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Upright DVD & digital release

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning all-rounder Tim Minchin (Matilda the Musical) turns his hand to TV with another winner, writing and starring in eight-part Aussie roadtrip comedy drama Upright. The hit series comes to DVD and digital on 23 November 2020 courtesy of Acorn Media International after airing to unanimous praise on Sky Atlantic last year.

Minchin leads the irreverent series as the ironically named Laclan 'Lucky' Flynn, a down-on-his-luck middle-aged man roadtripping across Australia to deliver an old upright piano to his dying mother. In a dramatic twist of fate, his path collides with teenage runaway Meg (Milly Alcock - A Place to Call Home, The Gloaming), who has some secrets of her own...

Set against a backdrop of stunning outback scenery, this unlikely pair throw in their lot with each other and slowly reveal, through a series of quirky happenings along the way, what each of them might be running away from, and what it is they're seeking on the road.

Juggling grief and complex family dynamics with gleefully dark humour, and with the touching surrogate father-daughter relationship that develops between the duo at its heart, this series 'begs to be binged' (★★★★ Pilot TV), and now you can do just that, either Upright, horizontal, or anywhere in between.

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This Autumn, Second Sight Films presents the horror release to end all horror releases. Fans, aficionados and collectors are in for a treat as horror maestro George A. Romero's long-awaited, highly anticipated Dawn of the Dead, finally gets the home entertainment release it deserves.

Widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest horror films of all time, this seminal work has been painstakingly restored and arrives in two separate format releases: Dawn Of The Dead Limited Edition 4K UHD and Dawn Of The Dead Limited Edition Blu-ray on 16 November 2020.

Both Box Sets arrive in stunning packaging featuring the original iconic poster art plus newly commissioned artwork inside. These include a whopping four discs - with three versions of the film: The Theatrical Cut, The Extended ('Cannes') Cut and The Argento Cut, plus stacks of special features that take in new and archive interviews, including the previously unreleased The Lost Romero Dawn Interview. With commentaries and documentaries galore, soundtrack CDs and a stunning brand new 160-page hardback book Dissecting the Dead complete with brand new writing, this is a veritable treasure trove and a must have for any collector. Please see list in full below.

The film originally arrived 10 years after the seminal Night of the Living Dead and ushered in a new era of zombie films. It showed Romero once again ahead of the curve, mixing biting political satire with state-of-the-art-gore for a genre defining masterpiece that packs as much of a punch today as it did 40 years ago.

With a zombie epidemic escalating, a small band of survivors seek refuge in that shrine to capitalism, the shopping mall. But the undead, still possessed by an instinctive desire to consume, have had the same idea...What follows is a nail-biting thrill-ride and fight to survive. Oh, and watch out for those helicopter blades!

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Nuclear digital release

Grippingly tense, claustrophobic thriller Nuclear, the directorial debut from Cannes Un Certain Regard winning writer Catherine Linstrum (California Dreamin'), is set for its World Premiere at the prestigious Raindance Film Festival this October and is released digitally on 9 November 2020 courtesy of 101 Films.

Two of Britain's greatest young acting talents Emilia Jones and George MacKay star in this haunting psychological drama. Brutalised, traumatised teenager Emma (Emilia Jones - Utopia, Locke and Key) and her mother (Sienna Guillory - Luther, Resident Evil) are on the run from a harrowing past. Seeking refuge in a remote village, she meets a mysterious boy (George MacKay - 1917, True History of the Kelly Gang) who may be more than he appears...

As Emma grows closer to him, fascinated by his obsession with the defunct nuclear power plant that poisons the lake water, she soon realises that in order to overcome her fears she must face them...including the toxic, terrifying past which is determined to catch up with her.

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The South Westerlies on Acorn TV

This charming Acorn TV Original series gets its Worldwide Premiere on Monday, November 9 exclusively on Acorn TV in the UK, Canada, U.S., Australia, and New Zealand with all six episodes and follows environmental consultant and single mother Kate Ryan (Orla Brady), who must return to her hometown, undercover, in order to quell opposition to her company's offshore wind farm...but there's a reason she hasn't been back in 15 years. Will her complicated personal history get in the way of the prized promotion she is working towards?

A delightful, bingeworthy, six-part drama THE SOUTH WESTERLIES features an impressive ensemble of acclaimed actors including Orla Brady, Patrick Bergin, Eileen Walsh (Catastrophe, Patrick Melrose), Steve Wall (Raised by Wolves, The Witcher), Ger Ryan (Little Dog, Rialto), and a guest role from Sorcha Cusack (A Discovery of Witches, Father Brown) as Kate's mother, Goldie.

Kate is on the verge of a lucrative promotion at Noreg Oil and a move to their HQ in Oslo...until her employer adds a last minute caveat - a final assignment in Ireland for their company's new wind-power subsidiary, NorskVentus. Despite getting planning permission for their wind farm offshore from the West Cork town of Carrigeen, ongoing local protests are creating a PR nightmare. Kate must return to her hometown under the cover of a family holiday, so she can smooth over any objections to the wind farm before the appeals deadline.

When Kate arrives with teenage son Conor (Sam Barrett, The Happy Prince), she faces an eco-battle as she quickly discovers that the anti-wind farm lobby is much stronger than she was led to believe. Going up against Patrick Bergin who plays 'Big Mike' Kelleher, the town's local councillor, it's not just the spectacular scenery that's under pressure - Kate's personal history in the town adds yet more stress to her situation. As tensions rise for Kate both personally and professionally, she must rally her strength to face the changing tides.

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Adult Material DVD & digital release

I, Daniel Blake star Hayley Squires takes the lead, alongside Quadrophenia's Phil Daniels and Hollywood favourite Rupert Everett (My Best Friend's Wedding), in a gritty, eye-popping new Channel 4 drama Adult Material, which takes us deep inside the British porn industry.

This new hard-hitting drama asks, is consent for sale? It examines the porn industry through the eyes of proud mother of three and family breadwinner Jolene Dollar (Squires), who happens to earn her living as one of the top adult entertainers in the UK. Following its run on Channel 4, Adult Material is set to arrive on DVD and digital on 2 November 2020 from Acorn Media International.

Unconventional career-woman Jolene has been involved in the industry her whole adult life and when 19-year-old Amy (Siena Kelly - Temple) arrives on set, Jolene feels responsible for her, since she's barely older than her own daughter Phoebe (Alex Jarret - Les Miserables). Jolene tries to take Amy under her wing...but she can't protect Amy from her own choices, and before she knows it, Jolene's relationship with this unstable young woman leads to her own career, reputation and personal life coming apart at the seams.

Jolene's long-term business partner Caroll Quinn is played by Everett, while Game of Thrones' Joe Dempsie plays her loving and supportive life-partner Rich. Navigating life, work and judgement, Jolene goes up against intimidating US porn mogul Tom Pain (Julian Ovenden - Downton Abbey) and finds an unlikely ally in anti-porn MP Stella Maitland (Kerry Godliman - After Life).

From Olivier Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica) Adult Material is a timely look at how porn has blurred the lines of consent in mainstream culture.

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South of the River digital release

An ode to rock 'n' roll and the beauty of Brixton and London life, South of the River follows front man Aaron as he navigates life, love and cancer. This funny and touching debut feature from Joe Watkins, produced by Little Dude Films, is released digitally on 2 November 2020 courtesy of Patriot Films.

The Undefined are a struggling South London rock band with their sights set on greatness: lead singer Aaron (Alex Gillison) and guitarist Jackson (Joe Watkins) are juggling the usual routine of drink, drugs, gigs and hook-ups, aspiring to be the next big thing, while Aaron ignores his doctor's appointments and tries to run away from the brutal reality of his life-threatening illness.

When he meets the alluring Laura (Alexandra Metaxa), and his estranged, philandering dad (David Spinx) makes a sudden return to his complicated life, only Aaron can decide whether to rock until he drops or grow up to survive.

Will Aaron sink or swim South of the River?

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Acorn TV October 2020 Highlights


This Australian drama sees Claudia Karvan (True History of the Kelly Gang, Jack Irish) star as the eponymous Josephine Newton, a local solicitor, who, when her practice is burned down by a disgruntled client, decides to don her wig and barrister's robe once again and resume her briefly glorious career at the Bar. This 'Upstairs, Downstairs' of legal dramas sees Josephine juggling the high-powered barrister's world of Knox Chambers and the haphazard legal tangles of her former solicitor's office.


This thrilling New Zealand noir sees ambitious young Maori detective, Ariki Davis (Dominic Ona-Ariki) who arrives in Queenstown with big dreams investigate the death of local legend Grub Ryder who is found dead at the bottom of the infamous One Lane Bridge. As he becomes embroiled in the major investigation, Ariki inadvertently unlocks a supernatural ability that threatens to endanger the case, his career, and his life.


The hugely talented Daisy Haggard (Breeders) writes and directs this truly original, brilliant comedy drama. After 18 years away, Miri Matteson returns to her childhood home to live with her parents (Geraldine James and Richard Durden) in the coastal town she grew up in, but no longer recognises. As she struggles into this new world of adult life, can she ever escape the shadow of her past?


After the death of their mother, brothers Art (Richard Roxburgh) and Vance Watkins (Tom Long) return to the neglected holiday resort Broken Bay, in the idyllic most eastern-point of Australia, where they grew up. Their hope is to re-open the doors of 'Far Out East' and become a haven for travellers, adventurers and escapees. But when their estranged father Gerry Watkins (Nick Tate) unexpectedly turns up to stake his claim, will their plans be ruined?


Two young women's lives collide in Victorian England...with terrifying consequences. Plucky orphan Sue Trinder (Sally Hawkins), raised in a den of petty thieves or 'fingersmiths', agrees to help a young con man (Rupert Evans), defraud wealthy heiress Maud Lilly (Elaine Cassidy). As Sue gets to know Maud, a strong bond soon begins to form, but as their pasts catch up with them they start to realise their lives are built on lies...who can they really trust?

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Mystery Road Series 2 & Series 1&2 Box Set DVD & digital release

Lauded as 'Australia's answer to True Detective' ( for its first gripping series, we return down under for a second trip down Mystery Road.

When a headless corpse is found floating by the shore in a remote outback town, hard-boiled Indigenous detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen - Jack Irish) is brought in to investigate, joined by colleague Fran (Jada Alberts - Cleverman). He must balance law and lore as they contend with protests over the excavation of an Indigenous site...and that's before another body shows up. Could the murders be linked? And can Jay gain the trust of his community without the police losing faith in him?

The Bridge's original Nordic noir star Sofia Helin plays archaeological professor Claire Sims, whose input will be vital if Jay is to solve the case in this small coastal town, where the desert meets the ocean, and secrets from the past and present run dark and deep.

Tasma Walton (Home and Away) returns as Jay's ex-wife Mary, who is still contending with the fallout of the explosive first series and the effects of that case on their family. Jay must balance his domestic troubles while confronting a dangerous enemy in a world where deception is king...will he dig up the truth about Mystery Road?

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