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The Philosophers

Sci-fi fantasy thriller The Philosophers stars British acting favourite James D'Arcy (Cloud Atlas, Master and Commander, Agent Carter) as a philosophy teacher mercilessly shaping his students' views on life and death in this enthralling story from filmmaker John Huddles (Far Harbor, At Sachem Farm), that will provoke thought and stimulate senses.

Described by the L.A. Times as a 'provocative survival story' The Philosophers shines a light on how humans react when their lives are threatened by a catastrophic scenario and has never been more relevant. Lauded by audiences of all ages across the globe and even studied as part of Palo Alto College's Introduction to Philosophy course, the film is now set for its anticipated re-release on UK digital in its directors' original form, on 24 May 2021 from (Yet) Another Distribution Company.

Featuring an impressive cast of acting talent including Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter), Erin Moriarty (The Boys), Freddie Stroma (Bridgerton, Pitch Perfect), Katie Findlay (How to Get Away With Murder, Man Seeking Woman), George Blagden (Vikings, Versailles), Maia Mitchell (The Fosters) and Philippa Coulthard (Howards End), the film premiered at Fantasy Filmfest to a rapturous response and was nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Sitges Film Festival.

At an international school in Jakarta, Indonesia, on the last day of class, 20 students from around the world are manipulated by their idiosyncratic philosophy teacher, Mr Zimit (D'Arcy), into conducting a final thought experiment before they can graduate. Using the tools of logic alone they must work out who among them is valuable enough to the future of humanity to merit a slot inside a specialised bunker - that only has room for 10 - during an atomic apocalypse, the rest must stay behind... doomed to be vapourised by the blasts.

Following a rapid trajectory of atomic detonations, psychological assaults and extreme philosophising, we're taken on an ever-changing-ride across multiple realities to fascinating and thrilling effect. Petra (Sophie Lowe - Blow The Man Down, Beautiful Kate) the brightest girl in class and her boyfriend, James (Rhys Wakefield - True Detective, The Purge), take centre stage as star-crossed lovers whose romance and fate plays out with a myriad of outcomes.

The Philosophers drills into both the beauty and the desperation of human behaviour, as it explores serious questions of emotion versus reason, power versus weakness and leaders versus followers and delivers a riveting, mind-expanding thriller.

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Whitstable Pearl

Head to the stunning Kent coast to discover the gem of a series Whitstable Pearl, a brand-new Acorn TV Original crime-drama starring acting favourite Kerry Godliman (After Life, Save Me, Adult Material) in the lead role as Pearl Nolan, alongside Frances Barber (Silk, Mr Holmes) as her mother Dolly and Howard Charles (The Musketeers, Liar, Shadow and Bone) as DCI Mike McGuire. It's set to premiere exclusively on Acorn TV beginning Monday, May 24, 2021 with the first two episodes, followed by weekly episodes through Monday, June 21.

This enthralling mystery series is based on acclaimed author Julie Wassmer's (EastEnders) much loved novels The Whitstable Pearl Mystery and Disappearance at Oare and is brought to life for the first time on screen by iconic Norwegian filmmaker Oystein Karlsen (Exit, Dag, Lilyhammer). Whitstable Pearl explores the dark undercurrents of murder and debauchery swirling beneath the surface of the picturesque 16th century English seaside resort of Whitstable, one of Kent's most stunning coastal towns, famous for its native oysters and buffeted by the prevailing winds and spray of the North Sea.

We meet big-hearted local celebrity Pearl Nolan (Godliman), who runs the eponymous Whitstable Pearl restaurant, but her real passion lies in detective work, after her police career was suddenly cut short many years before.

When Pearl discovers the body of close family friend, Vinnie, she's convinced it was foul play and following her instincts she embarks on her own murder investigation. Then a second body turns up and she finds herself embroiled in the dark underbelly of this picturesque town.

Teaming up with new arrival DCI Mike McGuire, Pearl is soon putting her distant police-training to good use and decides now is the time to set up for own detective agency. The world is her oyster.

The British seaside holiday will never be the same again. Set beneath huge skies and amid the lengthening shadows of a picture postcard town just miles from London, the friction between the locals and the wealthy city dwellers who have moved in, is palpable as centuries of village tradition grates against the inevitable pressure of money and gentrification.

Crimes most horrid have washed up on these shores, but there's a Pearl of wisdom who's ready to solve them.

This six-part drama is an original series commissioned by Acorn TV with Acorn Media Enterprises and Buccaneer Media (Marcella).

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Misery meets Single White Female - with an extra dose of (Let's Get) Physical thrown in for good measure - as a woman gets more than she bargains for when she makes a new friend at the gym in Homewrecker. This deliciously bleak and black satire, with gore and laughs in equal measure, is set for its UK premiere on 24 May from 101 Films.

When happy-go-lucky interior designer Michelle (Alex Essoe - Doctor Sleep, The Haunting Of Bly Manor), has a chance encounter at a fitness class, with the pushy and overly friendly Linda (Precious Chong - Falling Water, Flashpoint), she soon discovers there's more to her than meets the eye and training might be bad for her health.

When the pair meet at the gym, Linda convinces Michelle to come to her house and redesign it. Despite her wariness, Michelle's politeness wins out and she reluctantly agrees... but once at the house, she soon realises she's made a terrible mistake... as Linda's demeanour rapidly changes and her behaviour becomes increasingly erratic... could this one-woman wrecking ball threaten her whole existence?

As the dangerous and obsessive streak spirals out of control... Michelle grows more and more desperate to evade Linda's clutches and her increasingly bizarre and disturbing measures to trap her. As the violence explodes into a bloody gore-fest will Michelle ever break free from this one-woman wrecking ball of mayhem?

Homewrecker, directed by Zach Gayne (States, Found Viral), is tongue-in-cheek fun with a bucketload of blood in equal measure and will have you second guessing that new friend you made at the gym...

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The Blitz 80th Anniversary

On the 80th Anniversary of The Blitz, one of the greatest tragedies in British history, that saw the Nazis invade the UK with a devastating bombing campaign that led to the tragic loss of thousands of lives, Reel 2 Reel Films presents a fascinating new documentary The Blitz 80th Anniversary to commemorate this pivotal event of World War II.

The film offers a brand new insight into how ordinary people managed to survive with incredible acts of courage and features amazing never seen before archive footage, along with powerful interviews with those who experienced it first-hand. The Blitz 80th Anniversary is set to arrive on DVD and digital on 10 May 2021.

Between 1940 and 1941, the German Luftwaffe regularly bombed different areas of Britain, including the relentless bombing of London, over 56 nights. Sadly the devastating campaign saw more than 40,000 civilians killed in what was to become known as The Blitz. By May of 1941, Hitler had set his sights on attacking the USSR and the bombings subsequently ceased.

Now this fascinating and powerful documentary sheds light on those fateful months and how they affected the British people living in the cities under attack. The film delves into the real story of The Blitz, how it played out from city to city, with an in depth look into the build up and the difficult and emotional personal stories.

Discover more about one of the darkest periods of the Second World War in this definitive look, where Britain was on the verge of being invaded, but held strong through stubborn defiance and a sheer will of the entire nation to never surrender.

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A Glitch In The Matrix

Garnering critical acclaim and sparking many conversations on its premiere at Sundance 2021, A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher is set for its release on Blu--ray and DVD on 10 May 2021 from Dogwoof and is available now on digital HD.

The film looks at a question that has been around since the dawn of philosophy. What if our world and everything in it isn't real? The digital age has seen the idea of simulation theory enter the mainstream, particularly with The Wachowskis' seminal The Matrix and now the mind-blowing feature documentary A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX from Ascher (Room 237, The Nightmare) explores this very question in a ground- breaking documentary. Ascher and producer Ross Dinerstein ponder the questions it throws up - what does it mean if our whole existence is on the whim of some strange creature or gamer somewhere?

We meet a fascinating line-up of people including those who believe we are living in some kind of game simulation, as well as scientists, experts and amateur sleuths who have been looking at this remarkable theory.

Beginning with Plato and using sci-fi master Philip K Dick as a major starting point, the film blends digital tech and animation to create a vibrant viewing experience. Bright, exciting talking avatars are used to represent true believers who believe in Simulation Theory rather than talking heads. And 3D animation is used to add more visual style to the film, which also bristles with scores of film clips, not least of The Matrix itself. The shadow of the 1999 film looms large over A Glitch in The Matrix, including interviews with a Neo obsessive whose lawyers advised using The Matrix Defence in court after being accused of brutal crimes.

Is it science fiction or science fact? Is it a cop out to avoid the complexities and madness of the modern world? Will you take the red pill? Or the blue pill? Watch A Glitch in The Matrix and decide.

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It's time to get Lucky, as this thrilling new feature from first time director and exciting new voice in Ghanaian cinema Fofo Gavua is set for its UK premiere this May. Garnering critical acclaim on the festival circuit and selected for Lights, Camera, Africa Film Festival and Hip Hop Film Festival West Africa, this gripping drama follows the exploits of a plucky, down-on-his luck teenager trying to make his way in the world.

Giving a rare insight into the life of Ghana's youth, we meet the endearing Twitter-celebrity Lucky, played with aplomb by rising star Kumi Obuoabisa (Sophie), who lands a date with Nutifafa (Jane Efya Awindor), the most popular girl on social media. Desperate to move on from his ex Pamela (Buki Akiwumi - Sophie) and make a quick buck to impress his dream woman, he teams up with longtime friend Wadaada (Solomon Fixon-Owoo Jr - Eden, Aloevera), and their plan is to sell a macbook to fraudsters. But things don't go the way they expect and the ensuing turn of events will keep you on the edge of your seat. Just when Lucky thinks nothing else can go wrong, it manages to...

Funny, tragic, devastatingly sad, with comedic characters loosely based on those from the creator's own life, Lucky is a harsh yet hilarious glimpse into the unpredictable life of a Ghanaian boy who finds increasingly inventive ways to solve the problems that the world throws at him. Will he finally get lucky?

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Danny. Legend. God.

Meet Danny. Legend. God. or so he thinks. A Bulgarian city councillor hijacks a documentary team and takes them on a wild and dangerous ride into his ruthless world of corruption. No filter and no tact, he doesn't care who he offends, hurts or steps on... what Danny wants Danny gets...

Now this darkly-comic film, a Bulgarian-British co-production from first time writer-director Yavor Petkov with award-winning cinematography from Rumen Vasilev, is set for its UK premiere on 3 May 2021 from Reel 2 Reel Films.

When a British documentary team land on Danny's (Dimo Alexiev - Leatherface, The Legend of Hercules, I Spit on Your Grave 2, The Expendables 2) patch to investigate money laundering he agrees to be filmed, but the crew get way more than they bargained for. The ego-maniac orders them to abandon their original plan and to simply film everything he does.

As he leads the crew into darker and riskier situations, his behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and he rebrands both himself and the documentary Danny. Legend. God. Nothing's off limits and no one is safe, even his own family. It's sex, drugs, excess and vulgarity, just the way Danny likes it.

Danny. Legend. God. is a satirical dip into the seedy world of corruption in Eastern Europe and the journey of a delusional, self-proclaimed 'god' who is anything but.

Winning Best Cinematography at the Golden Rose National Film Festival and officially selected at Warsaw Film Festival and the Sofia International Film Festival in 2020, the film won Best English Language Feature at Cardiff International Film Festival.

Now this wickedly sardonic film is ready to hit UK screens but are the British audience ready for the man, the myth, the icon that is Danny. Legend. God.? (yes he hi-jacked that bit too).

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We Still Say Grace

Say your prayers as bone chilling new horror We Still Say Grace is set to put the fear of god in you. From directors Brad Helmink and John Rauschelbach (The Lodge), this terrifying horror premieres in the UK on 3 May 2021 courtesy of 101 Films.

Hollywood mainstay Bruce Davison (X-Men, Those Who Kill) gives a deliciously dark turn as religious fanatic Harold, a god-fearing family man who lives with his down-trodden wife and teenage daughters in a remote farmhouse, as far away as possible from the sin filled world and civilisation, where he rules his household with an iron fist. The older she gets, the more daughter Maggie (Holly Taylor - The Americans, Manifest) begins to question her father's rules and rituals and is desperate to live a normal life.

When three young men break down near the house, they go in search of help... and their dream road trip soon becomes an unimaginable nightmare... as they stumble upon this seemingly happy family home that houses dark secrets. They are soon sucked into a wicked world of saints and sinners.

Intrigued by the guests, Maggie starts to develop a strong connection with one of the boys, could they be the opportunity to escape she so desperately wants? But as things start to spiral out of control, Harold isn't prepared to relinquish his powerful grip, and tensions build between the family and the new arrivals.

As the guests are pulled further into this deranged world, Harold's anger at their sinful and blasphemous ways deepens and this stomach-churning drama escalates to a harrowing finale. Who will survive the wrath?

We Still Say Grace will have you praying for your soul to be saved.

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