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Metro International boards Holocaust survivor doc ‘I Am Here’

21 March 2021 in Films, News, Press, Screen Daily

UK-based sales firm Metro International Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to Jordy Sank’s documentary I Am Here, about the life of Holocaust survivor Ella Blumenthal. Metro will launch sales on the title at next week’s online European Film Market (EFM, March 1-5). The South African film is produced by Gabriella Blumberg and Sank of Sanktuary Films, with financial backing from Claims Conference, an organisation that provides reparation for Jewish Holocaust victims. Claims Conference previously backed Lázló Nemes’ 2016 Oscar best foreign language film winner Son Of Saul. The film is centred around Blumenthal’s 98th birthday, when she shares memories of her survival with...

Metro International adds sales on Nick Moran’s ‘Creation Stories’

21 March 2021 in Films, News, Press, Screen Daily

Metro International Entertainment has secured additional deals on Nick Moran’s rock ‘n’ roll biopic Creation Stories. The film has sold to Australia-New Zealand (Kismet Movies), Japan (Pony Canyon), Canada (levelFILM), CIS (Planeta), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), Middle East (Front Row), Eastern Europe (HBO), Spain (Twelve Oaks) and airlines (Aardwolf Films), while a US deal is in the works and expected post-EFM. In a previously announced deal, UK broadcaster Sky will release the film as an Original title on its Sky Cinema channel on March 20, following the film’s world premiere as the opening night of Glasgow Film Festival on February 24. The film is...

Glasgow Film Festival unveils online 2021 line-up

04 March 2021 in Films, News, Press, Screen Daily

The Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) has revealed the programme for its 2021 edition (Feb 24-March 7), which includes several award-winning festival favourites and a focus on South Korea. The 17th edition of GFF, which recently announced it would shift online-only due to the ongoing virus crisis, includes six world premieres, two European premieres and 49 UK premieres – around a third of the event’s usual programme of 180 titles. However, GFF co-directors Allison Gardner and Allan Hunter said the reduced number of slots had forced them to raise the bar for selection and produce a stronger programme as a result. The festival has...

First look teaser at Ewen Bremner’s Alan McGee biopic ‘Creation Stories’ is here

15 December 2020 in Films, News, Press

The first teaser for Alan McGee biopic Creation Stories has landed. The upcoming film, adapting McGee’s acclaimed autobiography of the same name, will star Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting) as the notorious music producer. Trainspotting scribe Irvine Welsh has written the script, with Nick Moran set to direct. “It’s like ‘Trainspotting does Creation’, if you can get into that concept,” McGee told NME earlier this year (April 16). “There’s one scene where there are two Sony executives fucking each other up the arse and I’m there watching. I think it’s going to be quite funny.” Take a look at the first clip from the film here, which sees Alan McGee selling white label...

AFM 2020: The buzz titles from the UK

15 December 2020 in Films, News, Press

As AFM presents its inaugural virtual edition (November 9-13), Screen profiles a selection of key titles that are looking to tempt buyers during the market Altitude hopes buyers will dig for Gold, its Zac Efron survival thriller. Directed by Anthony Hayes and based on a screenplay he co-wrote with Polly Smyth, it is the story of two strangers travelling through the remote desert who stumble across the biggest gold nugget ever found. The film is about to go into production in Australia. Altitude is also beginning sales on thriller Jet Ski, currently shooting in Malta, starring Holly Earl and Catherine Hannay and directed by...

Metro International seals US deal for interrailing comedy ‘Off The Rails’

15 December 2020 in Films, News, Press

UK sales outfit Metro International has sealed several key deals for interrailing comedy Off The Rails, including for the US and Canada. The film has sold to Screen Media Ventures in the US, with a release planned for Mothers’ Day 2021 (May 9). Further sales include Canada (Vortex), Australia-New Zealand (Village Roadshow), Spain (DeaPlaneta) and South Africa (Empire Entertainment). The film shot on location across Europe last year and completed post-production last month; it was the final acting role for US actress Kelly Preston before her death in July this year. Off The Rails is a comedy about three fifty-something women who set out to repeat the European...

Kelly Preston Comedy-Drama ‘Off the Rails’ Sold to Screen Media

15 December 2020 in Films, News, Press

Screen Media has bought all U.S. rights to the comedy-drama “Off the Rails,” starring the late Kelly Preston, Jenny Seagrove, Sally Phillips, Elizabeth Dormer-Phillips, Ben Miller, Franco Nero and Judi Dench. Screen Media plans to release the film in theaters and on demand in the first half of 2021. “Off the Rails” is one of the final roles for Preston, who died in July at the age of 57 after battling breast cancer. Metro International is handling foreign sales at the online American Film Market, which launches Monday. “Off the Rails” is Jules Williamson’s feature directorial debut, inspired by Williamson’s own real-life...

Independent Film & Television Alliance Elects Eight To Board

15 December 2020 in Films, News, Press

The Independent Film & Television Alliance, which produces the annual American Film Market, has elected eight new members to its board. The new directors include executives from such companies as Lionsgate, Myriad Pictures and XYZ Films. The latest additions to IFTA’s board are J.D. Beaufils (VMI Worldwide), Scott Bedno (Myriad Pictures), Jody Cipriano (MarVista Entertainment), Patrick Ewald (Epic Pictures Group), Will Machin (Metro International Entertainment), Wendy Reeds (Lionsgate), Lise Romanoff (Vision Films) and Nick Spicer (XYZ Films). Beaufils, Machin and Spicer are first-time board members. They join Michael Ryan of GFM Films) — who continues as chairperson of the board — and other members who are serving the second year of their two-year term: Caroline Couret-Delegue (Film Seekers Limited), Clay...

‘Robert the Bruce’ Review: The Return of the King

28 May 2020 in Films, News, Press

Angus Macfadyen, who first played the medieval Scottish king in “Braveheart,” reprises his role in this introspective historical drama. I could have forgiven the non-Scottish actors in “Robert the Bruce” for torturing my native tongue had the filmmakers not also wrapped this sort-of appendage to Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart” in a caul of Celtic fairy dust. The result is a picture that feels more Walt Disney than George R.R. Martin, a strangely subdued and sluggish game of thrones more focused on convalescence than conflict. Or perhaps not so strange, considering the 25 years that have passed since its star and co-writer, Angus Macfadyen,...

Metro International takes sales on Robert Graves drama ’The Laureate’ (exclusive)

28 May 2020 in Films, News, Press, Screen Daily

UK outfit Metro International is handling sales at the EFM on The Laureate, which finished shooting last week. Set in the mid-1920s, the period drama directed by William Nunez is the story of the complex love triangle between wartime poet Robert Graves, his wife Nancy and the young poet, Laura Riding, who became both Graves’ muse and his lover. Tom Hughes plays Graves while Dianna Agron is cast as Laura and Laura Haddock as Nancy. Metro has all rights excluding North America, which is handled by CAA. The Laureate is produced by Guy de Beaujeu, William Nunez and Christian Parton. Norman Merry and...