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5 Top New Films to Watch in September and October

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Reviews of Schemers, Escape and Evasion and more
Autumn brings a wide selection of new movie releases across cinemas, digital download and DVD. Here are our picks for September and October.

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Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes


With a classic indie soundtrack and vivacious cast of Scottish characters, it's no wonder Schemers has been likened to Trainspotting.

Set in 1979, this bright, fun youthful film is bursting with energy and a perfect escape as you follow three friends attempting to put on a gig in Dundee.

Based on a true story, the film was written by music manager David McLean about his early years in the music business as a fledgling promoter - before he moved to London to work with everyone from Nirvana to Pearl Jam and Green Day and manage Placebo.

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Conor Berry makes a fine debut in Schemers

The film, which had its release delayed due to the Coronavirus outbreak earlier this year, has already won the Audience Award at Edinburgh Film Festival and Best Director and Best Actor at the New York Winter Film Awards.

It's surprising that this is Conor Berry's debut as likeable lead Davie, who is extremely watchable as he hustles his way to running a disco and holding an Iron Maiden gig in the city while avoiding the wrath of local gangster Fergie.

Alongside Berry is Tara Lee, from The Fall, as his romantic interest Shona, plus Sean Connor and Grant R. Keelan.

Fun and full of great '70's and '80's anthems, Schemers is a fresh film full of energy and electrifying performances.

Distributor: Black Factory Films and Munro Films
Release Date: In Cinemas from September 25
Find It: At your local cinema - find out more here.


After exhausting the versions of Sherlock Holmes, this new movie turns to Sherlock's teenage sister, Enola, as she becomes a sleuth in her own right.

Millie Bobby Brown takes on the role of the Holmes sibling with panache as she investigates the disappearance of her mother and manages to show Sherlock a thing or two.

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Enola Holmes is the latest film from Netflix

It's a feminist approach to Arthur Conan Doyle's inspiration with direction by Harry Bradbeer, who also did Fleabag, so you know it's in good hands. The movie also stars big names from Henry Cavill to Helena Bonham-Carter, as Enola's mother, and another Fleabag alumni Fiona Shaw.

Exciting, attractive action and suspense that will only help to boost the Sherlock franchise further.

As an aside, Escape Hunt has also teamed up with Netflix to offer a play-at-home Enola Holmes puzzle game. Find out more here.

Distributor: Netflix
Release Date: September 23
Find it on: Netflix


Psychological war film Escape and Evasion combines brutal action with the emotional damage it can do to soldiers.

Josh McConville, who you may recognise from Fantasy Island and Outlaws, leads the action as the lone soldier returning home from a botched mission in Burma, suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

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Josh McConville stars in new movie Escape and Evasion

His turmoil is clear to see as he tries to return to normal life but faces the questions of an unrelenting journalist that forces him to face the ghosts of his past and a dark secret.

Distributor: Lightbulb Film Distribution
Release Date: On digital download from September 28 and to buy on DVD from October 26.
Find It On: Streaming channels including iTunes here.

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New psychological war drama Escape and Evasion


This newly-restored British drama starring Diana Dors is on Blu-ray and digital for the first time since it was released in 1956.

One of the few "Angry Young Woman" films of the 1950's, Yield to the Night was directed by J. Lee Thompson, who was responsible for cult classics The Guns of Navarone and Ice Cold in Alex.

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Diana Dors received acclaim for Yield To The Night

It shows a different side to Diana Dors, deeper than many of the movies where she appeared as a bubbly blonde. In this movie, she plays salesgirl Mary Hilton, awaiting her death after being convicted of murder and sentenced to hang.

This atmospheric film charts the condemned's final weeks, recounting the events that led to her crime.

Having met and fallen hopelessly in love with impoverished musician Jim Lancaster, played by Michael Craig, Mary left her neglectful husband for him, only to find his attraction to her deflected by his involvement with a rich socialite.

Although it is widely believed to be based on the story of Ruth Ellis - the last woman to be executed by hanging in the UK in 1955 - the book the film is based on was written before that time.

Distributor: StudioCanal Vintage Classics Collection
Release Date: On Blu-ray and Digital for the first time and DVD from October 12
Find it on: StudioCanal website and online stores including Amazon here.

GHOST HUNTING (Istiyad Ashbah)

This harrowing documentary from Raed Andoni won the Silver Bear for Best Documentary at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, but isn't easy viewing as an uncompromising piece of work.

Its fans include Ken Loach, who described it as "a daring and shocking film, made with fine cinematic judgement."

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An uncompromising and powerful documentary

Recreating the infamous Al-Moskobiya prison, Israel's main interrogation centre, where Andoni was himself jailed at the age 18, Andoni gathers together fellow survivors to recreate and confront their own experiences of incarceration and torture.

It is a powerful hybrid of documentary, fiction and experimental art film that is mixed with lyrical animated sequences.

Special features include an interview with director Raed Andoni filmed at the 2017 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Distributor: Second Run
Release Date: September 28 on region-free Blu-ray and DVD
Find it on: online stores including Amazon here
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Why? New films released in cinemas or digital download in September and October
When: From September to October
Where: At home or local cinema
Cost: From 5 up
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