We kick off with another Marvel blockbuster this time in the form of Eternals: a godlike race scattered across the earth who band together to protect mankind from their evil counterparts the Deviants. The fourth phase of the Marvel cinematic universe proves to be a promising one as they have enlisted powerhouse actors like Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kit Harrington, Richard Madden, Brian Tyree Henry and Kumail Nanjiani to name just a few of the new MCU stars. You can watch the Eternals trailer here.
Later in the month we have the long-awaited cinematic return of Jane Campion with her brooding melodrama The Power of the Dog (Fri 19 Nov). After becoming the second woman ever nominated for an Oscar with the beloved 1993 film The Piano, Campion’s career took an interesting turn dabbling in everything from neo-noir with In The Cut starring Meg Ryan, to biographical fiction with Bright Star which chronicled the final years of Romantics poet John Keats. With The Power of the Dog, Campion creates an incredible Western starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemmons and based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Thomas Savage. It’s been 12 years since Campion’s last film and this is one you’ll want to run, not walk to! Check out a stellar first-look review of The Power of the Dog.
Speaking of long awaited returns, Lady Gaga is back on the big screen after her Oscar nominated role in the 2018 film A Star is Born, by way of Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott’s new crime drama House of Gucci (Fri 26 Nov). The film is based on the true story of the Gucci family, and Reggiani’s deadly attempts to get to the top of it. Alongside Gaga, the film boasts mega talents Adam Driver as her husband Maurizio Gucci and Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci, the chairman of Gucci and uncle to Maurizio. Find out more about the true story of the Gucci family with this great article from Indiewire, or if you’d rather absorb yourself in the luxurious fiction of it all, here’s the House of Gucci trailer.
Finally this month, we’re pleased to be introducing homegrown London film Pirates (Fri 26 Nov) directed by none other than Reggie Yates. This hilarious and heartwarming period piece takes place on the New Years Eve of 1999 and follows three best friends across London in their tiny Peugeot 205 as they try to get into the hottest party of the night, hosted by their favourite pirate radio station.
Although it’s bittersweet as so few of these stories were documented at the time, we’re incredibly fortunate to live in the years of the Black British cinematic renaissance, when Black filmmakers are able to tell their stories of past and present for an eager and underserved audience. In his debut, Yates is able to create a one-of-a-kind road movie that fills in a major cinematic gap in British film: the Black London music scene. The film’s three leading men are relative newcomers that you’ll be a fool not to keep your eye on: Jordan Peters (Gangs Of London), Elliot Edusah (Small Axe) and Reda Elazouar (EastEnders). Get a taste with the Pirates trailer.
Words by Rōgan Graham.
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