Irish Films Score International Sales Deals
David Freyne's The Cured, Brian O’Malley’s The Lodgers, Rob and Ronan Burke’s Damo & Ivor: The Movie, Haifaa Al-Monsour's Mary Shelley, and Ian Fitzgibbon’s Dark Lies The Island have all secured international sales deals with Wildcard Distribution picking up the Irish rights to Lee Cronin’s horror, The Hole in the Ground, which is currently being sold globally by Bankside Films.
Starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Ellen Page and Sam Keeley, David Freyne's The Cured has scored an Ireland/UK deal with Arrow Films with a 2018 release planned for the film, whcih received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September. Produced by Rory Dungan and Rachael O'Kane at Tilted Pictures, with Freyne writing and directing the film,The Cured, received critical acclaim at TIFF for its exploration of social issues through the lens of horror. For six years, a virus has devastated Europe, transforming people into zombie-like monsters. All is lost until a cure is found. The cure, which has a 75% success rate, restores the infected to full physical health, although the cured remember everything they did while infected. Three years into this great hope, the third wave of cured are ready for release in Ireland. Speaking about the deal with Arrow Films, BAC'S VP of international sales, Marie Garrett, said: "We are delighted to renew our collaboration with Arrow Films on The Cured. Their great taste and slate make them the perfect partner for the UK/Ireland release."
Following on from its world premiere at TIFF this year, Epic Pictures has announced further sales deals on Brian O’Malley’s The Lodgers. Epic closed deals closed in Italy (M2 Pictures), Russia (MVK), Brazil (Paris Filmes), Benelux (Premiere TV), Japan (New Select), Philippines (Captive), and Colombia (Cine Colombia), adding a host of previously announced territories. The Lodgers is set in 1920's rural Ireland during its war of independence and tells the story of Anglo-Irish twins Rachel and Edward who are just about to turn eighteen. They reside in a crumbling manor on the edge of a village, where they have lived alone since their parents' untimely death. Except they are not entirely alone-for they share the house with an unseen spiritual force which resides in the basement, known only as The Lodgers. The twins must live by very strict rules set out by The Lodgers, or face unknown and devastating punishments. The film is produced by Ruth Treacy and Julianne Forde of Tailored Films from a script written by David Turpin.
Earlier this week, Carnaby International secured the international sales rights to Rob and Ronan’s Damo & Ivor: The Movie, written by Andy Quirke. The film, which started out as a YouTube skit before being picked up for two seasons by RTÉ sees Quirke, starring as both Damo and Ivor. Damo & Ivor: The Movie also stars Ruth McCabe (Philomena), Tina Kellegher (In The Name Of The Father) and Simon Delaney (The Conjuring 2) with Blue Ink Films producing. The film will be shopped to potential buyers at the American Film Market which is currently underway in LA.
Another Irish co-production which debuted at TIFF is Haifa Al-Monsour's Mary Shelley, and it has been revealed that IFC Films has acquired the US rights to the title. Mary Shelley examines the life of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin; the author of one of the world’s most famous books — Frankenstein. The film follows Wollstonecraft’s fiery and tempestuous relationship with the poet Percy Shelley, recounting how the two eloped to Lake Geneva, where, in Lord Byron’s house, Mary gives birth to Frankenstein’s Monster. It is brilliant, but women don’t write books and publishers won’t print them. Mary must now fight for her creature and identity, all at the age of eighteen. Produced by Alan Moloney and Ruth Coady at Parallel Films, Amy Baer at Gidden Media in co-production with Juliette Films, Mary Shelley features an all-star cast including Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth and Tom Sturridge.
Ian Fitzgibbon’s Dark Lies The Island, which recently wrapped filming has secured a deal with Independent. Featuring a cast including Peter Coonan, Pat Shortt, Moe Dunford, Charlie Murphy and Tommy Tiernan, the film is based on Kevin Barry’s collection of short stories of the same name. Dark Lies The Island follows the characters in a long-standing family feud in a small Irish town over the course of a week. The film is produced by Michael Garland and Catherine Magee for Grand Pictures. Independent will handle international sales on the title.
Finally, Lee Cronin’s feature directorial debut, The Hole in the Ground, has been acquired by Wildcard Distribution who obtained the Irish sales rights to the picture from Bankside Films who are handling worldwide sales. The film stars breakthrough talent Seána Kerslake following her critically acclaimed turn in A Date for Mad Mary, as a young single mother who is trapped between rationality and the unexplained as she becomes convinced her little boy has been transformed by something sinister from the depths of a mysterious sinkhole. John Keville and Conor Barry of Savage Productions are on board as Irish producers, alongside Benoit Roland of Wrong Men in Belgium and Ulla Simonen of MADE in Finland.