Saturday 19 May 2012

Independent Distribution acquires UK rights to British indie Life Just Is which celebrates international market premiere in Cannes on Monday.

It's been a long time since I heard anything about this independant film. This has now changed for the better. The film now has a UK distributor and is searching for a partner for world wide distribution.

Cannes, 18th May 2012 – LIFE JUST IS, debut feature by writer-director Alex Barrett, with Screen International Star of Tomorrow Jack Gordon (PANIC BUTTON, FISH TANK) and a comeback performance by TV star Paul Nicholls, will screen to international buyers on Monday 21st May at 2pm at GRAY 5. Worldwide rights excluding UK are available.

INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTION has acquired UK home entertainment rights and plans to release the film on DVD and VOD in autumn 2012. Producer Tom Stuart said of the deal: “We’re thrilled to be represented by INDEPENDENT, it’s brilliant news for everyone involved in the production and for the film’s future lifecycle”. INDEPENDENT‘s Head of Distribution Stefanie Fahrion commented: “This is an engrossing and accomplished debut. We’re very happy to give the film a home and foster our commitment to fresh and innovative filmmaking talent.
LIFE JUST IS tells the story of a tight-knit group of Londoners who share neighbouring flats after recently graduating from university. As the five friends navigate the responsibilities of adult life, romantic tensions and existential crises simmer beneath the surface. The film offers a fresh take on the independent character drama with an outstanding group of young British and Irish talent. After its first London press and industry screening, critics praised the realistic and natural performances by cast members Jayne Wisener (JANE EYRE, SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET, TV Series THE INBETWEENERS & MISFITS), Fiona Ryan (AIRBORNE, TV Series THE TUDORS), Nathaniel Martello-White (HARD BOILED SWEETS, MISFITS) and Will De Meo. UK TV star Paul Nicholls (FAINTHEART, GOODBYE CHARLIE BRIGHT, TV Series EastEnders, CITY CENTRAL) returns to the big screen playing Bobby.
Alex Barrett is an independent filmmaker whose films collectively have screened at 50 international festivals, including such prestigious events as the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Hamburg International Short Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. In addition, his work has enjoyed a number of non-festival screenings, including showings at London’s BFI Southbank and the Victoria & Albert museum. To date his films have garnered eight awards, including 'Best Lo-Budget Film' at the London Short Film Festival and 'Stoli Emerging Filmmaker Award' at the Babelgum Online Film Festival.

INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTION (ID), a division of London-based production and sales outfit INDEPENDENT (WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, MR. NICE, MOON), specialises in the acquisition and distribution of content across all media channels (theatrical, TV, DVD, digital, etc.). ID has a team dedicated to digital distribution and new distribution models. ID also has a number of strategic partnerships in digital PR, marketing and distribution to ensure that our ?lms – whether genre, drama or documentary – get extra special attention. ID recently released the award-winning TINY FURNITURE by America’s latest break-out talent Lena Dunham (HBO’s Girls) and the Oscar-nominated documentary HELL AND BACK AGAIN by acclaimed photojournalist Danfung Dennis. Its quality home entertainment catalogue includes cult documentaries STRANGE POWERS: STEPHIN MERRITT AND THE MAGNETIC FIELDS and UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US. In 2012 ID will release A MATTER OF TASTE about celebrated chef Paul Liebrandt and previous Cannes Critics Week selection THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER.

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