A look at some of the indie films hitting Cinemas & Home Entertainment both sides of the Atlantic this December.
Here's a look at some of the indie films hitting Cinemas & Home Entertainment both sides of the Atlantic this December. We'll be updating this page as new movies are announced so keep looking, plus if you have a film that we haven't listed then please get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org
THE PARTY'S JUST BEGINNING in UK Cinemas 1st December & On Demand 11th December 2019.
THE PARTY'S JUST BEGINNING is a darkly humorous and moving coming-of-age story from debut director Karen Gillan (Jumanji, Doctor Who, Avengers: Endgame).
In the bleak Scottish winter, witty and sarcastic Liusaidh (Karen Gillan) is spiralling into a reckless, drunken, mid-twenties crisis. Filling her days and nights with casual joyless sex, junk food and a belief in ‘the power of positive drinking’ she’s plagued by visions of her best friend Alistair (Matthew Beard) throwing himself from a bridge. With bittersweet memories of the time spent with her friend, Liusaidh struggles to connect with anyone until a chance encounter with a stranger from out of town (Lee Pace).
Tackling a range of mental health and gender issues with a jet-black streak of Scottish humour, Karen Gillan crafts a bold, challenging and finely observed comedy-drama in this must-see debut work.
The Party’s Just Beginning is written and directed and stars Karen Gillan. Co-starring Lee Pace (The Hobbit series), Matthew Beard (The Imitation Game) and Paul Higgins (Victoria and Abdul).
ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE is released on double disc Blu-Ray, 2nd December 2019.
It’s Christmas time and the sleepy Scottish town of Little Haven is under threat from a zombie apocalypse, forcing Anna (Ella Hunt – Cold Feet) and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But even zombies can’t stop the teen drama: will Anna’s best friend John (Malcolm Cumming – Long Lost) reveal his true feelings for her, or will her smug ex Nick (Ben Wiggins – Mary Queen of Scots) win back her affections? And will she be able to repair her rocky relationship with dad Tony (Mark Benton – The Second Coming) before it’s too late?
Along with exchange student Steph (Sarah Swire – God Help the Girl), star singer Lisa (Marli Siu – Grantchester) and her crush Chris (Christopher Leveaux – Forgotten Man), Anna soon discovers that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilisation falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other.
Deck the halls with brains and holly for an all singing, blood-spattered festive zombie romp.
THE LAST FAUST available from 2nd December on all major digital platforms including Amazon, iTunes and Sky Store.
This 108 minute feature artfilm is the only definitive filmed version of Goethe's epic theatre play, Faust 1&2, making the release a world first. The film is a vital component of Humm’s Gesamtkunstwerk (Total-Works-of-Art) and offers an unparalleled artistic examination of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's tragic masterpiece. Humm's Total-Works-of-Art, which has been compared to Matthew Barney's iconic Cremaster Cycle, is composed of 150 works of art, including bronze sculptures, fine art photographs, oil and watercolour paintings and an illustrated novella. This vast and multifaceted collection of artwork is due to be exhibited in 2020.
The Last Faust transposes the 500-year old allegorical tale of Faust’s pact with the Devil, Mephisto, (Glyn Dilly), to Silicon Valley in the year 2059. Humm’s Faust (Martin Hancock) is a protagonist of the digital epoch. Faust seduces an adolescent Gretchen; a love story which ultimately ends in tragedy. Parallels can be drawn between the hedonistic Faust's running of Winestone Inc. and Harvey Weinstein and the film-maker explores the psychology of Faust's encounters from a different perspective. His successor, Dr Goodfellow narrates Faust’s story and picks up his pact with the Devil, ultimately realising that an unchained pursuit of AI fuelled technological progress leads to the extinction of the very roots of humanity.
GUARDIANS is available on Digital Platforms from 2nd December 2019.
Synopsis: Two disparate men are thrown together to be live-in Guardians of a 200 yr old townhouse in London's East End. But living with each other becomes secondary to living through the night as the apparently cursed house comes under attack from unseen assailants that may or may not the disgruntled spirits of ancients gangsters, sex fiends, labourers or politicians.
CLEANIN’ UP THE TOWN: REMEMBERING GHOSTBUSTERS - European Premiere at BFI IMAX, Tuesday 3rd December 2019.
CLEANIN' UP THE TOWN: Remembering Ghostbusters, is the definitive retrospective documentary, resulting from twelve years of research and production. It charts the making of the original 1984 Ghostbusters, featuring interviews with director Ivan Reitman, and lead cast Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. In addition, the documentary hallmarks the extraordinary achievements made by the filmmakers working in visual effects era before the game-changing Jurassic Park. It reveals a story of ingenuity, innovation and emphasises just how ambitious an undertaking the making of Ghostbusters really was.
INVASION PLANET EARTH will be in UK Cinemas from 5th December 2019
Synopsis: After the death of his young daughter, Tom Dunn is a broken man. When his wife falls pregnant again, he cannot believe their luck. However, his joy is short lived, as on the very same day, the people of Earth become plagued with terrifying visions of the end of the world.
When a gigantic, all-consuming alien mothership appears in the sky and launches a ruthless attack on Earth’s cities, chaos and destruction follow!
Tom must find the strength and wisdom to save his wife and unborn child. However, first he must confront a shocking truth. A truth which threatens the key to the survival of the human race. The ultimate war for Planet Earth is about to begin… www.invasionplanetearth.com
INVASION PLANET EARTH will be in UK Cinemas from 5th December 2019
INVASION PLANET EARTH will be released on Digital 16th December & on DVD 30th December 2019.
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THE AMAZING MR BLUNDEN Arrives On Limited Addition Blu-Ray 9th December 2019.
Lauded by Mark Kermode as one of his Top 20 Children’s Films in The Observer, The Amazing Mr Blunden is set for a brand-new Limited Edition Blu-ray release courtesy of Second Sight in time for Christmas.
Adapted from Antonia Barber’s novel The Ghosts by celebrated director Lionel Jeffries (The Railway Children) who also helms this mesmerising family classic, The Amazing Mr Blunden arrives in a stunning collector’s edition, with a brand-new scan and restoration and rigid slipcase with new artwork by Rich Davies. It includes Barber’s original out-of-print source novel exclusively reproduced for this release, a soft cover book with new essays by new essays by Kevin Lyons and Kim Newman, plus a reversible poster with new and original artwork.
The slew of special features includes audio commentaries and cast interviews, an exclusive new interview with famous fan Mark Gatiss and much more, please find full details below. It will be released on 9 December 2019.
The mysterious but kindly solicitor Mr Blunden visits Mrs Allen and her young children, offering her the position of caretaker at a derelict country mansion. More surprises are in store when the children encounter the ghosts of two former young residents and find themselves transported back in time to help their new friends right a 100-year-old wrong.
THE TOMBS will be released on iTunes in the U.S 10th December 2019.
Synopsis: A live streamed, publicity stunt, filmed inside London’s most famous scare attraction takes a terrifying turn as the event awakes an evil spirit. Something relentless and seemingly unstoppable starts stalking the celebrity guests through the claustrophobic halls of this maze of terror.
CREPTIUS is released by Indican Pictures in the U.S. on DVD & Digital 13th December 2019.
In the story, a teenage girl and her younger sister escape their trauma filled home. At their grandfather’s place, Elizabeth (Caitlin Williams) and Sam (Chalet Lizette Brannan) learn about their history and the ghosts that haunt their family. But, something even more sinister lurks below - Crepitus! Crepitus always speaks a warning before eating his latest: “your kid is a burden, your kid is a pest, your kid I will kill and consume like the rest!” Now, Elizabeth and Sam will have to stand-up to this murderous clown, if they hope to survive the secrets that live in the darkness.
AQUARELA in select UK Cinemas from 13th December 2019.
AQUARELA takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. Captured at a rare 96 frames-per-second, the film is a visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth’s most precious element. From the precarious frozen waters of Russia’s Lake Baikal to Miami in the throes of Hurricane Irma to Venezuela’s mighty Angel Falls, water is Aquarela’s main character, with director Victor Kossakovsky capturing her many personalities in startling cinematic clarity.
Victor Kossakovsky’s Aquarela poses a thought-provoking question: what would a film feel like if its main character — its driving emotional heartbeat — was not human at all, but an element of nature?
Spanning the globe, Aquarela unfolds as a fiercely lyrical, multi-sensorial experience that seeks to break the boundaries between human and nature. The film includes footage captured in seven different countries — Scotland, Mexico, Russia, Greenland, Venezuela, Portugal and the U.S. — plus dramatic, exclusive footage taken cross the Atlantic Ocean. The screen becomes an access point for audiences to give in to pure sensation — seeing, hearing and viscerally feeling the essence of a substance so essential to us that we usually take all its glories — and its incipient threats — for granted.
PINK WALL is in UK Cinemas from 13th December 2019.
Six scenes. Six years. Six moments that shaped the relationship of Jenna and Leon. Pink Wall examines what defines us, the pressures of gender expectations, and our perpetual struggle between life and ambition.
HELL IS WHERE THE HOME (aka TRESPASSERS), available from 16th December 2019.
Synopsis: Two couples, each working through relationship issues, rent a gorgeous house in the desert for a sex and drug-fuelled escape from reality. Sarah (Angela Trimbur) and Estelle (Janel Parrish) are long-time best friends looking forward to reconnecting after a period apart; their boyfriends, however, are immediately wary of one another. As tensions escalate over the course of a debauched night, things take an unexpected turn when a woman claiming to be a neighbour with car trouble shows up at the door. She seems harmless enough... or so, they think. As the twists and turns pile up so does the body count in this stylish, blood- and neon-soaked thriller which hits with the furious force of a machete to the skull.
THE COURIER is released in UK Cinemas & Digital by Signature Entertainment 20th December, 2019.
Synopsis: Set against a gritty London backdrop, Olga Kurylenko plays a tough motorbike courier whose work is interrupted when she discovers that one of the packages she's transporting is a bomb. It transpires that the gas bomb she carries is set to kill Nick Murch (Amit Shah, Final Score), the only witness able to testify in Washington DC against ruthless crime lord Ezekiel Manning (Gary Oldman, The Dark Knight). As the British Police and FBI scramble to try and deal with the mess, the mysteriously well-trailed and equipped courier teams up with unlikely partner Nick to evade Manning’s heavily armed goons and make sure that justice is delivered.