Chloe Zhao’s awards favourite Nomadland will be released directly on the Disney+ streaming platform in the UK and Ireland on April 30. Disney said it would then be available to cinemas to programme when they open but that is not expected to be before May 17.
The film will be made available on the Star strand of Disney+, which launched on February 23 to host adult-focused productions from Disney content arms. These include the film divisions it acquired in its takeover of 20th Century Fox, now known as 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures.
Nomadland, starring Frances McDormand, won the best drama and best director prizes at last Sunday’s Golden Globes awards and is likely to feature heavily in the Bafta and Oscar nominations. Those ceremonies take place on April 11 and April 26 respectively.
It premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2020, winning the Golden Lion.
The then-Fox Searchlight picked up worldwide rights to the film in February 2019. It is based on the non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder, and follows a woman in her 60s who after losing everything, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
Nomadland opened in the US in select IMAX theatres on January 29 before opening in theatres and streaming simultaneously on Disney’s Hulu platform on February 19.