At the age of 26, writer-director Richard Kelly created an instant cult classic with his 2001 debut film Donnie Darko, a decidedly weird time-travel drama that puzzled viewers so much that many went back to see it again and again…
… and still came away scratching their heads over Kelly’s bizarre tale of a disturbed suburban teenager – played by a young Jake Gyllenhaal – who has a visionary encounter with a giant rabbit named Frank who tells him that the world will end in 28 days, six hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds.
Most filmmakers have to acquire the status of legends and wait years if not decades before they are granted the privilege of a director’s cut. Young whippersnapper Kelly was given the opportunity only two years after his movie’s original cinema release.
Now, Arrow Films is celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Donnie Darko by re-releasing Kelly’s Director’s Cut as well as the original Cult Classic Theatrical version – both with a special 4K restoration supervised by Kelly himself.
The original theatrical version is currently enjoying a run at the BFI, which will be followed by a nationwide release from the 23rd December 2016. Arrow Films is releasing a limited edition dual format Blu-ray & DVD box set containing the Theatrical Cut and Director’s Cut.