Well known for award winning TV shows, Netflix are possibly about to dip their toe into Oscar waters with their new feature Beasts of No Nation.
What’s it all about?
Directed by Cary Fukunaga, the director of the good season of True Detective, Beasts of No Nation sees a young boy left behind as his family flee an area under fire between rebels and a corrupt national regime. Alone and vulnerable, the young boy is taken under the wing of a charismatic rebel leader, played by the one and only Idris Elba.
Why the big fuss?
Netflix have shown and funded a fair few movies, but have never double screened. That is launch a movie on Netflix and in traditional cinemas. Beasts of No Nation is different, as it will feature in certain theaters across America. The reason this is quite massive news? Well as soon as it hits a big screen, Beasts of No Nation can be considered for an Academy Award.
Who’s in it?
Nobody you’re likely to have heard of, with the massive exception of Idris Elba of Luther and ads for Sky Boxsets fame.
Is it going to be good?
Apparently, it’s going to be very very good indeed. Currently, the movie has a rating of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the general talk of the town being this is one to watch for the movie gongs this year. If you are a Netflix subscriber, you’ll be able to tell for yourself shortly, as Beasts of No Nation will be available from October 16th.