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What does it mean when the UK gets an American film before the Americans? Are we a dumping ground or a testing ground?
Four Weddings and a Funeral 1994 is a British film first released in America. The producers chose that strategy because at the time the British critics were wont to destroy a British film on arrival eg The Crying Game 1992. Four Weddings was a success in America so that was alright then. It became a success over here.
Conversely it was the British that made Quentin Tarantino. Reservoir Dogs 1992 was ignored in the States but hit big on these shores. For good or ill we launched his career.
John Carpenter’s last feature film was Ghost of Mars 2001. It is an embarrassment. The consensus is he hasn’t made a decent movie in over 20 years.
Which begs the question are we a dumping ground or a testing ground? Time will tell but the trailer looks great.
The Ward is released in the UK on 21st January. No dates have been set for North America.
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