SXSW 2017 – Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Hounds of Love
Okay, so dogs of war sounds way more intimidating than Hounds of Love, but sometimes the latter can surprise you! Case in point…
From the Press Release:
Gunpowder & Sky Distribution announced today that HOUNDS OF LOVE, the bold debut film from writer/director Ben Young, is set to open in theaters May 12, 2017, following its North American Premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.
In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer couple John and Evelyn White. After an innocent lapse in judgment, Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted by the disturbed couple. With her murder imminent, Vicki realizes she must find a way to drive a wedge between Evelyn and John if she is to survive. Hounds of Love is an exercise in expertly-crafted tension, offering a bold, challenging debut from writer/director Ben Young.
“I was drawn to the idea of Hounds of Love after reading a true crime book about female serial killers,” said filmmaker Ben Young. “It triggered a strong memory of fear from my childhood that was instilled by my parents as a result of crimes committed by a serial killer couple.”
Starring Emma Booth, Stephen Curry, and Ashleigh Cummings, HOUNDS OF LOVE had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where Ashleigh Cummings took home the award for Best Actress in a Debut Film. It also garnered a Best Director award for Ben Young and Best Actress award for Emma Booth at the Brussels International Film Festival.
“Ben has created a relentlessly tense debut film and made his mark as a writer-director to watch,” said G&S’s Hake Hanly. “Our whole team was floored by the strength of Ben’s vision and his unique character-driven twist on the serial killer film. The cast delivers brave performances that resonate long after the film has ended.”
Hounds of Love was written and directed by Ben Young and produced by Melissa Kelly. The deal was negotiated by Jake Hanly of Gunpowder & Sky Distribution and Eric Schnedecker of Urban Distribution International.