Still from Brooklyn

MEDIA films on UK screens: November

Brooklyn

Fresh from its London Film Festival gala screening, Saoirse Ronan (ByzantiumHow I Live Now) shines as young Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey in Brooklyn. She journeys to New York and into a fresh romance that sweeps away her initial struggles with homesickness. But soon her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. 

Produced by Wildgaze films, the film benefited from a Creative Europe grant as part of a slate of projects with international potential. It is released in UK cinemas on 6 November by Lionsgate.

The Last Panthers

Following its world premiere screening at MIPCOM last monthThe Last Panthers will now have a pan-European broadcast premiere, with the first episode playing simultaneously in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria on 12 November through Sky Atlantic.

Starring Samantha Morton (Control, Miss Julie), Tahar Rahim (Our ChildrenA Prophet), Goran Bogdan (The Priest's Children) and John Hurt (MelancholiaThe Gruffalo's Child), the six-part crime drama is based on the true story of international gang the Pink Panthers, known for its bold robberies and weapons and drug trafficking.

The series is a co-production between the UK’s Warp Films and French company Haut et Court. It was the first programme to receive a €1 million grant through Creative Europe’s TV Programming scheme. 

Love

French director Gasper Noé's 3D drama shows love materialising in a handful of guises as it tells the story of the disintegration of the relationship between Murphy (Karl Glusman), an American ex-pat in Paris, and his artist girlfriend Electra (Aomi Muyock) after they decide to bring a third person into their bed.

The film's French release was supported by the Automatic distribution scheme. It is released on UK cinema screens on 20 November by Curzon.

The Bridge Series 3 

Hit Scandinavian crime drama The Bridge (Bron/Broen) returns to UK television screens this month, with Sofia Helin (Four Shades of Brown) back in the central role of Malmö homicide detective Saga Norén. In the first epidode, when the founder of the first gender-neutral kindergarten in Copenhagen is found murdered, the Danish and Swedish police are compelled to join forces once more.

The series was supported through Creative Europe’s TV Programming scheme. 

The first episode of The Bridge Series 3 airs on BBC Four on 21 November.

Carol

Following its London Film Festival gala screening, Todd Haynes's beautiful 1950's set drama starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara is released in cinemas. Based on the novel 'The Price of Salt' by Patricia Highsmith, it tells of the love affair between a shop girl who falls for the beautiful, older, married woman that she serves in the pre-Christmas rush in a Manhattan department store.

Production company Number 9 Films were awarded funding for the project through the Slate development scheme.

Carol is released in the UK on 27 November by StudioCanal.

My Skinny Sister

In this German/Swedish co-production, an eating disorder is seen through the eyes of the youngest member of a dysfunctional family. Stella (Rebecka Josephson) is on the cusp of adolescence and eager to move forward into a sexualised world. She idolises her older sister, a talented competitive ice skater, and becomes drawn into the world of manipulation and lies that her eating disorder requires.

The film was supported at development stage through the Slate scheme.

My Skinny Sister is released in the UK on 27 November by Matchbox Films.

Photo: Brooklyn is released in UK cinemas in November 2015.