Category Archives: Irish Film

#IrishFilm: Kaleidoscope Film Distribution snaps up rights to Irish horror Nails

Posted by Larry Gleeson

By Naill

Screen Daily is reporting that Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (KFD) has acquired Denis Bartok’s new Irish horror film Nails for worldwide sales and UK distribution.

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-11-55-45-pmNails follows the story of Dana Milgrom, a track coach who, having survived a near-death car accident, finds herself completely paralyzed and trapped inside her own body. While recovering, she becomes convinced that an evil presence, the titular Nails, exists inside her hospital room and is intent on killing her.  Believing her to be experiencing a mental breakdown, Dana’s family brush away her concerns.  Becoming increasingly terrified, Dana soon realizes that she may not be the only target.  Unable to leave her bed, she risks losing the ones she cares for most.

Descent star Shauna Macdonald plays Dana, alongside British comedian Ross Noble (Stitches), Steve Wall (of Irish band The Stunning), Leah McNamara, and Richard Foster-King as Nails.

Bartok (producer of anthology horror Trapped Ashes) directs from his own script, which was co-written with Tom Abrams. Cinematography is by James Mather (Frank), with music by longtime Gary Numan collaborator Ade Fenton. The film has the support of the Irish Film Board, with Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell producing for Dublin based Fantastic Films along with Jan Doense and Herman Slagter of The Netherlands-based, genre-specific Netherhorror.

Per Fantastic Films Nails is described as being:

In the vein of recent films like The Babadook, Nails is part of a new wave of horror that puts female characters and their emotional lives at the center of the storyline.

KFD will release Nails in the UK in early summer 2016 (with a similar Irish release), and will shop to potential global buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin in February.

Michael Chapman, acquisitions & development executive at KFD commented:

We’re thrilled to be working with Fantastic Films again, a company which continues to produce unique genre projects. We look forward to sharing Nails with the international market.



‘The Young Offenders’ Secures Second International Distribution Deal

Posted by Larry Gleeson

By Nathan Griffin

Carnaby International is the latest distributor to acquire the Irish box office hit The Young Offenders.

The Irish cocaine comedy, The Young Offenders, has already successfully grossed over €1mscreen-shot-2016-11-06-at-10-51-19-am domestically and is now set to be distributed in a number of countries internationally, following Vertigo Releasing’s acquirement of the film late last month.

The UK Film and Distribution Company obtained the sales rights for Canada, US, UK and Australian/New Zealand in October after the movie’s hugely successful opening weekend.

The film took in €202k on its opening weekend and ranks as the most successful Irish film of the year. It has also become the fastest grossing Irish-made film to reach the coveted €1m milestone, placing it alongside Irish classics such as The Guard and Man about Dog.

In the film, Writer-Director Peter Foott showcases Irish acting debutantes and leads, Alex Murphy and Chris Walley who are supported by Hilary Rose (The Republic of Telly) and Comedian PJ Gallagher (Naked Camera).

Inspired by the true story of Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure in 2007, The Young Offenders is a comedy road movie about two inner-city teenagers who look to cash in when a drug-trafficking boat capsizes off the coast of West Cork spilling 61 bales of cocaine.

Carnaby International Sales and Distribution is a UK film company specialising in worldwide sales based out of Soho London and are recognised by all major motion picture and television festivals and markets worldwide.

The deal was brokered by Carnaby International’s Head of Acquisitions, Lorianne Hall, together with Peter Foott of Vico Films.



Vertigo Releasing acquires distribution for The Young Offenders

Vertigo Releasing has acquired distribution rights for The Young Offenders.

The acquisition will allow the film to be seen in the UK, Canada, the USA, and Australia and New Zealand (in addition to Ireland).

The film is based around Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure, which occurred when a boat got in trouble in west Cork. It follows as two hapless young teens decide to go on a trip to find one of the bales of cocaine.

The Young Offenders is a first-time feature for director Peter Foott  and stars young Cork actors, Alex Murphy and Chris Walley.

Peter Foott said of the distribution deal:

The cast, crew and myself are delighted! Having our film reach such a huge audience is incredible and we are so happy it’s Vertigo who are taking us on this journey.

The film also stars Hilary Rose (of The Republic Of Telly) and stand-up comedian PJ Gallagher (Naked Camera).

It has grossed over €1m for Wildcard Distribution in Ireland, and is still playing in Irish cinemas.

Rupert Preston and Ed Caffrey of Vertigo Releasing described The Young Offenders as “one of the funniest and freshest films we’ve seen in years”, saying they are “thrilled to be working with Peter to bring the film to a UK and international audience”.


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