Still from Suffragette

MEDIA films on UK screens: October

Macbeth

Directed by Justin Kurzel and nominated for the Palme D'Or at Cannes this yearMacbeth sees Michael Fassbender (A Dangerous MethodFish Tank) take the eponymous title role in this adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish masterpiece, alongside Marillon Cotillard (Rust and Bone, La Môme) as Lady Macbeth. 

The drama was sold internationally by Studio Canal with the support of the Sales Agents scheme and released with the support of the Automatic distribution scheme in Greece and Poland. It is released in the UK on 2 October with Studio Canal.

Suffragette

Chosen as the opening night film for this year's BFI London Film Festival (LFF), Suffragette tells the story of the ordinary British women who risked everything at the turn of the last century in the fight for equality and the right to vote. Starring Carey Mulligan, the film was directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan. LFF Director Clare Stewart has called it an "urgent and compelling film, made by British women about British women who changed the course of history".

The film's release in Greece, the Netherlands and Belgium is supported by Creative Europe's distribution schemes. It is out in the UK on 12 October with Pathé/Twentieth Century Fox.

The Lobster

Yorgos Lanthimos's UK/Ireland/France/Spain/Netherlands co-production is a love story set in a dystopian near future where single people must find a mate within 45 days or risk being transformed into animals and released into the woods. The film starring Colin Farrell (Seven Psycopaths, Miss Julie), Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour) and Rachel Weisz (The Constant GardenerAgorawon the Jury prize at Cannes this year as well as the Horizons award at Karlovy Vary.

The project was supported at development stage with a grant to the Ireland’s Element Pictures through Creative Europe – MEDIA’s Slate funding scheme. It arrives on UK cinema screens on 16 October, released by Picturehouse Entertainment.

The Returned

Season 2 of this supernatural drama arrives on UK screens this month, premiering on More4 on 16 October at 9pm. The series was one of six television projects to be selected for the Toronto International Film Festival's new Primetime platform in 2015.

French producers Haut et Court received support through the MEDIA programme for both seasons, through the TV Programming scheme. This included a €1million grant in 2014.

Scream Street

The first episode of children's stop-frame animation series Scream Street will launch on CBBC on 21 October at 5pm. Aimed at 7-10 year olds, it is based on Tommy Donbavand’s popular book series of the same name and follows the adventures of three friends as they uncover mysteries, battle undead terrors and seek out horrifying new ways to avoid doing their homework. In the first episode Luke Watson - a regular teen apart from the werewolf gene - gets into serious trouble when a quick-fix solution to tidying his room using magic cleaning powder ends up putting the whole of Scream Street in danger.

The UK's Coolabi Productions received funding for the series through the Creative Europe sub-programme's TV Programming scheme.

Photo: Michael Fassbender stars in Macbeth.