SXSW 2011: IFC Midnight Fills Out its Kill List
Well, that didn't take very long, now did it. One of this year's entries into the SXSW Film Festival has officially landed itself some distro. Read on for the details.
From the Press Release
IFC Midnight announced tonight from the 2011 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to director Ben Wheatley's KILL LIST.
The film, with a screenplay by Wheatley and Amy Jump, stars Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley, and MyAnna Buring and was produced by Claire Jones and Andy Starke. Barry Ryan co-produced the film for Warp X.
KILL LIST is a Warp X/Rook Film production for the UK Film Council and Film4 in association with Screen Yorkshire. KILL LIST is screening at the SXSW Film Festival in the SX Fantastic section, a sidebar programmed by the team behind the Fantastic Fest.
Eight months after a disastrous job in Kiev left him physically and mentally scarred, ex-soldier turned contract killer Jay (Maskell), is pressured by his partner Gal (Smiley), into taking a new assignment. The film follows as they descend into the dark, disturbing world of the contract, Jay begins to unravel once again - his fear and paranoia sending him deep into the heart of darkness.
KILL LIST is Wheatley's second feature film. His debut, DOWN TERRACE,
won numerous awards, including Best Feature at Fantastic Fest, Raindance and Boston.
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: "Our team was blown away by KILL LIST. It is a relentless, stylish, brilliantly directed journey into darkness that confirms Ben Wheatley as a major director. This is a film that is destined to be discussed for years and we are honored to begin the conversation with audiences across the country. We are happy to be working with our friends at Protagonist, Warp X and Film4 once again." "It's an amazing way to end a fantastic festival," said director Wheatley.
Katherine Butler, executive producer of the film for Film4, said: "We are absolutely delighted to be working with IFC on this coruscating film from the wildly talented Ben Wheatley following its hugely successful premiere here in SXSW."
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