King Jack jumps into UK cinemas on same day as VOD
James R | On 26, Feb 2016
King Jack is available to watch online in the UK today, at the same time as it jumps into cinemas.
The feature-length debut of writer and director Felix Thompson, the film follows Jack, a scrappy 15-year-old kid stuck in a run-down small town. Trapped in a violent feud with a cruel older bully and facing another bout of summer school, Jack’s got all the problems he can handle. So when Jack’s aunt falls ill and his younger cousin must stay with him for the weekend, the last thing Jack wants to do is look after him.
Unfortunately, no one really cares what Jack wants. Set over a hazy summer weekend, ‘King Jack’ is a coming-of-age story about friendship and finding happiness in rough surroundings.
The movie won the Audience Award at the 2015 Tribeca Festival, also picking up the Someone to Watch prize at this year’s Spirit Awards. It’s being distributed in the UK by Vertigo, which has form in bringing smaller award winners to British screens – only a few years ago, the distributor gave us Independent Spirit Award-winner Safety Not Guaranteed from debut director Colin Trevorrow, who went on to helm Jurassic World.
The film is only released on a handful of VOD platforms, though, as Vertigo seeks to champion its own in-house streaming site, Vertigo On Demand (www.vertigovod.com). The film is also available on iTunes and Curzon Home Cinema.
You can watch the trailer above.