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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?




Acorn TV October 2020 Highlights

12 Oct: NEWTON'S LAW

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.

19 Oct: ONE LANE BRIDGE

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.

19 OCT: BACK TO 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?

26 Oct: EAST OF EVERYTHING

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?

26 Oct: FINGERSMITH

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?

Full calendar available to download below.




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

Lauded as 'Australia's answer to True Detective' (junkee.com) 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?




Acorn TV September 2020 Highlights

3 Sept: THE SOUNDS

A riveting multi-layered drama, set against the spectacular backdrop of one of New Zealand's greatest hidden secrets, the remote, idyllic Marlborough Sounds in South Island. Successful Canadian couple Maggie (Rachelle Lefevre) and Tom (Matt Whelan) have moved to the other side of the world to escape the rat race, but when Tom disappears, Maggie must come to terms with the fact that she may not have known her husband as well as she thought.

7 Sept: BOOMERS BOX SET

A hugely entertaining sitcom that follows a group of recently retired couples living in Norfolk. The old friends must deal with life's ups and downs in their later years and tackle a modern world they don't quite fit into. Stars Alison Steadman, Philip Jackson, Russ Abbot, Stephanie Beacham, Paula Wilcox, James Smith and Nigel Planer.

7 Sept: PUBLIC ENEMIES BOX SET

This hard-hitting drama follows ex-con Eddie (Daniel Mays, Line of Duty), who is released from prison after a 10 year stretch for the murder of his 17-year-old girlfriend. His probation officer Paula (Anna Friel, Marcella), must oversee his release and decide if it's safe for him to be released back into the community. As he proclaims his innocence and the pair grow closer, how will his volatile behaviour affect his ever-distant friends, his sister Kelly, and the family of the victim...and is Paula equipped to handle his case?

14 Sept: THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE BOX SET

Romola Garai (The Miniaturist) stars as Victorian prostitute Sugar, who captures the interest of the wealthy Rackham (Chris O'Dowd, The IT Crowd), but keeping her a secret from his wife and daughter proves harder than he imagined. Also starring Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) and Gillian Anderson (Sex Education).

21 Sept: TAKEN DOWN BOX SET

This critically acclaimed, gripping six-part Irish crime drama stars Lynn Rafferty (Dead Still) as the detective investigating the violent death of a young Nigerian migrant on the streets of Dublin. Inspector Jen Rooney and her team soon discover a world where refugees exist, and the impact that their investigation has on fragile lives.

Full calendar available to download below.




The Strangers Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set release

Horrifying home-invasion The Strangers, the 2008 debut film from writer-director Bryan Bertino (Mockingbird, The Monster), stars Liv Tyler (Lord of the Rings, The Leftovers) and Scott Speedman (Underworld, Animal Kingdom) as a couple terrorised by masked attackers. Garnering cult status since its release, The Strangers now arrives as a Limited Edition Blu-ray box set from Second Sight Films on 28 September 2020.

After a proposal gone wrong at a friend's wedding, what should have been a romantic getaway for Kristen (Tyler) and James (Speedman) is disturbed by a 4am knock on the door and a terrifying invasion of their home by three strangers in disguise. Named for their nightmarish masks, Man in the Mask (Kip Weeks - Ragged Isle), Dollface (Gemma Ward - The Great Gatsby), and Pin-up Girl (Laura Margolis - Dirty Sexy Money), the twisted trio have brutality in mind and the couple are at their mercy, but who are they and what is their motive?

Kristen and James must fight to survive a night of psychological torment and bloodthirsty violence...who will make it out alive?




Taken Down on Acorn TV

This critically acclaimed, gripping six-part Irish crime drama stars Lynn Rafferty (Dead Still) as the detective investigating the violent death of a young Nigerian migrant on the streets of Dublin. Inspector Jen Rooney and her team soon discover a world where refugees exist in limbo, and the impact that their investigation has on fragile lives.

When an asylum seeker Abeni (Aissa Maiga) and her two sons Isiah (Aaron Edo) and Oba (Sean Edo) are caught up in the investigation, the precariousness of their position in Ireland becomes even more apparent, as does their desperation to stay, leading the police into a shady underworld where criminals are all too willing to take advantage of these vulnerable communities.

Also starring Brian Gleeson (Phantom Thread, Logan Lucky),Orla Fitzgerald (The Wind that Shakes the Barley), and Slimane Dazi (Only Lovers Left Alive)




The Bureau Seasons 1- 5

Garnering critical acclaim across the globe and winning awards galore, French spy thriller THE BUREAU is probably one of the greatest TV series you've never heard of...But that's about to change as Sundance Now UK, the AMC Networks' streaming service available as an Amazon Prime add on, is set to air the exclusive UK premiere of THE BUREAU, Season 5. This exclusive Sundance Now series arrives in full on September 17, 2020.

Seasons 1 and 2 arrive exclusively on the streaming service from August 27, 2020 to join seasons 3 and 4, so viewers can binge ahead of the season 5 premiere. THE BUREAU, Complete 1 - 5 Seasons will be available exclusively on Sundance Now.

Hailed as 'the smartest and most authentic-feeling procedural espionage series anywhere in the world' by The New York Times, the suspense filled series, from creator and showrunner Eric Rochant (Mafiosa, The Patriots) takes us into the undercover world of French agents at the DGSE, France's leading intelligence centre.

Within the DGSE (Directorate General of External Security), the 'Office of Legends' operate the most valuable members of the French intelligence services: secret agents. Spending prolonged amounts of time immersed in hostile countries, these operatives are tasked with identifying potential sources of intelligence among the people they come into contact with. Operating under a fabricated identity, they live for years in a permanent state of double identity, between an apparently normal life and their covert intelligence activity.

The thrilling first series begins with one of the top agents, Malotru, (Mathieu Kassovitz - Amelie, The Fifth Element) recalled from a lengthy undercover mission in Damascus. Although lauded as a hero by the Bureau, can he settle back into his old life after six years as someone else? And what about the Syrian girlfriend he left behind...is she who she says she is, or could she be his downfall?

The highly anticipated 10-part fifth season features two episodes directed by renowned award-winning director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet).




The Sounds on Acorn TV

Get ready for your new TV obsession as Acorn Original The Sounds, a brand new eight-part psychological thriller, premieres exclusively in the UK on Acorn TV this September.

A riveting multi-layered drama, set against the spectacular backdrop of one of New Zealand's greatest hidden secrets, the remote, idyllic Marlborough Sounds in South Island, we meet successful Canadian couple Maggie and Tom played by Rachelle Lefevre (Proven Innocent, White House Down) and Matt Whelan (Narcos, The Luminaries) who have upped sticks to start a new life in this paradise on the other side of the world.

Determined to escape the rat race, particularly Tom's family business and overbearing father, the pair are ready for a new chapter. Tom has gone ahead to lay down the groundwork for his new business venture, a salmon fishery in the town of Pelorus, where he hopes to reinvigorate their struggling economy. But the day after Maggie arrives, Tom mysteriously disappears on a boating trip and Maggie must come to terms with the fact that she may not have known her husband as well as she thought...

Local cop Jack McGregor (Matt Nable, Arrow, Riddick) spearheads the search, revealing disturbing secrets and bringing long-buried wounds to the surface. As Maggie struggles to navigate the escalating events, it becomes clear that in this small, seemingly close-knit community, nothing and no one are as they appear. Did they choose the wrong town for their happy ending?

Episodes 1 & 2 premiere September 3rd, 2020, with further episodes airing on subsequent Mondays through October 12th.



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