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Film @ Home News Roundup

September’s over, so let’s have a news round-up for some of the articles to hit our mailbox in the last two weeks!

Docu-fans should check their local cinema listings on 2nd October when the critically-acclaimed, Winner of the Special Jury Prize for US Documentary Feature at the Sundance Film Festival: 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets goes on general release.

Two cars. 10 bullets. Two lives irrevocably changed. All within 3 1/2 Minutes.

The tragic tale of 17-year-old Jordan Davis and an argument over loud music from a car containing a group of black teenagers, that escalated in a flash into shots being fired is told in 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets.

The fallout of the senseless killing and the subsequent trial of middle-aged white man Michael Dunn is charted in this riveting documentary released in cinemas on 2 October 2015 by Dogwoof.

Awarded a Special Jury Award at Sundance 2015, 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets directed by Marc Silver (Who Is Dayani Cristal?), is an unflinching look at racism and violence in the USA and how it impacts ordinary families and young black lives.

Blending police interrogation footage, real-life courtroom drama, reconstructions of the incident in a garage forecourt alongside moving and intimate interviews with Jordan Davis’ parents, the film tells this powerful tale looking at the local implications and its effects on the families and a community.

But it also tells a wider story about racism, prejudice and the search for justice within the American judicial system.

‘A powerful, gripping and deeply shocking film’

'A heartbreaking, frightening exposure of a flawed legal system, gun culture and the disturbing psychology behind unconscious racism'
Dazed & Confused

'A shocking and heartwrenching portrait of race and injustice, 3 1/2 Minutes grows more vital with every fresh headline'
Real Crime

Here's one for Albert Finney fans, the 1956 ghostly classic mini-series The Green Man comes to DVD on 5th October:

British acting great Albert Finney stars as a slimy hotel owner in The Green Man, a gripping ghostly BBC Two mini series from 1990, which comes to DVD courtesy of Simply Media

Maurice Allington (Finney - Skyfall, The Gathering Storm) is the promiscuous and alcoholic owner of a quaint British bed-and-breakfast hotel, the Green Man Inn. In the hope of attracting customers, when he's not trying to seduce them, Allington keeps his guests entertained with tales of ghosts and spirits haunting his hotel, spreading rumours that the ghost of a notorious 17th century occult scientist haunts it. But he and his guests are in for a shock when they realise that the hotel is possessed by some very real and malevolent other-worldly spirits.

At times a sexual farce, at others a ghostly thriller, this BAFTA winning extraordinary three-part series is based on the Kingsley Amis 1969 satirical novel of the same name. Starring Linda Marlowe (Eastenders, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Sarah Berger (Murphy's Law, Castles), Nicky Henson (Syriana, Downton Abbey) and Josie Lawrence (Whose Line is it Anyway?, Fat Friends), it makes its DVD debut on 5 October 2015.

NETFLIX and Curzon Cinemas have joined in union to bring True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga’s latest film Beasts of No Nation to UK screens on the 8th October, followed by the online debut on Netflix on 16th October:

The award-winning, powerful, new film written and directed by Emmy Award winner Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Sin Nombre) and starring Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba (Luther, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) will debut in cinemas, following the UK premiere screening at the BFI London Film Festival on 8 October. Netflix debuts the movie in all territories where the world’s leading Internet TV network is available on October 16.

Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation screened to critical acclaim at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals in September. Newcomer Abraham Attah, who stars as Agu in the film, was awarded the Marcello Mastroianni Best Young Actor Award at the 2015 Venice Film Festival on Saturday for his lead role in the film. IndieWire’s Eric Kohn noted that “Abraham Attah's performance marks one of the most impressive screen debuts in recent memory,” with Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone calling the film “a wholly original masterpiece.

Beasts of No Nation is based on the highly acclaimed novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, bringing to life the gripping tale of Agu, a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country. Attah gives a stunning portrayal of Agu, while Elba dominates the screen in the role of Commandant, a warlord who takes in Agu and instructs him in the ways of war.

The film is produced by Amy Kaufman and Cary Fukunaga (who previously worked together on Sin Nombre), Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker and Dan Crown for Red Crown Productions, along with Elba. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King are executive producers for Participant Media; Bill Benenson and Laura Bickford are executive producers; Donna Gigliotti is executive producer for Levantine Films; Elizabeth Koch and Kristina Kendall are executive producers for New Balloon; Todd Courtney is also an executive producer.

On 9th October, Friel Films is releasing 'A HAUNTING IN CAWDOR', a tense tale of psychological terror, starring Cary Elwes and Shelby Young.

Set in the American Midwest, the story sees a group of young offenders working out their probation at a run-down theatre where they're about to put on a production of 'Macbeth' beset by mysterious happenings which seem to echo the play itself. As MACBETH, starring Michael Fassbender, is also scheduled for release in October, it looks like it's definitely Macbeth month!

It may not be one of his horror classics, but Network bring Val Guest’s 80,000 SUSPECTS to Blu-ray this October 19th:

RICHARD Johnson and Claire Bloom, multi-award-winning stars of The Haunting, are reunited in this powerful romantic drama set against the backdrop of a smallpox epidemic in the city of Bath. One of BAFTA-winning director Val Guest's (The Day the Earth Caught Fire) most memorable films, 80,000 Suspects (PG) is released on Blu-ray RRP £14.99, and DVD RRP £9.99, on 19 October 2015, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.

80,000 Suspects is presented here in a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Dr Steven Monk suspects smallpox when he is asked to examine a patient with unusual symptoms. The diagnosis is quickly confirmed and the authorities mobilise to try to contain the outbreak, with Monk working tirelessly to prevent an epidemic. With his marriage on the verge of collapse, however, this personal crisis threatens to overshadow his vital work as the deadly disease moves ever closer to those he loves…

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V/H/S: Viral, the third (and cheapest) entry into the V/H/S series of horror anthologies hits VOD 12th October and DVD 19th October:

Get ready for scares. V/H/S Viral is the explosive third and final instalment in the celebrated American horror anthology trilogy. As talented writers and directors take us to some crazed, dark places...

Fame-obsessed teens hell-bent on filming high-speed car chases to capture the next viral video discover they are the stars of a lethal sensation...

An untalented illusionist discovers a cloak that grants him the power to perform real magic. He quickly becomes famous but learns the cloak requires sacrifices to work...

A successfully created inter-dimensional portal leads to demonic parallel versions of reality - and total chaos for its inventor...

We follow a trio of skateboarders perform increasingly dangerous stunts until one injures himself and bleeds on a magic symbol. Out of nowhere a group of cloaked cultists attack...

V/H/S Viral is Written and Directed by Oscar Nominated Nacho Vigalondo (The ABC's of Death, Timecrimes) plus Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl) Gregg Bishop (Dance of the Dead) Justin Benson (Spring) and Aaron Scott Moorhead (Resolution).

Koch Media Presents V/H/S VIRAL on VOD 12th October & DVD 19th October

Just in time for Halloween comes “waspish” horror film Stung, the feature debut of “that guy who did some visual effects supervision on Melancholia” Benni Diez!

Release Date: 26th October

An upper-class garden party on a country estate turns to bloody chaos when a swarm of mutated wasps descends to feast upon its guests.

Trying to escape the deadly insects, catering staffers Paul (Matt O’Leary) and Julia (Jessica Cook) retreat inside of the mansion with a handful of survivors, including the town’s mayor (Lance Henriksen) and local eccentric Sydney (Clifton Collins Jr).

But with each victim they consume, the wasps grow bigger and it’s only a matter of time before the survivors finds themselves trapped inside a giant nest...

‘‘A fun, gruesome mutant bug movie.’ - Kim Newman
“A gore-filled, black comedy with a sting in its tail.” - Kat Hughes (The Hollywood News)
“Bee-rutal - awesome fun” - Luke Owens (Flickering Myth)

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