Film4 launches its ‘action packed’ season


Film4 describe their latest themed season as ’12 nights of essential action’ and kicks off tonight at 9pm with the channel premiere of Hanna (Joe Wright, 2011). The season will run from Monday 24th March – 4th April 2014, screening films in a double, sometimes triple, bill everynight from 9pm onwards.

With the success of the Akira Kurosawa season (read more about that here), which ran on Thursday mornings throughout February, and the more recent success of the Behind Bars season which ran from last Thursday to Saturday (read more about that here), a season of exciting action films from all around the world will certainly be worth a watch.

There will be a total of 28 action movies screened over the 12 days and they all fit in with Film4’s aim to screen film talent from all around the world, from critically acclaimed classics to independent gems. Some of the films included that are certainly worth keeping an eye out for are the season premiere Hanna, Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954), Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku, 2000), and A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005), and many more. Film4 are perhaps the greatest UK movie channel for screening independent films and the best of world cinema, backing some of the greatest British movie gems and upcoming talents in the UK. Film4 themed seasons are always something to look forward to and the Action Packed season will no doubt be worth a watch.

Find out more and watch a promo trailer here


About Enchanted By Film

1st class Film uni graduate who has a love for films old and new. I write for Diegesis and Film Matters film journals. Currently saving to do a Masters and PhD in Film. My ambition is to be a University lecturer on film and write about film academically. I also wouldn't mind working for the BFI or writing for Sight and Sound :-)
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7 Responses to Film4 launches its ‘action packed’ season

  1. dirkmalcolm says:

    *orders a packet of Malteasers and a bottle of tizer* Looking forward to a night in with The Seven Samurai

  2. I love A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and will actually be showing that in a class for the first time in just a few weeks.

    • Oh fantastic!! It was a bit violent for me, but still a great film. What are the students studying to watch it for?

      • I’m showing it to illustrate “neo-noir.” It’s a virtual remake of the classic film noir OUT OF THE PAST (which the students watched earlier in the semester) so I’m having them focus on the similarities between the two films. But I’ll also use the opportunity to talk about David Cronenberg as an “auteur” and how the film can be seen as revisiting some of the themes of his own early work in the “body horror” genre — specifically, the notion that violence itself is like a latent virus within the protagonist Tom/Joey.

      • Oh wow that sounds fascinating. I wrote an essay on Cronenberg for uni (which I put on my site) but looking at his films in terms of demonstrating the threats and fantasies of technology.

      • That sounds great. I’m sure there’s a lot on Videodrome in there. Please send me a link.

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