Netflix have teamed up with cinema chain Curzon to release its first original film, Beasts of No Nation in UK theatres a week before it becomes available worldwide on the streaming service. The film will also be shown on October 8th at London film festival, as part of the competition.

Idris ElbaIdris Elba stars in Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation.

Adapted from Uzodinma Iweala’s novel of the same name, Beasts Of No Nation stars Idris Elba as a warlord in an unnamed West African country who forces a young boy to become a solider. The film is directed by ‘True Detective’s’ Cary Fukunaga and also stars Abraham Attah and Ama K. Abebrese.

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In February Netflix announced it had purchased the film for $12million, causing four of America’s largest cinema chains – AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike to say they would boycott the movie. The boycott was due to their claim that Netflix had infringed the standard 90 day separation window that usually separates cinema releases and home video premieres in the US.

Beasts of No Nation premiered at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year, earning praise from critics and picking up the Marcello Mastroianni for its teenage star Abraham Attah. 14 year old Attah, from Ghana, had no previous acting experience when he was cast in the role, having been discovered by a member of production staff while playing football.

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Speaking at presss conference earlier this month the 14 year old said, "I was scared because it was my first time shooting a movie. I was afraid of [Elba] at first because I see him to be someone big, and I'm like an ant in front of him.” Beasts Of No Nation hits Netflix on October 16th.