Butter up those crumpets and stick the kettle on – here’s every British film with a confirmed cinema release date in 2023.
The new year is finally upon us, and (whatever else it may hold) it’s looking like a doozey for British film. From micro-budget folk-horror in Enys Men and Unwelcome, to all the explosive devices Christopher Nolan could get his hands on in Oppenheimer, there’s plenty to look forward to at the multiplex in 2023. Here are the upcoming films with a British edge to them – and we’ll be keeping this list up to date…
Unwelcome (27/1) – A young English couple move to an idyllic new home in rural Ireland, but are soon beset by problems with the locals and a cabal of murderous goblins lurking in their garden.
She Is Love (3/2) – Estranged for more than a decade, a divorced couple revisit the past while remaining open to new beginnings.
Husband (3/2) – Documentary. Married couple Appignanesi and Baum attempt to figure out their relationship on screen, involving an angst-riddled trip to the United States.
I Get Knocked Down (3/2) – Dunstan Bruce is 59 and struggling with the fact that the world seems to be going to hell in a handcart. He is angry and frustrated. How does a middle-aged, retired radical who feels invisible get back up again?
Blue Jean (10/2) – In Georgia Oakley’s quiet and soulful drama, a closeted PE teacher reckons with her identity during the introduction of the stigmatising Section 28 law to Thatcherite Britain.
Someone’s Daughter, Someone’s Son (17/2) – Now a successful filmmaker, Lorna Tucker was once a teenage runaway sleeping rough on the streets of London. For this frank documentary, she returns to her former haunts and speaks to current and former homeless people about why, twenty-five years later, record numbers of people are still reduced to living on Britain’s streets.
What’s Love Got To Do With It? (24/2) – Rom-com starring Lily James, Shazad Latif and Emma Thompson. A filmmaker decides to document her best friend’s journey toward arranged marriage.
Luther: The Fallen Sun (24/2) – Based on the BBC TV series. A serial killer terrorizes London while disgraced detective John Luther sits behind bars. Haunted by his failure to capture the cyber psychopath who now taunts him, Luther decides to break out of prison to finish the job by any means necessary.
Fashion Reimagined (3/3) – Feature Documentary by Becky Hutner. Follows Amy Powney, daughter of environmental activists, during her trajectory from outsider to industry leader as she sets out to create a fashion collection that is ethical and sustainable at every level.
Lola (3/3) – Irish-British found footage science fiction film directed by Andrew Legge. Sisters Thomasina and Martha have created a machine that can intercept broadcasts from the future. With World War II escalating, the sisters decide to use the machine as a weapon of intelligence, with world-altering consequences.
A Clever Woman (17/3) – Returning to their childhood home, a house filled with the music their mother once wrote, Dorothy and Phoebe deal with conflicting feelings about the difficult woman who raised them.
Rye Lane (17/3) – An uplifting rom-com set in Brixton and Peckham. Two youngsters reeling from bad breakups connect over an eventful day in South-London.
Allelujah! (17/3) – The threatened closure of a geriatric ward in a small Yorkshire hospital stirs an uprising from the local community, who invite a news crew to film preparations for a concert in honour of the hospital’s most distinguished nurse.
In The Middle (31/3) – Told from the centre of the playing field, Greg Cruttwell’s documentary follows a diverse group of match officials as they attempt to cope with the rigours of running matches in grassroots football.
Kindling (31/3) – A group of young men return to their home town in order to turn their friend’s final days into a celebration of life and friendship.
Polite Society (7/4) – British action comedy film created by Nida Manzoor and starring Ritu Arya and Priya Kansara. With help from her friends, a martial artist-in-training tries to prevent her sister from getting married.
The Unlikely Pilgramage Of Harold Fry (28/4) A seemingly unremarkable man in his 60s named Harold (Jim Broadbent) one day learns his old friend Queenie is dying. He embarks on a walk, only to keep going for 450 miles until he reaches Queenie’s hospice, much to the despair of his wife Maureen.
Nobody Has To Know (5/5) – A robust middle-aged man suffers a stroke, causing him to lose his memory. The woman who takes care of him falsely tells him that they were secretly in love before his accident.
Oppenheimer (21/7) – Physicist J Robert Oppenheimer works with a team of scientists during the Manhattan Project, leading to the development of the atomic bomb. Directed by Christopher Nolan.
A Haunting In Venice (15/9) Directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie. Hercule Poirot, now retired, must solve the murder of a guest at a séance he attended.
Wonka (15/12) – Musical fantasy film directed by Paul King. A prequel to the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Timothée Chalamet stars as the titular character, following his early days as an eccentric chocolatier.
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