Autumn Cinema Preview

150 films to open in UK cinemas, with 50 million admissions anticipated, in autumn 2012

The diverse range of films for release in cinemas this autumn was launched today by Film Distributors’ Association (FDA), the trade body for UK film distributors. The season (September to December) promises the strongest autumn line-up for many years.

Cinemagoers will see an A–Z of London locations on the big screen in new films opening this autumn, including: Skyfall (Daniel Craig’s eagerly anticipated third James Bond adventure); The Sweeney (starring Ray Winstone, Ben Drew); Hysteria (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce); The Knot (Noel Clarke, Talulah Riley); St. George’s Day (Charles Dance, Vincent Regan); Pusher (Richard Coyle); I, Anna (Charlotte Rampling, Gabriel Byrne, Hayley Atwell, Eddie Marsan); and Gambit (Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, Cameron Diaz).

Some of the world’s most highly acclaimed actors and filmmakers return to UK cinemas this autumn with their latest works, including: Woody Allen (To Rome with Love); Tim Burton (the animated adventure, Frankenweenie); Ethan & Joel Coen (Gambit), Clint Eastwood (Trouble with the Curve); Colin Firth (Gambit); Michael Haneke (Love/Amour); Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey); Sam Mendes (Skyfall); Oliver Stone (Savages); Meryl Streep (Hope Springs); and Joe Wright (Anna Karenina).

As well as accommodating a half-term holiday, Halloween and the run-up to Christmas, the autumn is typically the season when many of the following year’s international film award contenders emerge.

This autumn has a particularly compelling line-up of thrillers and adventure films – including Dredd 3D starring Karl Urban; Ang Lee’s fantastical Life of Pi; Ben Affleck’s Argo; the action-packed Taken 2 with Liam Neeson; and two adaptations of blockbuster novels – Alex Cross starring Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox, and Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike.

Among the new comedies are: Nativity 2 starring David Tennant; Love Bite with Ed Speelers; The Sapphires with Chris O’Dowd; and The Campaign pitching Will Ferrell against Zack Galifianakis.

FDA President, Lord (David) Puttnam of Queensgate CBE, said: “It’s truly thrilling that filmmakers such as Joe Wright, Sam Mendes, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, Michael Haneke and Oliver Stone are behind the cameras of new films reaching audiences this autumn. In a year of extraordinary shared celebrations, cinemas throughout the UK continue to offer uniquely memorable, pulse-quickening, out-of-home experiences. I sincerely hope audiences of every age will come out to enjoy this eclectic and exciting line-up in the way filmmakers intended – on the big screen.”

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