Source: Focus Features

‘Promising Young Woman’

Emerald Fennell’s Bafta- and Oscar-nominated Promising Young Woman is skipping a theatrical release in the UK and Ireland, and will debut on Sky Cinema and the NOW streaming service in the territory on April 16.

The UK-US drama will premiere exclusively as a Sky Original title, through a partnership with producers Focus Features and distributor and parent company Universal Pictures International.

It will not be made available for a theatrical release once cinemas reopen in the UK later this year. Cinemas in England and Scotland will currently be allowed to reopen from May 17, with dates to be confirmed for Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Both Sky and Universal are owned by US media giant Comcast.

“With cinemas currently closed in the UK, this exciting partnership will grant access to all in the UK to watch the top box office hit,” said a Sky statement.

Promising Young Woman opened on December 25 in the US and has grossed $5.8m to date.

Fennell’s directorial feature debut has received six nominations at the Baftas, including for best film and outstanding British film. The director then became the first woman to be nominated for best director at the Oscars for her first feature, as one of five categories in which the film was recognised, including best film and best lead actress for Carey Mulligan. 

The film sees Mulligan play a smart, singularly-focused woman who lives a double life by night in an effort to overcome events from her past.

The Bafta Film Awards take place on April 10 and 11; the Oscars are on April 25.