From the return of Guy Ritchie to Christopher Nolan’s biopic debut, here are six must see British films coming out in 2023.

This year’s film calendar is packed with plenty of excuses to spend time relaxing in front of a screen. Anticipated Netflix originals, new Guy Ritchie films and major blockbusters are all ready for release. Film lovers can also expect a debut biopic from Christopher Nolan, the return of unconventional detective/superhero Luther, and Olivia Colman playing roles in nearly every British movie worth your time in 2023.


Here are six British films to look out for next year.


Details for Oppenheimer, British-American director Christopher Nolan’s debut biopic, were released at the tail end of 2022. Starring Cillian Murphy, who plays theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the film follows the making of the first atomic bomb. An assembly of all-star actors join Cillian on the line-up, including Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon.

The Covenant

Guy Ritchie’s forthcoming action-thriller stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Antony Starr and Emily Beecham. Pursuing Sergeant John Kinley, who is paired with local interpreter Ahmed on his last tour of Afghanistan, the plot sees an American unit ambushed, and subsequently, Ahmed must take Sergeant John across miles of gruelling terrain, risking his own life, to get them towards safety.

Luther: The Fallen Sun

Britain’s favourite detective series has found a new home on Netflix. The streaming service is marking its return with a blockbuster movie, four years since the BBC’s fifth and last season. Director Neil Cross hasn’t revealed much, but Idris Elba, who plays Luther, confirmed recently that it obeys the tv series’ much-adored narrative. Fans, however, are being left to guess whether Luther’s long-term psychopathic lover and nemesis Alice (Ruth Wilson) will return after her supposed death at the end of season five.

Empire of Light

Directed by Sam Mendes, and starring Olivia Colman, Empire of Light is a period drama that analyses cinema’s power to unite people in troubling times. Set in Margate, at Dreamland Cinema, the movie premiered at Telluride film festival, receiving mixed reviews. However, with a heavyweight British cast, featuring Michael Ward, Colin Firth and Toby Jones, Empire of Light remains a must-see on the country’s film calendar.


The first film directed by Gareth Evans since he signed a deal exclusively with Netflix, Havoc chronicles a drug deal gone wrong, where a detective (Tom Hardy) must fight his way through a criminal underworld to save a politician’s son. Last year, Hollywood star Tom Hardy entered a Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition in Milton Keynes, where he won all his matches, taking up the martial art form to get in shape for Havoc.


How did Willy Wonka become the famous, eccentric chocolatier he is known and loved for being? Well, all will be revealed in Paul King’s forthcoming, Timothée Chalamet starring new fantasy film. Serving as a prequel to Roald Dahl’s classic novel, the movie details Willy Wonka’s life before opening his illustrious chocolate factory. Timothée, in a recent interview, said that he performs seven musical numbers in the film, which also features Rowan Atkinson and Olivia Colman in the cast.