Critically Acclaimed Film CHICKEN – Release Date Announced

We’ve had the news that Network Distributing will be releasing the critically acclaimed feature debut film CHICKEN from writer/director Joe Stephenson from 18th September on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK and Ireland.

Written by Freddie Machin and Chris New and featuring powerful performances from Scott Chambers (Brothers, Blood Money, Ticking), Morgan Watkins (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Wild Bill, Suffragette) and Yasmin Paige (Submarine, The Double, Ballet Shoes), the DVD and Blu-ray will feature special extras including special Ian McKellen interviews with Scott Chambers, additional auditions and performances from the lead actors, phone videos, full score and a behind the scenes gallery.

With stellar reviews from the UK film industry including “Engaging and empathetic”  **** Mark Kermode, The Observer and “An enjoyable, involving British drama” **** Empire, CHICKEN also won the Grand Jury Award at the New Hampshire International Film Festival, Best Film at Cine A La Vista International Film Festival, 2nd Prize at Giffoni International Film Festival and a Special Critics Circle mention for Scott Chambers at the Dublin International Film Festival.

Yasmin Paige and Scott Chambers in Chicken (2015)

Yasmin Paige and Scott Chambers in Chicken (2015)

Chambers plays Richard, a fifteen-year-old boy with learning difficulties who lives in a shabby caravan with his older brother, Polly (Watkins). Life for Richard is harsh, with the engaging, nature-loving teenager yearning for stability while frequently finding himself on the wrong side of his brother’s destructive, often violent moods.

Finding it easier to communicate with animals – none more so than his beloved hen, Fiona – Richard nevertheless forms a friendship with rebellious seventeen-year-old Annabel (Paige), whose family have recently acquired the farmland on which the brothers live. But growing conflict with the new landowners will lead to a situation that severely tests Richard’s natural optimism, as a world of privilege collides with the brothers’ precarious, marginalised existence.


Run Time: 83 mins

Cert: 15

Director: Joe Stephenson

Writers: Freddie Machin, Chris New

Cast: Scott Chambers, Jasmin Paige, Morgan Watkins

Extras: Ian McKellen interviews Scott Chambers, Hatching Chicken, Morgan Watkins audition,
Trailer & TV Spot, Phone videos, Scott Chambers monologue, Full score, Extensive image galleries

Chicken out 18th September on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK and Ireland.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
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