UK & International Indie Films Released In Cinemas, On DVD & Digital July 2019.
Here's a look at some of the British and international indie films being released during August 2019, in Cinemas, on Disc & Digital.
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ANIMALS is in UK Cinemas 2nd August 2019
Synopsis: Laura and Tyler are two girls who like to party - drink, drugs and general debauchery infuse their days while their careers and lives remain on hold. As they drift into their thirties, reality begins to bite, but Laura and Tyler will not be tamed so easily.
When aspiring writer Laura (Holliday Grainger) meets the devilishly handsome musician Jim, sparks fly. As their relationship intensifies, Laura’s friendship with Tyler (Alia Shawkat) comes under pressure; Tyler wants to keep the party going, living a life without limitation as Laura begins to settle into her relationship with Jim. But nothing is ever that simple, and Laura begins to struggle with a more strait-laced approach to life.As the fabric of the friendship between Laura and Tyler begins to fray, the bond between these two siren soulmates starts to implode. Finding themselves at a crossroads as their old lives start to slip away, both begin to encounter new opportunities that might carry them beyond their past hedonism.
A celebration of female friendship and the choices we make, ANIMALS is an honest, unconventional and very funny snapshot of two very modern women.
BALANCE, NOT SYMMETRY is in UK Cinemas 2nd August 2019.
Synopsis: After her father’s funeral, American student Caitlin (Laura Harrier) leaves her grieving mother (Kate Dickie) behind to return to her third-year studies at the Glasgow School of Art. There she juggles her grief and end-of-year presentation with meeting a new guy, Rory (Scott Miller), and a rupture in her relationship with her housemate and BFF Hannah (Bria Vinaite). Can she again find balance in her turbulent life?
OLDBOY is released in select cinemas 2nd August 2019, and 4K digital download 26th August, courtesy of Arrow Video.
Synopsis: Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, the film tells the horrific tale of Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a businessman who is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned in a grim hotel room-like cell for 15 years, without knowing his captor or the reason for his incarceration.
Eventually released, he learns of his wife’s murder and embarks on a quest for revenge whilst also striking up a romance with a young, attractive sushi chef, Mi-do (Kang Hye-jung). He eventually finds his tormentor, but their final encounter will yield yet more unimaginable horrors...
HOLIDAY is in UK Cinemas 2nd August 2019.
Synopsis: The trophy girlfriend of a Danish drug lord sets a dangerous game in motion when she seeks the attention of another man, while on vacation with her boyfriend on the Turkish Riviera. A dark gangster tale with a twist, “Holiday” world premiered in the World Dramatic Cinema competition at the Sundance Film Festival.It was included in The Hollywood Reporter’s list with the Best 20 Films from Sundance 2018, as well as Indiewire’s list of this year’s Sundance standouts that deserve to find homes. Isabella was also selected in the 10 directors to watch list by IndieWire.
THE FEARED: IRISH GANGSTERS is released on DVD 5th August 2019.
Synopsis: Best-selling true crime author Bernard O'Mahoney returns to his home country to shine a light on the Irish underworld. With exclusive access to high-profile Irish ‘faces', he enters unchartered territory when he discovers that there may be more to these crimes than meets the eye. He travels around the country to guide us through the workings of a dark criminal underworld with stories of extreme violence, poverty, and ultimately, the devastating consequences they bring.
THE BUSKERS & LOU is released on Digital 6th August courtesy of Random Media.
Synopsis: Having grown up enjoying a freewheeling lifestyle surrounded by musicians and artists, Lou skips town without a word to his friends only to return sometime later without explanation. Determined to embark on a straight-laced life, he takes his new 9-to-5 incredibly seriously until he runs into a familiar faces and finds himself torn between his new setup and his old existence. Struggling to conceal the truth of his time away, events begin to build towards ‘The Big Dig’ – a raucous party at which his old friends are set to dig up a time capsule Lou helped bury 10 years before.
3 LIVES is released on DVD in the U.S 6th August 2019.
Synopsis: Emma wakes up to find herself trapped in an abandoned bunker, her only view the sky through the prison’s bars. She soon realizes that there are two other victims trapped with her, Ben and Jamie, who she knows from her days in high school.
Ben went to prison for attacking and violating her fifteen years earlier. They haven’t seen each other since then. Now Ben and Jamie are Emma’s only means of escape from their savage captors, Thoms, Frottie and Piggy, three ex-soldiers. Faced with the choice to stay in the bunker or to escape her kidnappers with the help of her former rapist and his old friend, Emma chooses the latter.
Ruthlessly the ex-soldiers chase the group through the wilderness. While Emma tries to find out why Ben, Jamie, and herself have been kidnapped in the first place, she makes an effort to stay as far away from Ben as possible. She doesn’t trust him in the least. Slowly matters start to spin out of control though, facades start to crack and Emma has to learn who her real enemy is.
OPUS ZERO is in UK Cinemas from 9th August 2019 courtesy of New Wave Films
OPUS ZERO follows Paul (Willem Dafoe), an American composer who travels to a remote Mexican village to settle his recently deceased father’s affairs. He discovers a photograph of a young woman belonging to his father whom he is determined to find. Using a prototype ‘real-time’ translation device, Paul ambles through the pueblo mágico of Real de Catorce asking bemused locals for the whereabouts of Marianne.
Soon, a three-person film crew arrives in town looking to complete a documentary, which they describe as a ‘story of opposites’. Daniel (Andrés Almeida) and Fernanda (Cassandra Ciangherotti) piece together seemingly unconnected vignettes of village life, unaware that a miracle is about to be gifted to them. Paul and Daniel eventually cross paths in the enigmatic village and the result is an intellectual joust staged within an ancient amphitheatre.
Opus Zero meditates on ideas of culture, philosophy and the nature of death with subtlety and ambiguity.
OPUS ZERO is in selected UK Cinemas from 9th August 2019, and also available on Curzon Home Cinema.
ADVENTURE BOYZ is in selected UK Cinemas from 9th August 2019.
In the vein of 'The Goonies', meets 'Home Alone' with the additional thrills of speedway racing, BMX, criminal gangs and more, ADVENTURE BOYZ is a family film like no other!
Inspired by parent’s observations on how much time kids, and adults alike, spend on their devices, ADVENTURE BOYZ aims not only to entertain the whole family, but to remind children about the exhilaration and joy of discovering and experiencing the outside world.
Starring Howard’s own children, Rory and Felix, and surrounded with an amazing cast, from Harry Potter to World War Z, plus the star of Never Let Go, Adventure Boyz has an outrageous plot with a profound scope for the 'boyz' to learn from real life experiences.
The positive messages contained in the film are already garnering a lot of support and interest, so stand by for news of the film’s release.
BENJAMIN is released on DVD 12th August 2019 courtesy of Verve Pictures.
Synopsis: BENJAMIN is the critically acclaimed feature debut from the comedian, actor, writer and director Simon Amstell. The bittersweet comedy tells the story of Benjamin (Colin Morgan) a rising star filmmaker, who is thrown into emotional turmoil on the brink of premiering his second film, when Billie, his hard-partying publicist, introduces him to a mesmeric French musician called Noah.
Set among the back streets of East and North London, the film boasts original music from James Righton of the Klaxons and great performances from its cast including Colin Morgan, Phénix Brossard, Joel Fry, Jack Rowan, Jessica Raine and Anna Chancellor.
KALEIDOSCOPE is released on Digital 12th August & DVD 23rd September 2019.
After gathering critical acclaim on its theatrical release, one of Britain’s greatest actors of today Toby Jones leads in KALEIDOSCOPE, a bleak, nightmarish psychological thriller written and directed by brother Rupert Jones in his feature film debut.
This intense thriller ‘adds a decidedly 21st century bent to Hitchcockian suspense’ (Spectrum Culture) and is set to arrive on UK digital platforms on 12 August 2019, followed by its DVD release on 23 September 2019.
The cast includes Sinead Matthews (Jellyfish), Cecilia Noble (Danny and the Human Zoo) and a stand out turn from national treasure Anna Reid, MBE (Last Tango in Halifax).
THE FLOOD is released on DVD 19th August 2019.
Synopsis: THE FLOOD is the story of Wendy (Lena Headey), a hardened immigration officer who is offered a high-profile asylum case, judged on her ability to quickly and clinically reject applicants. Through her interrogation, she must uncover whether Haile (Ivanno Jeremiah) is lying and has a more sinister reason for seeking asylum.
THE FLOOD follows Haile on his perilous 5000 kilometre journey – over oceans, across borders, and amidst the flurry of the Calais Jungle – to find solace and safety in the UK. But now he must cross the final hurdle. Based on multiple true stories, THE FLOOD is a thoughtful and timely reflection on the humanity within the refugee crisis. Starring Lena Headey (Game Of Thrones, Dredd), Iain Glen (Game Of Thrones, Resident Evil), Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans, upcoming Game Of Thrones prequel) and Arsher Ali (Informer, The Ritual).
WILD ROSE is released on DVD & Digital 19th August 2019.
Synopsis: Rose-Lynn Harlan, played by BAFTA Rising Star nominee Jessie Buckley (Beast), is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of jail and with two young kids, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville. Her mum Marion (Julie Walters) has had a bellyful of Rose-Lynn’s Nashville nonsense. Forced to take responsibility, Rose-Lynn gets a cleaning job, only to find an unlikely champion in the middle-class lady of the house (Sophie Okonedo). Directed by Tom Harper, Wild Rose is an uplifting story with an original soundtrack about family, dreams and reality, and three chords and the truth.
KILLERS ANONYMOUS is in UK Cinemas from 27th August & available on Digital Download, DVD & Blu-Ray from 26th August 2019.
Synopsis: A support group of killers is held regularly, the participants sit in a circle of trust and share their transgressions. On this particular night, the city has been rocked by the failed assassination of a Senator and the brutal and professional demise of his attempted assassin. A chain of events is already in motion, as the group congregates for their late-night session. The very fabric of the group begins to unravel, as one layer of betrayal leads to another. Welcome to Killers Anonymous. The meeting is now in session.
PONDLIFE is available on DVD 26th August 2019, courtesy of Verve Pictures.
It’s summer in Edlington. Trevor sits at Decoy Ponds, patiently awaiting the appearance of Nessie, the carp of legend.
Pogo wanders around town with a cassette recorder, taping broken fragments, and trying to make sense of it all. The local children taunt her.
Cassie and Maurice canoodle in the reeds…They’re in love.
Malcolm is also in love, with Cassie that is, but she doesn’t want to hear it and Maurice has just thrown him in a nettle bush. He takes comfort in video games at the local arcade, and tries to astral project himself into her bedroom.
Best friends Shane and David cause mischief around the town; stealing chocolate bars and every opportunity they can to a glimpse a pair of boobs. Shane takes it one step further and spies on a canoodling couple in the reeds.
‘This is the best summer of my life’ says Pogo, and for each of them the sun, the bittersweet intensity of their relationships, and their fishing quest make the moment exceptionally vivid. But change is also in the air - there is no room for Trevor at home, the truth about Maurice’s family has to emerge, and their community has to move on.
BAIT is in UK Cinemas 30th August 2019
Synopsis: Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father’s vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbour.
As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.