MUBI plucks indie hit Chicken for summer streaming
James R | On 08, Jul 2016
MUBI has plucked indie gem Chicken fresh from UK cinemas for exclusive streaming this summer.
The acclaimed feature debut from young British director Joe Stephenson – now in pre- production on a Noel Coward biopic set to star Ian McKellen and Vanessa Redgrave – had its premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival earlier this year, where it struck a chord with audiences.
Co-produced by Joe Stephenson and Tina Galovic, Chicken is adapted by Chris New from a play by Freddie Machin. The film stars Scott Chambers as optimistic 15-year-old Richard, who is troubled with learning difficulties, and his restless and abusive older brother. When Richard falls for 17-year-old Annabel (Yasmin Paige, Submarine), the relationship between the brothers is stretched to breaking point, family secrets are revealed and life for Richard starts to finally change direction.
“Eben Bolter’s widescreen cinematography captures the warmth, loneliness and harsh reality of this disenfranchised world with unobtrusive aplomb,” said The Guardian of the film, when it was released by B Good Picture Company Ltd in UK cinemas in May.
Now, subscription VOD service MUBI has inked a deal with the distributor to stream the film online for its members – excellent news for anyone who couldn’t find the movie in a cinema near them.
The subscription site, which curates a range of world and classic cinema, adds a new title every day to its streaming library, with each title available for a 30-day window. That unique model has seen the SVOD company grow rapidly, despite the dominance of subscription rivals such as Netflix. MUBI now operates in 200 territories and in the last year has signed deals with Sony, Paramount and Miramax.
Chicken will fly on to MUBI on Monday 11th July.
Here’s a trailer:
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