Arclight Films sold US distribution rights to new the feature thriller Mystery Road to Well Go USA. Gary Hamilton, Executive Producer of Mystery Road, said that the deal, which he described as ‘significant’ was negotiated at Cannes. Ivan Sen’s new feature film, Mystery Road stars Aaron Pedersen and a stunning ensemble cast which includes Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, Tony Barry, Tasma Walton, Damian Walshe-Howling, David Field, Robert Mammone and newcomer Trisha Whitton. Written and directed by Ivan Sen, the film is produced by David Jowsey. Sen is also director of photography, editor and composer of the film. Aaron Pedersen plays detective Jay Swan who returns home to an outback town to solve the murder of a teenage Indigenous girl, whose body is found under the trucking route highway out of town. “Ivan Sen’s murder mystery feature has a great cast and its genre roots should deliver to audiences around the world.” producer David Jowsey said. The film will be released early next year.
Australia Distribs Confident Of Fast Take-off For UltraViolet
The UltraViolet format launches in Australia on May 1, a joint effort from the majors and independent distributors which they are confident will avoid the pitfalls which plagued the technology’s introduction in the U.S. Key elements of the Australian launch include a unified marketing campaign, the participation of all distributors except Disney, which has yet to join the UV bandwagon, and the support of dominant retail chains, home entertainment retailers and digital download services. The Oz-based working group that includes members of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem Universal, Sony, Fox, Warner, Paramount, Roadshow and Hopscotch eOne, predicts 300,000 Australian homes will sign up for UV accounts by October 31. Australia still has a very healthy DVD rental business, partly because pay-TV penetration is a relatively low 30%, Netflix and Hulu haven’t entered the market and the SVOD business is tiny. U.S. and Australian companies that supply UV back-end services have been pitching the mass merchandisers. Distributors haven’t announced titles for the May launch. The primary target of the marketing campaigns will be families and people aged 25-45, rather than early adopters regarded as less receptive to UV. Distributors hope the ease and convenience of downloading films to multiple devices via UV will reduce piracy. – Don Groves
Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
Arclight Films’ Australia-based consultant Michael Wrenn has launched Greenlight Releasing, aiming to release 6-8 titles per year in Oz. Wrenn tells Deadline his new company will have a close relationship with Gary Hamilton’s sales outfit Arclight, which is headquartered in LA. Among Greenlight’s first releases will be Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road, a thriller about an indigenous cop that stars Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten and Jack Thompson; and first-time director Sarah Spillane’s Around The Block, the saga of an American drama teacher and a troubled Aboriginal teenager starring Christina Ricci. Arclight is the international sales agent for both titles. Wrenn is an exec producer on Mystery Road and says he is developing a number of Australian films which would be routed via Greenlight. He previously worked in the UK with distributors Electric Pictures, Alliance Atlantis and Momentum and started consulting Arclight in May to help source Australian films. Greenlight will release some of Arclight’s back catalog titles on DVD in Australia.
Los Angeles, CA (May 10, 2012) – On the heels of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Arclight Films has picked up international rights to director Kat Coiro’s Ischia-set romantic drama WHILE WE WERE HERE, which world premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last month. The film, with a screenplay by Coiro, stars Kate Bosworth, Jamie Blackley and Iddo Goldberg. The film was produced by Lauren Bratman, and executive produced by Paris Kasidokostas Latsis and Terry Dougas of 1821 Pictures (“With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story”, “The Invention Of Lying”, “The Box”).
HONG KONG (March 19, 2012) – Arclight Films, one of the world’s premiere independent film sales and production companies, with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong and Toronto announces their 2012 Filmart Lineup and the sale of THE ASSASSINS to Well Go USA. The ever-expanding business, now in its tenth year, offers a dynamic roster of films that span three divisions: Arclight, the parent company, Darclight, specializing in edgy genre-driven feature films, and Easternlight, with the largest offering of Asian Feature Films of any non Asian-based indie film label in the world.