Shot in the UK: 21 Upcoming Feature Films to Watch | Characteristics

As the global pandemic has created major challenges for the film production and exhibition sector in the UK, the industry has worked hard to continue creating and delivering content during these turbulent times.

Despite the need for flexible release dates, many UK-made feature film productions are hitting theaters and / or streaming platforms this year and beyond. Here is just a taste of what to expect.

Black Widow (Wonder)


Shot at Pinewood Studios and on location in South East England
This Marvel blockbuster starring Scarlett Johansson as former KGB agent Natasha Romanoff is helmed by Australian director Cate Shortland and will kick off Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which will also include artists like Eternals and Thor: love and thunder). Black Widowis slated for a theatrical release in May 2021.

Joyful spirit (Align / Fred Films)

Shot on location in London and South East England
Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher and Judie Dench lead the cast of this remake of the 1945 classic starring Rex Harrison and Margaret Rutherford. Edward Hall directs this adaptation of Noel Coward’s play in which a writer invokes the spirit of his late wife, leading to a love triangle with his current wife. The film is currently slated for a Christmas release.

Death on the Nile (20th century)

Death on the Nile (20e Century Fox)

Shot at Longcross Studios
Director Kenneth Branagh follows up on 2017 Murder on the Orient Express with another adaptation of Agatha Christie, in which he takes the role of detective Hercule Poirot; this time investigating a murder while cruising the Nile. Sophie Okonedo, Armie Hammer and Gal Gadot are also starring in the film, which is set to arrive in UK cinemas on December 18, 2020.

Everybodys Talking about Jamie (Regency / Warp)

Shot at Peregrine Studios and on location in North West England
This adaptation of the hit musical by Tom McRae and Dan Gillespie Sell stars Max Harwood as Jamie, a teenager from Sheffield who dreams of becoming a drag queen. McRae and Gillespie Sell wrote the screenplay for lead director Jonathan Butterell, who also helmed the show. The film is slated for release in January 2021.

F9 (Universal)

Shot at Warner Bros. Studios. Leavesden and in place in Scotland and South East England
The ninth film of the Fast and furious The series will race in theaters in May 2021, with Vin Diesel returning to the wheel as racer Dominic Turreto, who must face his own brother Jakob (John Cena) who has joined forces with nemesis Cipher (Charlize Theron). The film is directed by Justin Lin, who previously directed Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift with Fast Furious 5 and 6.

Here before (Banking Movies / BBC)

Shot on location in Northern Ireland
This debut film by Belfast-born writer / director Stacey Gregg – who benefited from Creative England’s iFeatures program – is gaining traction. Starring Andrea Riseborough as a grieving woman who is captivated by the young girl moving in next door, it was introduced to international buyers and programmers as part of the work in progress component of this year’s London Film Festival. Bankside Films has worldwide sales. Release date to be confirmed.

Jingle Jangle: a Christmas journey (Netflix)

Shot at Aborfield Studios and on location in East Anglia
Netflix has stepped up production activities in the UK with groups like Enola Holmes, His home and now this festive adventure about an eccentric toy maker, his adventurous granddaughter and a magical invention with Forest Whitaker, Anika Noni Rose and Hugh Bonneville. Written and directed by David E. Albert, the film will launch globally on Netflix on November 13, 2020.

The kingthe man (20e Century Fox)


Shot on location in South East England and London
The third film in the popular Kingsmen series is a period prequel set in the early 1900s, which sees the Kingsman spy agency forced to oppose an infamous cabal. Matthew Vaughn returns to directing, and his cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, and Djimon Hounsou. The king’s man hits theaters in February 2021.

Limbo (Caravan Cinema / BFI / Film4 / Creative Scotland)

Shot on location in Scotland
British writer / director Ben Sharrock’s second feature film, following that of 2016 Pikadero – who won the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival that year – follows a Syrian musician stranded on a Scottish island as he waits for asylum seeker status. The film, which won the Youth Jury Prize in San Sebastian and will also play the LFF, was shot in the picturesque West Isles of Scotland. Release date to be confirmed.

Midnight sky (Anonymous content / Netflix)

Shot at Shepperton Studios
George Clooney directs and stars in this adaptation of Lilly Brooks-Dalton’s novel Hello, midnight, who sees an isolated Arctic scientist (Clooney) attempting to stop a crew of astronauts – led by Felicity Jones’ Sully – who are returning home following a global disaster. The film will make its worldwide bow on Netflix in December 2020

Mughal Mowgli (Cineeach / RYOT / Pulse / BBC Movies)

Shot on location in London
After winning over audiences at festivals in Berlin, Melbourne and London, Mughal Mowgli is set to hit theaters on October 30, 2020. It features an astonishing performance by Riz Ahmed as an Anglo-Pakistani rapper who is stricken with a debilitating autoimmune disease just before his US tour.

No time to die (MGM)

Shot at Pinewood Studios and on location in London, South East England and Scotland
After several release delays, the 25th film in the Bond franchise, which is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, is now due in theaters in April 2021. Daniel Craig returns in the heavily polished shoes of the world’s most famous spy who, after leaving active duty, is convinced to help track down a mysterious villain armed with cutting-edge technology.

Operation Minced Meat (Cohen Media Group / See Saw Films)

Shot on location in London and the South West of England
Director John Madden’s latest film (Miss Sloane) sees Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen play a duo of British intelligence officers who use a corpse and false papers to outwit German troops during WWII. Although the film does not have a confirmed release date, it is expected to play for audiences in 2021.

Elf (Paramount / Bloom / Fragile Films)

Shot on location in Northern Ireland
Pixie sees Olivia Cooke playing the role of the titular protagonist who sets up a heist to avenge her mother’s death. Ben Hardy, Dylan Moran and Alec Baldwin will also join the cast of director Barnaby Thompson. Release date to be confirmed.

Rebecca (Netflix)


Shot on location in the South East and South West of England
Making its global debut on Netflix on October 21, 2020, British author Ben Wheatley’s latest film (Kill List, free shot) is a sumptuous adaptation of the classic novel by Daphné De Maurier Rebecca. Previously adapted in an Alfred Hitchcock film in 1940, this version stars Lily James as Mrs. De Winter, who moves into the mansion of her new husband (Armie Hammer) only to find herself haunted by her shadow. previous wife, Rebecca.

The secret garden (STX / StudioCanal)

Shot on location across the UK
Adapted by prolific British screenwriter Jack Thorne from Francis Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel, The secret garden sees an orphan girl (played by Dixie Egerickx) discovering a beautiful garden hidden in her strict uncle’s estate. The film, which is directed by Marc Munden and also stars Colin Firth, will be available on Sky from October 23, 2020.

Six minutes to midnight (Madison Films / Mad as Birds)

Shot on location in Wales
Co-written by Andy Goddard, Eddie Izzard and Celyn Jones, and directed by Goddard, this war drama is set in 1939 and follows a school teacher (played by Izzard) who joins the staff of an English private college to find out that among its students are girls from the Nazi high command. Judi Dench, James D’Arcy and Jim Broadbent will also star in the film, which is set to hit UK cinemas in March 2021.

Supernova (BBC Films / BFI / The Office)

Shot on location in North West England
This drama by British writer / director Harry Macqueen (Countryside) stars Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth as a longtime couple traveling through the Lake District after Tusker (Tucci) was diagnosed with dementia. After performing at various festivals including London, the film will be released in the UK on November 20, 2020, via StudioCanal.

Turn (Sky)

Shot on location in London.
This modern update to the classic Charles Dickens tale follows a gang of young London con artists who are planning the heist of the century. Newcomer Rafferty Law (son of actor Jude Law) stars as Oliver Twist, with Lena Headey as Sikes, Michael Caine as Fagin, and Noel Clarke as Brownlow. It will debut on Sky Cinema in early 2021.

The witches

The witches (HBO Max / Warner Bros)

Shot at Warner Bros. Studios. Leavesden and Place in South East England
Based on Roald Dahl’s classic 1983 children’s book (which had already been adapted for theaters in 1990), The witches tells the story of a little boy who has an argument with a group of real-life witches. Anne Hathaway stars as The Grand High Witch, and the cast also includes Octavia Spencer and Stanley Tucci. It will debut in the US on HBO Max on October 22, 2020 and is set to hit international theaters in 2021.

Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner Bros)

Shot at Warner Bros. Studios. Leavesden and Place in South East England
Director Patty Jenkins’ sequel to her 2017 blockbuster is set to hit theaters on December 25, 2020. Gal Gadot returns behind the shield as the titular hero, facing two new foes in the 1980s. Chris Pine also returns as Steve Trevor, and they are joined by Pedro Pascal, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright and Kristen Wiig.

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