Issue 13: Feature Article—What to Watch in 2016

With 2015 rapidly drawing to a close, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look into the future to provide a brief overview of some of the fact-based film goodness coming your way in the New Year…

We start the year with a flurry of activity, as January sees a number of big releases hit UK screens, including the long-awaited, The Revenant (2015). In addition, we’ll get the chance to see:

Joy (2015)
The Danish Girl (2015)
The Big Short (2015)
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

Over in the US, Himalaya (2015) gets a big screen release.

January is also the month for the Oscar nominations (on the 14th) which are bound to feature plenty of nods towards 2015’s fact-based films.

The Golden Globes are being held on 10 January, and the end of the month also brings the Sundance Film Festival, which will feature such fact-based fare as Christine (2016).

UK audiences get their chance to see some major fact-based releases this month, including Will Smith’s controversial NFL drama, Concussion (2015). In addition, we’ll get the chance to see:

Trumbo (2015)
I Saw the Light (2015)
Oddball and the Penguins (2015)

The 2015 BAFTA awards will be held on the 14th of the month. The Berlin International Film Festival also takes place in February.

Over in the US, we have the release of The Rise of the Krays (2015), one of several films inspired by the antics of the London gangster twins. The following are also due for release:

Admiral (2015)
Bigger Than the Beatles (2016)

In addition, we have all the excitement of the Academy Awards rounding off the month, on the 28th.

March sees the UK and US release of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016), which is based on journalist, Kim Barker’s, wartime reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In addition, the month sees the US release of The Young Messiah (2016).

This month brings the Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, to UK and US screens. Other UK releases include:

Eddie the Eagle (2016)
Elvis & Nixon (2016)

In the US, the following are scheduled for a big screen release:

The Prince of Old Havana (2016)
Caravaggio and My Mother the Pope (2016)

New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival is also being held this month.

The big release on both sides of the Pond this month is Oliver Stone’s Snowden (2016), about the famous CIA whistleblower who leaked thousands of classified documents to the press.

The film world also heads to the South of France this month for the Cannes Film Festival.

This month sees the UK release of Last Days in the Desert (2015).

June is also the month of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which holds the honour of being the world’s oldest continually running film festival.

Across the Pond, Duty (2016) gets a US big screen release.

Things fall a little flat this month in respect of UK fact-based film releases (this may change, of course, as the year progresses).

However, July sees the US release of Genius (2016), which tells of Max Perkins’ time as the book editor at Scribner, where he oversaw works by such literary giants as Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The following are also scheduled for a US big screen release:

Tesla (2016)
When My Eyes Go Dark (2016)

Things remain slow in the UK cinemas, in this traditional month of the summer blockbuster.

However, in the US, we have the release of Infiltrator (2016), which tells of a money laundering plot involving drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar.

There’s also an anticipated release date for McQueen (2016), a biopic of the legendary actor.

The Venice Film Festival launches on the very last day of August.

The big release on both sides of the Pond this month is Deepwater Horizon (2016), which is set on the oil rig that exploded back in 2010, leading to the largest ever US oil spill.

Also hitting US screens is Clint Eastwood’s Sully (2016), which tells of the American pilot who landed a troubled aircraft full of passengers on the Hudson River.

Also in September, the film world heads to the ski slopes of Colorado for the Telluride Film Festival.

This month sees the UK and US release of the biographical, Dickens and Isabella (2016).

October is also the month in which the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival takes place.

This month sees the US release of War in the Woods (2016), which is based on John Nores Jr’s book of the same name. Other US fact-based/inspired releases include:

Oklahoma Sun (2016)
Ghost of Hangman’s Bridge (2016)
The Heart of Amilcar Cabral (2016)
Bogie and Bacall (2016)
The Great Wall (2016)

The year ends with a whimper, with little fact-based fare so far confirmed. However, we do have the UK release of The Last Jacobite (2016).

*As you might guess, all release dates and other details are subject to change*

Issue 14 of RSL is out on 25 January.

(Image: “Happy New Year text” by Roula30