Drake Doremus’ Equals gets UK VOD release
James R | On 14, Sep 2016
Drake Doremus’ Equals will be released in the UK this September.
The sci-fi, which stars Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult, screened at Venice, Toronto and Tribeca last year, but has been absent from cinemas on British soil. that may come as some surprise, given the two lead names attached to the film, but is even more so, given the man at the helm. Doremus won the Grand Dury prize for Like Crazy at Sundance in 2011 and was nominated for Venice’s Golden Lion for Equals.
Instead, the film will premiere straight to VOD this September, before heading to DVD in October. It is the latest in a long line of acclaimed or high-profile films to get a digital release in the UK, such as last year’s Beyond the Lights”. Indeed, Equals is released in the UK by Icon Film Distribution, which is no stranger to the more prestigious end of the VOD market, having founded the new FrightFest Presents label with the horror festival.
Equals takes place in a colourless, post-apocalyptic society – known as The Collective – where its inhabitants have been genetically modified between conception and birth to be “emotion-free”. As a result, love and sex and all those other nice feelings have been outlawed.
Silas (Hoult), an illustrator in The Collective, mysteriously starts experiencing feelings and realises he has become afflicted with “Switched-On-Syndrome”. As Silas is grappling with his new, undisclosed condition, he finds himself drawn to Nia (Kristen Stewart), a fiction writer, who he soon discovers is also hiding the same problem.
The movie co-stars Bel Powley and Guy Pearce and will be available to watch online in the UK on Monday 19th September, before being released on DVD on Monday 3rd October. Watch the trailer below – or read our review here.