This ground-breaking drama of youth and social change from the Boulting brothers, starring Richard Attenborough with fine supporting performances from Sheila Sim (A Canterbury Tale) and Bernard Miles (In Which We Serve), retains all of its thought-provoking power. It is presented by the BFI on Blu-ray and DVD for the very first time. Complementary extras include a films about British education as seen on screen across nearly 90 years in the 20th century and films about the ration-book world of the early 1940s.
Working-class schoolboy Jack Read (Richard Attenborough, Brighton Rock) is given the chance to swap life in a Walthamstow tobacconist's shop for the ivy-clad academia of Saintbury School as part of an experiment in less class-conscious education. Read struggles to adjust to the world of the public school, rife with snobbery, corporal punishment and conformity. Can he overcome his background, as well as the prejudices of masters and schoolmates, to emerge triumphant?
Blu-ray/DVD release on 20 July 2020, and on iTunes and Amazon Prime on 3 August 2020. Check out a clip at the link above.
Eureka Entertainment to release MADE IN HONG KONG, a 4K restoration of Fruit Chan's cult-movie of eternal and tragic beauty, on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series on 21 September 2020. First Print Run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-Card Slipcase.
Released to critical acclaim in 1997, the year of the Hong Kong handover, Fruit Chan's Made in Hong Kong was praised as an anarchic masterpiece, a powerful distillation of urban alienation and youthful despair.
Moon (Sam Lee) is a small-time triad, stuck in an endless cycle of pointless violence with no hope of escape. After he and his friends witness the suicide of a young girl, they embark on a journey to deliver two letters she had on her when she died.
Produced on a shoestring budget, with non-professional actors and using discarded film reels for stock, the film was rescued from obscurity and fully restored in 4K in time for its 20th anniversary in 2017, thanks to the Far East Film Festival, in collaboration with Andy Lau's Hong Kong production company, Focus Film. Try the new and exclusive trailer at the link above.
Bobbi Johnson (Hannah Arterton - Safe) is a young literary sensation facing her difficult second novel. Already dealing with a crazed stalker and her junkie ex-boyfriend, Bobbi is convinced by her publisher to use new smart editing software and finds herself going head-to-head with an artificial intelligence determined to write her book for her. As the machine manipulates her work to suit its own nefarious ends, Bobbi begins to realise that she is being controlled in ways far more sinister than she suspected. She may, in fact, be a pawn in a conspiracy of social mind control. Too far down the rabbit hole to turn back, Bobbi must keep writing, fighting her own addictions and hallucinations as she rushes to beat her deadline without selling her soul in the process. This dark sci-fi horror also stars Jenny Seagrove, Tom Conti and Rosie Day.
AVAILABLE DIGITALLY IN THE UK AND IRELAND ON AUGUST 3. The trailer's at the link.
The BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express today reveals its plans for the upcoming edition of the Festival from 7th-18th October 2020. In the most accessible version of the festival to UK audiences yet, film lovers will be given an opportunity to connect for a unique and innovative festival experience, enjoying both live and digital screenings across the 12 days of the Festival.
Adapting to the extraordinary challenges of the year, the Festival will deliver up to 50 Virtual Festival Premieres in a programme that offers audiences the opportunity to see the best new cinema from around the world and with that same texture LFF's audiences love, including fiction, documentary, animation, artists' moving image, and restored classics from the world's archives. Every film will be presented with an intro or Q&A, and the programme will also include a range of free-to-access additional works and events to include: an international short film programme, Screen Talks with major filmmakers and actors, salons and roundtables and a brand new Virtual Exhibition of XR and Immersive Art.
Industry and Media delegates will have access to a rich professional programme, also delivered digitally.
In another new innovation, twelve highly anticipated new films from the programme will screen in previews across the UK, in partnership with UK-wide cinemas networks that deliver great independent and cultural films for audiences all year long, including London's BFI Southbank.
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The Good Die Young on Blu-ray, DVD and digital [read more]
Joan and Gloria! Not necessarily in that order!
Boasting a stellar cast that also includes Gloria Grahame (The Bad and the Beautiful), Joan Collins (Cosh Boy) and Robert Morley (The Battle of the Sexes), this compelling crime picture is presented in both its original theatrical version and in an extended export cut (Blu-ray only), originally intended for international audiences.
Amoral aristocrat Miles Ravenscourt (Laurence Harvey, Room at the Top) plots a daring robbery to settle his gambling debts in this taut, tough thriller played out on the shadowy streets of post-war London. Enlisting the aid of washed-up former boxer Mike (Stanley Baker, Zulu), ex-GI Joe (Richard Basehart, Moby Dick) and US airman Eddie (John Ireland, Red River), Ravenscourt sets out to plan the perfect heist. But is there any such thing as a sure thing?
Blu-ray/DVD release on 20 July 2020, and on iTunes and Amazon Prime on 3 August 2020. See a clip at the above link.
With Squee Projects' All Hail the Popcorn King, filmmaker Hansi Oppenheimer paints a vivid picture of award-winning author and screenwriter Joe R.Lansdale (Bubba Ho-Tep, Cold in July) in what's been described as a "five star" film (GrimdarkMagazine). Chronicling the life and career of the Lone Star State's "writer of the purple rage" (The Austin Chronicle), the acclaimed documentary also features new interviews with the likes of Bruce Campbell, James Purefoy, Joe Hill, Don Coscarelli, Mick Garris, Del Howison, Amber Benson, novelist David J. Schow and former Fangoria editor Tony Timpone.
All Hail The Popcorn King has been touring the USA and will be released wider over the coming months. The trailer's at the link above.
Trevor Beattie Films and StudioPOW today announce MIDAS MAN the first feature film to tell the true and truly extraordinary story of the visionary music manager and impresario BRIAN EPSTEIN, charting his role in the cultural revolution and creative explosion of the 1960s. The film will highlight his unparalleled yet often unheralded influence on pop music, and its colossal impact worldwide.
BRIAN EPSTEIN - Star Maker Extraordinaire - took the music industry by storm at the tender age of 25. What followed was a dazzling, tumultuous and ultimately tragically short career which saw him discover and guide to extraordinary fame a series of acts, from THE BEATLES and GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS to BILLY J KRAMER and CILLA BLACK. He opened his own theatre in order to promote and launch the likes of JIMI HENDRIX, THE WHO, CREAM and PINK FLOYD many of whom performed on the same bill.
MIDAS MAN is an emotional, witty, heartfelt story of the joy of success and the terrifying pressures of unspeakable risk and unfulfilled desire. This is the first, last and definitive big-screen telling of the story of the man from Liverpool with the Midas Touch, whose influence on popular music and culture resounds to this day.
MIDAS MAN will be directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker JONAS ÅKERLUND (POLAR, LORDS OF CHAOS). The multiple-Grammy winning director for Best Music Films (PAUL MCCARTNEY, MADONNA, BEYONCE, LADY GAGA, BLONDIE, TAYLOR SWIFT and many others) is steeped in both music and film culture, making him uniquely placed to bring this outstanding real story to life. Åkerlund will also put together the film's iconic soundtrack.
As cinemas reopen across the UK and Ireland this Summer, Altitude are pleased to share the new UK trailer for Academy and BAFTA Award-winner Russell Crowe's highly anticipated, explosive new thriller UNHINGED from Solstice Studios, hitting the big screen from 31 July. Watch it above.
UNHINGED takes an ordinary, everyday incident to its most terrifying conclusion in telling the story of a mother (Caren Pistorious SLOW WEST) who leans on her horn at the wrong time, to the wrong guy (Crowe). 'Road rage' doesn't begin to describe what he's about to do to her and everyone she knows.