|Out on:||Theatrical 6th Oct. 2023|
★★★★ The Times
★★★★ The Crack
★★★★ Time Out
"A riveting expose of the rise and fall of an icon" Giles Hattersley, VOGUE
“Turns out it might be the funniest movie of the year” ES Magazine
"Every now and again, a film comes along which totally blows away critics" Sam Cross, T3
"Darkly funny... refreshingly ruthless" Kevin Maher, The Times
"Howerton is the film’s terrifying, magnetic wild card" Beth Webb, Empire
“One of the most dynamic films of the year” Vanity Fair
“Relentlessly funny, unexpectedly moving” TechRadar
“A thrilling and moving story” Collider
National Amusements and Piece of Magic Entertainment are proud to present BLACKBERRY, the hugely enjoyable tech biopic and critics favourite starring Glenn Howerton and Jay Baruchel, releasing exclusively in UK & Irish cinemas from 6th October.
The “true story” of the meteoric rise & catastrophic demise of the world’s first smartphone, BLACKBERRY is a smart, funny tech story with a heart – 98 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes – that sees two loveably goofy tech upstarts pitted against big money investors in a terrifically entertaining whirlwind ride, with a knockout indie rock soundtrack.
Fast, funny and brilliantly smart, BLACKBERRY is written and directed by Matt Johnson (The Dirties), who also delivers a hilariously deadpan lead performance alongside Jay Baruchel (How To Train Your Dragon). Baruchel is quite brilliant as the beleaguered techie thrown into the lion’s den of Silicon Valley big business. Howerton, famous for playing Dennis in the hit sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, is almost unrecognisable here, outstanding in a role that is being tipped for awards season success, as the dogged and intense CEO who risks everything to bring the ‘smartphone’ to the market. The supporting cast includes Rich Sommer (Mad Men), Michael Ironside (Scanners), Saul Rubinek (True Romance), Cary Elwes (Saw) and Martin Donovan (Tenet).
Like Air, Tetris, The Social Network and The Big Short before it, BLACKBERRY is a fascinating look at innovators and risk takers, that Variety predicts for Oscar nods for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Howerton.
National Amusements and Piece of Magic Entertainment will release BLACKBERRY in the UK on behalf of Republic Pictures.
SYNOPSIS: Every era has its visionaries, and BLACKBERRY, co-written by Director Matt Johnson and Producer Matthew Miller, investigates the brilliance of the individuals that invented the world’s first smartphone. Recounting the Canadian company’s humble yet chaotic rise to market dominance, BLACKBERRY is a darkly comedic telling of the tragic tale of a Canadian company that revolutionised the way we communicate, before swiftly plummeting into obsolescence.
It’s 1996, and Mike Lazaridis (Jay Baruchel) and his business partner and best friend Douglas Fregin (Matt Johnson) are on the edge of creating the world’s first smartphone. Unfortunately for them, they are less business savvy than they are tech, and struggle to keep their company, Research in Motion, afloat. Everything changes when cunning businessman Jim Balsillie (Glenn Howerton) agrees to join the company, bringing with him the money and experience needed to create and sell a prototype of their invention.
Seemingly overnight the three men revolutionise the way people work, communicate and connect. Celebrities, politicians and businessmen are now addicted to their BlackBerrys. The company’s value skyrockets, yet within a few short years shady business dealings, personal grievances, and, perhaps most dangerously, the iPhone, threaten the company’s incredible success.
BLACKBERRY is released exclusively in UK & Irish cinemas from 6th October 2023
About National Amusements
National Amusements, the parent company of Paramount Global (formerly ViacomCBS), is a closely held company operating under the third generation of leadership by the Redstone family. It owns and operates the Showcase and Showcase Cinema de Lux brands with more than 900 screens in the US, UK, Brazil and Argentina. The distribution arm of the business launched in 2016 and is focused on specialist programming and event cinema, including anime, pre-school and music documentaries.
About Piece of Magic Entertainment
Piece of Magic Entertainment (POM) is an international theatrical distribution company that offers a wide range of premium screen content to cinemas around the world. With a focus on documentaries, feature films, anime, live gaming events, and world-class concerts, POM strives to deliver cinematic experiences that audiences will never forget.
Established in 2017, POM’s catalogue includes award-winning box office sensations Apollo 11, Sir David Attenborough’s breath-taking feature documentary A Life on Our Planet and hit music documentaries Tina and Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. The most recent slate includes the critically acclaimed documentaries The Alpinist and Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song, and Ryan Reynolds’ and Will Ferrell’s festive family hit Spirited.