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3 upcoming releases we all NEED to see

Don’t miss these future screen sensations

Written by High Life North
Published 13.02.2021

By Chris Kingston

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Amazon Prime

We have been insanely excited about this darkly comedic thriller ever since the trailer dropped all the way back in 2019. The directorial debut of Killing Eve, Call The Midwife and The Crown acting/writing legend (and Golden Globe nominee) Emerald Fennell, this deliciously entertaining take on revenge follows Cassie – someone everyone thought was a promising young woman until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future…

Set before the #MeToo movement really kicked off, this film offers the perfect exploration of responsibility, sexual power and its imbalances and a woman’s right to say no.

Although initially set for release on 12th February, we’re still waiting for a new official release date from Amazon due to the delays caused by the pandemic. But the film is available to preorder, so we’re hoping it’ll be any day now – and as soon as we know, you’ll know.

FIREFLY LANE

Netflix

The best news about this one is that’s it’s actually available to watch right now.

Based on the best-selling book by Kristin Hannah, this 10-part adaptation stars Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke in a powerful ode to female friendship.

Spanning three decades, following two friends and telling one hell of a story, Firefly Lane follows Tully and Kate – best friends since they were teenagers – as they transition from high school through young adulthood to middle-age. And, as such, it weaves a poignant, powerful story about women, the magic of connection, the bitterness of betrayal and the female friendships that keep us going through all that life has to throw at us.

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE

Cinemas, hopefully

Because let’s face it – if we’ve ever needed the kind of feel-good watch Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is set to bring us, it’s 2021.

Now hotly-anticipated, the ETAJ story began back in 2011 when Jenny Popplewell released a documentary about a teenage boy from Sheffield who spent his days in school dreaming about becoming a drag queen. Fast-forward 10 years and Jamie Campbell is now known the world over, with a hit West End musical about his life and a feature film starring Max Harwood, Richard E Grant, Sarah Lancashire and Sharon Horgan dropping any day. 

Again, this has been a cultural casualty of the pandemic – initially set for release last October, Disney has pushed Everybody’s Talking About Jamie back to the end of February 2021 before issuing a statement at the beginning of the year saying the film will be delayed further without a new release date. What we can take from that is that producers are holding out for release onto the big screen – so as soon as cinemas reopen, get checking the times for this future smash-hit.

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