entertainment releases including VOD, DVD, Blu Ray and more.

Thanks to Strike Media for the schedule for the week commencing July 13th 2020.

#MoviesTogether

Piranhas
Release Date: 13th July
Distributor: Blue Finch Film Releasing
Trailer
Format: VOD
Contact: Strike Media

A brutal and stylish mafia thriller based on the book by Roberto Saviano (GOMORRAH). Nicola lives with his mother and younger brother in the Sanitae neighborhood of Naples, a place that has been controlled by the Camorra mafia for centuries. Dreaming of a life lush with designer clothing and elite nightclub bottle service, Nicola and his naive group of friends begin selling drugs, an entryway into the violent, power-hungry world of crime.

Available on iTunes
Quantum Leap: The Complete Collection
Release Date: 13th July
Distributor: Fabulous Films Ltd/ FremantleMedia Enterprises
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

“Oh Boy!” Get ready to journey back in time with Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) in the 5 time Emmy® Award-Winning Series Quantum Leap. Physicist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped leaping through spacetime with his holographic guide Al (Dean Stockwell) during a time travel experiment. Beckett takes the place of a different person in a different time period each week where he and Al have to correct historical mistakes before moving on. Consisting of 27 discs this Complete Collection contains all the original music.

Available on Amazon
Trolls World Tour
Release Date: 27th July
Distributor:  Dreamworks
Trailer
Format: DVD, Blu-ray & 4K
Contact: Distributor / PR

When the Queen of the Hard Rock Trolls tries to take over all the Troll kingdoms, Queen Poppy and her friends try different ways to save all the Trolls.
Available on Amazon

Scoob!
Release Date: 10th July
Distributor:  Warner Bros Home Ent
Trailer
Format: Digital
Contact: Distributor / PR

Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.

Available at watchscoob.co.uk

Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island
Release Date: 13th July
Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
Trailer
Format: VOD, DVD & Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Jeff Wadlow directs this reimagining of the 1970s television series about a hotel owner who makes the dreams and fantasies of his guests become a reality. Mr. Roarke (Michael Peña) prides himself on giving his guests their innermost secret dreams and wishes, but when these dreams turn into nightmares, they must fight for their lives if they want to return home. The cast includes Maggie Q, Portia Doubleday and Lucy Hale.

Available on iTunes & Amazon
Creepshow 2
Release Date: 13th July
Distributor: Arrow Films
Format: VOD & Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Horror anthology based on the short stories of Stephen King. In ‘Old Chief Wood’nhead’ a wooden Indian from a cigar store comes to life in the town of Dead River and avenges the death of the store’s owner who was killed in a recent robbery. In ‘The Hitchhiker’ a rich, cheating businesswoman is terrorised by a hitch-hiker she ran over. In ‘The Raft’ a group of teenagers find themselves under attack from a mysterious creature after going swimming in a lake.

Available on iTunes & Amazon
Hiroshima
Release Date: 13th July
Distributor: Arrow Films
Format: VOD & Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Hideo Sekigawa directs this drama based on the eye-witness accounts of child survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

Available on iTunes & Amazon
Czech Mate – In Search of Jirí Menzel
Release Date: 13th July
Distributor: Arrow Films
Format: Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Documentary from film-maker Shivendra Singh Dungarpur about Czech director Jirí Menzel.

Available on  Amazon
Inheritance
Release Date: 13th July
Distributor: Signature Entertainment
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

American thriller starring Lily Collins and Simon Pegg. District Attorney Lauren Monroe (Collins) is a diligent professional from a wealthy family. Following the sudden death of her father, Archer Monroe (Patrick Warburton), Lauren inherits a secret hideaway belonging to her father and that he promises her to never share with anyone else. As she uncovers more details about her father’s dark past Lauren must decide whether some secrets are worth keeping…

Available on  Amazon
Masters of Love
Release Date: 13th July
Distributor: Signature Entertainment
Format: VOD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Matt Roberts writes, produces and directs this British comedy. Emmy (Sarah Ovens) and Samantha (Eleanor Fanyinka) are due to be married but as the day draws nearer Emmy becomes increasingly worried about what this long-term commitment actually means for their relationship. Meanwhile, her brother Josh (Owen Roberts) has just broken up with his partner and is living with best friend Niall (Ciarán Dowd), who is sleeping around in an effort to overthrow his own loneliness.

Available on iTunes
Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot
Release Date: 13th July
Distributor: Signature Entertainment
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

A tale of power, betrayal, lust and revenge, ARTHUR & MERLIN: KNIGHTS OF CAMELOT tells of a man battling to fulfil his destiny to become the King his nation needs. Starring Game of Thrones legend, Richard Brake. The year 463 AD. England is a land divided. A land in need of a legend. King Arthur has been absent for five long years, fighting a war abroad that has stricken his knights, left his throne defenceless and his queen at the mercy of Modred, his illegitimate son. He must return home fast, facing dark and dangerous threats from all sides. But as he fights to preserve Camelot and all that he holds dear, the toughest conflict will be with himself. Guided by the legendary wizard Merlin, Arthur must strive to become the king that his nation needs. It is the story of a legend, before the legend was told.

Available on Amazon
In Order of Disappearance
Release Date: 13th July
Distributor: Trinity Creative Partnerships
Format: Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Norwegian crime drama starring Stellan Skarsgård as Nils, a snow-plough driver who seeks revenge for his son’s death. When he learns of his son’s demise as the result of an apparent heroin overdose, Nils, refusing to believe that his boy committed suicide, starts a private investigation. When he discovers the dangerous Serbian mafia may be involved, he declares a vendetta against mafia boss Papa (Bruno Ganz) and seems prepared to kill anyone who stands in the way of his revenge.

Available on Amazon
Painted Horses
Release Date: 13th July
Distributor: Trinity Creative Partnerships
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

A highly motivated young teacher, Pam, destined to be a failure like the many generations in her family, emotionally invests in her students in a troubled town. She is determined to engage them through innovative learning tactics, especially Dylan who doesn’t interact with anyone but the horses he feels a special bond with. But Pam soon faces scrutiny about her mysterious past. Can she forge a new destiny for her and her son, and show the students a different path to follow?

Available on Amazon
River Runs Red
Release Date: 13th July
Distributor: Trinity Creative Partnerships
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

When the son of a successful judge (Taye Diggs – Equilibrium) is killed by two police officers (Luke Hemsworth – Westworld/Gianni Capaldi – Hell on the Border)) and the system sets them free, a hardened veteran detective (John Cusack – 2012) finds some incriminating files on the officers and the judge teams up with another mourning father (George Lopez) to take the law into his own hands.

Available on Amazon
Star Trek – Short Treks
Release Date: 13th July
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Format: Blu-Ray / DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Star Trek: Short Treks brings fans of the Star Trek universe together on a thrilling exploration of the themes and characters we’ve already come to love. Witness the Star Trek: Discovery storyline expand with episodes featuring fan-favourites Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd), Ethan Peck (Spock), Anson Mount (Captain Christopher Pike), Rebecca Romijn (Number One) and more. Experience nine thrilling shorts which deliver nearly two hours of live-action and animated adventures never-before-seen in Star Trek’s history. Special features include a making-of featurette, in-depth cast interviews and exclusive series commentaries. This must-own addition to the Star Trek franchise is guaranteed to take you further into the galaxy than ever before.

Available on Amazon
Ella Bella Bingo
Release Date: 13th July
Distributor: Dazzler Media
Trailer
Format: DVD / EST
Contact: Distributor / PR

Ella Bella and Henry are best friends, but she becomes jealous when Henry wants to play with the cool new kid. When Henry runs away, Ella Bella and a new kid go on a bicycle adventure to find Henry and learn the magic of friendship.

Available on Amazon & iTunes
Seberg
Release Date: 13th July
Distributor: Dazzler Media
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Inspired by real events in the life of French New Wave icon Jean Seberg. In the late 1960s, Hoover’s FBI targeted her because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal.

Available on Amazon

UK HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE SCHEDULE – JULY 6TH 2020

0

Here’s the schedule for all UK home entertainment releases including VOD, DVD, Blu Ray and more.

Thanks to Strike Media for the schedule for the week commencing July 6th 2020.

#MoviesTogether

Spaceship Earth
Release Date: 10th July
Distributor: Dogwoof
Trailer
Format: VOD – DVD & Blu-Ray 10th August
Contact: Distributor / PR

A true, stranger-than-fiction, adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent 2 years quarantined inside of a self-engineered biodome called BIOSPHERE 2. The experiment was a phenomenon, chronicling daily existence in the face of life threatening ecological disaster. The bizarre story is both a cautionary tale and a hopeful lesson of how a small group of dreamers could reimagine a new world.”

Available on iTunes & Amazon
The Tracker
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: The Movie Partnership
Trailer
Format: VOD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Consumed by thought of avenging his murdered family, Aiden heads to Italy to discover the truth, but is soon caught up in a web of corruption and lies

Available on iTunes
Dark Waters
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Trailer
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.

Available on Amazon
Cunningham
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Dogwoof
Trailer
Format: VOD – Out Now! & Blu-Ray 6th July
Contact: Distributor / PR

Cunningham traces Merce Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944-1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers.

Available on iTunes & Amazon
The Hunt
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Trailer
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

In this subversive satire, a group of elites gather for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of The Hunted, Crystal, knows The Hunters’ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off one by one as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby) at the center of it all.

Available on Amazon
Exit Plan
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Blue Finch Film Releasing
Format: VOD
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

A mysterious disappearance leads an insurance agent to a hotel with a dark secret. Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Available on iTunes

True History of the Kelly Gang
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Picturehouse Entertainment
Trailer
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Hero to some, outlaw to others, Kelly (played by George MacKay) throws a long shadow over a specific period of Australian history. Spanning his life from his younger years to the time leading up to his death, the film explores the story behind this legendary figure.

Nurtured by the notorious bushranger Harry Power (Russell Crowe) and fuelled by the unfair arrest of his mother (Essie Davis), Kelly recruits a wild bunch of warriors to plot a campaign of anarchy and rebellion that will grip the entire country. Youth and tragedy collide in the Kelly Gang, and at the beating heart of this tale is the fractured and powerful love story between a mother and son.

Available on Amazon
Military Wives
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Trailer
Format: DVD / Blu-ray / VOD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Inspired by real events and from the director of The Full Monty (Peter Cattaneo), Military Wives is the heartfelt story of friendship, love, and support on the home front. When Kate (Kristin Scott Thomas, Darkest Hour) persuades a disparate group of women on the base to form the Military Wives Choir, Lisa (Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe) is initially sceptical and embarrassed by such an amateur bunch. However, she is quickly transformed by the choir’s friendship, humour and courage. Finding their voice together, Kate, Lisa and the choir put aside their own personal differences and, by singing their hearts out, bring joy, hope and strength to the world.

Available on Amazon & iTunes
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Trailer
Format: Blu-ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Sorry, not here! Instead, high-schooler Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara), and his best bud Cameron (Alan Ruck) are off on the spontaneous romp through Chicago known as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. You’ll also enjoy righteous bonus materials that give you an insider’s peek at this hilarious comedy hit from John Hughes (Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Sixteen Candles). So, barf up a lung, forge a “sick note” from the parents, and tag along on the funniest adventure to ever sweep through the Windy City. What are you still doing here? Save Ferris!

Available on Amazon
Madness in The Method
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
Trailer
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Legendary stoner actor Jason Mewes, is tired of Hollywood’s perception of him. So upon advice from his best friend Kevin Smith, Jason seeks out a highly secretive method-acting book, determined to reinvent himself as a serious actor.  The problem is, there’s only one of the book actually in existence and it comes with an ominous warning: this book is not like any other you will ever read. Hollywood better get ready… Jason Mewes is about to show you his dark side!

Available on Amazon
Cold Brook
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
Format: VOD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Two ordinary guys embark on an extraordinary adventure and risk everything for a stranger in need.

Available on iTunes
Vic the Viking – The Magic Sword
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Vic, the smallest of all the Vikings, proves you don’t have to be big to be brave, when he ventures to a dangerous land to save the life of his Mum, who has been turned to solid gold by an ancient curse.  Can he succeed, and become a giant among his people?

Available on Amazon
Hanagatami
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Arrow Films
Format: Blu-Ray & VOD
Contact: Distributor / PR

In the spring of 1941, sixteen-year-old Toshihiko leaves Amsterdam to attend school in Karatsu, a small town on the western coast of Japan, where his aunt Keiko cares for his ailing cousin Mina. Immersed in the seaside s nature and culture, Toshihiko soon befriends the town s other extraordinary adolescents as they all contend with the war s inescapable gravitational pull. With his memories as a survivor of World War II echoing in the uncertainty of world events unfolding today, director Obayashi returns us to 1941, a pivotal time for Japan, as the unstoppable momentum of war forcibly seized the lives of youth away to battlefields where they disappeared forever. In dazzling, full-bloom Obayashi style, Hanagatami captures the passion, innocence, and struggle of the end days of youth in a country consumed by the flames of war.

Available on AmazonArrow Video & iTunes
Inferno of Torture
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Arrow Films
Format: Blu-Ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Exploitation legend Teruo Ishii (Horrors of Malformed Men, Orgies of Edo) delivers one of his most extreme visions of violent eroticism in this, the sixth in his abnormal love series. Tattoos and torture await women forced into servitude in Ishii’s Inferno of Torture.

Available on Amazon & Arrow Video

Further Out of Town
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Network Distributing
Format: DVD, Blu-ray & Digital
Contact: Distributor / PR

This brand-new series showcases digitally restored film sequences from Jack Hargeaves’ hugely popular television series, introduced by his stepson, Simon Baddeley.

Running for over twenty years, the original Out of Town programme saw Jack Hargreaves exploring country life in Britain, his easygoing presentation style and extensive knowledge and love of the countryside enthralling viewers of all generations.

Available on Amazon

Zombie for Sale
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Arrow Films
Format: Blu-Ray & VOD
Contact: Distributor / PR

An infectiously funny slice of modern Korean cinema where Train to Busan, The Quiet Family and Warm Bodies collide to create a memorable rom-zom-com from first time director Lee Min-jae.

When the illegal human experiments of Korea’s biggest Pharmaceutical company go wrong, one of their “undead” test subjects escapes and ends up in a shabby gas station owned by the Park family – a band of misfits spanning three generations who hustle passers-by to make ends meet. When the Park family uncover their undead visitor, he bites the head of their household, who instead of transforming into an undead ghoul becomes revitalised and full of life! The family then hatch a plan to exploit this unexpected fountain of youth, allowing locals to pay to be bitten too, until things go wrong…

With a cabbage-munching zombie who prefers ketchup over blood, and a dysfunctional family that gives the Kim family of Parasite a run for their money, Zombie for Sale will warm the deadest of hearts and breathe some new life into the zombie genre.

Available on AmazonArrow Video & iTunes

Black Rainbow
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Arrow Films
Format: Blu-Ray & VOD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Mike Hodges (Flash Gordon, Get Carter) wrote and directed this supernatural chiller as a meditation on the human race s ability to destroy the world, a gothic tale of suspense and the occult, guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.

Martha Travis (Rosanna Arquette, Pulp Fiction, Crash) is a travelling clairvoyant on the road with her sceptic father (Jason Robards, Once Upon a Time in the West, Magnolia). During a séance Martha communicates a message from a dead man to his wife in the audience. Shocked the wife insists her husband is still alive. Later that evening the husband is killed by a ruthless assassin. As Martha foresees more and more tragic events journalist Gary Wallace (Tom Hulce, Amadeus, Animal House) follows the pair in pursuit of a hot story with catastrophically eerie results.

Available on AmazonArrow Video & iTunes

Burden
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Signature Entertainment
Format: DVD / VOD / EST
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

From Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Robbie Brenner (Dallas Buyers Club), Burden is the shocking, thought-provoking and moving true story of disavowed South Carolina Klansman Mike Burden. When a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan opens in a small South Carolina town, the idealistic Reverend Kennedy (Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker) resolves to do everything in his power to prevent long-simmering racial tensions from boiling over. But the members of Kennedy’s congregation are shocked to discover that his plan includes sheltering Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund), a Klansman whose relationships with both a single-mother (Andrea Riseborough) and a high-school friend (Usher Raymond) force him to re-examine his long-held beliefs.

Available on Amazon & iTunes

Nicolas Cage Triple
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Trinity Creative Partnership
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Three Nicolas Cage films in one set; Left Behind, Vengeance and the Humanity Bureau.

Available on Amazon

Payback
Release Date: 6th July (DVD) 8th July (VOD)
Distributor: Dazzler Media
Format: DVD
Trailer
Contact: Distributor / PR

After skirting death, debt collectors French and Sue get back to doing what they do best cracking skulls and breaking bones as they chase down the various lowlifes who owe money to their boss, Tommy.

They’re summoned to Las Vegas to collect from a dirty casino owner, who happens to be a vicious ex-lover of Sue’s. Meanwhile, a notorious drug kingpin is on the warpath to kill French and Sue to avenge his brother’s death.

Facing danger from all angles, the pair will have no other choice but to fight their way out of an explosively dangerous situation.

Available on Amazon & iTunes

Where the Red Fern Grows
Release Date: 6th July
Distributor: Dazzler Media
Trailer

Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Billy Coleman (Stewart Petersen), a boy growing up in the Ozarks of Oklahoma. Desperate for his own hunting dogs, Billy scrimps and saves to make his dream a reality. His investment pays off- Billy and his dogs Old Dan and Lil’Ann win the top prize at the annual raccoon hunting contest! Where the Red Fern Grows is the inspiring family entertainment that teaches the importance of faith, honesty, loyalty and persistence.

Available on Amazon

UK HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE SCHEDULE – JUNE 29th 2020

0

Here’s the schedule for all UK home entertainment releases including VOD, DVD, Blu Ray and more.

Thanks to Strike Media for the schedule for the week commencing June 29th 2020.

#MoviesTogether

The Invisible Man
Release Date: 29th June
Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Trailer
Format: Digital (19th June) /  DVD, Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD (29th June)
Contact: Distributor / PR

THE INVISIBLE MAN follows a modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal’s classic monster character. Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) slowly begins to rebuild her life after the death of her abusive ex-boyfriend (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). But before long, she begins to question whether or not he is truly gone.

Available on AmazoniTunes & HMV
Outback
Release Date: 29th June
Distributor: The Movie Partnership
Trailer
Format: Digital
Contact: Strike Media
 
Down Under for an adventure-filled vacation, a young American couple quickly find themselves stranded in the unforgiving Australian outback.
Available on iTunes
Alive
Release Date: 29th June
Distributor: Blue Finch Film Releasing
Trailer
Format: Digital
Contact: Distributor / PR
 
In this twisted horror, a young couple must escape a sanitorium to discover their real identity.
Available on iTunes
Lynn + Lucy
Release Date: 2nd July
Distributor:  BFI Distribution
Trailer
Format: Digital
Contact: Distributor / PR
 
Lynn and Lucy are lifelong best friends, their relationship as intense as any romance. Neither has ventured far from where they grew up. Lynn, who married her first boyfriend and whose daughter is fast growing up, is delighted when the charismatic, volatile Lucy has her first baby boy. Lucy, however, does not react to being a mother as Lynn expects. Soon, they find their friendship is tested in extreme circumstances.
Available on the BFI Player
Family Romance, LLC
Release Date: 3rd July
Distributor:  Modern Films
Trailer
Format: Digital
Contact: Distributor / PR
 
Romance is a business. Family, friends, followers. All available for hire. A man is hired to impersonate the missing father of a twelve year old girl. Shot in Japan, with Japanese actors, in Japanese language, Oscar-nominated auteur Werner Herzog brings to screen a unique angle to the recurring theme of individuals chasing impossible dreams.
 
Available on Modern Films
Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island
Release Date: 29th June
Distributor:  Sony Pictures Home Ent
Trailer
Format: Digital
Contact: Distributor/PR
Jeff Wadlow directs this reimagining of the 1970s television series about a hotel owner who makes the dreams and fantasies of his guests become a reality. Mr. Roarke (Michael Peña) prides himself on giving his guests their innermost secret dreams and wishes, but when these dreams turn into nightmares, they must fight for their lives if they want to return home. The cast includes Maggie Q, Portia Doubleday and Lucy Hale.
Available on Amazon and iTunes
Like A Boss
Release Date: 29th June
Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Trailer
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR

Best friends Mia and Mel (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) are living their best lives running their own cosmetics company they’ve built from the ground up. Unfortunately, they’re in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a big buyout offer from a notorious titan of the cosmetics industry Claire Luna (Salma Hayek) proves too tempting to pass up, putting Mel and Mia’s lifelong friendship in jeopardy. The beauty business is about to get ugly.

Available on Amazon and iTunes
Lost Transmissions
Release Date: 29th June
Distributor:  101 Films
Trailer
Format: Digital
Contact: Distributor / PR
 
When an acclaimed music producer goes off his medication for schizophrenia, his friends chase him though the LA music scene to help commit him to a psychiatric hospital, revealing the troubling inadequacies of our mental health care system.
Available on iTunes
Greed
Release Date: 29th June
Distributor:  Sony Pictures Home Ent
Trailer
Format: DVD, Blu-ray
Contact: Distributor/PR

Michael Winterbottom directs this comedy starring Steve Coogan, David Mitchell, Isla Fisher and Asa Butterfield. Self-made billionaire Richard McCreadie (Coogan) has made his money from owning retail outlets in the UK. After a public inquiry which damaged his image, he is desperate to regain trust and loyalty for the sake of his business. As his 60th birthday approaches, he tries to rekindle his relationship with many of his celebrity friends who have since deserted him, but will it be enough to rebuild his rapidly failing empire?
 

Available on Amazon and iTunes
Ema
Release Date: 29th June
Distributor: MUBI
Trailer
Format: DVD & Blu-ray
Contact: Distributor / PR

Chilean drama directed by Pablo Larraín. Unable to conceive a child of their own, dancer Ema (Mariana Di Girolamo) and her choreographer husband Gastón (Gael García Bernal) adopt a young Colombian boy but become troubled by his propensity for arson, and decide to give him up after he sets fire to their home, resulting in Ema’s sister being hospitalised and permanently disfigured. Despite the couple’s disastrous experience of adoption, Ema struggles to overcome the loss and her failure as a mother.

Available on Amazon and iTunes
Shepherd: The Hero Dog
Release Date: 29th June
Distributor:  Signature Entertainment
Trailer
Format: Digital
Contact: Distributor / PR

SHEPHERD is based on the award-winning and bestselling Israeli novel, “The Jewish Dog,” by Asher Kravitz. Kaleb, a beloved German Shepherd, is separated from his Jewish family when the Nuremberg Laws are enacted in WWII Berlin. He is adopted by an SS Officer who trains him to attack and round up Jews at a concentration camp. Kaleb is well cared for and good at his job until one day when he is distracted by a familiar scent. His original master, a young boy named Joshua, has arrived as a prisoner of the camp. Kaleb has not lost his loyalty to Joshua who finds solace in secretly visiting his dog at night. Joshua’s life is at risk. Together they escape the camp and after months of near-death experiences, they are found by partisans who help Joshua make safe passage to Israel.

Available on iTunes
The Public
Release Date: 29th June
Distributor:  Parkland Entertainment
Trailer
Format: DVD
Contact: Distributor / PR
 
Emilio Estevez writes, directs and stars in this American drama about a library that becomes a shelter for homeless people who rely on the building as a refuge from the cold. Following several deaths due to a cold snap in Cincinnati a number of homeless people, led by the loquacious Jackson (Michael K. Williams), refuse to leave the library when it is closing time. Librarian Stuart Goodson (Estevez) sympathises with their plight and agrees to let them spend the night there even though his colleague, Myra (Jena Malone), is against the idea. Once the authorities become aware of the situation a stand-off ensues with police negotiator Bill Ramstead (Alec Baldwin) attempting to remove the homeless people from the building in a peaceful manner. The cast also features Christian Slater, Jeffrey Wright and Taylor Schilling.
 
Available on Amazon and iTunes
The Booksellers
Release Date: 29th June
Distributor:  Republic Film
Trailer
Format: Digital
Contact: Distributor / PR
 
A behind-the-scenes look at the New York rare book world.
Available on iTunes
The Eastern Front
Release Date: 29th June
Distributor:  Trinity Creative Partnership
Trailer
Format: DVD & Digital
Contact: Distributor / PR
 
Disillusioned by the war, weary German Officer Joachim Brandt and his disparate band of soldiers work with two female Russian prisoners to save the life of a wounded man. Jaded by years of loss and war horror, the prisoners want to escape but their aid and knowledge is vital to the others survival. If they’re caught by the Russians, they will be shown no mercy. Will their greater need for compassion and humanity win out? 
Available on Amazon and iTunes