Kaleidoscope Entertainment and Rakuten rolled out the red carpet last night for the UK premiere of WW2 action drama “Hurricane”, one of the first projects to reach fruition under the Rakuten Cinema initiative.
The screening, which was also in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund, featured a Q&A with the film’s BAFTA-winning director David Blair (“Takin’ Over The Asylum”), co-writer Robert Ryan and producer Matt Whyte.
“Hurricane”, which stars Iwan Rheon (“Game Of Thrones”), Milo Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”), ITV’s “Prime Suspect 1973” star Stefanie Martini and Marcin Dorocinski (“Anthropoid”), is being given a 250-screen theatrical run from this Friday. It will also be released simultaneously on digital VOD platforms.
The film tells the story of the Polish fighter pilots who helped defend British shores during the Battle of Britain.
Speaking at the premiere at the Vue Cinema, Leicester Square, Rakuten TV founder and CEO Jacinto Roca said: “Our objective is to help productions that explain interesting stories and we think ‘Hurricane’ is a really interesting story, something that most do not know about from the Second World War.
“Also we are trying to bring digital closer to the cinema and this is one of the movies that we will release ‘day-and-date’ in cinemas and on digital. We are going to do this always in partnership with industry partners, in this case with Kaleidoscope. This is our dream that we hope you are going to enjoy and this is the beginning of the longer story of Rakuten Cinema’s presence.”