Netflix will release The Irishman in UK cinemas this November, leading a wider theatrical push for its upcoming original films.
The crime drama, which reunites stars Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, will be the official Closing Night Gala for the 2019 London Film Festival, which will mark its international premiere. That premiere will also be accompanied by simultaneous screenings across the UK on Sunday 13th October. Then, on 8th November, Netflix will release the movie theatrically, before it’s available to stream on 27th November.
That theatrical window of almost three weeks is one of the biggest Netflix cinema windows in the UK to date, matched by The King, which will be released in cinemas on 11th October and on Netflix from 1st November.
These release windows follow a growing call from both film fans and indie cinemas for Netflix to widen its theatrical distribution beyond its current partner of Curzon Cinemas, and a handful of other venues, including Scotland’s Glasgow Film Theatre and Edinburgh Filmhouse. A group of 15 indie cinemas across the UK wrote to Netflix last year petitioning it to negotiate releases with them, noting that they “regularly work” with other online providers, such as Curzon, which has its own VOD platform for day-and-date releases.
Other films that will be released in cinemas ahead of their online release include The Laundromat (27th September, before streaming on Netflix on 18th October), Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story (15th November, then 6th December), Klaus and Earthquake Bird (both 8th, then 15th November), Dolemite Is My Name (11th, then 25th October), Atlantics and I Lost My Body (both 22nd, then 29th November) and The Two Popes (29th November, then 20th December).
As always, we’ll be providing you with a comprehensive guide to where you can find Netflix films in UK cinemas upon their release – stay tuned for our signature listings for each of the above. In the meantime, for more on The Irishman, click here to see the trailer.
Deadline has confirmed that Picturehouse and Vue will not be showing The Irishman in its cinemas, because the window between its cinema debut and its streaming release is shorter than is standard among mainstream releases. Vue issued this statement:
“Despite The Irishman being directed by one of the true giants of cinema, Netflix has chosen not to give this film the full theatrical big screen release it deserves. Our policy is to only show titles launching with a full theatrical release, which is a well-known industry practice that creates and profiles cultural blockbusters, provides a more engaged and immersive experience for audiences and showcases exceptional content the way it was intended to be shown and enjoyed.”
The Irishman to close London Film Festival and screen in cinemas across UK
5th August 2019
Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman will close out this year’s London Film Festival, the BFI has announced.
The Netflix crime drama, which stars Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, will be the official Closing Night Gala for the 2019 festival, which will mark its international premiere.
Scorsese and cast are expected to attend the premiere on Sunday 13th October, and the film will have simultaneous preview screenings of at cinemas across the UK.
Reuniting Scorsese with his Gangs of New York screenwriter Steve Zaillian, who adapts from Charles Brandt’s novel I Heard You Paint Houses, The Irishman is a grand scale epic examining the influence of organised crime in post-war America. Told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th Century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary Union President Jimmy Hoffa and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organised crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.
Scorsese comments: “I’m extremely honored to be having the International Premiere of THE IRISHMAN at the closing night of the BFI London Film Festival. This picture was many years in the making. It’s a project that Robert De Niro and I started talking about a long time ago, and we wanted to make it the way it needed to be made. It’s also a picture that all of us could only have made at this point in our lives. We’re all very excited to be bringing The Irishman London.”
Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director, adds: “What an immense cinephile thrill it is to close the 63rd BFI London Film Festival with the International Premiere of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. British Film Institute Fellow Scorsese is one of the true greats of cinema – as both a creator and a tireless champion of preservation and film history – and here he and his creative team have delivered an epic of breathtakingly audacious scale and complexity, exploring relationships of trust and betrayal, regret and remorselessness, which dominated a period of American history. This is a major occasion for film lovers and I cannot wait to share this film with UK audiences.”
The 63rd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express takes place from Wednesday 2nd October to Sunday 13th October 2019. The full festival programme will be announced on Thursday 29th August.
The Irishman will be released worldwide on Netflix later this autumn. Click here to see the trailer.