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Following record-breaking low attendances in August for the North American film-going market and a week at the UK box office in which only 1 film pushed through the £1million barrier, September needs to be a good month for studios and independent distributors alike. Usually, the ninth month of the year is stacked to the brim with a solid mix of big budget spectacles and potential award winners, and luckily for the money-makers and audiences to this great industry, this is no different for 2017, with a host of notable films set for release. Some of those we couldn’t fit onto the list are: Patti Cake$ (1st), Una (1st), American Assassin (15th), Borg vs McEnroe (22nd), Flatliners (29th), The Party (29th).
Here are our top 5 picks for September:
God’s Own Country
Release Date: 1st September
Studio: Shudder Films; Inflammable Films
Director: Francis Lee
Starring: Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu
Set in the beautiful countryside of Yorkshire, England, Francis Lee’s movie of life on a farm openly confronts issues surrounding sexism, xenophobia and most centrally homophobia. The movie, described by many as “the British Brokeback Mountain“, has a truly serene sensibility that led it to a Special Jury Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Likely to be a front-runner at the British Independent Film Awards, God’s Own Country is perhaps September’s most emotionally stirring offering and is certainly not to be missed.
Release Date: 8th September
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Andrés Muschietti
Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Javier Botet
Andrés Muschietti’s imagining of Stephen King’s “IT” looks to be embracing much more serious and potentially scary themes and tones than its predecessor did, and with projections indicating that It is in for a $50million+ debut at the US box office, this is likely to be the most culturally significant film of the month – everyone will be talking about it. Embracing the success of ‘Stranger Things’ with a few thematic and visual similarities as well as its 1980s setting and casting of the Netflix show’s star performer Finn Wolfhard, It could hit “it” right out of the park. So, while the jury may be out as to whether it’s even possible to make a truly frightening clown movie in 2017, early signs suggest this could be a horror classic.
Release Date: 8th September
Studio: Acacia Filmed Entertainment; Film 44; Thunder Road Pictures
Director: Taylor Sheridan
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, John Bernthal, Kelsey Chow, Julia Jones
Sicario and Hell or High Water director Taylor Sheridan makes his directorial debut for his latest scripted project Wind River, a story about two FBI agents investigating a murder on a Native American reservation. Picking up steam in the States – where it has been opening to more screens week after week – this Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen starring thriller seems to echo much of what was so great about Sheridan’s other written work, and with a back catalogue that strong, Wind River seems like a movie that you should see, whether it’s the talk of the town or not; and we’re guessing it won’t be.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Release Date: 20th September
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Vinnie Jones, Julianne Moore
Given the poor box office draw that was the month of August, it seems most unusual that Fox chose to hide their highly anticipated, star studded comic book adaptation sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle in the month of September, though the choice to do so is surely indicative of the amount of creative freedom they’ve lent to its director Matthew Vaughn, a truly great filmmaker with a history of making interesting, funny and successful action movies – Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass. With Channing Tatum, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges each added to the cast, the sequel seems to be set to do what all great sequels do… top the first one. Only time will tell, but as far as fun goes this may be the best choice this month.
Release Date: 15th September
Studio: Protozoa Pictures
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Brian Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kristen Wiig
Darren Aronofsky is back with his first film since 2014, and it seems he may have returned to the levels of disturbing that brought him great success with the likes of Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan. The director, known for his stylistic presentation of characters fighting personal demons in the pursuit of their own version of perfection, has brought together a cast of acting powerhouses led by Oscar winning duo Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence. It’ll be intriguing to discover how the partnership between Aronofsky – a director who has guided Mickey Rourke and Natalie Portman to various acting honours – and 3 time Oscar nominee, 1 time winner Jennifer Lawrence successfully bring the central female character’s journey to life, with the movie just as likely to earn Oscar nominations as any of the year’s hottest releases thus far.