Our essential guide to the sensational stories of 2020 ends with some of the most unforgettable films and formidable characters making an impact in the coming year…
In February, Elizabeth Moss stars in the reimagining of THE INVISIBLE MAN which is cleverly transformed to a contemporary tale of a woman convinced her abusive ex-boyfriend has staged his own death and made himself invisible to torment her. Releasing in May, SAINT MAUD is about an extremely religious nurse who believes she is becoming possessed by a holy spirit, but perhaps something more sinister is at play.
The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in October with HALLOWEEN KILLS. October also brings one of Roald Dahl’s creepiest children’s novels back to the big screen in a new adaptation of THE WITCHES. Anne Hathaway is the Grand High Witch and the director is Robert Zemeckis, veteran creator of unforgettable films that include FORREST GUMP, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT and the BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy.
Seriously Strong Women
2020 is an exceptional year for female-driven films with formidable characters. We’ve already mentioned several that could fall into this category, including all of the spine-tinglers, but here are even more! In cinemas now, SEBERG concerns the 1960s Hollywood star Jean Seberg whose political activisim made her the target of surveillance and harassment from the FBI. Irish actor Colm Meaney plays Federal Agent Frank Ellroy. Also in January comes BOMBSHELL starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Allison Janney and Kate McKinnon. This is a true account of recent events at Fox News and how a group of women took on the head of the company as well as its toxic culture.
BIRDS OF PREY: AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN will explode on to screens in early February, hot on the heels of the phenomenal success of JOKER. Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, was once involved with the Joker, but after splitting with him teams up with Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord. MISBEHAVIOUR, releasing in March, is based on the true story of the 1970 Miss World contest and its disruption by the newly founded Women’s Liberation Movement. The powerful cast includes Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keeley Hawes and Irish actress Jessie Buckley, who was magnificent as the lead in WILD ROSE.
RADIOACTIVE, a dramatisation of the life of revolutionary scientist Marie Curie (Rosamund Pike) is another March movie. This is based on a graphic novel by Lauren Redniss and directed by Marjane Satrapi whose own acclaimed graphic novel also inspired her directorial, PERSEPOLIS. Disney’s live-action remake of MULAN brings the month of March to a close with a fearless warrior woman, and there are more to come.
In May, BLACK WIDOW is set before the events of the first AVENGERS movie and follows the Russian spy turned superheroine played by Scarlett Johansson. WONDER WOMAN 1984 is one of 2020’s most anticipated films and arrives in June, the trailer has just been released and it looks like even more fun than the record-breaking WONDER WOMAN. Bringing back Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and director Patty Jenkins, this has the added bonus of Kirsten Wiig and a killer ‘80s soundtrack.
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN is written and directed by the incredibly talented Emerald Fennell, who collaborated with Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Killing Eve. This stars Carey Mulligan as Cassie who exacts vengeance for a traumatic event an endless supply of nefarious men that attempt to take advantage of her in bars. Oh and every film mentioned here apart from SEBERG has a female director too!
2020 is such an incredible year for sensational storytelling on the big screen, we’ve had to split our preview into different parts. In case you missed the others, you can find part one here, part two here and part three here.
When it comes to shifting consumer preference from one brand to another, cinema was found to be four times more effective than advertising on YouTube, and 15 times more effective than browsing on Facebook. Similarly, when driving spontaneous recall, cinema was shown to be six times more effective than YouTube and 11 times more effective than Facebook.⁰ Please do get in touch if you’d like to hear more, or to appear on screen next to some of these amazing movies in 2020.
⁰ Source: Brand Benefits Study MindLab UK 2019