Soho Film Club: ‘Breaking’, ‘Prey’ and more we’re loving right now

Soho Film Club: ‘Breaking’, ‘Prey’ and more we’re loving right now | Soho House

Every week, Soho House’s in-house film and programming team is here to reveal the most important developments in the world of entertainment

Thursday 18 August 2022   By Jo Addy

Here at Soho House, we take film incredibly seriously. Each and every day, we host screenings of the biggest and most important releases, as well as talks with some of the biggest names in the industry at our Houses around the world. My name is Jo Addy, and as Soho House’s Global Film and Entertainment Director consider me your personal guide to everything that’s happening in the celluloid world. 

As such, every week I – alongside a different programmer from my team – will be here, discussing the most exciting things I’m seeing in the world of film, to provide you with the most focused, Soho House-lensed perspective on all things cinema you’ll find anywhere in the Houses. 

The long-awaited Top Gun: Maverick was released on Memorial Day weekend and is still cruising at the box office. The film has banked more than $1.3bn worldwide, becoming the highest grossing movie of 2022 and passing Titanic on the all-time domestic chart. The power of Tom Cruise, nostalgia from Gen Xers and movie fans heading back to theatres were all key factors. Also helping matters is that Cruise and Paramount Pictures held firm on a theatrical release. 

I’m sure when Ron Howard sold Thirteen Lives to MGM, he wasn’t anticipating that Amazon would buy the legendary studio back in March. Amazon moved the theatrical release date from peak awards season in November to a day and date release on the platform. Howard’s version is based on The Rescue, directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.

The filmmakers convinced the Thai Navy SEALS to share videos of the 2018 Thai cave mission, and then crafted a great documentary about the rescue. I was excited to see what Howard would do with the story and it didn’t disappoint; the film still had me on the edge of my seat even though I knew the outcome. 

And because Hollywood can’t get enough of this story, Netflix is releasing Thai Cave Rescue next month – a six-part series told from the perspective of the boys.

The programmer’s picks: Lisa Ogdie, North America Cinema Programmer
Earlier this month, Prey from 20th Century Studios was the biggest Hulu premiere ever. As fans of the franchise lamented a theatrical release (myself included), it’s important to note that all streamers are vying for subscribers. Disney+ has surpassed Netflix in total streaming subscribers for the first time ever. Both Netflix and Disney plan to implement ad-supported tiers and price hikes, a move that will certainly influence who reigns supreme. 
While it’s impossible to know if a theatrical release would have benefited Prey, an existing output deal (which runs through to the end of 2022) would have required the film to stream on HBO Max as well. As the streaming wars rage, no one wants to share content and particularly not a film as strong as Prey, the best installment the franchise has seen in years.  
As for HBO Max, they may not be at the subscriber level of their competitors quite yet, but when it comes to groundbreaking content, they have long been at the forefront. Nathan Fielder’s The Rehearsal is no exception. The series follows Fielder as he prepares participants for real-life situations by giving them the opportunity to rehearse scenarios in tremendous detail. Adeptly manipulating the audience, his participants and maybe even himself, the finale airs this weekend on HBO Max, and I can’t wait to see what he delivers. 
As a streaming subscriber of more platforms than most, my heart still belongs to the cinema, and we have some great screenings happening across the Houses in North America this weekend. We have the touring Sundance Shorts Program at Soho House New York and Soho House West Hollywood, with filmmakers joining us for a Q&A at both locations. Breaking, which features a stellar performance from John Boyega, is also playing across our US Houses. The film won a Special Jury Award at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and director Abi Damaris Corbin is a talent to watch. 
I refuse to believe that the theatrical experience could ever be a casualty of our times, and even with more viewing options than ever before, I hope you’ll join me and get to the cinema.  

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