Friday 11 May 2012


London, May 11th, 2012: Janette Day and Pippa Cross of CrossDay Productions and Jeremy Cowdrey of Apart Films confirmed today that Camela Galano’s new sales outfit, Speranza13 Media, has acquired international sales rights to the CrossDay Productions and Apart Films-produced SUMMER IN FEBRUARY. Galano will commence sales of the hotly anticipated love story directed by Christopher Menaul (PRIME SUSPECT), starring Dominic Cooper (THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE), Emily Browning (SUCKER PUNCH, SLEEPING BEAUTY) and Dan Stevens (DOWNTON ABBEY) at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival where a ‘first look’ will be screened to buyers.

Currently in post-production, SUMMER IN FEBRUARY is based on Jonathan Smith’s novel about a tragically doomed love triangle amongst a bohemian colony of artists in Cornwall. Set in the years before the First World War, SUMMER IN FEBRUARY focuses on the painter Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper), Laura (Hattie Morahan) & Harold Knight (Shaun Dingwall), both renowned artists in their own right. The incendiary anti-modernist Munnings, now one of Britain’s most sought-after artists, becomes the centre of a complex and passionate love triangle, involving the young aspiring painter Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning) and Gilbert Evans (Dan Stevens), the land agent in charge of the Lamorna Valley estate.  Based on fact – and deeply moving – the story is played out against the timeless beauty of the Cornish coast, in the far West of England.

On making the announcement producers Janette Day, Pippa Cross and Jeremy Cowdrey commented “It goes without saying that we and the whole filmmaking team behind SUMMER IN FEBRUARY are incredibly passionate about it. We are thrilled with the amazing cast and especially our very hot trio of stars Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning and Dan Stevens. We cannot wait to show this first look to buyers in Cannes.

Galano added “I have no doubt, with its hugely talented director and actors, this film will appeal to lovers of the original source novel across the world and those coming to the material for the first time. I am hugely excited to be a part of this.

Janette Day and Pippa Cross (Producers) have worked together for 20 years, running Granada Film, and since 2003, independent company CrossDay Productions. Their films have gained numerous nominations for major awards and won two Academy Awards®, 8 BAFTA®’s, the Golden Bear at the Berlinale and the audience award at The Sundance Film Festival. Production highlights include MY LEFT FOOT and THE FIELD, the much loved JACK AND SARAH, Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of Nick Leeson in ROGUE TRADER, BIFA® award-winner THE HOUSE OF MIRTH, BAFTA® award-winning LONGITUDE, Paul Greengrass’ ground-breaking BLOODY SUNDAY, VANITY FAIR starring Reese Witherspoon, and recent commercial hit CHALET GIRL..

Jeremy Cowdrey spent 20 years in the London Stock Market with Phillips & Drew, James Capel and then as a Partner of Cazenove & Co. He has spent some years developing SUMMER IN FEBRUARY. With his experience of raising funds in equity capital markets he is bringing a fresh approach to the financing of independent films through Apart Films.

Galano transitioned from a 22-year career as an international sales, marketing and distribution executive at New Line Cinema to President, International Film Acquisitions for Warner Bros Pictures where she was responsible for acquiring all media rights to English language films. Over the course of her career, Galano’s comprehensive knowledge of the international marketplace served highly instrumental in New Line’s success, most notably in the record-breaking performance of THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. The films combined to earn more than $3 billion worldwide, with nearly two-thirds of that sum coming from international territories. Galano had previously served as president of New Line International Releasing from 2001 to 2009, during which time she oversaw and managed the sales and release of New Line films in over 120 international territories. Galano oversaw international distribution for Picturehouse (Los Angeles) and Material Entertainment (London), joint venture between New Line and HBO Films. Galano secured financing for both divisions’ projects and was credited as executive producer on RUN FAT BOY RUN, RIPLEY’S GAME, SILK and SHADOWLESS SWORD. Along with SUMMER IN FEBRUARY, she will also be selling Atlas Independent’s OPEN GRAVE and Julian Fellowes’ ROMEO AND JULIET.

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