It’s exciting times when Netflix gets on board to start showing movies across cinemas in Australia and finally Perth has been added on that list – THE KING starring Joel Edgerton, Timothee Chalamet, Lily-Rose Depp, Robert Pattinson and Ben Mendelsohn will screen exclusively at The Backlot Perth from October 11 for one week, other cinemas across Australia include the Classic, Lido and Cameo cinemas in Victoria, in Sydney at Randwick Ritz, Dendy Newtown and Dendy Opera Quays, in Brisbane at Dendy Portside and Dendy Coorparoo and in Canberra at Dendy.
A theatrical release for The King makes sense, not only for the visual scope and scale of the film, but also because of its Australian roots. Australian writer, director, actor Joel Edgerton co-wrote the screenplay with director Michôd (Animal Kingdom) while the two of them also produced alongside Liz Watts.
Hal (Timothée Chalamet), wayward prince and reluctant heir to the English throne, has turned his back on royal life and is living among the people. But when his tyrannical father dies, Hal is crowned King Henry V and is forced to embrace the life he had previously tried to escape. Now the young king must navigate the palace politics, chaos and war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life — including his relationship with his closest friend and mentor, the ageing alcoholic knight, John Falstaff (Joel Edgerton). Directed by David Michôd and co-written by Michôd and Edgerton, THE KING co-stars Sean Harris, Ben Mendelsohn, Robert Pattinson, and Lily-Rose Depp.
It’s the first movie this year Netflix will release into cinemas locally. Last year, Netflix released Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar winner Roma into cinemas for two weeks. It also marks the first of a planned slate of Netflix films that will receive a theatrical release over the coming months.
So if you’re in Perth and want to see THE KING on the big screen before it lands on Netflix November 1, you can only see it at The Backlot from October 11 – click here to get your tickets.