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Over 20 Irish Films from Element Pictures Distribution Now on Netflix

3rd Sep 2012
Netflix and Element Pictures Distribution today announced a multi-year licensing agreement to add over twenty Irish films to its expanding library of film and TV content for Irish and UK members to instantly watch.

The new film titles added to the Netflix service through the partnership with Element Pictures Distribution will bring an eclectic selection of critically-acclaimed and award winning independent Irish films to a mass audience in Ireland and the UK.  Films now available on Netflix for just €6.99 per month include Lenny Abrahamson's Garage, the most successful Irish film at the box office in 2007 starring Pat Shortt; Lance Daly's Kisses, Ken Wardrop's award winning His & Hers, and from Oliver Hirschbiegel Five Minutes of Heaven starring Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt, winner of Best Director and Best Screenplay at Sundance.

More recent Irish releases added to Netflix include: the darkly comic Sensation featuring a standout performance from Domhnall Gleeson; the hilarious Parked starring Colm Meaney in what has been hailed his best performance to date; and The Runway, a charming family film starring Oscar nominated Demián Bichir. 

"We are delighted to partner with Element Pictures Distribution to bring new Irish film to Netflix members in the UK and Ireland," said Kelly Merryman, Vice President Content Acquisition. "Adding high-quality Irish content to our Ireland and UK service remains a priority, and we are pleased that our relationship with Element Pictures Distribution continues to grow and benefit our subscribers directly."

Karen O'Malley, Head of Home Entertainment at Element Pictures Distribution said "This is another step in Element's commitment to make the best of Irish film available to as wide an audience as possible across Ireland and the UK.  Netflix is key to helping us achieve this in the online space and we are delighted to partner with them."

The Netflix selection in Ireland and the UK already includes critically-acclaimed Irish films such as Neil Jordan's Ondine starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sheridan-directed In America with Sarah Bolger as well as the Oscar winning Once, starring Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová.

About Netflix:
With more than 27 million streaming members in the United States, Canada, Latin America, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) is the world's leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV programs. For one low monthly price, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV programs streamed over the Internet to PCs, Macs and TVs. Among the large and expanding base of devices streaming from Netflix are the Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Sony PS3 consoles; an array of Blu-ray disc players, Internet-connected TVs, home theatre systems, digital video recorders and internet video players; Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Apple TV and Google TV. In all, more than 800 devices that stream from Netflix are available. For additional information, visit http://www.netflix.com/. Follow Netflix on Facebook and Twitter.

About Element Pictures Distribution
Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe run Ireland's leading independent production and distribution company Element Pictures.  Recent productions include SHADOW DANCER (James Marsh), starring Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough, currently on release in Ireland and the UK, and Irish box office smash hit THE GUARD (John Michael McDonagh) starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle which went on to become Ireland's third highest grossing film at box office for 2011 and the No 1 DVD of the year.

The distribution arm of Element Pictures was established in 2007 to bring the best of Irish cinema to Irish audiences.  Acclaimed releases include GARAGE, KISSES, WAVERIDERS, AS IF I AM NOT THERE, HIS & HERS and THE GUARD.  Element also handle STUDIOCANAL's theatrical slate in Ireland including TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, SUBMARINE and CARNAGE.

Earlier this year Element launched VOLTA, Ireland's first transactional video on demand platform showcasing the best of independent Irish film and world cinema.  The company has also recently ventured into exhibition having taken over the management of the Light House Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin in January of this year.
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