‘Under Milk Wood’ gets UK deal

11 June 2015 in Press, Screen Daily

Rhys Ifans and singer Charlotte Church star in Edinburgh-bound drama. Metrodome Distribution has acquired UK and Ireland rights to the feature version of Dylan Thomas classic Under Milk Wood from Metro International. Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) and singer Charlotte Church star in the drama, which will debut at this month’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. Kevin Allen (Twin Town) directs the surreal story in which Blind Captain Cat (Rhys Ifans) is tormented in his dreams by his drowned shipmates, and the innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of a fictional small Welsh fishing village Llareggub. The deal was negotiated by Metrodome MD Jezz Vernon and...


Afghanistan War Movie ‘Kajaki’ to Receive Jordanian Premiere

17 May 2015 in Press, Variety

LONDON — “Kajaki: The True Story,” a British film about the Afghanistan war from the producer of Oscar winner “The King’s Speech,” is to receive its Jordanian premiere in Amman on Wednesday. The film was shot in Jordan. Some 500 guests are expected to attend the premiere, which will be held under the chairmanship of Prince Mired bin Ra’ad bin Zeid. Guests will include the local crew and cast who worked on the film, and some high-profile special guests. The film’s director, Paul Katis, who is attending the premiere and hosting master classes in Amman this week, commented: “It’s fantastic to be...

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Short cuts: Damon Gameau’s That Sugar Movie hits sweet spot with $1m in box office takings

15 April 2015 in Press

Actor turned documentary maker Damon Gameau is tasting success with That Sugar Movie. It's now the second-highest-grossing cinema release Australian documentary in the local market (excluding IMAX). As of Wednesday April 15, it had taken $1,173,171 at the box office, passing Bob Connolly and Sophie Raymond's Mrs Carey's Concert (2011). Bra Boys (2007), directed by Sunny Abberton and Macario De Souza, still occupies the number one spot. That Sugar Movie – which passed the million-dollar mark on the chocolate-heavy Easter Sunday – takes a sceptical yet entertaining look at the place of sugar in our diet It follows Gameau as...


World Cup trophy to visit Belfast for ‘Shooting for Socrates’ premiere

09 April 2015 in Press

Belfast will welcome a special visitor later this month - the World Cup trophy. FIFA president Sepp Blatter has given his personal authority for the iconic trophy to be present at the premier of a new movie, 'Shooting for Socrates'. The honour is being made in recognition of Northern Ireland's Jim Boyce OBE, the outgoing FIFA Vice-President. Boyce, who will be replaced by FA vice-chairman David Gill, will be guest of honour when the film is launched in Belfast on April 24, and he will be joined by most of Northern Ireland's 1986 World Cup squad - the last NI team to reach...


Belfast Film Festival: Shooting for Socrates is Belfast’s very own David and Goliath story

26 March 2015 in Press

Shooting for Socrates is one of the most talked about films to be showcase at the upcoming Belfast Film Festival next month. This joyous comedy is portrayed as a David and Goliath story set in our great city against the backdrop of the 1986 World Cup and the conflict of the troubles. Marie Jones' film is about following your dreams, no matter where you come from, and losing your heart to the 'beautiful game'. In a Northern Ireland divided on religious lines, nine-year-old Tommy learns to make sense of his world through his passion for football and his father's love of Greek philosophy. Meanwhile,...


Samuel Goldwyn takes That Sugar Film

09 February 2015 in Press, Screen Daily

Distributor acquires US rights to Damon Gameau’s Generation and Culinary title That Sugar Film. More than a decade after it distributed Super Size Me, Samuel Goldwyn Films returns to champion another swipe at the food industry with its acquisition of US rights to Damon Gameau’s Generation and Culinary selection That Sugar Film. Gameau’s film documents the impact of a high-sugar diet on a healthy body by only consuming foods that are perceived, promoted and marketed as healthy options. The film includes guest cameos from Stephen Fry, Brenton Thwaites and Isabel Lucas and there are interviews with Gary Taubes, Michael Moss and Kimber Stanhope....


Berlin: Kajaki gets international launch

07 February 2015 in Press, Screen Daily

EFM: Landmine drama screened at British Embassy; Metro International handling sales. Kajaki. The True Story has launched internationally at Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM) (Feb 5-13). In addition to a market screening on Friday (Feb 6) there were three screenings, including two at the British Embassy and a public screening hosted by Indiegogo. The screenings at the British Embassy were hosted by Deputy Head of Mission, Nick Pickard and Oscar-winning producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin (The King’s Speech) who is also the film’s executive producer. Attendees included defense attaches of the US, Dutch, Slovenian and German Embassies. The event was enabled by the UKTI working...


Cineworld takes landmine drama Kajaki

02 January 2015 in Press, Screen Daily

Battlefield drama extends to Cineworld chain including a special screening in Aldershot, “home” of the British Army. Landmine drama Kajaki. The True Story is extending its run in cinemas across the UK following an agreement with Cineworld Cinemas. The exhibitor will screen the film at 20 cinemas from Jan 9 and will host a special screening on Jan 11 at Cineworld Aldershot – the “home” of the British Army – attended by the filmmakers, cast and a number of the veterans whose story the film tells. “I’m thrilled that we are able to bring Kajaki to Cineworld Cinemas to ensure it has the...


Kajaki expansion revealed

10 December 2014 in Press, Screen Daily

Afghan war film expands after two-week Vue window. Afghan war film Kajaki: The True Story is to expand its theatrical run to Odeon, Showcase and other venues following an exclusive two-week booking at Vue Cinemas. Odeon will show the film at 17 cinemas from Friday 12 December, following a regional premiere at Odeon Colchester - the hometown of both the Parachute Regiment and of Stu Pearson, one of the veterans depicted in the film. Showcase will show the film at six of their cinemas, with Kino Hawkhurst also opening the film on December 12. Vue Cinemas have also committed to show the film for...


Sundance Selects Acquires Spandau Ballet Doc, ‘Soul Boys of the Western World’

14 November 2014 in Press, Variety

Sundance Selects has acquired the U.S. rights to “Soul Boys of the Western World,” a music documentary about Spandau Ballet from director George Hencken. The doc follows the band from its inception in 1980s London, using footage from the members’ personal archives, before catching up with the five members through recent interviews, tracking the band’s enduring influence on music and fashion. Producers on the Wellingmax production are Steve Dagger and Scott Millaney. The rights were negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP of acquisitions, and Sean Berney, manager of acquisitions, on behalf of Sundance Selects/IFC, and Josh Braun and Ben Braun of Submarine Entertainment on...