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The Promise, directed by Terry George, is set in the final days of the Ottoman Empire and tells the story of the Armenian Genocide through a love story. The film “follows a love triangle between Mikael (Oscar Isaac), a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), and Chris (Christian Bale) – a renowned American journalist based in Paris.” – IMDb summary

On Twitter you can keep up with the official account @thepromisefilm, and the hashtags #KeepThePromise and #ThePromiseTheFilm

Please give this film your support. A number of stories have emerged which strongly suggest that there have been attempts to sabotage the film, because of the controversial nature of the subject matter, resulting in fake reviews and ratings on IMDb.

“Last year, during the Toronto International Film Festival, the filmmakers behind The Promise premiered their film before an audience of 1,500 and were met with a standing ovation. Yet at the same time, the film was being given thousands of single-star reviews through IMDb.

Films should always be given a chance and many times, given internet culture, people unfairly and impulsively despise or support films. This concerted effort looked different than a trending issue for the internet’s next bandwagon. The negative reviews, which climbed to a massive 85,000 before the film was even released, looked like clear sabotage. It came to light this was a cyber plan put together by the Turkish government and executed through a horde of internet trolls.” (emphasis added) – Daily Wire, several other news outlets have picked up this story (see Further reading at end).

Although several UK cinemas screened the film last week there’s a much wider range of options to see it from its official release, today. Below is a full list of London and UK cinemas which are screening The Promise (also included: subtitled screenings and parent and baby screenings).

Tom Hollander plays Garin and I’ve excerpted a few mentions of his role from various reviews, while removing bits that look like they might be plot spoilers. You can read the full review, and the spoilers, by clicking on the link (for The Times you may need to regiser an email address to read the text). Tom has had roles in two of Terry George’s previous films – in Some Mother’s Son and in Whole Lotta Sole (aka Stand Off).

Following on from his scene-stealing work on Tom Hardy’s Taboo, Tom Hollander in his ten-minute stint walks away with The Promise, playing an Armenian former clown trapped with Michael in a concentration camp.” – HeadStuff review

Some characters come and go – and go too soon.  Tom Hollander delivers a telling cameo as a former clown who Isaac meets in a labour camp.  Sadly, he’s only on-screen for five minutes…” – Flickering Myth review

He (Mikael, played by Oscar Isaac) escaped only after an Armenian circus clown turned [redacted – plot spoiler!] (Tom Hollander) [redacted – plot spoiler!]” – The Times review

Tom Hollander has a showy cameo as a concentration camp circus clown. “I used to make the children laugh.”  That’s a reference to the way Jerry Lewis trivialized the Holocaust in “The Day the Clown Cried.”” – Movie Nation review

from 28 April to 4 May 2017

This next bit is quite long so I’ve put in a table of contents!

1. UK cinemas showing The Promise (28 April – 4 May)
2. London cinemas showing The Promise
3. Subtitled screenings (UK)
4. Subtitled screenings (London)
5. Parent and baby screenings (UK)
6. Parent and baby screenings (London)
7. Further reading about online efforts to derail the film

All films (not just this one) showing in London and the UK can be found here

1. UK cinemas showing The Promise (28 April – 4 May)
(source: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/films/thepromise.html)
– Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen – Union Square
– Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
– Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
– Athlone, IMC Athlone
– Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
– Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
– Barnstaple, Central Cinema
– Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
– Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
– Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
– Bath, Odeon Bath
– Batley, Showcase Leeds
– Belfast, Odeon Belfast
– Beverley, Parkway Cinema
– Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
– Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
– Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
– Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
– Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
– Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
– Blackpool, The Reel Picture
– Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
– Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
– Bolton, Vue Bolton
– Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
– Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
– Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
– Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
– Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
– Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
– Brighton, Cineworld Brighton
– Brighton, Odeon Brighton
– Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
– Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
– Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
– Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
– Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
– Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
– Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
– Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
– Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
– Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
– Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
– Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
– Carlow, IMC Carlow
– Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
– Chatham, Odeon Chatham
– Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
– Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
– Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham The Screening Rooms
– Chester, Cineworld Broughton
– Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
– Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
– Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
– Colchester, Odeon Colchester
– Cookstown, Ritz Multiplex
– Cork, The Gate Cork
– Cork, The Gate Mallow
– Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
– Cromer, Movieplex
– Derby, Odeon Derby
– Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
– Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
– Douglas, Cinemaworld Douglas
– Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
– Dublin, IMC Santry
– Dublin, IMC Tallaght
– Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
– Dublin, Movies @ Swords
– Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
– Dublin, Odeon Coolock
– Dublin, Savoy
– Dublin, Vue Dublin
– Dudley, Showcase Dudley
– Dundalk, IMC Dundalk
– Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
– Dundee, Odeon Dundee
– Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
– Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
– East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
– East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
– Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
– Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
– Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
– Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
– Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
– Epsom, Odeon Epsom
– Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
– Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
– Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
– Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
– Galway, IMC Galway
– Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow – Parkhead
– Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow – Renfrew Street
– Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow – Silverburn
– Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
– Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
– Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
– Gorey, Movies@Gorey
– Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
– Guildford, Odeon Guildford
– Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
– Harlow, Cineworld Harlow
– Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
– Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
– High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
– Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
– Hull, Cineworld Hull
– Hull, Odeon Hull
– Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
– Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
– Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
– Ilfracombe, Embassy Cinema
– Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
– Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
– Kettering, Odeon Kettering
– Kingsbridge, Kings Cinema
– Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
– Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
– Leicester, Odeon Leicester
– Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
– Leigh, Cineworld Leigh
– Limerick, Odeon Limerick
– Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
– Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
– Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
– Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
– Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
– Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
– Luton, Cineworld Luton
– Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
– Manchester, Odeon Manchester
– Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
– Manchester, Showcase Manchester
– Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
– Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
– Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
– Midleton, The Gate Midleton
– Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
– Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
– Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
– Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
– Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
– Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
– Northampton, Vue Northampton
– Norwich, Odeon Norwich
– Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
– Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
– Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
– Omagh, IMC Omagh
– Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
– Paisley, Showcase Paisley
– Perth, Perth Playhouse
– Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
– Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
– Poole, Cineworld Poole
– Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
– Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
– Preston, Odeon Preston
– Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
– Reading, Vue Reading
– Redruth, Regal Film Centre
– Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
– Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
– Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
– Roscommon, C & L Plex
– Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
– Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
– Seaham, Cineworld Dalton Park
– Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
– Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
– Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
– Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
– Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
– Southampton, Odeon Southampton
– Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
– Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
– St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
– Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
– St Ives, The Royal
– Stockport, Cineworld Stockport
– Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
– Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
– Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
– Swansea, Odeon Swansea
– Swansea, Vue Swansea
– Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
– Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
– Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
– Taunton, Odeon Taunton
– Telford, Cineworld Telford
– Telford, Odeon Telford
– Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
– Torquay, Central Cinema
– Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
– Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
– Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
– Walsall, Showcase Walsall
– Warrington, Odeon Warrington
– Waterford, Odeon Waterford
– Watford, Vue Watford
– Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
– Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
– Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
– Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
– Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
– York, City Screen Picturehouse
– York, Vue York

2. London cinemas showing The Promise (28 April – 4 May)
(source: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/films/thepromise.html)
– Cineworld Bexleyheath
– Cineworld Enfield
– Cineworld Feltham
– Cineworld Wandsworth
– Cineworld West India Quay
– Cineworld Wood Green
– Crouch End Picturehouse
– Greenwich Picturehouse
– Odeon Holloway
– Odeon Kingston
– Odeon Lee Valley
– Odeon South Woodford
– Odeon Studios
– Odeon Wimbledon
– Peckhamplex
– Premiere Cinema
– Ritzy Picturehouse
– Showcase Newham
– Vue Croydon Grants
– Vue Finchley Road (O2 Centre)
– Vue Harrow
– Vue Islington
– Vue North Finchley
– Vue Romford
– Vue Shepherd’s Bush
– Vue Staines
– Vue Westfield London
– Vue Westfield Stratford City

3. Subtitled screenings (UK)
– Belfast, Odeon Belfast
– Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
– Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
– Brighton, Odeon Brighton
– East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
– Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
– Hull, Odeon Hull
– Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
– Redruth, Regal Film Centre
– Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
– Swansea, Odeon Swansea
– Telford, Odeon Telford
– Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
– Warrington, Odeon Warrington

4. Subtitled screenings (London)
– Odeon Studios

5. Parent and baby screenings (UK)
– Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
– Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
– Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
– Colchester, Odeon Colchester
– Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
– Dublin, Movies @ Swords
– Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
– Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
– Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
– Guildford, Odeon Guildford
– Ilfracombe, Embassy Cinema
– Kettering, Odeon Kettering
– Leicester, Odeon Leicester
– Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
– Norwich, Odeon Norwich

6. Parent and baby screenings (London)
– Peckhamplex

7. Further reading about online efforts to derail the film
Don’t Feed the Trolls: How Armenian Genocide Drama ‘The Promise’ Responded to an Internet Hate Campaign – IndieWire (21 April 2017)

Christian Bale historic romance The Promise is targeted by Turkish online trolls who deny the Armenian genocide – The Telegraph (21 April 2017)
The Christian Bale picture appears to be the target of a concerted campaign by Turkish cyber trolls who hope to destroy it before it is widely released in cinemas.

The film currently has more than 120,000 reviews on IMDB.com, the online movie ranking website. That is almost double the number of reviews for Beauty and the Beast, which was released last month and seen by millions around the world.

Thousands of Turkish trolls tank the new Christian Bale film ‘The Promise’ on IMDB with one-star reviews before it’s even released in an attempt to discredit the Armenian genocide – Daily Mail

Trolls are lashing out at Christian Bale’s new movie before it even premieres – Mashable (19 April 2016)