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)

CREATION

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

ENDGAME

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

FISH TANK

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

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