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List of British films of 2021

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2021 saw the death of director Michael Apted.
2021 saw the death of director Michael Apted.

This article lists feature-length British films and full-length documentaries that have their premiere in 2021 and were at least partly produced by Great Britain or the United Kingdom. It does not feature short films, medium-length films, made-for-TV films, pornographic films, filmed theater, VR films or interactive films, nor does it include films screened in previous years that had official release dates in 2021.

Box office

The highest-grossing British films released in 2021, by domestic box office gross revenue, are as follows:[1]

* Denotes films still running in cinemas worldwide
Highest-grossing films of 2021
Rank Title Distributor Domestic gross
1 No Time to Die* Universal Pictures £94,489,174[2]
2 Ron's Gone Wrong* Disney £4,477,761[3]
3 Last Night in Soho* Universal Pictures £1,920,809[4]
4 Spencer* STX Entertainment £1,532,418[5]

Film premieres

January – March

Opening Title Cast and crew Details Ref.
J
A
N
U
A
R
Y
14 Locked Down Director: Doug Liman
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Stephen Merchant, Mindy Kaling, Lucy Boynton, Mark Gatiss, Claes Bang, Ben Stiller, Ben Kingsley
Warner Bros. Pictures
(co-produced by the United States)
[6]
15 The Dig Director: Simon Stone
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, Johnny Flynn, Ben Chaplin, Ken Stott, Archie Barnes, Monica Dolan
Netflix
Based on The Dig by John Preston
(co-produced by the United States)
[7]
28 Censor Director: Prano Bailey-Bond
Cast: Niamh Algar, Nicholas Burns, Vincent Franklin, Sophia La Porta, Adrian Schiller, Michael Smiley
[8]
29 In the Earth Director: Ben Wheatley
Cast: Joel Fry, Reece Shearsmith, Hayley Squires, Ellora Torchia, John Hollingworth, Mark Monero
Universal Pictures
(co-produced by the United States)
[9]
Twist Director: Martin Owen
Cast: Rafferty Law, Michael Caine, Lena Headey, Rita Ora, Sophie Simnett, Noel Clarke, David Walliams, Franz Drameh, Jason Maza
Sky Cinema
Loosely based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
[10]
30 Passing Director: Rebecca Hall
Cast: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland, Alexander Skarsgård, Bill Camp
Netflix
Based on Passing by Nella Larsen
(co-produced by the United States)
[11]
The Sparks Brothers Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Ron Mael, Russell Mael, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Beck, Flea, Jonathan Ross, Patton Oswalt, Scott Aukerman, Jason Schwartzman, Tony Visconti, Mike Myers
Universal Pictures
Documentary about the band Sparks
(co-produced by the United States)
[12]
31 Misha and the Wolves Director: Sam Hobkinson Netflix
About Misha Defonseca's fraudulent Holocaust memoir
(co-produced by Belgium)
[13]
F
E
B
R
U
A
R
Y
12 The Mauritanian Director: Kevin Macdonald
Cast: Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Shailene Woodley, Benedict Cumberbatch
Based on Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Salahi
STXfilms
(co-produced by the United States)
[14]
19 To Olivia Director: John Hay
Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Keeley Hawes, Sam Heughan
Based on An Unquiet Life by Stephen Michael Shearer
Sky Cinema
[15]
24 Creation Stories Director: Nick Moran
Cast: Ewen Bremner, Suki Waterhouse, Jason Flemyng, Thomas Turgoose, Jason Isaacs
About Alan McGee and Creation Records
Sky Cinema
(co-produced by the United States)
[16]
M
A
R
C
H
1 The Beta Test Directors: Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe
Cast: Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe, Virginia Newcomb, Jessie Barr
(co-produced with the United States) [17]
6 Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In Director: Jason Ferguson
Cast: Alex Ferguson
About Sir Alex Ferguson [18]
17 Here Before Director: Stacey Gregg
Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Jonjo O'Neill, Martin McCann, Eileen O'Higgins
[19]
20 Granada Nights Directors: Abid Khan
Cast: Antonio Aakeel, Quintessa Swindell, Óscar Casas, Julius Fleischanderl, Laura Frederico, Isabel Guardiola, Leticia Marín, Virgile Bramly
[20]

April – June

Opening Title Cast and crew Details Ref.
A
P
R
I
L
4
M
A
Y
11
J
U
N
E
4 Edge of the World Director: Michael Haussman
Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Dominic Monaghan, Ralph Ineson, Samo Rafael, Hannah New, Josie Ho, Bront Palarae
Based on the adventures of James Brooke
(co-produced by the United States, Malaysia and China)
[21]
12 Everybody's Talking About Jamie Director: Jonathan Butterell
Cast: Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel, Shobna Gulati, Ralph Ineson, Adeel Akhtar, Samuel Bottomley, Sharon Horgan, Richard E. Grant
Amazon Studios
Based on: Everybody's Talking About Jamie by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae
(co-produced by the United Staes)
publisher= Film4 Productions |access-date=18 November 2021}}</ref>
18 The Last Bus Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Cast: Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan
Parkland Entertainment [22]

July – September

Opening Title Cast and crew Details Ref.
J
U
L
Y
8 The Souvenir Part II Director: Joanna Hogg
Cast: Honor Swinton Byrne, Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade, Jaygann Ayeh, Ariane Labed, James Spencer Ashworth, Harris Dickinson, Charlie Heaton, Joe Alwyn
Picturehouse Entertainment
(co-produced by Ireland and the United States)
Cow Director: Andrea Arnold Mubi
Documentary about two cows
[23]
9 Mothering Sunday Director: Eva Husson
Cast: Odessa Young, Josh O'Connor, Olivia Colman, Colin Firth
Lionsgate UK
Based on Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
(co-produced by Ireland and the United States)
[24]
A
U
G
U
S
T
6 Bull Director: Paul Andrew Williams
Cast: Neil Maskell, David Hayman, Tamzin Outhwaite, Lois Brabin-Platt
Signature Entertainment [25]
18 People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan Director: Jack Clough
Cast: Allan Mustafa, Asim Chaudhry, Steve Stamp, Dan Sylvester, Hugo Chegwin
BBC Films [26]
S
E
P
T
E
M
B
E
R
2 The Rescue Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi Greenwich Entertainment
About Tham Luang cave rescue
(co-produced by United States)
[27]
The Power of the Dog Director: Jane Campion
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Genevieve Lemon, Keith Carradine, Frances Conroy
Netflix
Based on: The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage
(co-produced by Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States)
[28]
Belfast Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, Colin Morgan, Jude Hill
Universal Pictures
(co-produced by Ireland)
[29]
Cyrano Director: Joe Wright
Cast: Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Bashir Salahuddin, Ben Mendelsohn
Universal Pictures
Based on: Cyrano (2018 stage musical) by Erica Schmidt and Cyrano de Bergerac (1897 play) by Edmond Rostand
(co-produced by Canada and the United States)
[30]
3 Spencer Director: Pablo Larraín
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Timothy Spall, Jack Farthing, Sean Harris, Sally Hawkins
STXfilms
(co-produced by the United States, Germany and Chile)
[31]
Cinderella Director: Kay Cannon
Cast: Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, Nicholas Galitzine, Billy Porter, Pierce Brosnan
Amazon Studios
Based on Cinderella by Charles Perrault
(co-produced by the United States)
[32]
Encounter Director: Michael Pearce
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Octavia Spencer, Janina Gavankar, Rory Cochrane, Lucain-River Chauhan
Amazon Studios
(co-produced by the United States)
4 Last Night in Soho Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Michael Ajao, Terence Stamp, Diana Rigg
Universal Pictures [33]
10 The Last Duel Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, Ben Affleck, Harriet Walter, Alex Lawther, Marton Csokas
20th Century Studios
Based on The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager
(co-produced by the United States)
[34]
16 Silent Night Director: Camille Griffin
Cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Roman Griffin Davis, Annabelle Wallis, Lily-Rose Depp, Sope Dirisu, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Lucy Punch, Rufus Jones
Altitude Film Distribution
(co-produced by the United States)
[35]
28 No Time to Die Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes
Universal Pictures
Based on James Bond by Ian Fleming
(co-produced by the United States)
[36]

October – December

Opening Title Cast and crew Details Ref.
O
C
T
O
B
E
R
9 Ron's Gone Wrong Directors: Sarah Smith, Jean-Philippe Vine
Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Ed Helms, Justice Smith, Rob Delaney, Kylie Cantrall, Ricardo Hurtado, Olivia Colman
20th Century Studios
(co-produced by the United States)
[37]
14 Shepherd Directors: Russell Owen
Cast: Tom Hughes, Kate Dickie, Gaia Weiss, Greta Scacchi
Darkland Distribution [38]
22 Falling for Figaro Director: Ben Lewin
Cast: Danielle Macdonald, Hugh Skinner, Joanna Lumley
Umbrella Entertainment
(co-produced by Australia)
[39]
N
O
V
E
M
B
E
R
26 A Boy Called Christmas Director: Gil Kenan
Cast: Henry Lawfull, Jim Broadbent, Kristen Wiig, Sally Hawkins, Toby Jones, Michiel Huisman, Maggie Smith, Zoe Colletti, Stephen Merchant
StudioCanal
Based on A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig
[40]
D
E
C
E
M
B
E
R
22 The King's Man Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, Charles Dance, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Stanley Tucci
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Prequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service
(co-produced by the United States)
[41]

Other premieres

Title Director Release date Ref.
The Afterlight Charlie Shackleton 15 October 2021 (BFI London Film Festival)
Alone Together Bradley & Pablo 20 March 2021 (South by Southwest Film Festival) [42]
Approaching Shadows Roque Cameselle, Andrew Turner 3 December 2021 (BFI Busting the Bias Festival) [43]
Arsène Wenger: Invincible Gabriel Clarke, Christian Jeanpierre 11 November 2021 [44]
Bank Job Daniel Edelstyn, Hilary Powell 1 May 2021 [45]
Fixed Jez Alsop 1 May 2021
The Football Monologues Daniel Edelstyn, Hilary Powell October 2021 [46]
Handsome Luke White 28 February 2021 (virtual cinema) (Glasgow Film Festival) [47]
A Manchester Story Anton Arenko 22 August 2021 [48]
Pelé David Tryhorn, Ben Nicholas 23 February 2021 [49]
Quant Sadie Frost 9 October 2021 (BFI London Film Festival) [50]
Sparkling: The Story of Champagne Frank Mannion 25 June 2021 [51]
Sweetheart Marley Morrison 3 March 2021 (Glasgow Film Festival) [52]
The Toll Ryan Andrew Hooper 25 February 2021 (Glasgow Film Festival) [53]
The United Way Mat Hodgson 10 May 2021 [54]
Zebra Girl Stephanie Zari 28 May 2021 [55]

Culturally British films

The following list comprises films not produced by Great Britain or the United Kingdom but is strongly associated with British culture. The films in this list should fulfil at least three of the following criteria:

  • The film is adapted from a British source material.
  • The story is at least partially set in the United Kingdom.
  • The film was at least partially shot in the United Kingdom.
  • Many of the film's cast and crew members are British.
Title Country of origin Adaptation Story setting Film locations British cast and crew
Cruella United States United States The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith England England Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Emily Beecham, Mark Strong, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Kelly Marcel (story)
Eternals United States United States England Buckinghamshire, London and Oxford, UK Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kit Harrington, Ben Davis (cinematographer)
The Green Knight United States United States
Canada Canada
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Anonymous Medieval England Dev Patel, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Ralph Ineson, Erin Kellyman
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway United States United States Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter England Richmond, United Kingdom[56] James Cordon, David Oyelowo, Dominic Lewis (composer)

British winners

Emerald Fennell received multiple awards and nominations for writing and directing Promising Young Woman.
Emerald Fennell received multiple awards and nominations for writing and directing Promising Young Woman.
Anthony Hopkins received multiple awards and nominations for his performance in The Father.
Anthony Hopkins received multiple awards and nominations for his performance in The Father.
Daniel Kaluuya received multiple Best Supporting Actor awards for his performance in Judas and the Black Messiah.
Daniel Kaluuya received multiple Best Supporting Actor awards for his performance in Judas and the Black Messiah.
Christopher Hampton received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Father.
Christopher Hampton received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Father.
Riz Ahmed received multiple awards and nominations for his performance in Sound of Metal.
Riz Ahmed received multiple awards and nominations for his performance in Sound of Metal.
Carey Mulligan received multiple awards and nominations for her performance in Promising Young Woman.
Carey Mulligan received multiple awards and nominations for her performance in Promising Young Woman.
Gary Oldman received multiple nominations for his performance in Mank.
Gary Oldman received multiple nominations for his performance in Mank.
Vanessa Kirby received multiple nominations for her performance in Pieces of a Woman.
Vanessa Kirby received multiple nominations for her performance in Pieces of a Woman.
Dev Patel garnered critical acclaim and nominations for acting in The Personal History of David Copperfield.
Dev Patel garnered critical acclaim and nominations for acting in The Personal History of David Copperfield.
Anya Taylor-Joy received critical praise and multiple nominations for Emma.
Anya Taylor-Joy received critical praise and multiple nominations for Emma.
Sacha Baron Cohen received multiple awards and nominations for his lead performance in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm and supporting performance in The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Sacha Baron Cohen received multiple awards and nominations for his lead performance in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm and supporting performance in The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Olivia Colman received multiple nominations for her supporting role in The Father.
Olivia Colman received multiple nominations for her supporting role in The Father.
Christopher Nolan's film Tenet received multiple awards for Best Visual Effects.
Christopher Nolan's film Tenet received multiple awards for Best Visual Effects.
Atticus Ross (right) received multiple awards and nominations for Best Score for Soul as well as Mank.
Atticus Ross (right) received multiple awards and nominations for Best Score for Soul as well as Mank.
Celeste received Best Original Song nominations for "Hear My Voice" in The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Celeste received Best Original Song nominations for "Hear My Voice" in The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Listed here are the British nominees at the five most prestigious film award ceremonies in the English-speaking world: the Academy Awards, British Academy Film Awards, Critics' Choice Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards, that were held in 2021, celebrating the best films of 2020 and early 2021.

Academy Awards

The 93rd Academy Awards, honouring the best films of 2020 and early 2021, were held on 25 April 2021.

British winners:

British nominees:

British Academy Film Awards

The 74th British Academy Film Awards were held on 10 and 11 April 2021.

British winners:

British nominees:

Critics' Choice Awards

The 26th Critics' Choice Awards were held on 7 March 2021.

British winners:

British nominees:

Golden Globe Awards

The 78th Golden Globe Awards were held on 28 February 2021.

British winners:

British nominees:

Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards were held on 4 April 2021.

British winners:

British nominees:

See also

References

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