Donnie Darko heads back to UK cinemas for its 15th anniversary

Cult classic ‘Donnie Darko’ is getting a cool rerelease.

Appearing in cinemas across the UK in the run up to Christmas, ‘Donnie Darko’ will screen for the first time in 4K. That’s right, it’s got an awesome new restoration for you to gawp at.

Arrow Films has announced that an exclusive run at the BFI will begin on 16 December, with a nationwide release planned on 23 December. Not only will this bring the original theatrical cut back to the big screen, but they’re also making the director’s cut available for screenings, too.

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Originally released in 2001, ‘Donnie Darko’ was dripping with ‘80s nostalgia.

Not to mention its kick-ass soundtrack with Joy Division, Tears for Fears and Echo and the Bunnymen.

‘Donnie Darko’, directed by Richard Kelly, stars Jake Gyllenhaal as troubled high school student, Donnie. He’s in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and has a rather sinister-looking imaginary friend - a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds.

Of course, Donnie has to survive that long to find out whether it happens or not - navigating teenage life, narrowly avoiding death due to a jet engine falling out of the sky, and following Frank’s twisted instructions to try and maintain the space-time continuum.

Quite a responsibility for a high school kid.

‘Donnie Darko’ stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Donnie, alongside his sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Katharine Ross, and Noah Wyle.

‘Donnie Darko’ returns to cinemas nationwide on 23 December.

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Picture Credit: Arrow Films