Living in the UK, generally all US film releases get here pretty quick. In the case of blockbusters we tend to get them the same day – or in the case of Marvel movies we seem to get them a week earlier than the US (not sure why that is but thank you Marvel!) In Oscar season, all the films nominated that were released November/December 2013 time in America are released from January- February here in the UK. That sort of time difference happens with most independent US films.
I’ve never really had the experience of being interested in a US film and not knowing when I might have the opportunity to see it – until recently that is.
It’s happened with two films now. The first is Fruitvale Station which went on the festival circuit in America and then had a limited release from January. Now some European countries like France, Sweden and Portugal are getting it from January so that obviously must mean it’s got a international distribution deal so why isn’t there a release date for the UK?
The second is a film called Better Living Through Chemistry which I had never heard of to last night when I stumbled across it’s poster. I’m mainly interested in it as it’s got some of my favourite actors and actresses in it – Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Monaghan. That’s got a release date of March 2014 for the US and no release date for anywhere else.
It is frustrating having to wait, but after studying the film industry for a few years I do get the semantics of it all. In short it’s all down to money and if the cost of showing a film in X amount of theatres will return a profit. I’m pretty sure that Fruitvale Station would return a profit, there are great reviews of it from America and many thought it could be up for an Oscar or two but its summer release date went against it. I know there are many less than legal means to obtain a film before it’s released in the cinema but I can never quite bring myself to do that. So I guess I shall have to wait however long and get bitter.