Autumn Releases

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The exciting and eclectic range of films for release in cinemas this autumn was launched today by Film Distributors’ Association (FDA).

150+ films to open in UK cinemas, with 40+ million admissions anticipated, in autumn 2013

Autumn is an important season for cinemagoing: ten of the UK’s twenty top-grossing cinema releases of all time were released in the three months October – December. As well as accommodating a half-term holiday, Halloween and the run-up to Christmas, it is also the season when many of the following year’s film award contenders open for UK cinemagoers.

This autumn’s vast selection includes many ambitious British-made films, while British filmmakers also populate high-profile international productions. For example, between now and January 2014, Benedict Cumberbatch will appear in three strikingly different roles in The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County and 12 Years A Slave.

The new line-up is a reflection of modern times and talking-points in many ways:

An incessant thirst for great storytelling

The latest works by some of the world’s most highly acclaimed filmmakers are released to UK cinema audiences this autumn, including:  Kenneth Branagh (directing Jack Ryan), Ridley Scott (The Counsellor), Stephen Frears (Philomena), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Joel and Ethan Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis), Spike Lee (Oldboy) and Alexander Payne (Nebraska).

Among the British directors whose first feature films are released this autumn are:  Jeremy Lovering (the chiller, In Fear); Paul Wright (a striking Scottish-set mystery, For Those in Peril); and Kieran Evans (Kelly + Victor with shooting star, Antonia Campbell-Hughes).

The line-up offers much cinematic spectacle and larger-than-life adventure. From Marvel’s Thor 2: The Dark World to Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and 47 Ronin with Keanu Reeves, audiences will be transported to fantasy lands by cutting-edge digital effects – in the company of extraordinary characters facing dilemmas that are only too human.

A wicked sense of humour

A ‘who’s who’ of British comic talent visits cinema screens this autumn in films including: The Harry Hill Movie (Harry Hill, Sheridan Smith, Matt Lucas, Simon Bird), One Chance (James Corden as Paul Potts, Julie Walters, Colm Meaney), and Powder Room (Sheridan Smith, Jaime Winstone).

Many favourite US comic talents return to cinemas, too. There’s The Delivery Man (Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders);  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd);  Girl Most Likely (Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening);  Bad Grandpa, the latest from the Jackass stable;  and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Ben Stiller, with Kristen Wiig and Sean Penn.

The choice of comedies is very wide. Some are laced with romance (such as Love Punch starring Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson and Timothy Spall; and Austenland starring Keri Russell, JJ Feild and Jane Seymour), while others are laced with crime (Filth, starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Imogen Poots; and The Family starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer).

National and international security

Anxieties that are part and parcel of today’s shady world emerge in a range of films, such as:  Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks as the captain of a cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates;  Closed Circuit, a modern-day thriller in which lawyers involved in a terrorist case in London find their own lives at risk;  and The Fifth Estate, the biographical thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange that explores the costs of keeping as well as exposing secrets. The dystopian world of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire reflects our obsessions with celebrity, wealth, outer beauty and reality TV.

Enjoying Britain on screen

More than 30 British films (productions and co-productions) will be launched in cinemas this autumn. UK-wide locations range from the Cornish moors (In Fear) and Brecon Beacons (How I Live Now) to Sheffield (The Selfish Giant) and the Isle of Skye (47 Ronin).

Cinemagoers will see an A–Z of London and south-east locations on the big screen. The Counsellor, starring Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender, was shot in Canary Wharf, Shoreditch and Heathrow Airport; and Jack Ryan made use of University College London’s Senate House; while Closed Circuit, with Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall, shot in Westminster and Borough Market. One Chance takes in Sutton, Bromley and St. Albans.

Dom Hemingway (with Jude Law in the title role), Philomena, Powder Room, Love Tomorrow and the documentary, In Real Life, were all filmed partly on the streets of London.

London’s sound stages also accommodated some of the world’s biggest films out this autumn – for example, Thor: The Dark World with Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins, and Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, were both shot at Shepperton Studios. Meanwhile, the huge sets for Jack Ryan were built at Pinewood Studios.

FDA President, Lord (David) Puttnam of Queensgate CBE, said:  “Audiences have a truly thrilling line-up of cinematic experiences to enjoy this autumn. I sincerely hope that people of all ages will seize the day and come out to share their choices in the way the filmmakers intended – on the big screen.”

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