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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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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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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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The Darkness

Brand new British horror The Darkness, from director Tharun Mohan (Baby, Purgatory State of Mind) is set to chill you to the bone. This darkly gripping thriller follows a young couple whose escape to Ireland becomes a deadly dance with demons, death and deception and makes its UK premiere on digital this May from Reel 2 Reel Films.

Spanning one hundred years, and filled with mytohology and folklore we start in the present day where writer Lisa (Amelia Eve - The Haunting Of Bly Manor, Enterprice) and entrepreneur David (Cyril Blake - The Waiting Game, Z-List) are desperate for a brief escape from their hectic London lives. They take up residence in an old remote home in Ballyvadlea, Ireland, where Lisa has plans to start writing her new book and David has a business plan to work on... but the house has other ideas.

When strange things start to occur Lisa uses her investigative skills and discovers a memoir of a woman called Niav (Katherine Hartshorne - Happiest Day, Chaos In The Spectrum) and delves deep into the past. But unlocking long closed doors has awoken a dormant evil spirit... and now the nightmare begins.

As the couple find themselves embroiled in a century long mystery of possessions, changelings and witch craft, their only hope of help comes in the form of a strange priest named George.

Can they escape the demonic entity and the dark past deep in the walls of this terror filled domain?

The Darkness is a must-see haunting creep-filled chiller.

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Keeping Faith Series 3 and Complete Series 1-3 Box Set

Boasting record breaking viewing figures for the BBC, BAFTA-winning original Welsh Noir Keeping Faith was a runaway success and stars award-winning actor Eve Myles (Torchwood) who charms as the eponymous lead, and this time her all-important jacket is orange. Now a brand-new series is set to air on BBC One and arrives on DVD and digital alongside Keeping Faith Complete 1 - 3 Box Set this spring. The hit series broke new ground with the complete show filmed in two languages, Welsh as Un Bore Mercher and English as Keeping Faith, with the Welsh versions being aired on Welsh TV S4C, and iPlayer ahead of its national broadcasts.

In series one we meet tenacious lawyer, wife and mother Faith Howells (Eve Myles, Broadchurch, Torchwood), who must deal with the sudden, mysterious disappearance of her husband Evan (Bradley Freegard, Under Milk Wood). Series Two follows 18 months after Faith's life was turned upside down and she is drawn into a new mystery, taking on the case of a local farmer (Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Peaky Blinders), accused of murdering her husband in cold blood. She must also contend with the fallout of previous events: conflicting emotions towards her husband and former criminal Steve Baldini (Mark Lewis Jones, Chernobyl), and pressure from steely gang matriarch Gael Reardon (Anastasia Hille, Baptiste).

Following the success of the first two series, Keeping Faith returns for its third instalment with the brilliant Eve Myles back as the eponymous lead for this six-part series and Celia Imrie (Mamma Mia 2, Patrick Melrose) joins the cast. We re-join Abercorran 18 months on from the explosive series two finale and Faith must now contend with Evan as their divorce and custody battle go from bad to worse, and where to go now following the fall out.

Faith tries to remain positive even as her world is crumbling around her - but someone from her past appears and threatens to disrupt the tentative peace Faith has started to find in her life.

Will Faith be able to cling on to the tenuous normality she's constructed?

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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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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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Acorn TV May 2021 Highlights


Crime-writer extraordinaire Lynda La Plante (Prime Suspect, Widows) brings us this gritty, slick, long-running police procedural. Each series brings us two thrilling feature-length instalments that start with the shocking crime, followed by the in-depth police investigation and concluding with the gripping trial. Originally airing on ITV, we follow the gritty cases and the personal lives of DS Mike Walker (David Hayman, Viceroy's House, Murphy's Law) and DI Pat North (Kate Buffery, Wish Me Luck, The Rainbow).


Emmy award-winning and BAFTA nominated period drama The Hour delves deep into the high-stakes world of TV news. Set in 1956, the series sees BBC reporters Bel Rowley (Romola Garai, Emma, The Miniaturist) and Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw, Spectre, The Lobster), join a brand-new current affairs programme and soon become embroiled in a dark and dangerous conspiracy.


Julie Graham (Queens of Mystery, Shetland, The Bletchley Circle) gives a stand-out turn as Rosalie, a woman grieving the death of her husband, but when she meets the charming Jed (Nico Mirallegro, Rillington Place, My Mad Fat Diary), her and daughter Maddie's (Tallulah Greive) lives are about to change forever. The family start to feel a spark of hope for the future, but underneath, a deadly and morally corrupt triangle is taking shape. Also stars Neil Morrissey (Good Karma Hospital, Line of Duty).


This award-winning, much-loved French crime drama follows the smart and charming Commandant Candice Renoir (Cecile Bois, Germinal, Gloria), a police officer and single mother of four who returns to the force, the BSU in Sete, following a 10-year hiatus. Candice must face the challenge of juggling work and family life, while also fighting to be accepted by her colleagues and prove herself in the new world of crime-fighting, using technology she doesn't quite understand. But Candice is determined to do the job she loves... solving crimes.


Head to the stunning Kent coast to discover this gem of a series, starring acting favourite Kerry Godliman (After Life, Save Me, Adult Material) in the lead role. Pearl Nolan (Goldliman) has always dreamed of becoming a detective; however, an unplanned pregnancy left her police career in tatters. When the body of a close family friend is found under mysterious circumstances, Pearl suspects foul play and teams up with new arrival, DCI Mike McGuire (Howard Charles, The Musketeers, Liar, Alex Rider), to learn the truth. Episode two: when an estate agent is found tied up having been tortured, DCI Mike McGuire is left baffled over what could have driven someone to act so viciously. Meanwhile, Pearl investigates a string of anonymous donations and whether Whitstable has its very own Robin Hood...

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