Gravitas Ventures Bringing Home Barney Thomson
We’ve been talking about The Legend of Barney Thomson for a while now, and Gravitas Ventures has just announced it will be bringing the flick home with a shortened title Stateside. Read on for details.
From the Press Release:
Gravitas Ventures has secured U.S. rights to Barney Thomson, a uniquely twisted comedic thriller written by Richard Cowan and Colin McLaren and directed by “Once Upon a Time” star Robert Carlyle – his first feature film directorial effort. The film, which also stars Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), Ray Winstone (Hugo), and Tom Courtenay (The Golden Compass), premiered earlier this year at the opening night of Edinburgh Film Festival and has gone on to be a commercial and critical success in the UK. The film recently won “Beast Feature Film” from BAFTA Scotland, while Emma Thompson won the BAFTA Scotland award for “Best Actress.”
Gravitas will release the film on demand on February 2, 2016, and in theaters on March 11, 2016.
Deemed “deliciously macabre” by the UK’s Daily Telegraph, the film tells the titular tale of Barney Thomson (Carlyle), an awkward, shy Glasgow barber, living a life of desperate mediocrity. His mother (Thompson) offers little encouragement, as she is far too self-absorbed, chain-smoking between absurd social outings in her animal print wardrobe. Little does Barney know how his stale and stagnant life is about to go from 0 to 60 in mere seconds when he accidentally enters the dark, grotesque, and comically absurd life of a serial killer.
“We are excited to partner with Gravitas on this inimitable project,” stated producer John G. Lenic. “Myriad believes in their experience raising awareness for theatrical and VOD titles.”
“With its blend of crime caper, dark comedy, and clever Scottish sensibility, we believe Barney Thomson will delight audiences,” said Nolan Gallagher, Founder and CEO of Gravitas Ventures.
The film was adapted by Richard Cowan and Colin McLaren from the first book in “The Barbershop Seven” series by Douglas Lindsay. Cowan also served as a producer on Barney Thomson along with Holly Brydson, Brian Coffey, Kaleena Kiff, and John G. Lenic. Doug Apatow and Kirk D’Amico are the executive producers. The film was financed by Westerkirk Capital, Creative Scotland, and Telefilm Canada and is a Canadian/UK co production. Myriad Pictures is handling worldwide sales on the film.