DIRECTV Gives USA Customers Exclusive Access to British Thriller ‘Girl With All Gifts’ Before Feb. Theatrical

Girl with all the gifts

AT&T is giving DIRECTV customers in the USA an exclusive look at “The Girl with All the Gifts” before it hits theaters in a limited release on Feb. 24.

The film is now available for DIRECTV subscribers.

After its Cannes film market premiere last year (2016), Saban Films picked up USA distribution rights to the British post-apocalyptic Thriller “The Girl with All the Gifts,” directed by Colm McCarthy (“Peaky Blinders,” “Sherlock”), adapted by M.R. Carey from his own novel of the same title.



Produced by Camille Gatin and Angus Lamont, the story is set in the near future, when humanity has been all but destroyed by a disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries.” Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these children retain normal thoughts and emotions. And while still being subject to the craving for human flesh that marks the disease, these second-generation “hungries” are able to think and feel, making them a vital resource in the search for a cure. But one little girl, named Melanie, stands out from the rest. Melanie is “special.” She excels in the classroom, is inquisitive, imaginative and loves her favorite teacher Miss Justineau. When the base falls to the “hungries,” Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell. Against the backdrop of a blighted Britain, Melanie must discover what she is and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.

Newcomer Sennie Nanua Headlines 'The Girl With All Gifts'

Newcomer Sennie Nanua Headlines ‘The Girl With All Gifts’

The film stars Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, and 12-year-old Sennia Nanua, in a breakthrough performance, as Melanie.

“Carey has adapted his novel into a film with an unmatched level of cataclysm,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley in a previous statement. “’The Girl with All the Gifts’ is a sophisticated movie, with McCarthy’s vision and this dynamic cast, and we know that our audiences will be hooked from start to finish.”

Director Colm McCarthy previously said of casting Sennia Nanua: “Sennia walked into the room as the last of 500 girls I’d met and just shone. She has taken being the lead actress in a film with Glenn, Gemma and Paddy in her stride and completely inhabits this amazing character. She’s a very special girl.”

The BFI (British Film Institute) and Creative England financed the film.

It already opened in the UK (September 2016); for USA audiences, you can watch “The Girl with All the Gifts” exclusively on DirecTV, starting yesterday (January 26). For non-DirecTV customers, a limited theatrical run via Saban starts February 24. It will also be released on demand.

Watch a USA release trailer for the film embedded below:


One Comment

  1. Now that’s an effective trailer. At no time did it give away the film but at the same time it gave the viewers enough of the exciting parts to wet their thirst.

    For instance, we know the little girl, Melanie, is infected, but she’s “special.” **drum roll**… How special is she? Well, we do see her with blood around her mouth so although she is special, she’s also hungry as hell too. **Drum roll**… How “hungry” is she? Well, watch the film 🙂

    Also, in the trailer we see Glenn Close. She’s a draw in herself. But we don’t know if she’s friend or foe, right? And I can’t tell you, but I will say, in the trailer we see the special little girl strapped to an operating table and Glenn Close is a doctor. Hmmmm, I know nuthin’ 🙂

    Oh, that scene with the mother pushing the baby stroller had to peak your interest right? What’s under that blanket?

    That reminds me, as seen in the clip there’s plenty of BOOMS… BOMBS… POWS… head shots and splattering blood for those who need that nastiness in their horror films.

    Anyway, as I said, that trailer hit the spot. And, in this case the movie does live up to the hype, imo. Well, that is if you enjoy watching flesh eating zombies who, if hungry enough, will eat rats, then this flick is a sophisticated movie well deserving of its awards nominations.

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