WITHOUT NAME ON DEMAND RELEASE JUNE 2ND

From IFTA winning film maker Lorcan Finnegan, Element Pictures Distribution is delighted to announce the Irish & UK On Demand release for WITHOUT NAME on JUNE 2nd

Hailed by The Sunday Independent as “one of the most synaptically arresting horror films in some time” WITHOUT NAME tells the story of Eric (Alan McKenna), a land surveyor hired by a private contractor to assess an isolated woodland location.  Leaving behind his wife and child, Eric is joined in the remote countryside by a younger female research assistant (Niamh Algar) with whom he shares a complicated history.  Beguiled by the forest, the pair go about their work all the while sensing an ominous presence lurking amongst the trees.

Are there really external and sinister elements at play here or is Eric becoming a prisoner of his own thoughts, in this place Without Name?

Directed by Lorcan Finnegan, written by Garret Shanley and produced by Brunella Cocchiglia of Lovely Productions, WITHOUT NAME was funded by the Irish Film Board Catalyst Project scheme.

WITHOUT NAME is available ON DEMAND June 2nd, platforms include:  iTunes, Volta, Virgin Media, Eir, Amazon Video, Sky Store, BT, Microsoft, Sony, TalkTalk, Google Play, Wuaki TV

WITHOUT NAME is also available to pre-order on DVD from Amazon.co.uk

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TOMATO RED ON DVD & ON DEMAND APRIL 28th

From Oscar® nominated director Juanita Wilson and based on the acclaimed novel by Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone), Element Pictures Distribution is delighted to announce the Irish DVD and ON DEMAND release for TOMATO RED on April 28th.

When small town drifter Sammy drives into town in search of his next cold beer and the bunch that’ll have him, he gets a lot more than he bargained for.  Food and lodging and the possibility of a better future thanks to redheaded Jamalee and her brother Jason who dream of hitting the big time.   But breaks aren’t easy to come by if you live in Venus Holler. Finding themselves powerless against the forces of corruption and prejudice, the hardest thing Sammy has to fight are the demons inside his own head.

Love, rage, redemption and revenge – TOMATO RED is an original and moving film about the struggle to get a break and our deep seated need to belong.

Stars Julia Garner, Jake Weary, Nick Roux & Anna Friel

TOMATO RED is available to own on DVD & ON DEMAND from April 28th.

 DVD stockists include:  Amazon.co.uk, Golden Discs, Tower Records, IFI & Light House Cinema

On Demand fromiTunes, Volta, Virgin Media, Eir, BT, Sky Store, Microsoft, Sony, TalkTalk, Google Play, Wuaki TV

A DATE FOR MAD MARY ON DVD & ON DEMAND FEBRUARY 3RD

Element Pictures Distribution is delighted to announce the Irish DVD and ON DEMAND release for A DATE FOR MAD MARY on February 3rd.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY tells the story of ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle returning to Drogheda after a short spell in prison – for something she’d rather forget.  Back home, everything and everyone has changed.  Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is maid of honour.  When Charlene refuses Mary a ‘plus one’ on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong.  Her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone… until she meets Jess and everything changes.

Hailed by The Sunday Times as “An absolute triumph” A DATE FOR MAD MARY is a tough, tender and funny story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days.  Directed by Darren Thornton, it stars Seána Kerslake (Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope), Tara Lee (The Fall, Raw) and Charleigh Bailey.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY is available to own on DVD & ON DEMAND from February 3rd.

DVD stockists include: Amazon, Supervalu, Tower Records, Golden Discs, ElementPictures.ie, Ebuzz.ie

On Demand providers include:

  • iTunes
  • Virgin Media
  • Amazon
  • Google Play
  • Volta
  • Vubiquity
  • Microsoft Xbox
  • Sony Playstation
  • TalkTalk
  • Wuaki

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MATTRESS MEN GOES ON-DEMAND ON VIRGIN MEDIA FROM OCTOBER 7th

Virgin Media, Ireland’s leading entertainment company is delighted to partner up with Element Pictures Distribution to feature the much anticipated MATTRESS MEN On- Demand from Friday 7th October.

This unique Irish documentary captures a true story about the struggle of turning an ordinary story into an extraordinary journey.

In an attempt to save his struggling mattress business, sixty-something Michael Flynn reinvents himself as the eccentric online personality ‘Mattress Mick’ under the guidance of his good friend Paul Kelly. Paul, burdened with debts and living with his family in inner city Dublin yearns to get a full time contract working with Mick. Using all his marketing savvy and entrepreneurial skills, Paul embarks on a mission to make Mattress Mick a viral sensation. Will Paul be successful in his endeavours? And will Mick finally overcome the challenges in their friendship and recognise the hard work and good intentions of his long-time friend?

MATTRESS MEN is a bittersweet and moving tale of friendship and the struggles of two men that is sure to delight audiences everywhere.

Tony Hanway, CEO of Virgin Media said “Virgin Media is delighted to support one of Ireland’s leading Independent film company, Element Pictures Distribution, and offer viewers the opportunity to watch MATTRESS MEN On Demand at the same time it is released in Cinemas across Ireland. This is another exciting offering from Virgin Media’s on demand service, which already boasts hundreds of hours of movies and TV shows across multiple platforms including Horizon TV and Horizon Go.”

Element Pictures MD Andrew Lowe added “This partnership with Virgin Media ensures that the brilliant MATTRESS MEN will be seen by as wide an audience as possible and gives Virgins’ customers the choice as to where and when they watch the film. We are really pleased to be working with Virgin in this innovative way and look forward to many more Day and Date releases* with them in the future.”

MATTRESS MEN is directed by Colm Quinn and produced by Ciaran Deeney and David Clarke with funding from the Irish Film Board.

MATTRESS MEN is in Cinemas and on Virgin Media On- Demand and Volta from October 7th.

ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION ACQUIRE MOM AND ME

Element Pictures Distribution are delighted to announce that they have acquired the Irish & UK rights to Ken Wardrop’s MOM AND ME. Ken and Element previously worked together on the release of the critically acclaimed and box-office hit His & Hers in 2010 which remains the highest-grossing Irish documentary of all time.

Speaking on the upcoming release, Director Ken Wardrop commented that “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to once again be working with Element Distribution. We had an incredible journey with His & Hers and I’m hopeful that MOM AND ME will similarly capture the hearts of Irish audiences.”

MOM AND ME premiered at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival to rave reviews with The Guardian awarding the film 4 **** calling it ‘A devastating study of motherly love in US’s manliest state” and its also nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the 2016 IFTA’s.

With MOM AND ME, Wardrop weaves an exquisitely sympathetic portrait of what mothers mean to their sons in this charming and touching film, showing a vulnerable side of American masculinity that viewers rarely see. These Oklahoma men come from all walks of life, ranging from a war veteran and a prison inmate to a cowboy preacher and a district attorney. Their mothers are just as complicated: spunky, resilient, demanding, generous, and iconoclastic. As these mothers and sons ride horses, shoot guns, and discuss their deepest feelings, Wardrop’s compassionate observation reveals the universality that underlies this most particular relationship.

MOM AND ME is directed by Ken Wardrop and produced by Andrew Freedman with backing from The Irish Film Board.

Irish audiences will have the opportunity to view MOM AND ME this summer in cinemas and on-demand.

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OLDER THAN IRELAND Lands Top 5 Position in Irish DVD Charts

Fresh from its tremendous run in Irish cinemas, OLDER THAN IRELAND continues to capture the hearts of the nation as it lands a Top 5 position in the Irish DVD Charts, the biggest home entertainment opening for an Irish film this year.

Speaking of the result, Karen O’Malley, Head of Home Entertainment for Element Pictures Distribution said “It’s fantastic to see an independent Irish film sit alongside Hollywood blockbusters in the charts.  We’re delighted with the strong support from our retailers and Irish customers, who are helping to make Older Than Ireland essential DVD viewing this Christmas.”

Hailed as “an overwhelmingly heart-warming, heart-breaking and life affirming film” OLDER THAN IRELAND tells the story of a hundred years of life as seen through the eyes of thirty Irish centenarians; from their birth at the dawn of Irish independence to their life in modern day Ireland.

Directed by Alex Fegan and produced by Snackbox Films, OLDER THAN IRELAND is available to own on DVD from retailers nationwide (RRP €14.99) and On Demand from iTunes and Volta.  Visit www.olderthanireland.ie for more details.

OLDER THAN IRELAND – A BOX- OFFICE SUCCESS WILL HIT SHELVES ON NOVEMBER 20

Element Picture’s Distribution are delighted with their continued success in releasing Irish Documentaries. Their latest feat is with Alex Fegan’s much loved OLDER THAN IRELAND which has currently grossed  over  €155k at the Irish box-office and still continues to play strong into week 8 of release .The positive word of mouth and glowing reviews has propelled the film to play in over 35 cinemas and venues since release, reaching audiences that would previously not get the opportunity to see this genre of film.

 

To date, Element Pictures Distribution have released the top 3 grossing  Irish Documentaries in Ireland with Ken Wardrop’s much acclaimed His & Hers still the No. 1 Irish Documentary with a total box-office of €286000.  This is now followed by OLDER THAN IRELAND and then Joel Conroy’s powerful surfing documentary Waveriders which EPD released in 2009 which grossed €110000. Such strong numbers highlight that documentaries can really compete with feature films with significant box-office potential.

 

Speaking on their recent success with OLDER THAN IRELAND, Audrey Shields, head of distribution at

“We are delighted with the tremendous success of OLDER THAN IRELAND and to work once again with Alex following THE IRISH PUB.  His ability to capture unique Irish stories full of warmth and wisdom is testament to his skill of getting to the heart of what makes us Irish.  Building on our experience of reaching Irish audiences throughout the country – from multiplex cinemas to local venues, the film enjoyed 8 weeks of sell out Dublin screenings and succeeded in reaching audiences right across Ireland from Waterford to Tralee, Galway to Bundoran.  Both young and old have laughed and cried as they shared in the memories of these amazing centenarians.”  Audrey Sheils

 

Karen O’Malley, Head of Home Entertainment  commented “I’m very happy to announce that Older Than Ireland will be available to own on DVD & On Demand on Friday, 20th November.  Soon audiences will be able to share this beautifully unique film on DVD with their loved ones for Christmas.  Pre-orders are flying out the door and from November 20th you’ll find the DVD in a wide network of retailers nationwide, including: HMV, Xtra-vision, Tesco, Supervalu, Golden Discs, Tower Records, Eason and Heatons, or order your copy online from ElementPictures.ie and Amazon.  For On Demand viewing you’ll find Older Than Ireland on iTunes and Volta.ie.”

ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION ADDS FILMS TO ITUNES UK & IRELAND

From today, Lenny Abrahamson’s critically acclaimed new release Frank starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson is available to rent or purchase on iTunes. Other films from Abrahamson also now available to iTunes customers include the award winning What Richard Did, Garage and cult classic Adam &Paul.

In high definition for the first time, iTunes customers can now enjoy Joel Conroy’s award winning surf documentary Waveriders, the much loved Sundance winner His & Hers, Lance Daly’s Kisses and Ian Fitzgibbon’s hilarious black comedy A Film With Me In Itstarring Dylan Moran.  Other Irish films also available through the deal include Jump,Parked and feature documentary The Irish Pub.

Over the coming weeks Gerard Barrett’s masterful debut Pilgrim Hill, Pat Collins’ stunningly beautiful Silence and Sé Merry Doyle’s John Ford: Dreaming The Quiet Manwill also be available with new release and further library titles being added on a regular basis.  All these films will be available to rent or purchase  on iTunes.

Karen O’Malley, Head of Home Entertainment at Element Pictures Distribution said:  “We’re very pleased to bring an eclectic selection of critically-acclaimed and award winning independent Irish film to iTunes.  EPD are committed to growing the audience for Irish film at home and abroad and working with such an important platform as iTunes is an exciting step in achieving this.”

VOLTA.IE ANNOUNCES SECOND ANNUAL STREAMS: THE EUROPEAN ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL

Volta, the video on demand platform for Irish and international independent films, today announced the programme for the 2nd annual STREAMS: The European Online Film Festival, which will run from November 15th 2013 to December 15th 2013 on www.volta.ie.

The online film festival will run simultaneously on nine Video on Demand platforms across Europe (all members of EuroVOD) and will give Irish audiences exclusive access to seventeen recent European feature films and documentaries that haven’t yet premiered outside of their national territories. All foreign language films have English subtitles and users can opt to stream films individually for €2.99 or buy a festival pass for €24.99 to enjoy all the films at a lower cost.

Highlights include Mama Illegal, an Austrian documentary which follows three Moldovan women over seven years who have left their families to work illegally as cleaners in Austria. Their struggles reflect those of illegal and trafficked women everywhere, whose dreams of a brighter future are often not realised. Gourmands nationwide will love Entre Les Bras, a French documentary on three Michelin starred chef Michel Bras and his decision to hand over his restaurant to his son, Sebastien, who has been working with him for 15 years. This is a moving and joyful portrait of an outstanding family who have devoted themselves to Haute Cuisine for three generations.

Audiences across Europe will now also have the chance to see Irish films Silence andTim Robinson: Connemara, both directed by Pat Collins, which are the official Irish entries for the festival. STREAMS is the first festival of its kind in Europe and titles will be available to stream on volta.ie for a month. The carefully curated selection showcases an incredible mix of feature films and documentaries from across Europe.

The films:

      • Shelter (Podslon), by Dragomir Sholev, Comedy / Drama, 2010, Bulgaria

 

      • Love.net, by Ilian Djevelekov, Drama / Romance, 2011, Bulgaria

 

      • Entre les bras, Paul Lacoste, Documentary, 2011, France

 

      • Chercher le garçon, Dorothée Sebbagh, Drama, 2012, France

 

      • Nice Guy, Pascal Bergamin, 2011, Drama, Switzerland

 

      • Mary & Johnny, Samuel Schwarz & Julian Grünthal, Drama, 2011, Switzerland

 

      • Otel-lo, Hammudi Al-Rahmoun, Drama, 2012, Spain

 

      • Enxaneta, Alfonso Amador, Drama, 2012, Spain

 

      • Mama Illegal, Ed Moschitz, Documentary, 2011, Austria

 

      • Anfang 80, Sabine Hiebler & Gerhard Ertl, Drama, 2011, Austria

 

      • De leur vivant, Géraldine Doignon, Drama, 2012, Belgium

 

      • Twa Timoun, Jonas D’Adesky, Drama, 2012, Belgium

 

      • Leg ihn um, Jan Schütte, Comedy, 2012, Germany

 

      • Kleine Verbrechen (Small Crime), Christos Georgiou, Comedy, 2008, Germany

 

      • Silence, Pat Collins, Drama, 2012, Ireland

 

      • Tim Robinson: Connemara, Pat Collins, Documentary, 2012, Ireland

 

    • XL, Martein Thorsson, Drama, 2013, Iceland

By logging on to volta.ie or www.streamsfilmfestival.com (from November 15th) fans can enjoy films selected for the festival and also access exclusive editorial content and video bonuses.

UPC SIGNS DEAL WITH ELEMENT PICTURES TO AIR LEADING IRISH FILMS ON DEMAND

UPC, Ireland’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communications, has signed a new agreement with award winning Irish Production Company Element Pictures and its distribution arm that will see a selection of the company’s leading films made available to Irish television viewers through the UPC On Demand service.

The IFTA award winning documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God will be the first film from Element Pictures Distribution to be available through UPC On Demand from 22nd of February, the same day that the film is released in cinemas.

The film, from Academy Award winning film maker Alex Gibney explores issues of power in the Catholic Church and a cover-up that winds its way from a row of houses in Milwaukee Wisconsin, through Ireland’s churches all the way to the highest office of the Vatican.

Andrew Lowe, director for EPD said,

“We are very pleased to partner with UPC to supply Irish films for their on-demand platform which has enjoyed great success since it launched last May. We see UPC’s on Demand platform as an important means of delivering our films to customers in a cost effective and convenient way.  EPD has enjoyed box office success with recent releases such as WHAT RICHARD DID and THE GUARD, films which prove there is a committed audience for Irish films, and we look forward to supplying these and other films to UPC for their customer’s enjoyment.”

David Kent Content Development Manager with UPC said,

“Element Pictures has been responsible for some of the best home grown productions in recent years and UPC is delighted to partner with them to provide their award winning content through our On Demand service. The partnership also allows us to offer UPC customers a first in Irish television, Mea Maxima Culpa will be available to view On Demand at the same time as its cinema release, allowing you to see the best Irish films first, from the comfort of your home.”