Alex was on top form and showcased the vast line up of 125 new releases including a wide variety of British films which is expected to generate an anticipated 40 million cinema visits this year.
With box office receipts running 4% up for the same October to December period in 2010. This autumn promises an overflow of British talent taking leading roles in British and International movies. This is also the time of year when the industry starts to take notice of the potential contenders vying for the prestigious film awards such as the BAFTAS and next February’s Oscars.
The autumn cinema releases are hoping to follow the successful May to August Summer season which attracted 65.2 million cinema visits, 3 million up on the previous year. Recession…what recession? Anyway, here’s the top ten ‘Brit-Flicks’ to look forward to:
- My Week with Marilyn: drama starring Michelle Wiliams as Marilyn Monroe and Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier.
- Perfect Sense: dark romantic adventure with sci-fi twist. Starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green.
- Arthur Christmas: an Aardman Animation movie starring a voice cast featuring the cream of British talent.
- The British Guide to Showing Off: stylish documentary portraying the work of outrageous British artist Andrew Logan.
- Wuthering Heights: Emily Bronte’s classic romance given a fresh take by Andrea Arnold.
- Tyrannosaur: Paddy Considine directorial debut. Drama starring Peter Mullen and Olivia Colman.
- Sket: gritty thriller about gang violence starring Ashley Walters.
- Sherlock Holmes-Game of Shadows: Guy Ritchie directs Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law once again.
- We Need to Talk About Kevin: family drama starring Tilda Swinton as distressed Mother.
- Johnny English Reborn: Rowan Atkinson returns as the bumbling British Intelligence agent.
On the international front there is quite a diverse range of movies coming our way. The holiday season will see two family sequels in ‘ Alvin and the Chipmunks- Chipwrecked’ yes…as in marooned on a desert island and ‘Happy Feet Two’ a return of the voice talent of Robin Williams aided by Oceans duo Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. For the Twilighter’s the waiting is almost over. Part four of the smash-hit film series ‘Breaking Dawn: Part 1’ will be released this autumn with ‘Breaking Dawn: Part 2’ out in 2012. Then for grown-ups we have a political thriller written and starring George Clooney as US Governor and man of the moment Ryan Gosling.
Look out for the official autumn UK taster montage trailer coming soon on this site.