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FordOnFilm’s Most Anticipated Films of 2016/2017

From festival winners to indie autuers to Oscar hopefuls, the next year or so promises to deliver an astonishing array of high quality films. Here are twenty of my most anticipated films that should be hitting cinemas soon:

American Honey

UK Release Date: 14th October 2016

It’s been 5 years since Andrea Arnold’s last film, her challenging Wuthering Heights adaptation. Red Road and Fish Tank are two of the best British films of the last decade, and American Honey, her American road trip movie, looks to be as stylish and bold as her previous films.


UK Release Date: 11th November 2016

Dennis Villeneuve is one of the most interesting filmmakers of this decade. Though not all his films are entirely successful (Prisoners was a beautiful but thoroughly miserable experience, Enemy was a bit too vague and ambiguous), you can guarantee gorgeous visuals, great acting from a star-studded cast, and precise directing.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

UK Release Date: 6th January 2017

A new film from Ang Lee is always something to be excited for. Already a two time Best Director winner at the Oscars, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is tipped to be another Oscar hopeful.

The Birth of a Nation

UK Release Date: 17th January 2017

The big winner at Sundance this year, Nate Parker’s slavery movie is already an Oscar front runner. Telling a fascinating true story, if The Birth of a Nation can come close to the success of the last Oscar-winning slavery film, 12 Years A Slave, it’s going to be a stunner.


UK Release Date: 19th August 2016

Critics are calling this the new La Haine. A gangster love story set in Brussels, Black looks set to be a brutal, engrossing drama.

The Childhood of a Leader

UK Release Date: 19th August 2016

Brady Corbet is one of indie cinema’s most versatile actors. Here’s hoping his directorial debut, a disturbing drama influenced by Michael Haneke and Lars Von Trier, is as interesting as his acting career.



UK Release Date: Unknown

Antonio Campos, one of US indie cinema’s darkest auteurs, gained excellent reviews at Sundance for his experimental biopic of a suicidal TV host. Rebecca Hall is said to give the best performance of her career in the title role.


UK Release Date: 24th February 2017

A provocative and daring black comedy that earned mixed reviews at Cannes, Paul Verhoeven is still one of cinema’s boldest diectos, and Isabelle Huppert gained excellent reviews for her ambiguous leading performance.

The Founder

UK Release Date: 17th February 2017

Could Michael Keaton finally win Best Actor? Early buzz about his performance in this biopic of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc has him tipped as favourite.

The Girl On The Train

UK Release Date: 7th October 2016

Did you like Gone Girl‘s brand of sex and violence? The Girl On A Train, a mystery thriller starring Emily Blunt as a woman obsessed with a couple she passes every day, looks set to be as dark and provocative as David Fincher’s great thriller.

Hell or High Water

UK Release Date: 9th September 2016

David MacKenzie follow-up to his gripping prison drama Starred Up. Taylor Sheridan’s second script after the sublime Sicario. Chris Pine and Ben Foster as brotherly bank robbers. Jeff Bridges as a grizzled sheriff. It’s gon’ be good.

I, Daniel Blake

UK Release Date: 21st October 2016

I admit to being slightly bias with this film, given that some of it was filmed near where I live. However, how can you not be excited for Ken Loach’s second Palme D’Or winner I, Daniel Blake? Britain’s most political filmmaker is back and as good as ever.

Manchester by the sea


UK Release Date: 13th January 2017

After its premiere at Sundance, critics unanimously agreed that Kenneth Longergan’s latest film, starring Casey Affleck as a disturbed janitor returning to his family, is an emotional masterpiece. See for yourself when it premieres in January.

Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals

UK Release Date: 4th November 2016

Tom Ford proved himself a beautiful filmmaker with A Single Man back in 2009, but the real draw of Nocturnal Animals is its incredible cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Armie Hammer, Isla Fisher, Michael Shannon, and Laura Linney, among others. A potential Oscar hopeful?



UK Release Date: 25th November 2016

Jim Jarmusch is back and as existential as ever. Starring Adam Driver as a poetical bus driver, Paterson earned rave reviews at Cannes and looks to be as moody and stylish as Only Lovers Left Alive and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.

The Salesman

The Salesman

UK Release Date: Unknown

A Separation. The Past. About Elly. Asgar Farhadi is possibly the greatest living dramatist, and The Salesman looks set to be another emotional classic from Iran’s best filmmaker.



UK Release Date: Unknown

Who doesn’t get excited for a new Martin Scorsese film? Taking a change of pace from the riotous The Wolf of Wall Street, Silence is a meditative drama about priests, with an excellent cast of Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, and Adam Driver.

Swiss Army Man

UK Release Date: 30th September 2016

The weirdest film of the year? Most probably. Swiss Army Man, starring Paul Dano as a suicidal man trapped on a desert island and Daniel Radcliffe as a farting corpse, sounds utterly ludicrous, and the tales of walk outs at Sundance only create more hype.

Toni Erdmann

UK Release Date: 3rd February 2016

The critics favourite at Cannes, Toni Erdmann‘s unique brand of deadpan comedy and relationship drama earned some of the best feedback in the history of the festival. Should it have earned the Palme D’Or? Find out in February.


Trainspotting 2

UK Release Date: 27th January 2017

No words needed.

The Unknown Girl

The Unknown Girl

UK Release Date: Unknown

No release date yet, but a new film from The Dardennes Brothers is always highly anticipated, even one with some middling reviews from the critics. Time will tell if The Unknown Girl will achieve as much success as the brothers’ last film Two Days, One Night.

By Harry J. Ford


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