Trespass Against Us UK Release Date Set for March, Michael Fassbender & Brendan Gleeson Lead New Trailer

Trespass Against Us UK Release Date Set for MarchAdam Smith’s terrific feature directorial debut premiered at TIFF last September, and has been on the festival circuit for much of the past few months. Lionsgate has confirmed the Trespass Against Us UK release date is now set for March. And they’ve launched a new UK trailer to get us all in the mood for the crime drama/thriller. Continue reading

A24 Acquires Michael Fassbender-Led Trespass Against Us & Slow West

Michael-Fassbender-Kodi-Smit-McPhee-in-Slow-West-sliceA24 has been one of my favourite new distributors to emerge in the past few years. The company was founded back in 2012 and made its first appearance with Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. Since then, it has released more than a dozen movies, and made a huge name for itself on the festival circuit, acquiring some very high-profile projects. The label has announced that it’s acquired John Maclean’s 19th century Western thriller, Slow West, ahead of the film’s premiere at Sundance 2015, as well as Adam Smith’s crime drama, Trespass Against Us, both starring Michael Fassbender.

Recently announced as part of the initial line-up for Sundance 2015, playing in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition, Maclean’s New Zealand production Slow West revolves around the young Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Fassbender.

Set at the end of the nineteenth century, 16-year-old Jay Cavendish journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He is joined by Silas, a mysterious traveler, and hotly pursued by an outlaw along the way.

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Jack O’Connell Lands on the Streets of Belfast in New Clip from ’71

'71-UK-Quad-Poster-sliceRising star Jack O’Connell has been making a huge name for himself over the past year, gaining floods of attention for his leading role in Starred Up. Next up on his slate is ’71, the debut film from Yann Demange, which won big out in Berlin back in February, and has been building momentum towards the Oscars ever since.

Last month, StudioCanal launched an impressive first trailer and UK quad poster for the award-winning dramatic thriller, and now they’ve released a new clip, in which we get to see leading man O’Connell arriving on scene in Belfast.

A riveting thriller set in the mean streets of Belfast over the course of 24 hours, ’71 brings the grim reality of the Troubles to vivid, shocking life. Within days of being posted to Northern Ireland in a divided province that would soon turn into a war zone after January 1972’s Bloody Sunday, squaddie Gary (Jack O’Connell) finds himself trapped and unarmed in hostile territory when a house raid provokes a riot. Running for his life as the lines between friend and foe become increasingly blurred, Gary gets a baptism of fire and we get a stark, eye-opening look at the dirty war that tore Northern Ireland apart. Suggesting an update of Carol Reed’s classic Odd Man Out, this tough, compact suspenser is tightly written by Black Watch playwright Gregory Burke and handled with a dynamic, vigorous energy by debut director Yann Demange.

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First UK Quad Poster for ’71 with Jack O’Connell

'71-UK-Quad-Poster-sliceAfter an award-winning debut out in Berlin at the start of the year, Yann Demange’s ’71 has quickly established itself as a strong contender in the coming awards season, continuing its run on the festival circuit in recent months and heading for TIFF and NYFF in the coming weeks.

Early reviews are full of praise for Jack O’Connell’s leading performance. The young actor has already earned acclaim for leading Starred Up, and is also front and centre this year in Angelina Jolie’s Oscar-buzzed Unbroken, so it will be very interesting to see if he emerges as a Best Actor contender, and if he does, for which film it will be.

StudioCanal launched a very promising first trailer earlier in the month, and now the first UK quad poster has landed, teasing a fiery look at the Belfast riot in the height of the Troubles.

A riveting thriller set in the mean streets of Belfast over the course of 24 hours, ’71 brings the grim reality of the Troubles to vivid, shocking life. Within days of being posted to Northern Ireland in a divided province that would soon turn into a war zone after January 1972’s Bloody Sunday, squaddie Gary (Jack O’Connell) finds himself trapped and unarmed in hostile territory when a house raid provokes a riot. Running for his life as the lines between friend and foe become increasingly blurred, Gary gets a baptism of fire and we get a stark, eye-opening look at the dirty war that tore Northern Ireland apart. Suggesting an update of Carol Reed’s classic Odd Man Out, this tough, compact suspenser is tightly written by Black Watch playwright Gregory Burke and handled with a dynamic, vigorous energy by debut director Yann Demange.

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First Trailer for Berlin Award Winner ’71 with Jack O’Connell

Jack-O'Connell-in-'71-sliceJack O’Connell is having one of the best years in recent memory for a young British actor, rising in recognition on both sides of the Atlantic with leading performances in festival favourites Starred Up and the upcoming ’71.

The latter film bowed out in Berlin earlier in the year, and was recently announced as part of the Main Slate for the New York Film Festival, and with an October UK release date beckoning, StudioCanal has launched the first trailer, via The Guardian.

A riveting thriller set in the mean streets of Belfast over the course of 24 hours, ’71 brings the grim reality of the Troubles to vivid, shocking life. Within days of being posted to Northern Ireland in a divided province that would soon turn into a war zone after January 1972’s Bloody Sunday, squaddie Gary (Jack O’Connell) finds himself trapped and unarmed in hostile territory when a house raid provokes a riot. Running for his life as the lines between friend and foe become increasingly blurred, Gary gets a baptism of fire and we get a stark, eye-opening look at the dirty war that tore Northern Ireland apart. Suggesting an update of Carol Reed’s classic Odd Man Out, this tough, compact suspenser is tightly written by Black Watch playwright Gregory Burke and handled with a dynamic, vigorous energy by debut director Yann Demange.

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