Everything You Need to Know About Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’


Christopher Nolan’s Tenet has been one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2020, and after the year we’ve had, we’ve certainly needed something to look forward to.

This film is perfect for die-hard Nolan fans, but also for those who love an action-packed thriller and an incredibly talented cast.

Before it reaches the cinemas, here’s what we know about this new film and most importantly, when will it be released.

What is Tenet about?

Nolan wrote and directed the film, utilizing a mixture of IMAX and 70mm film to bring the story to the screen.

The official synopsis reads: “Armed with only one word – Tenet – and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist (John David Washington) journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real-time. Not time travel. Inversion.”

In an interview with Total Film, Washington teased some details about the plot.

“It’s obviously genre-bending,” he said. “It’s its own genre: it’s the Nolan genre There’s a point where you’re like, it’s kind of cool, and it becomes so insane that it’s almost frightening.

“I sound like such a moron talking about this stuff. Because on top of the, uh – how would I even say this? Quite advanced theoretical physics; I think I’m allowed to say that – it’s just got a billion different ways to read it. It’s so complicated; if it wasn’t Chris Nolan doing it, you’d be like, ‘This is an impossible movie.’”

In an interview with Esquire back in May, Washington also revealed that Nolan’s films including Interstellar and Inception were “related” to Tenet.

WATCH: The Official trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet.

When is Tenet being released in the cinema?

Tenet will be released in Australian cinemas on August 27, 2020.

However, if you head to HOYTS cinema a week earlier to re-watch Nolan’s hit, Inception on August 20, keep an eye out for an exclusive in-cinema featurette with bonus footage and interviews of the upcoming film with Christopher Nolan and the cast.

Who is in the cast?

If you’re looking for an all-star cast, then Tenet delivers on all fronts.

Alongside Washington (BlacKkKlansman) as “The Protagonist”, the film also stars Robert Pattinson (The Batman) as his work colleague, long-time Nolan collaborator Michael Caine (The Dark Knight), Kenneth Branagh (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Elizabeth Debicki (The Burnt Orange Heresy), Clémence Poesy (Genius), Himesh Patel (Yesterday), and Dimple Kapadia (Angrezi Medium).

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The musical score and theme song.

Unlike Nolan’s previous films Inception and Dunkirk, frequent collaborator Hans Zimmer will not be scoring Tenet after committing to the 2020 film, Dune.

Ludwig Göransson composed the score instead, recording musicians at home during the global coronavirus pandemic.

As for the theme song, Travis Scott has been working on a yet-to-be-released song.

In an interview with GQ, Nolan said that the music and his voice was the “final piece of a yearlong puzzle”.

“His insights into the musical and narrative mechanism [composer] Ludwig Göransson and I were building were immediate, insightful, and profound,” he said, praising the rapper.

According to the outlet, who heard the song in “error” while listening to a “few unfinished beats” with Scott, the song “sounds like a brain-liquefying trip through time and space.”

Scott realised his mistake and put an “abrupt stop to the record” before saying he’d seen the film and it was “fire”.

“I can’t even explain it. You literally just have to watch it. It’s very fire.

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Where was Tenet filmed?

With a budget of an eye-watering US $205 million dollars, you’d hope that we’re about to see some pretty spectacular filming locations.

Nolan and his team filmed in seven countries including Denmark, Estonia, India, Italy, Norway, the UK and the US.

Don’t miss Inception in cinemas August 20 and Tenet, August 27 with Advance Screenings August 22-23 (tickets are on sale August 14 at HOYTS). The only way to experience it is on the big screen with the best sound in HOYTS Xtremescreen, or upgrade your cinema experience to HOYTS LUX.

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