Netflix recently announced the slate of films headed to the streaming service in 2022, continuing the “new movies every week” theme it started last year.
Netflix’s “new movies every week” means 52+ films coming to the international streamer in 2022. As of this writing, only a handful of the titles are from the UK.
The whole thing kicked off last month with one film from the UK: Munich – The Edge of War, which debuted globally on January 21. Adapted from Robert Harris’s novel Munich, this historical drama follows British civil servant Hugh Legat (George MacKay, 1917) and German diplomat Paul von Hartmann (Jannis Niewöhner, Je Suis Karl), old friends who conspire to prevent a terrifying conflict: Hitler’s war of conquest across Europe.
Below are the new UK films that will be heading to Netflix in 2022.
Choose or Die (UK)
In this horror thriller, a young coder fires up a lost ’80s survival horror game and unleashes a hidden curse that tears reality apart, forcing her to make terrifying decisions and face deadly consequences.
The cast includes Newport Beach Film Festival winner Asa Butterfield (Sex Education), Iola Evans (Vera), two-time British Independent Film Awards winner Eddie Marsan (Vera Drake), CinEuphoria Awards winner Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Kate Fleetwood (Harlots), British Independent Film Festival winner Ryan Gage (The Hobbit), National Television Awards winner Angela Griffin (Crime), and Joe Bolland (The Trial of Christine Keeler). Directed by Molins Film Festival award winner Toby Meakins (Lot254), the film is written by Simon Allen (The Watch), Toby Meakins, and British Independent Film Awards nominee Matthew James Wilkinson (Muscle), who also produces alongside John Zois and Sebastien Raybaud.
Choose or Die premieres globally on Friday, April 15. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Enola Holmes 2 (UK)
Based on the “Enola Holmes” book series by Nancy Springer, this follow-up to the popular 2020 adventure-mystery film brings two-time Primetime Emmy® nominee Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) back as Enola Holmes, the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes (Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards nominee Henry Cavill, Man of Steel). Now a detective-for-hire like her infamous brother, Enola takes on her first official case to find a missing girl, as the sparks of a dangerous conspiracy ignite a mystery that requires the help of friends — and Sherlock himself — to unravel.
Additional cast members include Louis Partridge (Medici), two-time Oscar® nominee Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown), Emmy nominee David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Royal Television Society (RTS) award winner Susan Wokoma (Rules of the Game), BAFTA winner Adeel Akhtar (River), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Sex Education), Hannah Dodd (Find Me in Paris), Abbie Hern (The Pact), Gabriel Tierney (Endeavour), and Serrana Su-Ling Bliss (Belfast).
Written by BAFTA winner Jack Thorne (Help), Enola Holmes 2 is directed by two-time Emmy winner Harry Bradbeer (Fleabag), and produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Ali Mendes, Millie Bobby Brown, and Paige Brown. The global premiere date has not been announced yet, but you can set a reminder for it now. Stay tuned for updates.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover (UK-US)
Based on D.H. Lawrence’s classic, ahead-of-its-time novel, this drama follows the life of Lady Constance Chatterley (Primetime Emmy® nominee Emma Corrin, The Crown), a woman born to a life of wealth and privilege, who soon finds herself married to Sir Clifford (Matthew Duckett, A Confession), a man she eventually falls out of love with. Lady Chatterley then engages in a torrid affair with Oliver Mellors (BAFTA winner Jack O’Connell, Godless), a gamekeeper on their English estate — discovering more desire and intimacy than she thought possible. When she realizes that she has fallen heart and soul for him, she breaks all traditions of the day and seeks happiness with the man she loves.
Written by two-time Oscar® nominee David Magee (Life of Pi, Finding Neverland), the drama features two-time Golden Globes nominee Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck), BAFTA nominee Ella Hunt (Cold Feet), and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards nominee Faye Marsay (Bancroft). It is directed by Sundance Film Festival winner Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre (The Mustang), and produced by Laurence Mark, Pete Czernin, and Graham Broadbent.
The global premiere date for Lady Chatterley’s Lover has not been announced yet, but you can set a reminder for it now. Stay tuned for updates.
An adaptation of the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical Matilda, itself based on Roald Dahl‘s classic tale, this film tells the story of Matilda (Alisha Weir, Darklands), an extraordinary girl who, armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination, dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results.
The cast includes two-time Oscar® winner Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility), BAFTA nominee Lashana Lynch (No Time to Die), RTS winner Stephen Graham (The Virtues), RTS winner Andrea Riseborough (ZeroZeroZero), and Sindhu Vee (Starstruck). With lyrics and music by two-time Olivier Awards winner Tim Minchin (Upright), the film is written by BAFTA nominee Dennis Kelly (Pulling), directed by Cannes Film Festival winner Matthew Warchus (Pride), and produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn, and Luke Kelly.
Matilda premieres globally (except the UK) in December 2022 (exact date tba). Stay tuned for updates.
Operation Mincemeat (US-UK)
Based on Ben Macintyre’s New York Times best-selling book Operation Mincemeat, this wartime drama follows two intelligence officers who, in the hopes of changing the course of World War II and saving tens of thousands of lives, plot to break Hitler’s deadly grip on Europe by recruiting the most unlikely of secret agents: a dead man.
The film stars Academy Award® winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Primetime Emmy® nominee Matthew Macfadyen (Succession), Emmy winner Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire), SAG Award winner Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey), Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards nominee Johnny Flynn (Genius), BAFTA winner Simon Russell Beale (The Hollow Crown), and International Emmy Awards nominee Jason Isaacs (Case Histories). Written by Emmy nominee Michelle Ashford (The Pacific) and directed by Oscar nominee John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), the film is produced by Charles S. Cohen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Kris Thykier.
Operation Mincemeat premieres globally on Wednesday, May 11. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Swimmers (UK)
This drama tells the true story of swimming sisters Yusra and Sarah Mardini’s miraculous journey as refugees from war-torn Syria, all the way to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The cast includes Manal Issa (Parisienne), Nathalie Issa (My Favorite Fabric), Ahmed Malek (The Furnace), Matthias Schweighöfer (You Are Wanted), Ali Suliman (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan), Kinda Alloush (Except Me), James Krishna Floyd (The Good Karma Hospital), and Elmi Rashid Elmi (Dune). Directed by Berlin International Film Festival winner Sally El Hosaini (My Brother the Devil), the film is written by Sally El Hosaini and BAFTA winner Jack Thorne (National Treasure), and produced by Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, Ali Jaafar, and Tim Cole.
The global premiere date for The Swimmers has not been announced yet. Stay tuned for updates.
The Wonder (UK)
Adapted from Emma Donoghue‘s acclaimed novel of the same name, this psychological thriller is inspired by the 19th-century phenomenon of the “fasting girls.” In the Irish Midlands in 1862, 11-year old Anna O’Donnell (Kíla Lord Cassidy, Viewpoint) stops eating yet remains miraculously alive and well, and becomes an attraction for tourists and pilgrims who wish to witness the girl who is said to have survived without food for months. Another who has come is Lib Wright (Oscar® nominee Florence Pugh, Little Women), an English nurse who is brought here to observe the girl. Is this tiny village harboring a saint “surviving on manna from heaven” or are there more ominous motives at work?
The cast includes National Film Awards nominee Tom Burke (The Souvenir), BAFTA nominee Niamh Algar (Calm with Horses), Berlin International Film Festival winner Elaine Cassidy (No Offence), Primetime Emmy® nominee Toby Jones (The Girl), Oscar nominee Ciarán Hinds (Belfast), Dermot Crowley (Luther), Emmy nominee Brían F. O’Byrne (Mildred Pierce), and Irish Film and Television Awards winner David Wilmot (Ordinary Love). Written by Emmy nominee Alice Birch (Normal People) and Berlin International Film Festival winner Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman), who also directs, the film is produced by Tessa Ross, Juliette Howell, Ed Guiney, and Andrew Lowe.
The global premiere date for The Wonder has not been announced yet. Stay tuned for updates.
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