Brit Movies: British Films To Watch out For in 2013

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It’s going to be an exciting year for British Movies and we’ve decided to put together a rundown of all the British movies we could find that will be opening this year. From the Return of Bridget Jones to Paddington Bear’s journey to the big screen there’s a lot to look forward to.

The Sweeney

Tearing up the streets of London, “The Sweeney” is a stylish, exhilarating action thriller proving sometimes you have to act like a criminal to catch a criminal. Armed and dangerous, the Sweeney Flying Squad are old school crime fighters enforcing the law. Led by legendary detective Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and his loyal partner, they have their own unique way of operating and always get results. With a bank heist in progress and his old enemy making a reappearance on the London crime scene, Regan will do whatever it takes to get the job done, even defying orders from his no-nonsense boss (Damian Lewis).

Release Date: March 1st

Quartet

Featuring as the set for this film about a retirement home for opera singers, Hedsor House & Park in Buckinghamshire is as much a part of the ensemble cast as Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins. The Georgian country house provides the perfect backdrop to the residents’ annual Verdi concert, which threatens to unravel with the unwelcome arrival of the 4th member of the quartet.

Release Date: Already released

I Give It A Year

London’s West End and all its charms is the backdrop to British rom-com I Give It A Year, looking light-heartedly at a couple’s first year of marriage and all its trials and tribulations. Produced by the company behind Four Weddings & A Funeral, Bridget Jones Diary and Notting Hill, British star Rafe Spall and Australian actress Rose Byrne take on the leading roles, with funny man Stephen Merchant providing the laughs with some typically British eccentricity and humour.

Release Date: Spring/Summer 2013

About Time

Richard Curtis returns to his beloved London in this time travelling tale. Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy and Tom Hollander star in this rom-com, sci-fi mash-up which takes the action from Cornwall to the West End through the ages, in the pursuit of true love. Filming locations include Notting Hill, an area made famous by another Richard Curtis film of the same name, and a lovely place to wander around, especially taking in the atmosphere at the famous Portobello Road market.

Release Date: November 8th, 2013

Diana

The story of a British icon and princess who had a profound and positive impact on so many of the people she touched, Diana focuses on the final two years of her life, namely as a humanitarian campaigner. Naomi Watts plays Diana, and was seen in various UK locations in role while filming, including the famous London jazz bar Ronnie Scotts and among the stunning cliffs at Beachy Head in East Sussex.

Release Date: November 2013

Girls’ Night Out

On V.E Day in 1945, Princess Margaret and her sister Elizabeth are allowed out from Buckingham Palace for the night, where they attempt to go unnoticed in joining in the V.E Day celebrations, during which they encounter romance and danger. This sounds like a really interesting project.

Release Date: Sometime in 2013

Jack and the Giant Slayer

Following on from Red Riding Hood and Snow White and the Huntsman comes the next fairytale adaptation. Ewan Macgregor, Bill Nighy and Nicholas Hoult star in this telling of Jack and the Beanstalk, set in the Surrey countryside and with the striking Norwich Cathedral as a backdrop to one farmer’s quest to rescue a princess from the giants’ kingdom.

Release Date: March 25th

The World’s End

When childhood friends (played by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost – stars of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz – and Martin Freeman – star of The Hobbit) decide to recreate an epic pub crawl from their youth, it is Hertfordshire’s Welwyn Garden City that stands in as their home town. As with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, the English pub has a pivotal role in this film from Edgar Wright, although their aim to reach the last pub is soon eclipsed by a far more pressing mission.

Release Date: October 25th

Dom Hemingway

Jude Law plays notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway who is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he’s owed after spending 12 years in prison. This London-set black comedy, which also stars Richard E Grant, was also filmed on location in Kent’s Chatham Historic Dockyard.

Release Date: Sometime in 2013

World War Z

While this movie is produced by Hollywood, it was mostly shot on location in Britain. Brad Pitt’s character in World War Z – telling the story of a U.N. employee racing against time and fate to stop the outbreak of a deadly Zombie pandemic – features in scenes set across the UK, from the Cornish coast and the stunning Lulworth Cove on the south of England’s Jurassic Coast to the vibrant Scottish city of Glasgow, London, as well as a range of Royal Air Force bases.

Release Date: June 21st

God Help The Girl

Glasgow, Scotland is at the very heart of God Help the Girl, which relates the story of a girl called Eve who deals with her emotional problems by songwriting. The film is a musical project penned by leader of the Scottish indie pop group Belle & Sebastian, Stuart Murdoch, with Glasgow itself as the centrepiece.

Release Date: Sometime in 2013

Bridget Jones’ Baby

A welcome return of the adventures of the much-loved Bridget Jones as she hits her 40s and has a baby. As with the other two films in the franchise, there are likely to be many popular London and British locations featured in the film, and its star cast of Renee Zellwegger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant will be re-assembling for the third instalment. Let’s hope it’s better than Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason.

Release Date: Fall 2013

Not Another Happy Ending

When a struggling publisher discovers his only successful author is blocked he knows he has to unblock her or his career is over. A love story, the film is set in Glasgow, Scotland, which is home to fantastic museums such as the iconic Riverside Museum and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Doctor Who star Karen Gillan will make her feature debut in this film!

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Release Date: Fall 2013

Paddington Bear

While not coming out until 2014, we thought this was worth a mention. This animated film, based on Michael Bond’s much-loved children’s books tells the tale of a young English boy who befriends a talking bear he finds at London’s Paddington station. Set against the backdrop of London, this film is the brainchild of producer David Heyman, of the Harry Potter franchise.

Release Date: November 2014

What movie are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments!

Comments

  1. avatarMatthew says

    Saw Quartet. Better than Marigold Hotel but felt like not enough story.

    Looking forward to I Give It A Year, (Love those Working Title-esque comedies.)
    The World’s End (Big fan of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz)
    Bridget Jones’ Baby (Actually Fall 2013 is a tentative release date to those excited.)
    Paddington. (A good film to watch with the family soon being the eldest of 3 children.)