What’s coming soon to Arrow UK in September 2021?
James R | On 04, Sep 2021
Arrow is a streaming service curated by members of the Arrow Video team, bringing together new horror, cult classics, cutting edge cinema, international favourites and more – from Lars von Trier to Park Chan-wook, plus TV shows such as The Bridge and Gomorrah.
September sees the arrival of one of Arrow’s most surprising additions in the form of the sweet, unusual fantasy romance Jumbo – a nice contrast to the rest of the month’s line-up, which ranges from an eerie horror and slasher sequel to classic Bertolucci and Milos Forman, a double-bill of Debra Winger and a trio of films about Sam Peckinpah.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Arrow in September 2021:
Jumbo – 1st September
Jeanne, a shy young woman, lives at home with her uninhibited bartender mother and works the graveyard shift as a cleaner at an amusement park. Her mother wants her to meet a man, but Jeanne prefers tinkering in her bedroom with wires, light bulbs, and spare parts, creating miniature versions of theme park rides. During her late-night shifts she begins spending intimate time with the alluring new Tilt-A-Whirl ride that she decides to call Jumbo. Finding herself seduced by “his” red lights, smooth chrome, and oily hydraulics, Jeanne concludes that the thrilling new relationship she wants to pursue is with Jumbo.
Passion & Poetry: Peckinpah Anecdotes – 1st September
Nine actors talk about working with legendary director Sam Peckinpah, featuring Kris Kristofferson, Ernest Borgnine, James Coburn, David Warner, Ali MacGraw, L.Q. Jones, Bo Hopkins, RG Armstrong, Isela Vega.
Passion & Poetry: The Dundee Odyssey – 1st September
Feature length documentary about the making of Major Dundee by Mike Siegel, featuring James Coburn, Senta Berger, Mario Adorf, L.Q. Jones, RG Armstrong, Gordon Dawson.
Mike Siegel: About the Passion & Poetry Project – 1st September
Filmmaker Mike Siegel talks about his beginnings and his ongoing historical project about director Sam Peckinpah.
Life Is a Long Quiet River – 1st September
An outrageously wicked comedy about two families from award winning debut filmmaker Étienne Chatiliez, this fast-paced satire became the most popular French comedy of the decade. The radiantly bourgeois Le Quesnoys with their immaculate children and perfect manners and the grubby, disreputable Groseilles are thrown together in absurd chaos by an act of revenge as they discover that twelve years prior their babies were switched at birth. A witty send up of class relations and family ties, LIFE IS A LONG QUIET RIVER was celebrated with a host of trophies at France’s César Awards ceremony winning for best screenplay, best debut work and acting prizes for Hélène Vincent and Catherine Jacob.
Hatchet 2 – 1st September
Hatchet 2 picks up at the exact moment that 2006’s HATCHET ends, wherein the quiet but hot-tempered Marybeth (Danielle Harris, Halloween I & II) is in a small boat in the Louisiana swamps, screaming for her life as she tries to free herself from the clutches of the deformed, swamp-dwelling killer Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder, Friday the 13th). Crowley has murdered Marybeth’s family and other fellow vacationers who had come together on a tourist excursion in the swamplands outside of New Orleans. Marybeth escapes from Crowley and manages to make it back to civilization, where she once again encounters voodoo shop proprietor Reverend Zombie (Tony Todd, Candyman), who had helped to arrange Marybeth and company’s earlier, ill-fated tour of the area To help Marybeth and also serve his own secret agenda, Reverend Zombie recruits a hardened pack of hunters to head back into the swamp to seek revenge on Victor Crowley.
I See You – 1st September
Behind the seemingly perfect Harper household, Greg (Jon Tenney, True Detective), the lead investigator of a child abduction case, is struggling to come to terms with the recent infidelity of his wife Jackie (Academy Award® winner Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets). The already strained family harmony is further threatened when Connor (Judah Lewis, The Babysitter), their son, appears to be the victim of a mysterious malevolent presence in their house. As the secrets start to unravel, the plot threads prove to be more interlinked than it would appear at first glance.
The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch – 1st September
What do you get when Noriaki Yuasa, director of Daiei Studios’ much-beloved Gamera series, makes a monochrome film adaptation of the works of horror manga pioneer Kazuo Umezu (The Drifting Classroom)? The answer is 1968’s THE SNAKE GIRL AND THE SILVER-HAIRED WITCH, a fantastically phantasmagorical slice of twisted tokusatsu terror ostensibly made for children that will irreparably traumatise any child that sees it!
A young girl named Sayuri is reunited with her estranged family after years in an orphanage – but trouble lurks within the walls of the large family home. Her mother is an amnesiac after a car accident six months earlier, her sullen sister is confined to the attic and a young housemaid dies inexplicably of a heart attack just before Sayuri arrives… is it all connected to her father’s work studying venomous snakes? And is the fanged, serpentine figure that haunts Sayuri’s dreams the same one spying on her through holes in the wall?
The Fireman’s Ball – 10th September
SEPTEMBER 10th: THE FIREMAN’S BALL
It’s the annual firemen’s ball in a small Czech town, and the organisers decide to liven up the usually dull event with a raffle and a beauty contest. But with the former plagued by thievery and the latter by bribery, the event rapidly descends into farce – and that’s before a fire breaks out…
The last film that Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus) made in his native country and language, THE FIREMAN’S BALL is a sparkling comedy that’s also one of the best showcases of the director’s uncanny ability to extract flawless performances out of an entirely non-professional cast largely made up of actual firemen. It was nominated for an Oscar, but the Czech Communist authorities were so convinced that it was a satirical allegory about official incompetence that the film was officially “banned forever”, or at least until the 1989 Velvet Revolution. It’s now regarded as one of the greatest of all Czech films.
The Sheltering Sky – 10th September
Academy Award-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci (The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor) brings a stunning adaptation of Paul Bowles’ heartbreaking classic novel to the screen that Vincent Canby in The New York Times called “a long, beautifully modulated cry of despair… the sort of dark, romantic movie that only Mr. Bertolucci could bring off.”
In the hopes of rekindling their marriage, sophisticated American couple Port and Kit Moresby (John Malkovich and Debra Winger) set off for North Africa intending to travel through Algeria – uncertain of exactly where they are heading but determined to leave the modern world behind. They are instead tested to their limits by the unfathomable emptiness and impassive cruelty of the desert.
A Guy from Fenyang – 20th September
Documentary of the life & filmmaking of Jia Zhang-Ke from the Brazilian Walter Salles. Reflections on transformation of Chinese society, towns, family, the cultural revolution and globalization (“americanization”). Insights of the actors and on the places of his movies.
Hard to Be a God – 20th September
A group of scientists is sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a difficult one: they cannot interfere violently and in no case can they kill. The scientist Rumata tries to save the local intellectuals from their punishment and cannot avoid taking a position. As if the question were: what would you do in God’s place? Director’s statement Aleksei wanted to make this film his entire life. The road was a long one. This is not a film about cruelty, but about love. A love that was there, tangible, alive, and that resisted through the hardest of conditions.
Everybody Wins – 20th September
Directed by BAFTA winner Karel Reisz (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, The Gambler) and written by the dean of American playwrights, Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman, The Misfits), EVERYBODY WINS is a delightfully slick Hollywood thriller.
Highly respected private detective Tom O’Toole (Nick Nolte, Warrior, The Mandalorian) is called to a peaceful New England town by Angela Crispini (Debra Winger, An Officer and a Gentleman, The Sheltering Sky) to investigate an injustice. Felix, a young and innocent man, has been convicted for the brutal murder of his uncle and now awaits the outcome of his appeal. Angela claims that she knows the killer and is keen to offer any help she can to make things right. As the investigation progresses, O’Toole receives some cryptic warnings to stay away from the case and the integrity of Angela soon comes into question…
The film will be accompanied by extras including the original trailer, film clips, a featurette, b-roll footage, as well as interviews with Nick Nolte, writer Arthur Miller and director Karel Reisz.
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