7 Must-See Films Coming This September


Gay conversion therapy, an alcoholic quadriplegic’s career change, and adolescent FBI informants.

Finally, there are a few shining beacons of hope in the cinematic wasteland that is superhero movies and Mamma Mia remakes. There’s a lot of good quality films coming to the silver screen this month, and though we all yearn for the days that you could get a ticket and a box of Cool Fruits for under a tenner, the below films are actually worth forking out some dollars for. So no curry and Netflix in the sheets for you this month (unless you’re hungover or broken-hearted), go get out of the house.

White Boy Rick

There’s been hype surrounding this one for a while now, so here’s hoping it delivers. Like the best ‘based on a true story’ films going around, the tale of Richard Wershe Jr. is so unimaginable, it had to be immortalised on the big screen. Set in the 1980s at the height of the crack epidemic and America’s ill-fated War on Drugs, 14-year-old Richard Wershe Jr., aka ‘White Boy Rick’ became the youngest FBI informant in history. Given the teenager’s connections to an important drug gang at the centre of an FBI investigation, the street hustler turned drug dealer fell in with—and was ultimately double-crossed by—the very agents he was feeding information to. For those who’ve never heard the sorry tale of Detroit’s ‘drug kingpin’ adolescent and the way things panned out for him, I’ll say no more.

In cinemas the 14th of September.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

Directed by Gus Van Sant, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is a 2018 biopic based on a memoir of the same name by American cartoonist John Callahan. The film follows the life of Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) in the aftermath of a car accident that severed his spine, paralysing him from the diaphragm down. After a lifelong struggle with alcohol since he began heavily drinking at the age of 12, the newly quadriplegic Callahan finds an AA group and mentor (Jonah Hill), as well as the ability to draw witty, irreverent observations on life that would one day make him one of America’s most infamous cartoonists.

In cinemas the 27th of September.

You Were Never Really Here

Yes Joaquin again, no, not the sequel to his 2010 mockumentary I’m Still Here. Adapted from a short novel by Jonathan Ames, and written and directed by the phenomenally good Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here feels somewhere between Drive and Taxi Driver, with just a light sprinkling of Taken. It follows the story of a traumatised veteran (Phoenix) who tracks down missing girls for a living, and whose skills with a hammer ensure a pretty good strike rate at getting them back. And like all killer for hire films that’ve come before it, a job arrives that doesn’t go to plan, instead leading him into uncovering a deep-rooted conspiracy. You Were Never Really Here won Best Screenplay and Best Actor at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, along with a seven-minute standing ovation, which sounds more uncomfortable than impressive to be honest.

In cinemas the 6th of September.

McQueen

McQueen, directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, follows the British fashion designer and couturier’s unprecedented rise to fame, followed by a desolate descent into depression and untimely death. The fact that he was the head designer at Givenchy at the mere age of 26 is probably not that shocking after this close-to-the-bone documentary’s stroll through his creations. You can read our in-depth take on the moving portrait of Alexander McQueen here.

In cinemas the 6th of September.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

When Cameron (Chloe Grace Moretz) gets caught making out with the prom queen in the back of her boyfriend’s car, her conservative aunt sends her off to conversion therapy to pray the gay away. At ‘God’s Promise’, counsellors—who include ‘ex-gays’—do random spot checks to make sure there’s no horny teens hooking up with the wrong sex, deny the existence of homosexuality, and offer up prayer as salvation to their ‘problems’. The Miseducation of Cameron Post won director Desiree Akhavan the 2018 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, and is being praised by critics as a ‘panacea for gay kids for years to come.’

In cinemas the 6th of September.

Ghosthunter

Australian documentary feature Ghosthunter uncovers a Western Sydney man’s 20-year search for an absent father, a childhood marred by intense trauma, long-lost sibling reunions, and dark family secrets. There’s something both endearing and heartbreaking about security guard and part-time ghosthunter Jason King and his quest to find answers, and why’d you bring those onions into the cinema?

In cinemas the 20th of September.

I Am Paul Walker

From the director of I Am Heath Ledger comes the documentary tribute to late actor Paul Walker. The film features interviews from those who knew him best—family, friends, directors and fellow actors—and revelations of a Hollywood star who would have traded it all for the simple life. I Am Paul Walker comes five years after his tragic death, when the Porsche he was in the passenger seat of crashed into a concrete post and killed both Walker and the car’s driver, Roger Rodas, instantly.

In cinemas the 21st of September.

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