New Release Strategy Support

Hub Members can access support to screen some of the best new films from across the globe as part of our New Release Strategy.
New Release Strategy Support

Hub Members can access support to screen some of the best new films from across the globe as part of FAN’s New Release Strategy.

The New Release Strategy is an initiative supported by the nine regional UK Film Hubs, which aims to expand the reach of titles that may be perceived as ‘challenging’, including foreign language films, ensuring they are seen by more people in more cinemas.

We are delighted to announce the next BFI FAN New Release Strategy titles, God’s Own Country (Picturehouse, 1 Sept) and Daphne (Altitude, 29 Sept), two great British films that deserve to be seen on the big screen in cinemas all over the UK.

From film talent events to making the most of grassroots networks both God’s Own Country and Daphne will benefit from an expanded marketing campaign that will raise the visibility of these films all over the UK – and with the Strategy’s focus on young audiences (age 16-30) you can expect lots of opportunities and ideas for engaging with audiences this age.  Cinemas booking the films will receive more details on these opportunities over the coming weeks.

Film Hub North West Central are offering customised support for venues screening NRS films, get in touch with us on to discuss options, from added-value screenings to outreach support tailored to your venue. And, as with all NRS films, you will receive an expanded marketing pack containing everything you need to successfully promote the films including top quality social assets, engaging copy and great event ideas.

Booking is now open for both God’s Own Country and Daphne.  Check out the details below and contact the distributor for more information and to book.

God’s Own Country

Dir: Francis Lee|UK|2017|104 mins

Released 1 September

“Captivating ★★★★★ – BBC Culture     “Spellbinding ★★★★★” – Attitude

Captivating and broodingly beautiful, God’s Own Country is the award winning debut feature from writer/director Francis Lee. Bracingly open hearted, this is a thrillingly romantic story set in the heart of rural Yorkshire. Both poignant and moving, this finely crafted British film features a host of standout performances, marking it out as an absolute must see.

Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor) works long hours on his family’s remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. But when a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. As they begin working closely together during lambing season, an intense relationship starts to form which could change Johnny’s life forever.

“Beautiful ★★★★★” – HeyUGuys           “Unmissable ★★★★” – The Metro

Booking contact:

Initial marketing materials including trailer, quad poster and stills are now available and will be sent to you upon booking.


Dir: Peter Mackie Burns|UK|2017|90 mins

Released 29 September

“Emily Beecham Slays In a Misanthropic British Winner That Feels Like a Big Screen ‘Fleabag’”, “feels like a romantic comedy with all of the bullshit taken out” – Indiewire

Director of the acclaimed, multi award-winning short film Milk, Scottish filmmaker Peter Mackie Burns marks his transition into features with this tightly focused, remarkably authentic character study of brittle 31-year-old Londoner Daphne (Emily Beecham, Into the Badlands).

“She’s like one of the women from Girls gone solo”… “Burns has crafted a great London movie”… “a film of compassion and soul, with a protagonist at its heart who’s sometimes hard to like but easy to adore” – The Skinny

Daphne has ‘sort of given up on people’ as she goes through the motions of her busy life, working as a cook in a London restaurant and through a series of drug-fuelled hook-ups. She resists genuine intimacy in her few friendships and rejects her mother Rita’s attempts to engage. When she witnesses a violent robbery, she’s thrown into chaos and finally begins to confront the person she’s become.

Cut from the same explicit, ironic, confessional cloth as Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s internationally successful BBC TV series Fleabag, Daphne offers us a female protagonist who can be as fiercely unlikeable as she is compelling to watch. Beecham doesn’t shy away from her character’s darker aspects and her astonishingly complex and intimate portrayal made the film a hit at Rotterdam Film Festival earlier this year.

Booking contacts: and


Please email us if you’d like to get involved or require any more information on how the Hub can support you with screening NRS titles. 


Previous titles supported under this scheme have been:

The Pearl Button (Dir: Patricio Guzmán)

Mustang (Dir: Deniz Gamze Ergüven)

Chevalier (Dir: Athina Rachel Tsangari)

Sonita (Dir: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami)

The Fits (Dir: Anna Rose Holmer)

If you are planning on screening any of the above titles then please get in touch as some assets will still be available to use.