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.”

VOLTA ANNOUNCES CONTENT PARTNERSHIP WITH ARTIFICIAL EYE

The Irish Video on Demand platform Volta today announced a new content partnership with leading UK Distributor Artificial Eye, coinciding with the VOD release of Holy Motors, which is now available to stream or download on Volta.

Volta (Best E-Commerce Website, 2012 Irish Web Awards) offers an online catalogue of Irish and international independent films to a nationwide audience. The partnership with Artificial Eye, one of the UK’s leading distribution companies, will bring a host of new releases and classic titles to the popular ‘pay as you watch’ video-on-demand site.

Artificial Eye titles already available on the site include Holy Motors, the Leon Carax hit of Cannes 2012 which stars Denis Lavant, Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes, 360 which stars Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins and Rachel Weisz and Life During Wartime directed by Todd Solondz, starring Ciarán Hinds and Allison Janney.

Recent releases which will be added to the site include the 2013 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee Amour, directed by Michael Haneke, Sally Potter’s Ginger & Rosa(Christina Hendricks, Annette Bening) and Alps, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth). The Artificial Eye catalogue also includes titles such as Code Unknown, Funny Games, The Piano Teacher and Hidden by Michael Haneke, Antichrist andMelancholia by Lars von Trier, Of Gods And Men, The Maid and Waltz With Bashiramong many others.

Speaking of the partnership, Andrew Lowe, CEO of Volta said “We are proud to partner with Artificial Eye and host their excellent collection of films on Volta. Our objective is to bring the best of Irish and independent cinema into homes across the country and the titles available to us through this new partnership represent a great opportunity for Irish audiences to watch internationally acclaimed films at home. This is a great step forward for Volta and we look forward to announcing more great additions and partnerships in the coming months”.

Philip Knatchbull, CEO of Curzon Artificial Eye, says: “We’re delighted to have a deal in place with Volta, and to have our films available to their audience across Ireland.”

Artificial Eye joins Film 4, Momentum Pictures, Revolver Entertainment, Pathé, Dogwoof, Element Pictures Distribution and many other Irish and international distributors whose titles are available to watch through the Volta website and the recently launched Volta Facebook App.

VOLTA.IE TO HOST STREAMS: THE EUROPEAN ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL

Volta, the Irish owned and operated video on demand service for independent film, will be the exclusive Irish host of STREAMS: The European Online Film Festival. STREAMS is presented in association with the Independent European Video on Demand Platforms of the EuroVoD network. The online festival will run simultaneously on seven European Video on Demand platforms from Dec 1st to Dec 31st.

This new and unique festival will give Irish audiences exclusive access to fourteen recent European feature films and documentaries that haven’t yet premiered outside of their national territories. Audiences across Europe will now also have the chance to see recent Irish releases One Hundred Mornings and Sensation. The festival is the first of its kind in Europe and titles will be available to stream on volta.ie for the entire month of December. The carefully curated selection showcases an incredible mix of feature films and documentaries from across Europe.

By logging on to volta.ie or www.streamsfilmfestival.com (from December 1st) fans can enjoy films selected for the festival and also access exclusive editorial content and video bonuses. 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.

The Films

Perfect Stranger, Spain
Starring Colm Meaney. Winner: Best International First Feature Award at the Galway Film Fleadh 2012. The mysterious arrival of a foreigner to a small village in a Mediterranean island awakens interest from a diverse group of residents.

Diamond Flash, Spain
Five women, each with different agendas, are linked in some way to Diamond Flash, a mysterious character who will change their lives forever.

Still Life, Austria
An unexpected letter forces siblings Bernhard and Lydia to confront each other and to deal with their family history. A powerful, disturbing portrait of a family, struggling to cope with the sins of their father.

The Fatherless, Austria
Four siblings reunite for their father’s funeral and thrash out their complicated and conflicting feelings about their childhoods, uncovering buried secrets. “Amazingly assured” IndieWire.

All That Remains, Switzerland
Four people, bound by the common thread of a deeply personal loss, take to the road at a pivotal moment in their lives, hoping to move ahead. Along the way they unexpectedly intersect with one another, forever altering their understanding of brotherhood, friendship, and love.

Nomad’s Land : In the Footsteps of Nicolas Bouvier, Switzerland
Winner, Golden Gate Award For Best Documentary Feature, San Francisco International Film Festival. A travelogue documentary charting an early explorer.

Hotel Deutschland 2, Germany
Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Stefan Paul returns East Berlin for a tour of the arts and music scenes.

Sohnemänner, Germany
A moving story about the complex relationship between a father and son, told in a serious and humorous way.

Berlin Telegram, Belgium
Leila and Antoine were passionately in love until one day, Antoine leaves Leila for someone else. Leila’s reaction is to abandon her life in Brussels to start afresh in Berlin, taking with her nothing but a small video camera.

Fils Unique, Belgium
The story of a divorced taxi driver from the north of France, who is asked by his mother, recently diagnosed with cancer, to take in his cantankerous father, a man he has not spoken to in ten years.

Living on Love Alone, France
“Very watchable…. Czajka has thoroughly mastered the unforced naturalism that French cinema has such a knack for”. The Guardian. A story of love, and the things that bind us.

Crossdresser, France
A documentary featuring various men who indulge in cross-dressing, an activity seen as incongruous with their day to day lives as married fathers.

One Hundred Mornings, Ireland
A handful of people are left struggling to survive in a remote village in rural Ireland following a catastrophic event.

Sensation, Ireland
When an Irish farmer dies, his sole heir Donal is left some land; but Donal hasn’t inherited much in terms of social skills. He finds it hard to talk to women, and in frustration turns to the internet where he hooks up with Kiwi call-girl Kim. She has plans to open her own brothel, a dream Donal decides to help her realize.

Volta is part of the EuroVod Network, a collection of seven video on demand platforms which offer the best independent film online. Based in seven different European countries, the other participating platforms are UniversCiné (France), Flimmit (Austria), Volta (Ireland), leKino.ch (Switzerland), Filmin (Spain), UniversCiné.be (Belgium) and Good!Movies (Germany).

About EuroVOD

Created in 2010, EuroVoD is a collaborative management model between video on demand platforms, production companies and distribution companies specialising in independent cinema of high artistic quality. EuroVoD works with more than 200 rights holders, producers, distributors and sales agents to bring independent films to millions of people throughout Europe.

Volta (Ireland) is an initiative of Element Pictures, Ireland’s leading film production and distribution company. Volta recently won the Best eCommerce/Services website at the Realex Payments Irish Web Awards 2012. www.volta.ie.

UniversCiné (France) is an initiative of the main French independent cinema producers and distributors. It has a catalogue of more than 2230 titles on its Video on Demand platform, the most popular portal of independent cinema in France.www.universcine.com.

UniversCiné Belgium is an initiative of Belgian producers and many of the distributors operating in Benelux. A catalogue of more than 1400 titles is available on the bilingual (French and Flemish) Video on Demand platform, www.universcine.be.

Filmin (Spain), is an initiative of Spanish producers, distributors, DVD editors, and theatrical exhibitors of art-house films: Alta Films, Cameo, Continental, El Deseo, Golem, Tornasol Films, Wanda Vision. www.filmin.es.

Good!Movies (Germany) is the home video-label of ten German distributors of independent films. www.goodmovies.de.

Flimmit (Austria) is the main independent VoD platform in Austria, With its two services, the Flimmit VOD shop and the Flimmit Online Movie Guide, Flimmit is a multiple times awarded model throughout Europe. www.flimmit.com.

leKino.ch (Switzerland), is the brand new Swiss VoD platform specialised in independent movies with a spotlight on Swiss films. leKino.ch launched and is available in German, French and English, with editorial content featuring interviews, articles etc. onwww.lekino.ch.