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We Still Say Grace
Amen to A-maniac
Say your prayers as bone chilling new horror We Still Say Grace is set to put the fear of god in you. From directors Brad Helmink and John Rauschelbach (The Lodge), this terrifying horror premieres in the UK on 3 May 2021 courtesy of 101 Films.
Hollywood mainstay Bruce Davison (X-Men, Those Who Kill) gives a deliciously dark turn as religious fanatic Harold, a god-fearing family man who lives with his down-trodden wife and teenage daughters in a remote farmhouse, as far away as possible from the sin filled world and civilisation, where he rules his household with an iron fist. The older she gets, the more daughter Maggie (Holly Taylor- The Americans, Manifest) begins to question her father's rules and rituals and is desperate to live a normal life.
When three young men break down near the house, they go in search of help... and their dream road trip soon becomes an unimaginable nightmare... as they stumble upon this seemingly happy family home that houses dark secrets. They are soon sucked into a wicked world of saints and sinners.
Intrigued by the guests, Maggie starts to develop a strong connection with one of the boys, could they be the opportunity to escape she so desperately wants? But as things start to spiral out of control, Harold isn't prepared to relinquish his powerful grip, and tensions build between the family and the new arrivals.
Lionsgate UK will release WILD MOUNTAIN THYME on all major UK digital retailers on April 30th, and in cinemas in the Republic of Ireland this Summer.
From Oscar-, Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and director John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck), WILD MOUNTAIN THYME captures the romance, lyricism and transcendent beauty of the Irish countryside in an extraordinary love story between two lonely souls. Passionate, determined and smart, Rosemary Muldoon (Emily Blunt) has been in love with her neighbour Anthony Reilly (Jamie Dornan) since they were 10 years old. It seems that everyone in their farming community knows they were meant for each other - except Anthony.
An eccentric introvert, Anthony has spent his entire life working on the family farm alongside his father Tony (Christopher Walken). The aging Tony blindsides Anthony with his plan to sell the farm to Adam (Jon Hamm), his wealthy American nephew, because he doubts his son has what it takes to run it. And when Adam comes to visit, his obvious interest in Rosemary complicates the situation further.
With everything that's important to him about to slip through his fingers, Anthony has to move quickly, but a series of losses and his own certainty that he is unlovable leaves his future - and Rosemary's - in doubt. Filled with Ireland's glorious vistas, poetic spirit and acerbic wit, WILD MOUNTAIN THYME draws on Shanley's Irish roots for a comedic and moving once-upon-a-time romance.
WILD MOUNTAIN THYME is written and directed by John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck) based on his stage play Outside Mullingar. The film stars Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place, Mary Poppins Returns), Jamie Dornan (Anthropoid, The Fall), Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter, Hairspray), Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Baby Driver) and Dearbhla Molloy (Coronation Street, Uncle Vanya). Producers are Leslie Urdang (Beginners, Adam), Anthony Bregman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Foxcatcher), Alex Witchel, Martina Niland (Sing Street, Once), Michael A. Helfant (The Call, Very Bad Things) and Bradley Gallo (Them That Follow, Mr. Right). Be amazed at the trailer above.
Something to look forward to - in Hammerscope or otherwise
There's something for everyone this May, with our diverse selection ranging from classic comedy The Playboy of the Western World, swashbuckling adventure starring Christopher Lee, The Devil-Ship Pirates, to tense drama Behind the Mask, which stars Vanessa Redgrave in her film debut, to the eighth volume in the Look at Life documentary series.
The Playboy of the Western World
Featuring stunning cinematography by multiple Oscar-winner Geoffrey Unsworth and directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, this legendary comedy is out in May as a shiny Blu-ray transfer.
Behind the Mask
Michael Redgrave gives a striking performance as a distinguished surgeon in this engrossing medical drama from director Brian Desmond Hurst, remastered in brand-new HD.
Look at Life: Volume 8 People and Places
Back by popular demand, this eagerly awaited DVD release features over 100 archive editions of the landmark documentary series produced by the Rank Organisation for the cinemas.
The Devil-Ship Pirates
Sir Christopher Lee memorably stars as an evil Spanish pirate in this action-packed 60s adventure drama from Hammer Films, stylishly directed by Don Sharp and restored in its as-exhibited Hammerscope theatrical aspect ratio.
Elysian Film Group Distribution announces the new Studio Ghibli feature film animation EARWIG AND THE WITCH, directed by Goro Miyazaki (FROM UP ON POPPY HILL, TALES FROM EARTHSEA), will arrive in UK and Irish cinemas from 28 May 2021. The film is based on the children’s novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones (HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE) and marks Studio Ghibli's first entirely 3DCG animated feature. Produced by Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki with planning from Miyazaki's father, the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (SPIRITED AWAY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO), EARWIG AND THE WITCH is the third solo feature from Goro Miyazaki which tells the story of a courageous young orphan forced to live with a selfish witch. Watch the UK trailer now.
The English language dub version of the film will feature the voices of Richard E. Grant (Gosford Park, Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Kacey Musgraves ("Golden Hour", "Same Trailer Different Park") and Dan Stevens (Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, FX's Legion), and introducing Taylor Paige Henderson as "Earwig". In addition to her debut voice acting role as "Earwig's Mother," six-time Grammy Award winner Kacey Musgraves will also record the English language version of the film's theme song, "Don't Disturb Me."
Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. As the headstrong young girl sets out to uncover the secrets of her new guardians, she discovers a world of spells and potions, and a mysterious song that may be the key to finding the family she has always wanted.
Young readers can also discover the magical story of EARWIG AND THE WITCH by Diana Wynne Jones (Howl's Moving Castle, Charmed Life). The book has been re-printed to tie in with the UK release of the film and it is available now in paperback via Harper Collins.
From the team behind the acclaimed series GOMMORAH, comes the must-watch drama ZEROZEROZERO available to buy on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download from 12 April 2021.
Based on the investigative book by best-selling author Robert Saviano, Gabriel Byrne, Dane DeHaan and Andrea Riseborough star in this gripping eight-part crime drama about the international cocaine trade and its consequences.
The series follows the journey of a cocaine shipment from the narcos in Mexico to a powerful Italian cartel via an American shipping company. An epic power struggle begins, involving everyone from the corner dealers up to the heads of international organised crime, and as the dramatic conclusion approaches, their lives and livelihoods all hang in the balance.
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Is that a Pam Grier pun?
MUBI, the global distributor and curated film streaming service, is pleased to announce the release of the hotly anticipated debut from Emma Seligman, Shiva Baby, available exclusively on MUBI from 11 June 2021.
A darkly playful comedy of unease about a young bisexual woman grappling with tradition and independence, Shiva Baby tells the story of Danielle (Rachel Sennott), a college student on the verge of graduating who is faced with a series of increasingly awkward and humiliating encounters at a climactic day-long shiva, a Jewish gathering of friends and family during a time of mourning.
A highlight of 2020's Toronto International Film Festival and SXSW, and featuring a standout lead performance from emerging actor-comedian Rachel Sennott, the acclaimed feature debut from writer-director Emma Seligman is bold, modern filmmaking at its most daring, hilarious and unforgettable. The film also stars Molly Gordon (Booksmart), Polly Draper (Billions, The Good Wife), Fred Melamed (WandaVision, The Morning Show, A Serious Man) and Dianna Agron (Berlin, I Love You, Glee). The music is composed by the eclectic composer and multi-instrumentalist Ariel Marx (Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer).
Emma Seligman is a filmmaker from Toronto and based in New York. At NYU's Undergraduate Film & TV program, she wrote and directed Shiva Baby, the short film, upon which the feature is based. It premiered at SXSW in 2018, went on to Woodstock Film Festival, TIFF Next Wave Film Festival, Palm Springs ShortFest and is now a Vimeo Staff Pick.
CMC Pictures will bring director Zhang Yimou's (RAISE THE RED LANTERN, THE GREAT WALL, SHADOW) historical spy thriller CLIFF WALKERS to theaters across North America and internationally on April 30, 2021. Marking the acclaimed director's first foray into the spy genre, CLIFF WALKERS follows four Chinese special agents who embark on a secret mission in the 1930s puppet state of Manchukuo. After being sold out by a traitor, the team find themselves surrounded by threats on all sides. CLIFF WALKERS stars Zhang Yi (OPERATION RED SEA), Yu Hewei (I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY), Qin Hailu (THE PLUTO MOMENT) and Zhu Yawen (THE CAPTAIN, THE WITNESS).
Based on the script by Quan Yongxian, CLIFF WALKERS is director Zhang Yimou's first foray into the spy genre. Set the puppet state of Manchukuo in the 1930s, the film follows four Communist party special agents who return to China after receiving training in the Soviet Union. Together, they embark on a secret mission code-named "Utrennya." After being sold out by a traitor, the team find themselves surrounded by threats on all sides from the moment they parachute into the mission. Will the agents break the impasse and complete their mission? On the snowy grounds of Manchukuo, the team will be tested to their limit.
From the producers behind the acclaimed series' YEARS AND YEARS and IT'S A SIN, comes the dark family comedy FINDING ALICE, available to own on DVD from 26 April 2021.
Featuring the critically acclaimed Keeley Hawes as Alice, the series boasts an all-star British supporting cast that includes Joanna Lumley, Gemma Jones and Nigel Havers.
Finding Alice will be returning for Season 2.
Alice's partner Harry dies after falling down the stairs when they move into their newly finished dream house. Harry designed the house, so it's weird and wonderful, and impractical, and one more disorientation for Alice to go with her sense of loss and abandonment. Her beloved partner of 20 years is no more, and now she can't find the fridge.
If that were her only problem... Men have a habit of hiding stuff that they don't want to deal with, and Alice discovers that Harry was worse than most. Harry’s sudden death kicks up a storm of secrets, debt and suspicion which Alice is forced to confront in order to survive.
Finding Alice is produced by RED Production Company in association with Bright Pictures TV, Buddy Club Productions and Genial Productions. The title was co-created by Roger Goldby (Call the Midwife), Simon Nye (The Durrells) and Keeley Hawes, who executive produce the series, together with Nicola Shindler (It's A Sin, Years and Years, Happy Valley, Scott & Bailey).