UK box office preview: ‘Honey Boy’, ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ headline quiet week

Screen | 12/6/2019 | Ben Dalton
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Shia LaBeouf’s autobiographical Honey Boy and Edward Norton’s directorial debut Motherless Brooklyn are among the titles opening in a quiet weekend at the UK box office, which should see Frozen II hold the number one spot for a third week running.

Released through Sony, Honey Boy is directed by Alma Har’el, from a screenplay by LaBeouf based on his childhood and relationship with his father.

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The film debuted at Sundance 2019, where it won the special jury prize in the US Dramatic section, and followed that up with an honourable mention at October’s BFI London Film Festival. It has received four nominations for the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards, including best director for Har’el, best cinematography for Natasha Braier, and best supporting male for both LaBeouf and Noah Jupe, who plays the young version of Otis, the character based on LaBeouf.

It is Har’el’s fiction directing debut. She has previously made documentaries LoveTrue (opened: £7,453, closed: £12,069) and Bombay Beach (opened: £5,521, closed: £20,216), both released through Dogwoof in the UK.

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LaBeouf’s film career began as a child, with a role in 1998’s Monkey Business. He achieved international recognition after starring in three Transformers films, the highest-grossing of which was 2011’s Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (opened: £10.7m, closed: £28.1m).

Since then he has predominantly appeared in independent features, including Lars von Trier’s 2013 Nymphomaniac Vol. I (opened: £36,536, closed: £104,403) and Vol. II (opened: £15,354, closed: £61,094); Andrea Arnold’s 2016 American Honey (opened: £176,072, closed: £477,661); and 2019’s The Peanut Butter Falcon (opened: £39,609, still in select venues).

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Warner Bros will open Motherless Brooklyn, US actor Edward Norton’s second directorial feature following a 19-year break since 2000’s Keeping The Faith. The crime drama, an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s 1999 novel of the same name, debuted at Telluride in August, and has since played festivals including...
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