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29 Oct 2018

Kew Media Distribution Assembles Massive Slate of New Film Projects Ahead of AFM

Prince Doc “Mr. Nelson: On the North Side,” “Agatha and the Nightingale’s Cry”, “Chaka Khan: Keep on Holdin’ On”, and “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes” Land on Kew Slate

Leading global distributor Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, has picked up a diverse slate of hot film projects that will be introduced at the upcoming American Film Market (AFM), with Kew representing international sales rights. Feature films added to the Kew slate are the drama AGATHA AND THE NIGHTINGALE’S CRY; CHAKA KHAN: KEEP ON HOLDIN’ ON; the hot button documentary DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES; and a documentary on music icon Prince - MR NELSON: ON THE NORTH SIDE.

Jonathan Ford, EVP of Sales, at Kew Media Distribution said, “As always, quality, diversity, and universality are top priorities for us when assembling our slate. It’s about being in touch with content wishes of audiences around the world and finding the films that connect. These new films are simply great stories that resonate brilliantly on screen – and that’s welcomed assurance for us and our distribution partners that audiences will embrace them amidst an increasingly crowded content marketplace.”

The drama AGATHA AND THE NIGHTINGALE’S CRY (working title) is an Irish feature directed by Terry Loane (MICKYBO AND ME), produced by Brett Wilson (THE SYNDICATE, WE’RE DOOMED), and written by Tom Dalton (THE PHARMACIST).

Based partly on real-life events from the 1920s, and partly on fiction, the film stars Ruth Bradley, Pippa Haywood, Tim McInnerny, Ralph Ineson, Blake Harrison, Samantha Spiro and Bebe Cave.

When the goddaughter and namesake of Florence Nightingale is found on a train to Hastings with her skull caved in, the subsequent investigation and public outcry fail to catch the killer.

Driven to distraction by the lack of progress and the failure of the police, Florence’s partner of twenty-six years – Mabel Rogers – begins her own investigation. But having found a number of suspects, Mabel cannot find proof which will expose the murderer.

At her wits’ end she makes an appeal to Agatha Christie, the creator of Poirot and Miss Marple, whose latest novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is an international sensation, and together they set out to catch the killer.

Documentary DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES deftly fuses the personal, the political and the just plain surreal as it charts the origin, rise and downfall of Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. Variously called a bulldog, a kingmaker, and the Ernest Hemingway of campaign advisors, Ailes was the wizard of Oz. But he collected talent like dolls, and became consumed by paranoia about his own personal security. The film is directed by Alexis Bloom (BRIGHT LIGHTS STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS), who also produced the film with Will Cohen (DIRTY MONEY).

MR NELSON: ON THE NORTH SIDE is a documentary on music icon Prince, directed by Michael J. Kirk (FIND YOUR GROOVE). This is the story never before told. In a mixed race neighbourhood during the Civil Rights movement, Prince found security, musical opportunities and encouragement at a local community centre called ‘The Way’. This influence, coupled with the culture and music of the era, gave Prince his passion for music and performance.

In this film, Prince’s mentor Spike Moss, explains the origin and influences that shaped Prince’s musical skills. Musical icons such as Chuck D, Macy Gray and Chaka Khan recount stories of Prince and how his unique creative form inspired them. His fans share personal experiences of his social media connections and private performances at Paisley Park. Producers are Daniel D’or and Michael J.Kirk.

CHAKA KHAN: KEEP ON HOLDIN’ ON is a fascinating story detailing 10 time Grammy Award winner Chaka Khan’s time as a civil rights activist and member of the Black Panther movement. Known as ‘The Queen of Funk’, Chaka Khan possesses one of the most beautiful and recognisable voices in music. But few know that she also drums and plays bass guitar on her own records. She is also the only female to record with Miles Davis, who compared Chaka’s voice to the impact of his trumpet. This film reveals her life story.

In addition to these titles, Kew Media Distribution’s impressive international slate includes “2067” - the elevated climate fiction movie telling the story of humanity’s last attempt at saving mankind, from Award-winning filmmaker Seth Larney, as well as the new documentaries OWN THE SKY, which delves into one man’s relentless obsession of the tantalizing potential of self flight, climaxing with the world’s first Jet Pack flight around the Statue of Liberty; LONG LIVE ROCK…CELEBRATE THE CHAOS, a deep dive into the fandom of this often misunderstood but beloved genre of music, as artists share why they’ve dedicated their lives to rock and discuss the unique relationship they have with their fans; and MARGARET ATWOOD: ENCOUNTERS, an intimate and revelatory film by Nancy Lang & Peter Raymont of Canada’s White Pine Pictures, that follows Atwood (author of The Handmaid’s Tale) and her partner, author & activist Graeme Gibson, pursuing their eclectic passions.

About Kew Media Distribution

Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, produces and acquires more than 1,000 hours of new multi-genre content every year and distributes a diverse catalogue of film, television and digital assets to broadcasters and viewing platforms across the world. Kew Media Distribution manages international rights to a library of over 10,000 hours of TV and digital content, including major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series.

For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.kewmedia.com.

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