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2011: A Great Year for British Film?

11 January 2011

With Colin Firth being tipped for an Academy Award for his role in The King's Speech and the Harry Potter franchise drawing to a dramatic close with Deathly Hallows Part 2, it would seem 2011 is set to be a great year for British film. 

As a new adaptation of Graham Green’s iconic 1939 novel Brighton Rock about the headlong fall of Pinkie, a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager hell bent on clawing his way up through the ranks of organized crime., starring a slew of British talent including Control rising star Sam Riley and the legendary Dame Helen Mirren, prepares to hit our screens on the 4th February, we take a look at some of the hugely-anticipated British films set to hit our screens this year.


Brighton Rock Photos


The Kings Speech – Out Now

Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter star in this biopic of King George VI, known to his family as Bertie, and the speech impediment that he had to overcome in order to lead the country through war.  Through the unlikely friendship with his speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) and with the help of his unusual techniques, Bertie is able to find his voice.   A rousing drama from the director of The Damned United. 

Brighton Rock – 4th February

Adapted from Graham Greene’s iconic 1939 novel, Brighton Rock follows the headlong fall of Pinkie, a disadvantaged teenager intent on clawing his way up through the ranks of organized crime.  At the heart of the story is Pinkie’s relationship with Rose - an apparently innocent young waitress who stumbles on evidence linking Pinkie and his gang to a revenge killing.  Pinkie seduces Rose, first in an effort to find out how much she knows and latterly to ensure she will not talk to the police.

Never Let Me Go – 11th February

Featuring rising stars Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan alongside Academy Award nominee Keira Knightly, Never Let Me Go is a poignant drama about love and friendship.  Ruth, Kathy and Tommy spend their childhoods together in a seemingly pleasant English boarding school.  The love they feel for one another is strong, but with the trials and tribulations of the real world waiting for them, can their friendship last?  Moving drama adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel of the same name.

West is West – 25th February

Sequel to the hugely popular East is East, West is West brings the dysfunctional Khan family back to our screens for another dose of laugh out loud comedy.  Sajid, the youngest Khan, is deep in pubescent crisis under heavy assault from his father’s insistence on Pakistani tradition, and from the school bullies.  In an attempt to sort him out, his father packs him off to Mrs Khan No 1 and family in the Punjab, the wife and daughters he had abandoned 30 years earlier.  It’s not long before Mrs Khan No 2, with a small entourage from Salford, follows to sort out the mess.

Submarine – 18th March

Tipped to be the indie hit of the year, the IT crowd’s Richard Ayoade directs his first major film which stars Sally Hawkins (Made in Dagenham) and Noah Taylor (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).  The comedy follows fifteen year old Oliver (Craig Roberts) as he tries to lose his virginity to his girlfriend Jordana (Yasmin Page) and stop his mother from running off with her slightly eccentric dance teacher Graham (Paddy Considine).  Arctic Monkeys front man Alex Turner has penned the soundtrack for this hotly anticipated brit flick.

Route Irish – 18th March

Set against the backdrop of Liverpool, British Social Realist director Ken Loach returns to the screen with his latest film Route Irish.  Centred on the consequences suffered by private security contractors after they return from fighting in Iraq, it stars stand-up comedian John Bishop and television actor Mark Womack.  Selected for the main competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival it is sure to be moving portrayal of life after the army.

Killing Bono – 1st April

Killing Bono is a British comedy based on The Telegraph’s music critic Neil McCormick’s memoir ‘I Was Bono’s Doppelganger.’  Starring the late Pete Postlewaite and Ben Barnes it has been adapted for screen by the writer of major British TV dramas Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and directed by Nick Hamm.  Set in Ireland during the 1970s, it tells the story of two brothers whose attempt to become global rock stars is overshadowed when their old school friends U2 become one of the biggest bands in the world.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – 15th July

The franchise that made household names out of its young stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint is set to draw to a dramatic close this summer as Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits our screens.  Starring the cream of the crop of British actors and directed by David Yates, who has directed three of the other films, it is expected to be one of the highest grossing films of the year.

Brighton Rock hits cinemas 4th February