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Brit Urban Home Invasion Thriller 'Cherry Tree Lane' Getting USA Release In January

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by Tambay A. Obenson
December 13, 2012 3:10 PM
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Since Robert Johnson's RLJ Entertainment completed its acquisitions of Image Entertainment and Acorn Media, creating RLJ Entertainment Inc., I've received a steady stream of emails from the newly-formed comapny announcing the releases of new films to the home video (DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, digital) market; or, in this specific case, films that were released in other countries but never saw USA distribution.

If I may back-up for a little bit to remind you that the aforementioned Acorn Media, which RLJ now owns, is a UK-based company that handles primarily UK and Australian programing/content distribution.

I mention that to point out a benefit of this acquisition by RLJ of Acorn - that some of those UK films that we've written about over the years, but that never were released in the USA (not even on home video) will now be distributed in the USA, thanks to this deal.

And one of those titles is a 2010 film we wrote about in 2010, but haven't mentioned since - mostly due to the fact that it was never released in the USA - is dramathriller titled Cherry Tree Lane.

Written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams, the story centers on couple Mike and Christine, who unexpectedly find themselves the victims of a gang of local boys, looking to settle a score with their son (who isn't home), and instead end up physically and psychologically terrorizing the couple throughout the night.

From the looks of it, the "gang of local boys" are mostly black; the couple is white.

So bring on the racial politics ;). This isn't Mary Poppins' Cherry Tree Lane

A "raw... culture-clash chamber drama" the Edinburgh Film Festival called it, when the film played there in 2010. I couldn't help but think of a film like Michael Haneke's Funny Games.

Cherry Tree Lane opened in UK theaters in September 2010; and was likely released on home video there sometime afterward.

It was well received by the UK press.

Stateside audiences will now have their opportunity to check the film out for themselves, as RLJ is releasing it on DVD, on January 29th, 2013. Although it'll be available via digital download and VOD beginning January 17, 2013.

Here's its trailer:

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4 Comments

  • Miles Ellison | December 14, 2012 12:39 AMReply

    A film featuring black men as violent criminals. How original.

  • Ayo | December 14, 2012 12:20 AMReply

    I love how we don't "see" race in this country, but then young black men somehow keep getting represented like this. I actually can't think of a single representation of a young black man in a British feature who isn't like this or very similar.

    I shouldn't HAVE to say this, but I don't a single black guy like this. Not one.

    zooming out of this situation its interesting to see who we frame as the antagonist in these times. White collar crime is leaving so many people without jobs and livelihoods , yet we're still stigmatising the working class.

    We need something like Damages to call BS.

    This film just looks like Saw lite for middle class people scared of moving to the ever-gentrifying Hackney.

  • Donella | December 13, 2012 5:41 PMReply

    I hoped against hope that this was some sort of followup to Attack the Block, but no.

  • Cyril | December 14, 2012 1:50 AM

    I actually was hoping so too, Donella.

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