Key highlights this JUNE on the essential, alternative streaming service ARROW include the exclusive premiere of the festival favourite DINNER IN AMERICA, a season of poliziotteschi must-sees in YEARS OF LEAD, dystopia down under in THE QUIET EARTH plus a host of other sci-fi classics, and Japanese cult monster movies in the Daimajin Trilogy; as well Borgen Seasons 1 - 3, a Duke Mitchell double, Rohmer, and so much more...
In DINNER IN AMERICA, Welcome to the Dollhouse collides with Napoleon Dynamite, with a touch of Heathers, in this hilarious, quirky DIY love letter to being authentically yourself, finding your voice, and being punk AF. Produced by Ben Stiller, directed by Adam Rehemier (The Bunny Game), and featuring a “a knockout lead performance by Kyle Gallner” (Variety), this is a feisty and fresh cult classic in the making premiering exclusively on ARROW.
In June ARROW is showcasing a killer collection of short films, supported and handpicked by the team behind ARROW favourite THE STYLIST. This collection celebrates and supports female filmmakers working on both sides of the camera within the horror film industry, with titles including the unnerving UNSAFE SPACES by Connor Sandehinrich, and Tristan Risk’s stylish REPTILE HOUSE, that riffs on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Also in June, you can take a deep dive into some sensationally gripping TV shows, including three seasons of the political drama BORGEN, from the makers of The Killing, centred around the increasingly tangled life of Birgitte Nyborg, Denmark’s Prime Minister; SPRING TIDE Season 2, starring Julia Ragnarsson (Midsommar, Wallander), the brilliant murder mystery series about two killings that might be connected, that draws you in and won’t let go; as well as gripping Italian detective drama in INSPECTOR NARDONE, INSPECTOR DE LUCA and FOG AND CRIMES, historical romance in ANNO 1790, and 1950s Sweden in CRIMES OF PASSION.
ALSO SHOWING: A no-holds-barred Duke Mitchell double bill, a selection chosen by DINNER IN AMERICA director Adam Rehmeier, Eric Rohmer gems, the Murders & Acquisitions season, looking at the cutthroat corporate world onscreen, and much more...
JUNE RELEASE CALENDAR
New Titles – From June 1
Return of Daimajin
Wrath of Daimajin
The Quiet Earth
Dinner in America
New Titles – From June 6:
Spring Tide Season 2, Eps 1&2 (TV series)
New Titles – From June 7:
Gone With the Pope
Massacre Mafia Style
Alchemia (Short film)
Reptile House (Short film)
Attention (Short film)
Unsafe Spaces (Short film)
Bedbug (Short film)
Ticks (Short film)
Bloodhound (Short film)
The Curse (Short film)
New Titles – From June 11:
Inspector De Luca (TV series)
Inspector Nardone (TV series)
Fog and Crimes (TV series)
The Legend of the Stardust Brothers
New Titles – From June 13:
Spring Tide Season 2, Eps 3&4 (TV series)
New Titles – From June 14:
Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands
Blue Film Woman
Women Hell Song
New Titles – From June 18:
Crimes of Passion (TV series)
Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle
New Titles – From June 20:
Spring Tide Season 2, Eps 5&6 (TV series)
New Titles – From June 21:
Like Rabid Dogs
No, the Case is Happily Resolved
Anno 1790 (TV series)
New Titles – From June 22:
Borgen Season 1 (TV series)
Borgen Season 2 (TV series)
Borgen Season 3 (TV series)
New Titles – From June 27:
Spring Tide Season 2, Eps 7&8 (TV series)
New Titles – From July 4:
Spring Tide Season 2, Eps 9&10 (TV series)
New Seasons this June:
YEARS OF LEAD – The 1970s were a time of intense uncertainty and instability in Italy. Political corruption and widespread acts of left and right-wing terrorism, alongside a breakdown in social cohesion and a loss of trust in public institutions such as the government and police, created a febrile atmosphere of cynicism, paranoia and unexploded rage. Throughout this period, these sentiments found expression in a series of brutal, often morally ambiguous crime thrillers which tapped into the atmosphere of violence and instability that defined the so-called Years of Lead.
Films in the season: Colt 38 Special Squad, Like Rabid Dogs, Savage Three, Highway Racer and No, the Case is Happily Resolved
DAIMAJIN TRILOGY – Remarkably overlooked in the West, these three thrilling tales of feudal oppression and divine retribution meted out by the iconic stone warrior of the title combine lavish period detail with jaw-dropping special effects. Films in the season: Daimajin, Return of Daimajin, Wrath of Daimajin
IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT – Stand-up comics, biker wars, special agents, zombie hordes. Deadly duels, deserted lands, space adventures, punk bands. Dystopian futures, talking creatures, Ozploitation, corrupt teachers. It may be the end of the world but with this ARROW Season you’ll be feeling fine. Films in the season include: The Comic, The Quiet Earth, Xtro 3, Jesus Shows you the Way to the Highway, The Crazies and Horror Express
DUKE MITCHELL DOUBLE BILL – Two films from famed nightclub performer Duke Mitchell turned grindhouse auteur and cult superstar, a pair of down and dirty crime thrillers which don’t hold back. Films in the season: Gone With the Pope, Massacre Mafia Style
ADAM REHMEIER SELECTS – Dinner in America director Adam Rehmeier selects his top ARROW titles including the Jack Hill cult favourite Switchblade Sisters, grindhouse horror treat The Child and the teen angst classic Over the Edge, starring Matt Dillon.
ERIC ROHMER - 4 ANCIENT & MODERN - The series brings together a selection of Éric Rohmer's finest works, from the outstanding Arthurian tale, Perceval, to his delightful portrayal of female friendship, Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle. Films in the season include: Perceval, Marquise of O, Reinette and Mirabelle, The Tree the Mayor and the Mediatheque
MURDERS & ACQUISITIONS SEASON – Lethal hostile takeovers and boardroom back (and front and side) stabbing in an ARROW season focussed on everything from middle management murder to liberties-taking bosses getting their comeuppance and salarymen pushed to the edge that will test whether you have a head for big business. And whether you can keep it on your shoulders. It’s a cutthroat world out there but remember: it’s only business. Films in the season: Audition, Putney Swope, Tokyo Fist, Bullet Ballet and Empathy, Inc.
EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE JUNE 1st: DINNER IN AMERICA:
Welcome to the Dollhouse collides with Napoleon Dynamite (with an added dose of the endlessly quotable dialogue of Heathers) in Dinner in America - a DIY love letter to being authentically yourself, finding your voice, and being punk AF.
In a dreary Midwestern suburb, aggro punk rocker Simon (Kyle Gallner, Jennifer’s Body, The Cleansing Hour) finds himself on the run again after a bout of arson and a close call with the police. A chance encounter with the spirited and socially awkward Patty (Emily Skeggs, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Mile 22) provides him a place to lay low. As the two embark on a series of misadventures, they begin to realise they have a lot more in common than they first expected…
Skilfully directed by Adam Rehmeier (Jonas, The Bunny Game), produced by Ben Stiller (Zoolander, Tropic Thunder) and Ross Putman (Plus One, The Violent Heart) and set to the beat of brilliant original songs, Dinner in America is an empowering and wild ride through the places and people of suburbia— in all their peculiar and chaotic forms.
JUNE 1st: THE DAIMAJIN TRILOGY:
In Daimajin, directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda (Yokai Monsters, Zatoichi on the Road), the young son and daughter of the benevolent feudal lord Hanabusa flee to the mountains when their parents are slain by the treacherous usurper Odate. Ten years later, when the elderly priestess who has harboured them is also murdered, the rage of the slumbering ancient god that lies beneath the crumbling giant stone idol hidden deep in the forests in the mountains is invoked.
In Return of Daimajin, Kenji Misumi (Tale of Zatoichi, Lone Wolf and Cub) brings his usual stylistic flourish, as the wrathful deity is roused from his new home on an island in the middle of a lake by the violent incursions of a vicious warlord.
In the final film, Wrath of Daimajin, by veteran jidaigeki director Kazuo Mori, four young boys make a perilous trip to elicit the help of the ancient mountain god in freeing their family members who have been enslaved by a tyrannical lord.
JUNE 1st: DACHRA:
Set against the backdrop of contemporary Tunisia, journalism student Yassmine and two classmates set out to solve the cold case of Mongia, a woman found mutilated 25 years ago and now imprisoned in an asylum suspected of witchcraft. As they pursue their investigation, the three friends stumble into the archaic and ominous world of Dachra, an isolated countryside compound filled with goats, silent women, mysterious drying meat and home to a cult. When Yassmine discovers Dachra’s secrets, she must fight to escape alive.
JUNE 1st: THE QUIET EARTH:
In this sci-fi cult classic, Zac Hobson, a mid-level scientist working on a global energy project, wakes up to a nightmare. After his project malfunctions, Zac discovers that he may be the last man on Earth. As he searches empty cities for other survivors, Zac’s mental state begins to deteriorate - culminating in the film’s iconic and hotly debated ending.
JUNE 1st: XTRO 3:
Marines travel to a deserted island to diffuse bombs, only to be terrorized by a deadly alien creature.
JUNE 6th: SPRING TIDE SEASON 2:
Olivia Rönning and Abbas el Fassi are affected by two gruesome murders that have been committed in two different cities: Marseille and Stockholm. As they are each pulled into their respective cases, lines start to get blurred when it appears that the two cases may be connected…
After returning home from a break in Mexico, Olivia (Julia Ragnarsson – Midsommar, The Bridge Season 2, Wallander) is keen to surprise her mom who she hasn’t spoken to since the Beach Case has been solved. As she passes by Bengt Sahlman’s house - one of their long-time neighbours – she bumps into Sandra, Bengt’s 17 years old daughter, running out of the house in panic. Olivia rushes into the house but it’s already too late: Bengt is dead. This becomes the prelude to Olivia’s involvement in young Sandra’s fate, which strangely echoes her own. As the police quickly determine that Bengt didn’t commit suicide, the case lands on Mette (Cecilia Nilsson – Modus, Morden, Wallander)’s desk. Meanwhile in Marseille, the corpse of an unidentified, dismembered woman is all over the news. Upon reading the French dailies, Abbas (Dar Salim – Trapped, The Bridge Season 2, Borgen) immediately recognized the woman in question. He decides to go straight to Marseille to uncover what happened to the love of his life and ask Stilton (Kjell Bergqvist – 30 Degrees in February, Bäckström TV series) to accompany him.
Loosely based on the novel Third Voice, which is the second instalment in the Rönning/Stilton series written by Swedish duo Rolf and Cilla Börjlind, SPRING TIDE Season 2 follows our favourite duo as they join forces once again.
JUNE 7th: HELLBENT
A bandleader whose career is nose diving makes a deal with the owner of a bar to sell his soul for success.
JUNE 7th: MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE
Mimi Miceli Jr. is the son of a Mafia don who was exiled back to Sicily. He wants to get back into the family business and transplant it from New York to Hollywood.
JUNE 7th: GONE WITH THE POPE
Famed nightclub performer Duke Mitchell is Paul, a paroled gangster with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the Pope and 'charge a dollar from every Catholic in the world' as the ransom.
JUNE 7th: THE STYLIST SHORTS
The meeting between the wick and the match. Based on an infamous French serial killer couple...
A man looking to buy a snake gets far more than he bargained for as he is drawn into a mysterious woman's home of exotic reptiles.
When three young adults venture into the woods, a Tick bite could be more deadly than they ever imagined.
If ever you come across Demons, do all you can to ignore them, for they feed on attention.
When getting off the late shift, what looks like 50 feet, feels like 50 miles to a woman alone in a parking lot.
A woman jumps from her slumber in a panic, gripped by the strange feeling that something is wrong. Creeping through the shadowed hallways of her house, something much stranger is revealed.
An ancient vampire is stuck in the body of an angry chihuahua.
When a young girl becomes jealous of her little brother for receiving money from the tooth fairy, she hatches a peculiar plan to cash in
JUNE 11th: INSPECTOR DE LUCA
Between 1938 and 1948, from the height of Italy’s Fascist regime to the end of the tumultuous post-war period, Chief Detective De Luca investigates and solves crimes in the City of Bologna and along the Adriatic coast. With little or no regard for those in power, whoever they happen to be, his solitary, uncompromising character often lands him in trouble, but his respect is reserved for the truth and justice alone. In the four TV movies of the series, Unauthorized Investigation, Carte Blanche , The Damned Season and Via Della Oche, each taken from a novel by best-selling mystery writer Carlo Lucarelli, Chief Detective De Luca always ultimately gets to the bottom of his cases, though what he finds leaves a bitter aftertaste.
JUNE 11th: INSPECTOR NARDONE
Post-war Milan is the ideal breeding ground for a new wave of criminal activity. A crime-scene that is very different from what we are used to today: an old-fashioned system of organized crime, made up of thieves and outlaws who share a specific moral code, which absolutely condemns homicide. A new chief officer is assigned to the Milan Police Department, as if to settle a score for having exposed his corrupt colleagues. This is just one of the various difficulties that Mario Nardone, an authentic Neapolitan, must face in the sophisticated and urbane Milan. A city which, nevertheless, Nardone loves unconditionally, and where he plans to bring up his beloved, albeit somewhat neglected, children. Based on a real figure, Mario Nardone was a true legend in Milan during the 50s and 60s. Straightforward, persistently stubborn but also endowed with a strong moral code and a great sense of humanity, Nardone has deep loves; including his long-suffering family, good cuisine and cracking jokes at every opportunity.
JUNE 11th: FOG AND CRIMES
Inspired by the four famous novels by Valerio Varesi, each episode follows an investigation by Soneri, Ferrara Police Chief. He works with a faithful squad on a series of crimes, each hiding a disturbing mystery, with the startling and grotesque undertones of the apparently calm world of the wealthy countryside.
JUNE 11th: THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS
In 1985, Macoto Tezka (son of the great manga artist Osamu Tezuka) met musician and TV personality Haruo Chicada who had made a soundtrack to a movie which didn’t actually exist: The Legend of the Stardust Brothers. At the time Macoto was just 22 years old, a film-student with many short experimental films under his belt, but yet to make a feature-debut and of course had the pressure of the TEZUKA name. With Chicada as producer, Tezka then adapted this “fake soundtrack” into the real movie story of “The Stardust Brothers”. With inspiration from Phantom of the Paradise and Rocky Horror Picture Show, Tezuka assembled a cast of some of Japan’s most famous musicians of the time, including such greats as Kiyohiko Ozaki, ISSAY, Sunplaza Nakano and Hiroshi Takano, alongside many famous names in Manga such as Monkey Punch (Lupin the 3rd), Shinji Nagashima (Hanaichi Monme), Yosuke Takahashi (Mugen Shinsi) and even many upcoming film directors of the time such as Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata) and Daihachi Yoshida (The Kirishima Thing). The resulting film The Legend of the Stardust Brothers is the exact definition of a cult film. Despite the huge array of talent on board with a large budget, the film is totally unknown even to this day in both Japan and worldwide.
JUNE 14th: NUMBER 37
A Hitchcockian thriller about a wheelchair bound criminal who gets caught between a violent loan shark and a powerful gangster.
JUNE 14th: INFLATABLE SEX DOLL OF THE WASTELANDS
Atsushi Yamatoya’s Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands is a deliciously delirious cult film about a hitman (Yuichi Minato) who is hired by a rich real estate agent to find an abducted woman (Noriko Tatsumi). This simple setup gives way to a hip and chaotic worldview full of hard-boiled characters, sexy action, and hallucinatory imagery. A close collaborator with the likes of Koji Wakamatsu, Yamatoya was part of the group of anonymous writers who worked on Wakamatsu Productions and was also one of the anonymous writers on the script of Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill. In his book Behind the Pink Curtain, Jasper Sharp calls the film “probably the most idiosyncratic work the genre has ever produced.”
JUNE 14th: GUSHING PRAYER
The most cryptic and formally radical pink film from the most politically radical director ever to work in the field: Gushing Prayer deploys actual suicide notes and a haunting guitar refrain by folk musician Minami Masato to express the spiritual and political left vacuum in the wake of the failed student movements of the 1960s. The cinematography by Itô Hideo, who also shot Ôshima Nagisha's In the Realm of the Senses (1976), captures an intriguing melding of the documentary with the cinematic.
JUNE 14th: ABNORMAL FAMILY
The debut film of the director of the international hit comedy Shall We Dance (1996) follows the Mamiya family after the latest arrival of the voluptuous new bride of over-sexed eldest son Kôichi. Kazuo sees his new sister-in-law as a source of release from study stress, while his sister Akiko, after donning her Office Lady uniform heads straight to a workplace that offers much more in the way of financial incentive. Suo’s only ever pink film is a bawdy pastiche of the works of Ozu Yasujirô, presenting this far-from-typical family through idiosyncratic editing and compositional.
JUNE 14th: BLUE FILM WOMAN
Blue Film Woman is a feverish mishmash of horror, blackmail sexploitation and trippy nightclub sequences revolving around the daughter of a stockbroker who is brought to his knees by an unexpected financial crash. In order to stave off bankruptcy, he offers up his wife to his sleazy, reptilian creditor Uchiyama who, after prodding and pawing over her, locks her up in the shed at the bottom of the garden where his mentally challenged son Hiroshi lurks in the attic.
JUNE 14th: UNDERWATER LOVE
Asuka works in a lakeside fish factory. She is just about to be married to her boss. One day, she encounters a Kappa, a water creature living in the lake and learns that it is the reincarnation of Aoki, her first love. What ensues is a zany spectacle of love, music & sex.
JUNE 14th: WOMAN HELL SONG
Katori Tamaki, the star of the first ever pink film, Flesh Market (1962), stars as the roaming outlaw Okayo, also known as Benten due to the prominent tattoo of the Buddhist Goddess of Love emblazoned across her back. On the run from her persecutors, who seek to claim the tattoo and its skin canvas as a bounty, Okayo finds a safe haven in the arms of the mysterious shakuhachi (bamboo flute) playing Seigaku, himself tattooed with the image of Kisshôten, the Goddess of Prosperity.
JUNE 18th: MAUSOLEUM
A 10 year-old girl, mourning the death of her mother, becomes possessed by a demon, who has been preying on her female ancestors for centuries. Years later, the demon starts to take over her, mentally and physically.
JUNE 18th: CRIMES OF PASSION (TV)
Crimes of Passion is a period piece set in 1950s Sweden, primarily in the picturesque region of Bergslagen. The six part series follows amateur detective Puck Ekstedt, his fiancé Einar Bure and police superintendent Christer Wijk as they attempt to uncover the murderous actions that inhabit their beautiful surroundings.Laced with intrigue, sex, betrayal, secrets and lies this new series is inspired by the popular novels of Swedish crime author Maria Lang.
JUNE 18th: FOUR ADVENTURES OF REINETTE AND MIRABELLE
Eric Rohmer’s delightful portrayal of female friendship between Reinette, a country girl, and Mirabelle, a Parisian: city girl and country girl. The first of four episodes recounts their meeting. The second centers on a café and a waiter, a difficult man ‘with attitude.’ In the third they interact with and discuss their different views on society’s ‘margins’: beggars, thieves, swindlers. And in the fourth, on a bet, Reinette, an art student, and Mirabelle succeed in selling one of Reinette’s paintings to an art dealer while Reinette pretends to be mute and Mirabelle, who affects not to know her, does all the talking.
JUNE 21st: COLT 38 SPECIAL SQUAD
Renegade cops battling against red tape and political corruption turn to new and morally dubious methods to dispense justice
JUNE 21st: LIKE RABID DOGS
In this gritty, nasty thriller directed by Mario Imperoli, random acts of violence committed by vicious young sociopath Tony (Cesare Barro) threaten the fragile fabric of respectable society.
JUNE 21st: NO, THE CASE IS HAPPILY RESOLVED
An innocent man finds himself under suspicion for a savage crime committed by a highly respected member of society.
JUNE 21st: SAVAGE THREE
The legendary Joe Dallesandro stars as one of the titular characters, seemingly level-headed computer analysts, whose nighttime antics soon devolved into shocking acts of violence.
JUNE 21st: HIGHWAY RACER
Renegade cops battling against red tape and political corruption turn to new and morally dubious methods to dispense justice.
JUNE 21st: ANNO 1790
Anno 1790 is part mystery, part historical drama, part romance and partially a look at early forensic science. The setting is Stockholm when Europe is in turmoil a few years after the French Revolution. In wonderful period detail we meet aristocrats, functionaries, citizens eking out a living and revolutionaries intent on social change. Enter Daadh, an educated man of the Enlightenment, with one foot firmly planted in the future. He acutely observes and processes the changing world around him. He is of the Age of Reason, yet his heart usually gets the best of him.
JUNE 21st: THE DRONE
A maniac has been murdering people, using a drone to stalk them. As he’s killed, he downloads his personality into the drone and begins to terrorize newlyweds Rachel (Alex Essoe) and Chris (John Brotherton). The couple must fight to stop the insidious device before it destroys them both.
JUNE 22nd: BORGEN SEASONS 1-3
Season 1: Borgen is a drama sensation from the producers of the acclaimed series The Killing. Following the intricate and complicated lives of politicians, media spinners and the reporters who feed off their triumphs and failures, Borgen uncovers a world of political and personal intrigue.
Season 2: Birgitte Nyborg has been Denmark's Prime Minister for two years that have taken their toll on her private life. She must now balance her role of PM with that of divorcée and single mother. Politically, she has succeeded in earning the respect of both her political allies and enemies, but tensions between parties are mounting.
Season 3: Over two years have passed and Birgitte Nyborg is no longer the Prime Minister of Denmark. Disillusioned with the way her old party is heading she decides to try to make a comeback by publicly challenging the incumbent Party Chairman.
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