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The Nightingale Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set release

Powerful Australian Western horror The Nightingale, the second feature from lauded director Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), premiered at Venice International Film Festival in 2018 and screened at Cannes Film Festival, provoking a strong reaction from critics and audiences alike. The Nightingale now arrives as a Limited-Edition Blu-ray box set from Second Sight Films on 1 February 2021.

1825, the penal colony of Van Diemen's Land, or present-day Tasmania. Irish convict Clare Carroll (Aisling Franciosi - The Fall, Game of Thrones) works as a servant for the British Colonial force detachment led by Colonel Hawkins (Sam Claflin - The Hunger Games, Peaky Blinders), but when unwanted advances result in a brutal, humiliating attack, Clare is dead set on revenge. Teaming up with Aboriginal tracker Billy (Baykali Ganambarr - The Furnace), the pair must put aside their differences to achieve their bloody vengeance.

Steeped in the horrors of Australian history, this unflinching tale refuses to soften its often-brutal message, but is a testament to determination, bravery and above all, hope.




The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud Blu-ray, DVD & digital release

Forget Fortnite, step away from Among Us, switch off the console and step back in time for the crazy, retro-gaming, rip-roaring sci-fi comedy adventure THE INTERGALACTIC ADVENTURES OF MAX CLOUD.

Dive into the action with plucky gamer Sarah (Isabelle Allen) and follow her misadventures as she accidentally becomes a character in her favourite video game. Taking on the avatar of Jake (Elliot James Langridge), she teams up with kickass action hero Max Cloud (Scott Adkins), and his trusty side-kicks as they do battle to save the world. The film pays homage to movies of the 80s and early 90s and is totally shameless, action, sci-fi fun.

Directed by Martin Owen (Let's Be Evil, Twist) who co-wrote with Sally Collett, The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud is released on digital on 18 January 2021, alongside DVD and Blu-ray formats, courtesy of 101 Films and (Yet) Another Distribution Company.




The New Music digital release

Prick up your ears and get ready to rock with The New Music, a foot-stomping, Irish musical-drama with a big heart and a punk ethos, that has been making waves at festivals and recently won the Spirit of Indie Cork Award. This heartwarming feature is now set for its UK premiere on digital 18 January 2021 courtesy of 101 Films.

When talented classical pianist Adrian (Cillein McEvoy), is diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease, his world falls apart. Afraid of the health implications and failing his family, Adrian runs away from home, destination Dublin. Finding a room in shared apartment he meets Will (Jack Fenton), David (Patrick O'Brien) and Jodie (Martina Babisova) aka The Cellmates, a rebellious punk band, who practise what they preach. As a bond forms with his new-found friends, their rock n roll lifestyle and raucous music provide a lively distraction from his troubles.

The Cellmates are everything but uptight...will Adrian struggle to adjust, or could he find freedom in their chaos?

Directed by Chiara Viale (Clown, Be Frank), in her feature debut, she was inspired to write the story after her father died having suffered from Multiple System Atrophy, a rare degenerative neurological disorder with symptoms similar to Parkinson's. The film is supported by Young Parkinson's Ireland and aims to dispel the stigma and shine a light on this rare condition. The eclectic soundtrack includes two original songs composed by Zac Stephenson of Irish band Munky, and dispersed throughout the film's rock and punk vibes are the classical compositions of Mancunian David Sangster, musician and World Parkinson's Congress Ambassador.




Acorn TV December 2020 Highlights

7 Dec: BLOOD SERIES 2

Line of Duty favourite Adrian Dunbar stars in darker than dark drama, Blood. This tense psychological series sees Unforgotten's Carolina Main in a stand-out turn as Cat Hogan, an estranged daughter who must return to the family home in rural Ireland, following the sudden, seemingly accidental death of her mother...but someone has Blood on their hands.

7 Dec: OPERATION BUFFALO

Inspired by true events, Operation Buffalo is a satiric thriller with a dark edge, that shines a light on a little known and highly controversial part of Australia's modern history - the British nuclear testing in the South Australia Outback at the height of the Cold War. It tells the tale of undercover operations and questionable behaviour at a time where no one knows who to trust or what to believe. It will have you hooked from its action-packed start. Stars Ewen Leslie, James Cromwell and Jessica De Gouw.

14 Dec: BANG SERIES 2

BAFTA Cymru-winning, dual language Welsh-English drama set in Port Talbot follows a brother and sister on opposite sides of the law. Criminal Sam (Jacob Ifan, I'll Find You, Hinterland) and his ambitious policewoman sister Gina (Catrin Stewart, Doctor Who, Misfits) face new challenges in this second series as Sam is due to be released from prison and Gina must track down what seems to be a serial killer...but could there be a personal motive that puts the troubled pair in danger?

21 Dec: HAPPY AT SEA SERIES 1

This Swedish comedy drama with a lot of heart follows the trials and tribulations of the King family. When their mother Maud dies, Klara and Thomas return home to support their father, with their own families in tow. They decide to stick around for the whole season, to spend the summer at the family paradise, among the rocks and cliffs of Stockholm's archipelago. Three generations, one family and a lot of personalities...how will they manage together for five weeks?

21 Dec: ELIZABETH I

Acting royalty Helen Mirren (The Queen, Catherine the Great), plays the great eponymous monarch with aplomb in this 2005 period miniseries. With a star-studded court that includes the stellar talents of Hugh Dancy (Hannibal, Homeland), Toby Jones (Capital, Detectorists), Jeremy Irons (Watchmen, The Borgias), Eddie Redmayne (The Trial of the Chicago 7, The Theory of Everything), and Ian McDiarmid (Britannia, Star Wars), we delve in to both the public and private life of Queen Elizabeth I in her later years.




Cup of Cheer digital release

If you've had your fill of the usual festive fare, sit back, switch on the fairy lights and enjoy CUP OF CHEER, a cheeky Christmas cracker to titillate at tinsel time.

When a big city journalist returns to her small hometown for Christmas in search of a holiday scoop, she literally runs into a down-on-his-luck hot-chocolate shop owner. It's not long before they begin a picture-perfect, Christmas-movie romance, exactly like all the ones you've seen before...or is it? This laugh-out-loud romp from director Jake Horowitz lampoons every Christmas movie you've ever watched and arrives just in time for the festive season on 7 December 2020 from (Yet) Another Distribution Company.

Mary (Storm Steenson - The Olympus Project, Forbidden: Dying for Love) is a successful journalist who heads back to her charming hometown of Snowy Heights to write an article about the town's world-famous Christmas cheer. When she runs into the sullen but endearing Chris (Alexander Oliver - Freelancer, From the Thunder),the owner of Cup of Cheer, Mary learns that his charming business is going to be shut down on Christmas Eve...and it's her ex-boyfriend that's responsible. Using her big city smarts and her festive spirit, Mary unites the town in an effort to save Cup of Cheer and have the Christmas they've always wanted.

This X-mas rated comedy Cup of Cheer spills over with festive fun.




Operation Buffalo on Acorn TV

Inspired by true events, OPERATION BUFFALO is a satiric thriller with a dark edge, that shines a light on a little known and highly controversial part of Australia's modern history - the British nuclear testing in the South Australia Outback at the height of the Cold War. This six-part series is set for its exclusive UK premiere on Acorn TV and tells the tale of undercover operations and questionable behaviour at a time when no one knew who to trust or what to believe. It will have you hooked from its action-packed start.

The year is 1956 and the Menzies Government has welcomed British atomic bomb testing at remote, 'uninhabited' Maralinga. Major Leo Carmichael, played by Ewen Leslie (The Luminaries, The Cry) is the high-ranking military engineer running the show. He must pick up the slack left by the ageing and incompetent General 'Cranky' Crankford (James Cromwell, Succession, Boardwalk Empire) and get the base ready for a surprise visit from some very important guests.

With the imminent arrival of the British High Commissioner (William Zappa, Mad Max 2) along with Australian Attorney-General (Tony Martin, Heartbreak High) and Defence Minister (Alan Dukes, The Secrets She Keeps), things start to fall apart. First a woman disappears from the base, then meteorologist Eva Lloyd-George (Jessica De Gouw, The Secrets She Keeps, Vienna Blood) sent by M16, arrives to investigate a critical data leak.

Meanwhile, Cranky starts to question official government policy that there are no Aboriginal people in the area and embarks on a walkabout in the desert to find out for himself. When he meets an indigenous family - matriarch Ruby (Frances Djulibing, Charlie's County) and her children Sam (Shaka Cook, Black Comedy) and Peggy *Shantae Barnes-Cowan, Total Control) - he learns they too are searching for answers about mysterious clouds and the even more mysterious disappearances in their community.




My Day digital release

A darkly gripping drama shedding light on the grim realities of street life, My Day, the feature debut from one-to-watch South London director Ibrahim Miiro, premiered at Raindance Film Festival 2019 to critical acclaim and is set for its UK digital release on 7 December 2020 courtesy of Patriot Films.

Life isn't easy for Ally (Hannah Laresa Smith), a deprived young woman living between an East London Estate and the streets of London, but she tries her best to makes ends meet by delivering drugs, keeping her head down and staying out of trouble...That is until what starts out as a normal day quickly turns sour when a customer takes advantage of her, leaving her hurt, humiliated, and in deep trouble.

Now she owes money to unforgiving dealer Carol (Sallyann Fellowes) and dangerous mob boss Ilyas (Gediminas Adomaitis). With the sharks circling, Ally searches for help from those close to her - can she rely on her street-savvy friend Josie (Lisa Sheerin), Carol's son Kevin (Karl Jackson), who she has recently bonded with, or could there be someone else looking out for her in the most unlikely of places?




Acorn TV November 2020 Highlights

2 Nov: LINE OF DUTY SERIES 1-4

The TV juggernaut from award-winning scribe Jed Mercurio (Bodyguard) has been lauded as the 'king of crime dramas' (The Telegraph), and follows AC-12 investigators Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), Detective Inspector Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) as they investigate corruption within the police.

9 Nov: APPLE TREE YARD

Emily Watson (Chernobyl) stars as Dr Yvonne Carmichael, a respected scientist who begins an affair with the mysterious Mr X. But a harrowing, life-changing attack on Yvonne, leads to the pair being questioned about a murder...who is really to blame?

9 Nov: THE SOUTH WESTERLIES

Environmental consultant and single mother Kate Ryan (Orla Brady), 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? Also starring Hollywood star Patrick Bergin and Eileen Walsh.

23 Nov: ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

The beloved classic - based on the life and times of veterinary surgeon and writer James Herriot (aka James Alfred Wight OBE) - gets a brand spanking new remake with all the charm of the original. This critically acclaimed and widely loved new version sees newcomer Nicholas Ralph as the young vet who is taken under the wing of renowned veterinary surgeon Seigfried Farnon (Samuel West) in the stunning countryside of 1940s Yorkshire.

23 Nov: BANG

Dual language Welsh-English drama set in the steel town of Port Talbot follows a brother and sister on opposite sides of the law. Loner Sam's (Jacob Ifan) life is transformed when he comes into possession of a gun and embarks on a life of crime, but his ambitious policewoman sister Gina (Catrin Stewart) is determined to find out who is responsible for the offences . Will they uncover the truth, and is blood really thicker than water?



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