The vast majority of films coming out at the cinema are American – and are often set in America too. However, every year there’s a smattering of films that are set in the UK, or at least have a heavily British cast. Two such films are coming out in 2013.
The first is Jack the Giant Slayer, starring Nicholas Holt who first made it to the big screen playing the distinctly weird child in About a Boy. This time Holt joins forces with other British actors like Ian McShane, Ewan McGregor and Bill Nighy. Holt plays the role of Jack, a young farmboy who accidentally opens up the gateway between the human world and the world of the giants. In the process, giants have been able to kidnap the princess, who of course, Jack must now rescue while he tries to save the kingdom at the same time.
Look out for lots of great British countryside in the scenery as the film was shot in Norfolk, Gloucestershire and Somerset. McShane is King Brahmwell, a father who’s very disappointed that his daughter Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) has fallen for the likes of young Jack. This fantasy adventure directed by Bryan Singer is a great choice for anyone looking for a family film to take the kids to see during the Easter holidays.
At the other end of the entertainment spectrum is the Quiet Ones. This is a Hammer Horror film set in Oxford and supposedly with a factual basis. The star is Jared Harris (Mad Men and Sherlock Holmes), who plays the role of a physics university professor. With a group of students he’s managed to create a poltergeist using energy and parabolic curves. The group runs tests on a patient based on the theory that paranormal activity is a result of negative human energy. Their tests push the patient to the brink of insanity and the group quickly realises that their creation is out of their control. Look out for shots of Merton College and the Bodleian Library in Oxford while you’re watching.
There’s no official release date for The Quiet Ones yet, but it should be on in UK cinemas sometime this year.
So there we have it. Two totally different films set in the UK that are out this year. Check out the trailers on Cineworld Facebook to see which one appeals to your viewing taste.