THE BOAT THAT ROCKED
Director: Richard Curtis
Producers: Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Gemma Arterton
The scoop: Curtis returns with his sophomore directorial effort about the band of pirate DJs who helped bring rock ‘n’ roll to Blighty’s youth in the 1960s by transmitting from a makeshift radio station in the middle of the North Sea.
Distributor: Universal Pictures Intl. (worldwide)
Director: Jon Amiel
Producers: Jeremy Thomas, Alexandra Stone, Nick O’Hagan
Stars: Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Jeremy Northam
The scoop: Husband-and-wife team Bettany and Connelly play Charles and Emma Darwin in the pic, a part-ghost story, part-psychological thriller and part-love story, which recounts Darwin’s journey writing his seminal evolution tome “On the Origin of Species” and its impact on his relationship with his deeply religious wife.
Sales: HanWay Films
THE DAMNED UNITED
Director: Tom Hooper
Producers: Andy Harries, Grainne Marmion
Stars: Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Colm Meaney
The scoop: Sheen and scribe Peter Morgan re-team once again for this adaptation of Brit author David Peace’s acclaimed account of legendary English soccer coach Brian Clough’s turbulent 44-day reign as manager of Leeds United in 1974.
Sales: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director: Pete Travis
Producer: Hal Vogel
Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mark Strong, William Hurt
The scoop: Helmer Travis depicts the people and events that led to the downfall of apartheid in South Africa. Pic unspools at Sundance.
Sales: Target Entertainment
Director: Andrea Arnold
Producers: Kees Kasander, Nick Laws
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Harry Treadaway, Jason Maza
The scoop: Helmer Arnold follows up her critically acclaimed debut feature “Red Road” with this twisting drama about a teenage girl whose life is turned upside down when her mother brings home a new boyfriend. Distrib Artificial Eye has already acquired U.K. rights, and Cineart has picked up theatrical rights for the Netherlands.
Sales: Content Film Intl.
IN THE LOOP
Director: Armando Iannucci
Producers: Kevin Loader, Adam Tandy
Stars: James Gandolfini, Steve Coogan, Tom Hollander
The scoop: Brit satirist Iannucci makes his directorial debut with this political laffer about a U.S. Army general and British government minister who try to stop an ill-advised war from breaking out.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures
LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS
Director: Phil Claydon
Producers: Steve Clark-Hall, Angad Paul, Robert Walak
Stars: James Corden, Mathew Horne
The scoop: Up-and-coming Brit funnymen Corden and Horne, the stars of cult fave Brit TV skein “Gavin and Stacey,” are reteaming for their feature debut, a comic horror pic about a village where all the women have been enslaved by a vampire curse.
Sales: AV Pictures