Blackbirdthe directorial debut of king of the dance star and famed Riverdancer Michael Flatley and a spy thriller once thought to be lost forever after effectively disappearing after its glitzy world premiere in 2018, will soon hit UK cinemas.
News Kidda has been informed that Wildcard Distribution, which caused a stir earlier this month when it announced the highly anticipated film release in Ireland, will also oversee its release in the UK, with Blackbird now set to fly to both UK and Irish theaters from September 2.
Written, directed, produced, financed by and starring Flatley, the film sees Irish-American dancer play Victor Blackley, a troubled ex-MI6 agent whose glamorous life of retirement as a Barbados nightclub and hotel owner is on the cusp. head after being pulled back into the world he left behind and rekindles an old flame.
As mentioned before, Blackbird – which also stars Eric Roberts and Patrick Bergin – had its world premiere at London’s Raindance Film Festival in September 2018, a screening that famously shut out journalists and critics, and there was little public response other than criticism of the film’s poster, with its male stars amid an array of much younger, bikini-clad and uncredited women.
After it looked like the film ran into trouble immediately after this first showing and few details were available, the film developed something of a cult following, with many on social media regularly requesting the release. The mystery surrounding Blackbird grew even further when it became the opening film of the inaugural Monaco Streaming Festival in July 2021, where Flatley won the Best Actor award.
When the Irish release was first revealed, Flatley blamed COVID-19 for the long wait to bring his directorial debut to the public, saying the pandemic had “caused many unprecedented production delays”, without going into detail. He also revealed that Sinéad O’Connor, who he described as “truly one of Ireland’s treasures”, had recorded the song for the film’s final titles. “We’ve put a lot into this project, and for me it’s very personal.”
Given his personal nature, Flatley may not have been too kind to the response to the first Blackbird trailer, also revealed earlier this month. Awash with sparkling beaches, flashy sports cars, pistol-wielding spies, blood-stained white tuxedos and glamorous women—and featuring countless clips of Flatley wearing a cheery fedora—the 90-second James Bond-esque teaser garnered a wave of ridicule. Twitter , in one case compared to a movie that The office‘s Michael Scott would make.
As an aside, almost everyone who commented on the trailer said they couldn’t wait to see the movie.
See the trailer below: