Hot on the heels of a bumper 2014, the first Australian home entertainment releases of 2015 hit UK shelves – real and virtual – earlier this week.
Released theatrically to rave reviews in late summer, The Rover – starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson – is David Michôd’s much anticipated follow up to Animal Kingdom. Like an arthouse re-imagining of Mad Max, the Australian outback becomes a lawless wasteland in this near-future, post-fall dystopian thriller about one man who will stop at nothing to recover what’s his.
Following a period of iTunes VOD exclusivity, The Rover is now available to rent or own on DVD, Blu-Ray and major VOD platforms (via eOne UK).
By way of contrast, Around the Block – making it’s UK debut as a direct to VOD release – is a distinctly urban thriller, based partly on the personal experiences of writer/director Sarah Spillane. Set amidst the 2004 Redfern Riots, it stars Christina Ricci as a determined drama teacher posted to a tough inner-city school, and her attempts to stage an indigenous production of Hamlet, and inspire them to reach beyond a cycle of poverty and crime.
Around the Block is now available to rent or own on major VOD platforms (via Signature Entertainment).