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Lake Mungo

Escape this summer with seminal Australian horror Lake Mungo from director Joel Anderson, which is set for its highly anticipated first ever UK Blu-ray release as a stunning Limited Edition Box set on 07 June 2021. This cult favourite arrives with a host of brand new, fascinating special features from specialist in the field Second Sight Films.

Since its original release in 2008, this documentary-style chiller has made far reaching ripples, thrilling horror fans and inspiring budding filmmakers across the globe and establishing itself as a bona fide cult classic. Now the chilling film gets the release it deserves that sees brand new interviews with cast and crew; filmmaker fans Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead and director du jour Host's Rob Savage; a brand new commentary, video essays and archive material.

When sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer tragically drowns while swimming in the local dam, her grieving family start to experience a series of strange, inexplicable events and become increasingly unsettled. Seeking out the help of a parapsychologist, they learn that Alice had been living through extremely troubling, disturbing times and hiding deep, dark secrets. Now they are desperate to know what haunted their daughter and what is happening to them. Does Lake Mungo hold the terrifying truth?



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Line of Duty Series 6 Digital, DVD and Blu-ray

One of TVs most popular and thrilling series Line Of Duty has been lauded as 'the king of the crime dramas'(The Telegraph)and now the internationally acclaimed, hit show - from award-winning scribe Jed Mercurio(Bodyguard, Bloodlands) - returns for its long-awaited, highly anticipated sixth series. Line of Duty Series Six is set to arrive in its first ever high-def bow on Blu-ray and will also be available on DVD and on digital to download from Acorn Media International on 31 May 2021. The whole gripping series can also be experienced with the mammoth 12 disc-set Line of Duty Series 1 - 6 Collection Box Set on DVD.



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Line of Duty Series 1 - 6 Collection DVD Box Set

Long-awaited, highly anticipated Line of Duty Series Six, from Jed Mercurio returns to the BBC and the whole gripping series can also be experienced with the mammoth 12 disc-set Line of Duty Series 1 - 6 Collection Box Set on DVD on 31 May 2021 from Acorn Media International.



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Acorn TV June 2021 Highlights

7 June: FANNY HILL

John Cleland's notorious erotic novel Fanny Hill, about a young Lancashire woman who endeavours to attain respectability after falling into a life of ill repute in 18th-century London, is adapted for the small screen by Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones' Diary, Pride and Prejudice) in this critically acclaimed and undoubtably saucy miniseries. Rebecca Knight (Wuthering Heights, Agatha Raisin) plays the bawdy eponymous lead, with a mischievous glint in her eye and plenty of knowing winks, as we follow her journey from wholesome waif to worldly woman. The drama features an impressive cast including Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey, Orphan Black), Hugo Speer (Marcella, London Kills) and Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey, Outnumbered).

21 June: WHITSTABLE PEARL COMPLETE SERIES BOXSET

We return to the stunning Kent coast for more gripping mysteries in this gem of a series, based on acclaimed author Julie Wassmer's (EastEnders) much loved novels The Whitstable Pearl Mystery and Disappearance at Oare.

Kerry Godliman (After Life, Save Me) stars as Pearl Nolan, a restaurateur turned detective, who teams up with new 'down-from-London' detective DCI Mike McGuire (Howard Charles, The Musketeers, Liar), to solve crimes in the dark underbelly of this seemingly charming seaside town.

The last three instalments of series one see Pearl juggling work and family life around the festive season, and a new investigation when a mystery note lands on her plate; getting to the bottom of a boating 'accident' where a mother and daughter almost die and a gruesome discovery amongst the oyster beds that forces Pearl to face her past and ask questions surrounding her father's disappearance at sea. Frances Barber (Silk, Mr Holmes) also stars.

21 June: THE SOMMERDAHL MURDERS SERIES 1&2

Hit Scandi-noir police drama The Sommerdahl Murders based on the bestselling Dan Sommerdahl books from Anna Grue, one of Scandinavia's most successful crime fiction writers, aired in Denmark to great acclaim and following the UK premiere of Series one on Acorn TV, series two makes its UK premiere and the complete box set is now available.

This enthralling mystery series set on the stunning Danish coast follows DCI Dan Sommerdahl (Peter Mygind - The Kingdom, Last Christmas), his best friend, Detective Flemming Torp (Andre Babikian - Those Who Kill, The Protectors), and his wife, Marianne (Laura Drasbaek - Park Road, Grow), a criminal technician. But Dan's years of devotion to the job have hurt his marriage, and with Marianne wanting a divorce, Dan discovers his rival for her affections is none other than his best friend. And they all must still work together to solve crimes.

28 June: CANDICE RENOIR SERIES 1&2

The smart and charming Commandant Candice Renoir (Cecile Bois, Germinal, Gloria), returns for a second season of this award-winning, much-loved French crime drama. Resuming her position at the BSU in Sete, following a 10-year hiatus, the police officer and single mother must face the challenge of juggling work and family life, while also investigating crimes in a new technologically advanced era. Trying to fit in with her new colleagues and proving herself in this new world of crime-fighting is an uphill struggle, but Candice is determined to do the job she loves... solving crimes.

28 June: TRIAL AND RETRIBUTION SERIES 1-22

Crime-writing legend Lynda La Plante's long-running, hit police drama continues with DCI Roisin Connor (Victoria Smurfit, Marple, Ballykissangel) and DS Mike Walker (David Hayman, The Nest, Hatton Garden), tackling challenging case from the crime, to the investigation and finishing with the trial.

This hit series sees the tenacious detectives take on a slew of gripping mysteries alongside an all-star line-up of British acting talent including Tom Ellis (Lucifer, Miranda), Ben Miles (The Crown, The Romanoffs), John Lynch (Sliding Doors, The Fall), Kerry Fox (Death In Paradise, National Treasure), Roy Marsden (Only Fools And Horses, The Sandbaggers), Matthew Beard (The Imitation Game, Johnny English Strikes Again) and Ruth Gemmell (Bridgerton, Silent Witness).



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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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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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Homewrecker

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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Lucky

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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