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The Nest

Starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon, THE NEST is the critically acclaimed new film from Sean Durkin, the acclaimed director of Martha Marcy May Marlene. Following its successful UK theatrical release earlier this year, this gripping BIFA nominated film features captivating central performances from Law and Coon who play a couple whose seemingly perfect marriage is pushed to breaking point in their search for a happier new life. THE NEST will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital on Monday 24th January courtesy of Picturehouse Entertainment.

Rory (Jude Law - The Talented Mr Ripley, The Grand Budapest Hotel) an ambitious entrepreneur, persuades his wife (Carrie Coon - (Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Gone Girl), and their children to leave America and return to his native England during the 1980s. Sensing opportunity, Rory rejoins his former firm and leases a centuries-old country manor. However, all is not as it seems and soon the promise of a lucrative new beginning starts to unravel and the couple have to face the secrets and unwelcome truths that lie beneath the surface of their marriage.

With an outstanding cast that also includes Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions, Everybody's Talking About Jamie) and Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax, Sanditon THE NEST is an outstanding new film not to be missed.



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First Date

Put on your best garms and buckle up for a First Date to remember. This rip-roaring date night caper takes an unexpectedly wild and weird wrong turn, when a teenager tries to impress the girl of his dreams but ends up attracting more than his fair share of unwanted attention. This Tarantino-esque, crime comedy adventure made the official Sundance 2021 selection and is now set to arrive on UK digital 17 January from 101 Films.

Shy high schooler Mike (Tyson Brown) finally summons the courage to ask out his badass neighbour Kelsey (Shelby Duclos) only to realise he's missing a key element for a successful date - a car. Panicked and low on cash, he's conned into buying a beat up '65 Chrysler. Mike's plan to win over Kelsey soon turns into a surreal misadventure when they are they find themselves at the mercy of two cops, a criminal gang, and a vengeful cat lady. A night fuelled by desire, bullets, and burning rubber makes any other first date seem like a walk in the park.

In this perfectly executed throwback thrill ride, directing duo Manuel Crosby and Darren Knapp deftly weave together elements of dark comedy, teen romance, shoot 'em up action and classic coming-of-age story, creating a truly entertaining ride that never misses a beat. This refreshing mix of tones, coupled with a break-out performance from Tyson Brown as Mike, make First Date a truly outstanding first feature.

Forget Fred Sirieix for your matchmaking needs, this First Date will be love and laughs at first watch.



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Seance

From the creators of You're Next and Orphan comes Seance, a twisted tale of dark and dangerous dabbling with the dead, from director Simon Barrett (co-writer of You're Next and The Guest) in his feature film debut. Chilling audiences on its Shudder Exclusive premiere, this hair-raising horror arrives on UK Blu-ray, DVD and digital on 17 January 2022 courtesy of Acorn Media International.

Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation, Insurgent) plays Camille Meadows, the new girl at the prestigious Edelvine Academy for Girls. Desperate to fit in and make new friends, when a group of girls invite her to join them in a late-night ritual, she feels obliged to join in.

They set up a seance to try and summon the spirit of a dead former student who is said to haunt the school halls, but little do they know the devastation they're about to unleash. Before dawn, one of the girls is dead, and the rest of them are left others wondering what they have awakened.

Also starring Madisen Beaty, Ella-Rae Smith, Inanna Sarkis and Seamus Patterson.



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HERSELF

Following its successful UK and Irish theatrical release earlier this year, Element Distribution and Picturehouse Entertainment are pleased to announce the Home Entertainment release of the critically acclaimed HERSELF on 17th January. From lauded director Phyllida Lloyd (The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia!) and co-written by and starring Clare Dunne (Spider-Man: Far from Home, Kin), in a powerful lead performance. Set for release on DVD, Blu-ray & Digital in early 2022, the cast also includes Harriet Walter (The Last Duel) and Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones).

Sandra (Clare Dunne) is a young Mum struggling to provide her two young daughters with a warm, safe, happy home to grow up in. However, when it becomes clear that the local council won't provide that home, she decides to build it herself from scratch. But with very little income and no savings, Sandra must use all her ingenuity to make her ambitious dream a reality whilst at the same time escaping the grip of her possessive ex-husband. The lionhearted Sandra draws together a community of friends to support her and it is the kindness and generosity of these people alongside the love of her young daughters that helps build her strength and sense of self.

HERSELF was co-written by Clare Dunne and Malcolm Campbell (What Richard Did). It was co-developed by Element Pictures and Merman and is produced by Academy Award nominee Ed Guiney (The Favourite, The Lobster) and Rory Gilmartin (Rosie) for Element, together with BAFTA award-winning actress, writer, producer and director Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe, Divorce). Clelia Mountford (Motherland, There She Goes) from Merman, Element Pictures' Andrew Lowe, BBC Films' Rose Garnett, Cornerstone Films' Alison Thompson, Mary Burke from the BFI and Lesley McKimm from Screen Ireland are executive producers. The film was developed with BBC Films and Screen Ireland and production was backed by Screen Ireland, BBC Films and the BFI (with National Lottery funding).



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Jakob's Wife

Legendary horror star Barbara Crampton takes the lead in Travis Stevens' (Girl on the Third Floor) bloody brilliant vampire feature Jakob's Wife a Shudder Exclusive that's set for its UK Blu-ray debut from Acorn Media International on 10 January 2022. It will also be available on DVD and digital.

Anne (Crampton - Re-Animator, From Beyond) lives in a small town and is married to minister Jakob (Larry Fessenden - The House of the Devil) but, after 30 years, life is rather dull and she yearns for something more.

Following a chance encounter with 'The Master' she discovers bite marks on her neck and suddenly an overwhelming sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than before consume her. But Anne soon discovers these changes come with a heavy burden...An ever-increasing body count and a serious toll on her marriage.

For a vampire feature with real bite take a pew and view Jakob's Wife, a marriage made in hell.



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Sweetie, You Won't Believe It

Berserk, bloody hilarious and not for the faint hearted; Sweetie, You Won't Believe It gets its UK Premiere at FrightFest this weekend, with its UK release slated for early 2022 from 101 Films.

Director Yernar Nurgarliyev brings us a splattering of blood, guts and laughter in an original and dark - yet hilarious - killer Kazakhstan thriller starring Daniar Alshinov and Asel Kaliyeva as bickering husband and wife, Dastan and Zhanna. Desperate for one last weekend of fun before his baby is born and he has to settle down, Dastan rounds up his two best pals for a boys weekend of fishing and fun, but little do they know their plan for a chilled trip to the lake is about to turn into mad and deadly mayhem.

After accidentally witnessing a murder by a group of thugs, the three friends are suddenly on the run to escape their violent clutches and then things turn even wilder. With a mysterious one-eyed man out for blood and a desperate wannabe bride and her pushy father in the mix, the body count starts to rise. Never mind fishing, will Dastan make it out alive and get to the hospital in time to witness the birth of his child?

Filled with bucket loads of blood, sweat and tears of laughter with Sweetie, you Won't Believe it. Absurd and hysterical - not to mention unapologetically brutal - you really won't believe it.



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ACORN TV JANUARY 2021 HIGHLIGHTS

3 JANUARY: FIXER UPPER MYSTERIES MOVIES 1 - 3

Based on The Fixer-Upper Mysteries books by Kate Carlisle, internationally renowned singer Jewel takes the lead as Shannon Hughes, a renovation expert turned detective in these three feature length mysteries. In Framed For Murder, Shannon suspects foul play when her friend and neighbour dies, and she joins forces with new client, who happens to be a crime writer, to help solve the mystery surrounding the man's death and the 10-million-dollar jewels that might be hidden somewhere in his house. In Concrete Evidence, a human skull and a hidden diary set Shannon on a path of discovery and Deadly Deed sees her investigating the murder of a much-hated banker.

10 JANUARY: UNDEER THE VINES - EPISODES 1 & 2

Raise a glass to brand new drama Under the Vines, a fresh, entertaining series full of dry wit and notes of sweetness. The show makes its UK TV debut exclusively on Acorn TV. The first two episodes of the six-part series will premiere on 10th January with later episodes to follow weekly on Mondays.

Rebecca Gibney (Wanted, Packed to the Rafters, The Flying Doctors) and Charles Edwards (The Crown, The Terror, Downton Abbey) star as two unlikely city slickers who inherit a failing vineyard in rural New Zealand. Sydney socialite Daisy Munroe(Gibney) heads to Peak View, New Zealand for a vacation at her recently deceased stepfather's winery, which she intends to sell. Little does she know that the vineyard has a co-owner, grumpy UK-born lawyer, Louis Oakley (Edwards), who also travels to the wine region to escape a spiraling series of unfortunate events in his life. Despite neither having done a hard days' work in their lives and both despising each other, the two must somehow make Oakley Winery successful so they can sell up, split up and get out.

The ensemble cast includes Dean O'Gorman (One Lane Bridge), Sara Wiseman (A Place to Call Home), John Bach (Janet King), Matt Whelan (The Sounds), Simon Mead ()Nothing Trivial), Sarah Peirse (Poor Boy) and Cohen Holloway (Top of the Lake).

10 JANUARY: AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES FILMS

Based on the books by Charlaine Harris (True Blood), Aurora Teagarden Mysteries are fun and charming feature length mysteries starring Candace Cameron Bure (Full House) as Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a small-town librarian and avid member of the Real Murders Club. When her love for analysing true crime gets a little too real, it sparks her career as an amateur sleuth. Also stars Marilu Henner (Taxi) and Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries).

31 JANUARY: THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS

This action packed, kick-ass crime caper sees a group of five women, from all walks of life, thrown together in the unlikeliest of circumstances to become The Unusual Suspects, when they plan an ambitious heist in in Sydney's glamorous Eastern suburbs. Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings, The Thin Red Line) stars as Sara Beasley a rich businesswoman alongside Aina Dumalao (Ballers, MacGyver), as her nanny and Michelle Vergara Moore (Condor, The Time of Our Lives), plays Roxanne Waters a self-made socialite. When a ridiculously expensive piece of Roxanne's jewellery falls into the wrong hands, the three women join forces with Roxanne's nanny, Amy, and retired lawyer Birdie, and formulate a plan to get the necklace back.

A fresh, female-led heist comedy and four-part miniseries that shows how the dynamite power of female friendship truly transcends cultural and social barriers.

31 JANUARY: REPUBLIC OF DOYLE SERIES 6 (1 - 6 BOX SET AVAILABLE)

Jake Doyle (Allan Hawco, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan) and his father Mal run a private detective agency in St. John's, Newfoundland in this much-loved Canadian crime drama. With all sorts of cases and dodgy dealings, they don't always stick to the right side of the law.

In the final series of this gripping show, Jake must fight for his life as his enemies close in and attempt to solve a case for a hapless prison inmate, all the while struggling to come to terms with what happened to Leslie. Can The Doyles ever forgive the family member who stole their savings and move on with their lives?



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Krays: Code of Silence

Britain's most notorious gangsters The Krays have gained legendary status with their brutal reign over 1960s London, which continues to fascinate and shock to this day - but who was the man who brought down the infamous gangsters?

Now a brand-new, hard-hitting British feature Krays: Code of Silence, from director Ben Mole, produced by Lucinda Rhodes Thakrar and Jeet Thakrar of Picture Perfect, sees Hollywood star Stephen Moyer take on the role of the driven and determined Detective Nipper Read, the person who took on the seemingly impossible and dangerous mission of bringing down Ronnie and Reggie Kray (onan Summers). But the operation came with a price...

The sixties, London: hemlines are up, and so is the crime rate, the highest level on record. As the Beatles rule the airwaves, heading for world domination - The Krays are on the rise too... using their inimitable violent ways to gain power over the city. Extortion, robbery and murder are rife throughout the capital. Everyone knows the criminals responsible, but will anyone risk it all and speak out against them?

One man, the fearless Detective Nipper Read, is sent in to tackle the unenviable task... bringing the city back under the rule of law and taking on the country's most feared mobsters in the process.

As he faces bent coppers, political backstabbing, and terrified witnesses, Nipper becomes increasingly obsessed, putting everything and everyone he knows at risk.

Determined to bring down London's most feared gangsters, he will push the rules, his moral compass, and his own sense of who he is, to the very edge...to break the code of silence.



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