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Bristol’s week in film: coronavirus update

By robin askew, Friday Mar 20, 2020

Now that Clevedon’s plucky Curzon has finally bowed to the inevitable and shut its doors for the time being, all cinemas in our area are currently closed. Many are planning online content to tide us over. We’ll keep you posted on that as news emerges.

In the meantime, what’s happening to those films you planned to see over the coming weeks? The picture isn’t entirely clear right now, but many multiplex releases and virtually all event cinema screenings have been postponed until later in the year and beyond. These include the big Royal Albert Hall premiere broadcast of David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, which was scheduled for April 16. The most dramatic example is Exhibition on Screen’s Easter in Art, which has now been postponed until … wait for it … Easter 2021. Several arthouse releases, meanwhile, are being released online only. In an unprecedented move, so too are big movies that were still showing in cinemas until a few days ago, including Emma, The Invisible Man, Birds of Prey and The Hunt. Here’s what we know about everything that was scheduled for release up until April 10.

A Quiet Place II

John Krasinski’s sequel to his hugely imaginative horror flick.

Original release date: March 19. New release date: TBC

Radioactive

A Marie Curie biopic with a female director and Rosamund Pike doing the boffinry

Original release date: March 20. New release date: TBC

The Truth

The great Hirokazu Kore-eda’s follow-up to Shoplifters.

Original release date: March 20. New release date: Now released on Curzon Home Cinema.

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants

A bereaved surgeon cheers himself up with a dominatrix in this jolly Finnish BDSM comedy-drama.

Original release date: March 20. New release date: Now released on Curzon Home Cinema.

Peter Rabbit 2

The return of the vermin.

Original release date: March 27: New release date: July 17

Vivarium

Lorcan Finnegan’s satirical sci-fi thriller.

Original release date: March 27: New release date: March 27 on online platforms

Mulan

Disney’s live-action version of its 1998 hit

Original release date: March 27. New release date: TBC

The Painted Bird

Grim but brilliant monochrome arthouse epic.

Original release date: March 27. New release date: TBC

The New Mutants

Bristol’s very own Maisie Williams makes her X-Men franchise debut as Scottish-accented Rahne Sinclair – aka shapeshifting Wolfsbane.

Original release date: April 3. New release date: TBC

The Secret Garden

New adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel

Original release date: April 3. New release date: August 14

The Assistant

The winner of the race to get the first post-Weinstein #MeToo drama onto the big screen

Original release date: April 3. New release date: TBC

No Time to Die

James Bond is defeated by coronavirus

Original release date: April 3. New release date: November 12

Trolls World Tour

Dreamworks’ sequel to its primary-coloured animation.

Original release date: April 10. New release date: Premiering online from April 10

Rocks

Brick Lane and Suffragette director Sarah Gavron returns with a mostly female crew for this gritty modern, London-set coming-of-age story, which earned rave reviews at its Toronto Film Festival premiere.

Original release date: April 10. New release date: TBC

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