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04 May 2018

KEW MEDIA GROUP BUILDS ITS BIGGEST PRE-CANNES FILM SLATE TO DATE

Closes Deals for International Sales Rights to Eight More Films on Eve of Cannes.

Leading global distributor KEW MEDIA GROUP has closed a flurry of deals that result in the company arriving in Cannes with its most voluminous slate of new titles to date. International sales rights to a total of eight new feature films have been acquired today by Kew, which comes on the heels of the company adding six non-fiction titles earlier this week.

Feature films added to the KEW slate are the verité drama WHO WE ARE NOW, the coming of age romantic drama THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE, dramatic comedy BERNARD AND HUEY, the supernatural horror THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY, the underdog boxing comedy GLOVES OFF, the horror thriller THE DARK MILE, the provocative horror thriller HABIT, and the supernatural horror CAPTURE.

KEW MEDIA will be introducing the films to global distributors in Cannes where all titles will be making their market debut.

Jonathan Ford, EVP of Sales, Distribution at KEW MEDIA said, “A sellers’ dream is when levels of quality and quantity are equally high, and that’s the position we’re fortunate to be in as we embark on the upcoming market in Cannes where we are proud of being able to introduce and offer such a diverse slate of high quality films for global audiences. KEW will continue to meet the growing demand for new content through our support of the very best in scripted feature titles.”

In addition to these eight new titles, KEW Media Group’s impressive international slate includes the thriller PERFECT SKIN starring Richard Brake, the flamboyant murder mystery comedy BEES MAKE HONEY starring Alice Eve; the comedy AN ACTOR PREPARES starring Jeremy Irons and Jack Huston; the elevated sci-fi film ‘2067’ from Seth Larney; the sci-fi mystery ORIGIN UNKNOWN starring Katee Sackhoff and Sci-Fi epic feature HIGHER POWER.

WHO WE ARE NOW is a verité drama film starring Julianne Nicholson (Boardwalk Empire, I, Tonya), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, American Horror Story), Jess Weixler (Teeth, The Good Wife), Lea Thompson (Back To The Future, Switched At Birth), Jason Biggs (American Pie, Orange Is The New Black), Jimmy Smits (The West Wing, How To Get Away With Murder), and Emma Roberts (We’re The Millers, American Horror Story). The film is directed by Matthew Newton (From Nowhere) and produced by Kate Ballen (From Nowhere), Matthew Newton (From Nowhere), Varun Monga, Ray Bouderau (The Public, Tragedy Girls), and Julianne Nicholson (Monos). Alex Lebovici, Steve Ponce, and Michael Bien are executive producers. The film has been awarded TIFF’s Special Presentations Official Selection 2017, Montclair Film Festival’s Fiction Feature Competition Nominee 2018, CIFF’s Best American Independent Feature Nominee 2018, and Riverrun International Film Festival’s Official Selection 2018. Recently released from prison, Beth is working with her public defender to get her son back from her sister, who was awarded legal custody while Beth was incarcerated for ten years. Soon after, Beth forms an unlikely alliance with Jess, an idealistic young protégé of the public defense team, who decides to take on Beth’s cause whether she likes it or not.

THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE is a coming of age romantic drama starring Rory Culkin (Signs), Robert Sheehan (Mortal Engines, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones), Isabelle McNally (Frances Ha), Mary Beth Peil (Collateral Beauty, The Good Wife), Elizabeth Peña (Rush Hour), and Jack Falahee (How To Get Away With Murder). The film is directed by Ari Gold (Adventures Of Power) along with producers by Michael Bederman (EP: Spotlight, (Won Best Picture & Best Original Screenplay Academy Awards®)), Zak Kilberg (Buena Vista Social Club: Adios), and Allison Rose Carter (A Vigilante, Donald Cried). Featuring a sparkling soundtrack of both original and vintage jazz, THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE is a romantic drama about the vanished grace of America. It’s summer on Sway Lake, former playground of the New York aristocracy. Young music collector Ollie Sway (Rory Culkin) recruits his only friend, a rowdy Russian drifter (Robert Sheehan), to help him steal a one-of-a-kind record from his own family's glamorous lake house. Ollie believes the secret recording of the WW2-era hit, “Sway Lake,” will magically boost his confidence with women - and redeem his father, who committed suicide on the lake. But the arrival of Ollie's beguiling grandmother, Charlie Sway, changes everything. The matriarch transfixes the young Russian, and Charlie has her own plans for the mysterious music, which hasn’t been heard in half a century. For this song may answer the deepest riddles about love, passion, death, and memory - for whichever lost soul is first to find it. 

BERNARD AND HUEY is a dramatic comedy starring David Koechner (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) and Academy Award®-winner Jim Rash (The Descendants). Dan Mirvish (Between Us) directed BERNARD AND HUEY from a screenplay written by Oscar® and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jules Feiffer (Carnal Knowledge) based on characters from his internationally syndicated cartoon strip. Produced by Mirvish and Bernie Stern (Hunky Dory), the film also stars Sasha Alexander (Rizzoli and Isles), Eka Darville (Jessica Jones), Richard Kind (Argo), Lauren Miller Rogen (Superbad), Nancy Travis (Last Man Standing), Bellamy Young (Scandal) and Mae Whitman (The DUFF). The film was an official selection at Tallin Black Nights and São Paulo MOSTRA 2017, won MANIFF’s Best Screenplay 2018, GIFF’s Grand Jury Winner 2017, Jaipur's Best Film from the American Continent 2018, and was Slamdance’s Closing Night Film 2018. BERNARD AND HUEY is a timely story of two men behaving badly, and the smart women who rein them in. Roguish Huey and nebbishy Bernard are unlikely college friends in late 1980’s New York. Decades later, a bedraggled Huey gets his mojo back with the women in Bernard’s life, while Bernard awkwardly falls in love with Huey’s 25-year-old cartoonist daughter, and it becomes clear how much growing up the two men still need to do.

THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY is a supernatural horror film starring Lalor Roddy (Game Of Thrones), Ciaran Flynn (Robin Hood), Helena Bereen (Hunger). The film is directed by Aislinn Clarke (The Lighthouse Keepers) and produced by Martin Brennan, Michael B. Jackson, and Katy Jackson (The Survivalist, Bad Day For The Cut). Jeremy Bolt (Resident Evil Franchise) and Mark Huffam (The Martian) are executive producers. In the fall of 1960, Father Thomas Riley and Father John Thornton were sent by the Vatican to investigate a miraculous event in an Irish home for ‘fallen women’, only to uncover something much more horrific. When the Fathers’ attention turns to a 16-year-old pregnant girl exhibiting signs of demonic possession, they soon discover that some doors are not meant to be opened.

GLOVES OFF is a fun British boxing comedy starring Brad Moore (Golden Years), Ricky Tomlinson (The Royle Family), Paul Barber (The Full Monty), Denise van Outen (Keith Lemon: The Film), Greg Orvis (Just Within Reach), Alexei Sayle (Comic Strip Presents Red Top). The film is directed by Steven Nesbit (North V South) and produced by Gareth Maxwell Roberts (Montana) and Lucy Selwood (, ‘Writers Retreat’). Following his boxing trainer’s sudden death during his championship fight, Doug has inherited a crumbling debt-ridden gym, packed full of a mixed bag of crazy would-be pugilists. After a chance meeting with a gypsy woman, Doug reluctantly agrees to train her bumbling man giant brother to fight in a bare-knuckle contest against the undefeated and equally monstrous ‘King of the Gypsies’. With a £100,000 winner-takes-all purse, Doug and his crew of lovable underdogs head north on a hilarious road trip to the Appleby Horse Fair. With everything at stake, the gang faces an army of Irish travelers as the scene is set for a final Big Top showdown.

THE DARK MILE is a tense psychological horror thriller starring Rebecca Calder (Love Me Do), Deirdre Mullins (My Name Is Emily), Finlay MacMillan (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children), Paul Brannigan (Under The Skin), Sheila Hancock (The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas). The film is directed and produced by Gary Love (The Following) along with producers Dorian Healy and Melanie Dicks. The film has been awarded Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Best of Fest 2017, Gaze International Film Festival’s Official Selection 2017, Raindance Film Festival’s Best UK Feature Nominee 2017, and BAFTA Awards Scotland’s Best Actress 2017-Deirdre Mullins. THE DARK MILE blends The Wicker Man and Duel and comes up with a film rich in atmosphere and tension. London couple Louise and Clare book a sailing trip in the Highlands to recover from a personal tragedy. The location may be idyllic but soon they are tormented by a black industrial barge that follows them, and the dysfunctional folk on board. Hints of the occult and paganism point to dark times ahead as the tension mounts.

HABIT is a provocative horror thriller starring Elliot James Langridge (Beautiful Devils), Jessica Barden (The Lobster), and William Ash (The Tunnel). The film is directed by Simeon Halligan (Splintered) and produced by Rachel Richardson-Jones (The Blood Lands) and Nick Leese. The film has been awarded New York City Horror Film Festival’s Best Feature 2017 and Best Screenplay 2017 and Black Sunday Film Festival’s Best Feature Film 2018. Set within the neon-drenched, rain swept underbelly of Manchester, where the addicted prey on the lost and the lonely, Habit is a deliciously provocative and subversive thriller. Michael divides his time between the job centre and the pub. But a chance meeting with the enchanting Lee and an introduction to her ‘Uncle’ Ian, leads to a job working the door at a seedy massage parlour. Michael is sucked into a twilight world that he doesn’t understand, but that is irresistibly attractive. So irresistible, that he insists on being initiated. But once he is, his world will never be the same.

CAPTURE is a supernatural horror film starring Sarah Oh (The Crypt), Jake Lockett (Blood Ride, Transpecos), and Sarah Lian (Jasmine). The film is directed by Georgia Lee (Red Doors, The Expanse) and produced by David Alpert (The Walking Dead), Figo Fuad (Ticket Out) and Mia Riverton (Red Doors). College student Sarah Chong returns to Hong Kong when her grandmother falls ill. She arrives during Ghost Month, when the Chinese believe the gates of hell open and demons of the dead return. Her grandmother becomes obsessed with superstitious rituals to appease the spirits, and her mental and physical health worsens. Meanwhile Sarah reunites with her old high school friends for the first time since their former classmate committed suicide. As her grandmother deteriorates and dangerous things start happening around Sarah and her friends, she fears what they did in the past has come back to haunt them.

 

About Kew Media Group

Kew Media Group produces and acquires more than 1,000 hours of new multi-genre content every year and distributes Kew’s catalogue of film, television and digital assets to more than 150 countries worldwide on almost every available viewing platform. Kew Media Group distributes a library of more than 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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