THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER WINS BEST FEATURE FILM AT THE 2017 IRISH FILM LONDON AWARDS.

THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER wins Best Feature Film at the 2017 Irish Film London Awards.  Jacob McCarthy also took home the Ros Hubbard Award for Acting, beating off stiff competition from Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Ann Skelly.

THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER will screen on Wednesday the 29th of November as part of the Irish Film Festival London.

Written and directed by Nick Kelly, whose short film SHOE was shortlisted for an Academy Award, THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER was produced by Kate McColgan for Calico Pictures (FROM THE DARK), with support from the Irish Film Board. The film premiered at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, taking home the award for Best First Irish Feature.

The film stars a collection of talented Irish actors including Dermot Murphy (CLEAN BREAK, RAW), Charlie Kelly (THE SECRET SCRIPTURE, JADOTVILLE), Peter Coonan (WHAT RICHARD DID, LOVE/HATE), Aoibhinn McGinnity (MOONE BOY, QUIRKE, LOVE/HATE), Annie Ryan (FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF, LAWS OF ATTRACTION), Niamh Algar (WITHOUT NAME) and Jacob Mc Carthy.

THE DRUMMER AND THE KEEPER tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between two young men; Gabriel, a reckless young drummer with bipolar disorder, who revels in rejecting society’s rules and Christopher, a 17 year old with Asperger’s Syndrome, who yearns to fit in. This heartwarming story shows the strength of the human bond in the face of adversity.

THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER is out now on DVD & On Demand.

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ELEMENT PICTURES’ PRODUCTION THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER OPENS AT NO.1 IN THE US THIS WEEKEND

 

Element Pictures’ production THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER opens at number 1 in the specialty box office in the US this weekend, grossing an impressive $114K from just four theatres in New York and L.A. The Yorgos Lanthimos directed feature averaged $28,646 per screen beating off stiff competition with other newcomers to the market such as Todd Haynes Wonderstruck. The American distributor A24 plan to roll out the Cannes winning film into an additional twelve further cities next weekend ahead of a nationwide expansion November 3.

A24 also released Element Pictures/Yorgos Lanthimos’s  Oscar nominated The Lobster in the US where it grossed $9M.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER producer Ed Guiney commented “We’re delighted that the film has opened so strongly in the US, following raves on the festival circuit it’s wonderful that it is now connecting with audiences is such a meaningful way.”

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER sees Colin Farrell reunite with Lanthimos. Farrell stars as Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart when the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing takes a sinister turn. Nicole Kidman also stars as the wife of Farrell’s character, along with young, Irish actor Barry Keoghan (’71 and Dunkirk), Raffey Cassidy (Tomorrowland), Sunny Suljic (The Unspoken), Bill Camp (12 Years a Slave) and Alicia Silverstone (Clueless).

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER was produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures (The Lobster, Room, A Date for Mad Mary). Lanthimos and his regular collaborator, Efthymis Filippou, co-wrote the project, which was shot last Autumn in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The film is financed by Film4 and New Sparta Films along with the Irish Film Board. The project was developed by Element Pictures with support from Film4. HanWay Films is worldwide sales agent with A24 on board as US distributor.

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IRISH POSTER LAUNCHED FOR THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER

 

Irish poster launched for THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring COLIN FARRELL, NICOLE KIDMAN, BARRY KEOGHAN, RAFFEY CASSIDY AND SUNNY SULJIC

Released in Irish Cinemas on 3 November

Yorgos Lanthimos has crafted a sensational thriller brimming with unsettling humour and creeping dread, steeped in Greek tragedy, existential horror, Hitchcockian psychodrama, and riveting suspense. Darting confidently between genres to subvert our expectations at every turn, The Killing of a Sacred Deer firmly cements Lanthimos in the pantheon of world-class auteurs and marks him as a cinematic provocateur without precedent.

Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljian) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

The film was produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures, the producers of THE LOBSTER and Oscar-winner ROOM. It was financed by Film4 and the Irish Film Board, who also were financiers of THE LOBSTER, and New Sparta Films, whose involvement was brokered by HanWay Films. The project was developed by Element Pictures and Film4. HanWay Films are the worldwide sales agent.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER will be released in the UK on 3 November by Curzon Artificial Eye and in Ireland by Element Pictures Distribution.

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THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER TO EXPAND TO FURTHER CINEMAS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Following its fantastic performance at its opening weekend at the Box Office, THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER will expand to further cinemas nationwide.

The film which was released in cinemas on Friday September 8th has been hugely praised by critics, receiving four stars from outlets including The Sunday Times, The Sunday World, RTE.ie, Movies.ie, RTE Guide and Radio Nova.

The Irish Times refer to the film as “an accomplished work,”  The Sunday Times call it “A highly enjoyable, meaningful drama,” The Sunday World notes the “ assured performances from its two exceptional young leads, ”Movies.ie describe it as an “impressive, quietly assured feature debut for writer / director Nick Kelly and RTE.ie compare it to “a home-grown About a Boy.”

Speaking on the reactions so far, director Nick Kelly said “We’re absolutely delighted at all the brilliant reviews and media coverage. The biggest thrill for me is the gut response we’re getting from the audiences in the cinemas. Gabriel and Christopher’s friendship seems to be striking a massive emotional chord. The film is getting lots of laughs, but people are also genuinely very moved by it.”

Written and directed by Nick Kelly, whose short film SHOE was shortlisted for an Academy Award, THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER was produced by Kate McColgan for Calico Pictures (FROM THE DARK), with support from the Irish Film Board.

The film stars a collection of talented Irish actors including Dermot Murphy (CLEAN BREAK, RAW), Charlie Kelly (THE SECRET SCRIPTURE, JADOTVILLE), Peter Coonan (WHAT RICHARD DID, LOVE/HATE), Aoibhinn McGinnity (MOONE BOY, QUIRKE, LOVE/HATE), Annie Ryan (FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF, LAWS OF ATTRACTION), Niamh Algar (WITHOUT NAME) and introducing Jacob McCarthy.

THE DRUMMER AND THE KEEPER tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between two young men; Gabriel, a reckless young drummer with bipolar disorder, who revels in rejecting society’s rules and Christopher, a 17 year old with Asperger’s Syndrome, who yearns to fit in. This heartwarming story shows the strength of the human bond in the face of adversity.

#TheDrummerAndTheKeeper

ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION ANNOUNCE THAT BRENDAN MULDOWNEY’S IRISH ACTION-THRILLER PILGRIMAGE WILL BE RELEASED IN CINEMAS ON JULY 14TH

Element Pictures Distribution is delighted to announce that Brendan Muldowney’s PILGRIMAGE will be released in Irish cinemas on July 14th. The Irish action-thriller has wowed festival audiences, following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017 and its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival on June 24th 2017.

PILGRIMAGE will have its Irish premiere at the 29th Galway Film Fleadh on July 13th  and Irish audiences will have the chance to catch it in cinemas the following day. PILGRIMAGE boasts a stellar cast, including Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal and Richard Armitage. Holland will next be seen as Peter Parker in Marvel’s SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. He also played Parker/Spider-Man in the hit Avengers movie CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR this past year. Bernthal will next be seen in the Netflix Original Series “Punisher” in which he reprises his role of Frank Castle from Marvel’s “Daredevil.”

The film was written by Jamie Hannigan and was produced by Conor Barry and John Keville of Dublin-based production outfit Savage Productions and Benoit Roland of Wrong Men. XYZ Films executive produced the film, with RLJ Entertainment taking domestic rights. The film was shot on location for over seven weeks on the West Coast of Ireland and the Ardennes Region of Belgium, and was developed with the assistance of the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board and Creative Europe and was financed by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Wallimage, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance.

Speaking on the release, director Brendan Muldowney commented that “I’m absolutely thrilled to have Element Pictures Distribution releasing Pilgrimage in Ireland. I’m delighted that Irish audiences will have a chance to see it in cinemas in July after its Irish premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh.”

PILGRIMAGE follows a small group of monks as they undertake a treacherous pilgrimage to escort their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome. But, as the true material, political and religious significance of the relic is revealed, the group’s journey becomes increasingly fraught with danger. Ultimately, the faith that binds the men together threatens to be the very same thing that will tear them apart

TERRIFIC REACTION TO ‘THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER’ FOLLOWING ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT THE 70TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Element Pictures is delighted to announce that Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER premiered to rave reviews following its world premiere in competition in Cannes last night, where it received a ten minute standing ovation.

Industry bible, The Hollywood Reporter commented “the impressive rigor of its craft, the skillfully subdued intensity of the acting, and the startling originality of the story will make it unmissable for anyone who cares about bold filmmaking” concluding that “the Greek director here further cements his position among the world’s most interesting contemporary filmmakers, stoking anticipation for his next English-language feature, THE FAVOURITE”

Variety noted that “as allegories of extreme discomfort go, this one is masterfully orchestrated” and praised Farrell and Kidman as being “astonishingly gifted at playing the subtext of every scene”

The film received 4 stars from The Guardian who noted that “Lanthimos is brilliant at summoning up a whole created world and immersing us in it” Screen Daily went on to call THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER “a powerful and unsettling film that significantly broadens the repertoire of one of Europe’s most singular and wayward auteurs” While The Telegraph described the film as “a wildly uncomfortable, venomously funny Greek tragedy”

Both The Evening Standard and The Irish Times awarded THE KILLING OF A SCARED DEER 5 stars with The Irish Times describing Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan’s performance as “exceptional” and the film as “unmissable”

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER was produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures (THE LOBSTER, ROOM, A DATE FOR MAD MARY). Lanthimos and his regular collaborator, Efthymis Filippou, co-wrote the project, which was shot last Autumn in Cincinnati, Ohio.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER sees Colin Farrell reunite with Lanthimos. Farrell stars as Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart when the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing takes a sinister turn. Nicole Kidman also stars as the wife of Farrell’s character, along with young, Irish actor Barry Keoghan (’71 and DUNKIRK), Raffey Cassidy (TOMORROWLAND), Sunny Suljic (THE UNSPOKEN), Bill Camp (12 YEARS A SLAVE) and Alicia Silverstone (CLUELESS).

Producer Ed Guiney said “We are bowled over by the reaction in Cannes. Yorgos has made a masterful, challenging and unforgettable piece of cinema which we hope will go on to enthrall audiences around the world following its premiere here in Cannes.”

The film is financed by Film4 and New Sparta Films along with the Irish Film Board. The project was developed by Element Pictures with support from Film4. HanWay Films is worldwide sales agent with A24 on board as US distributor following its successful release of THE LOBSTER last year.

THE LOBSTER won the Jury Prize in Cannes in 2015 and was recently nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay. DOGTOOTH, another of Lanthimos’ projects, won Cannes’ Prix Un Certain Regard in 2009, later receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

This is Element’s seventh production or co-production in Official Selection at Cannes in recent years. Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER took home the Cannes Jury Prize in 2015, Ken Loach’s JIMMY’S HALL screened in competition in 2014 as did Paolo Sorrentino’s THIS MUST BE THE PLACE in 2011. Alicia Duffy’s ALL GOOD CHILDREN was selected for the Director’s Fortnight section of the festival in 2010 and in 2007 Lenny Abrahamson’s GARAGE won the CICAE Prize. In 2006 Ken Loach’s THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY won the Palme d’Or.

IRISH PRODUCTION ‘THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER’ TO SCREEN IN COMPETITION AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Element Pictures is delighted to announce that Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, will screen in competition as part of the Official Selection at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER was produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures (THE LOBSTER, ROOM, A DATE FOR MAD MARY). Lanthimos and his regular collaborator, Efthymis Filippou, co-wrote the project, which was shot last Autumn in Cincinnati, Ohio.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER sees Colin Farrell reunite with Lanthimos. Farrell stars as Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart when the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing takes a sinister turn. Nicole Kidman also stars as the wife of Farrell’s character, along with young, Irish actor Barry Keoghan (’71 and DUNKIRK), Raffey Cassidy (TOMORROWLAND), Sunny Suljic (THE UNSPOKEN), Bill Camp (12 YEARS A SLAVE) and Alicia Silverstone (CLUELESS).

Producer Ed Guiney said ‘We are thrilled to be back in Cannes with Yorgos and Colin following the success of THE LOBSTER two years ago. Yorgos is truly one of the most talented and visionary film makers working anywhere at the moment and Cannes is the perfect place to launch his new film to the world.’

The film is financed by Film4 and New Sparta Films along with the Irish Film Board. The project was developed by Element Pictures with support from Film4. HanWay Films is worldwide sales agent with A24 on board as US distributor following its successful release of THE LOBSTER last year.

THE LOBSTER won the Jury Prize in Cannes in 2015 and was recently nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay. DOGTOOTH, another of Lanthimos’ projects, won Cannes’ Prix Un Certain Regard in 2009, later receiving an Academy Award® nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

This is Element’s seventh production or co-production in Official Selection at Cannes in recent years. Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER took home the Cannes Jury Prize in 2015, Ken Loach’s JIMMY’S HALL screened in competition in 2014 as did Paolo Sorrentino’s THIS MUST BE THE PLACE in 2011. Alicia Duffy’s ALL GOOD CHILDREN was selected for the Director’s Fortnight section of the festival in 2010 and in 2007 Lenny Abrahamson’s GARAGE won the CICAE Prize. In 2006 Ken Loach’s THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY won the Palme d’Or.

The 70th annual Cannes Film Festival takes place from 17th to 28th May 2017.

ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION CELEBRATES MULTIPLE WINS FROM THE 2017 IFTAS

ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION CELEBRATES MULTIPLE WINS FROM THE 2017 IFTAS

Saturday April 08 2017
Element Pictures Distribution were delighted that three of its titles won at Saturday night’s IFTAS. A DATE FOR MAD MARY picked up two awards for Best Film & Best Supporting Actress (Charleigh Bailey).

Director Darren Thornton commented:
“Making ‘Mad Mary’ was a fantastic experience from start to finish. I was blessed to be working with an incredible cast and crew and with element pictures, the finest production company in the country. I’m hugely indebted to our producers Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Juliette Bonass and Emma Norton for their wisdom and support all the way through making the film. I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved and I’m excited to see how the journey continues as the film starts to open in other territories around the world.”

A DATE FOR MAD MARY tells the story of ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle, who returns 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. But her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone… until she meets Jess and everything changes. ‘A Date for Mad Mary’ is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days.
A DATE FOR MAD MARY is directed by Darren Thornton, written by Darren and Colin Thornton and produced by Ed Guiney (The Guard, The Lobster, Room) and Juliette Bonass (Get Up & Go, Glassland). The film is financed by the Irish Film Board, BAI and TV3.

In a joint statement, Element Pictures Producers Ed Guiney & Andrew Lowe commented that “All of us at Element Pictures are so proud and delighted that A DATE FOR MAD MARY has been honoured with the wins for Best Film and Best Supporting Actress. It has been amazing collaborating with Darren, Colin and Juliette and the brilliant cast and crew. And it’s a wonderful testament to their talent and artistry.”

Other Element Pictures Distribution titles that picked up IFTAs were TOMATO RED, which won for Best Sound and MATTRESS MEN won the George Morrison Feature Documentary award.

The 2017 IFTA awards took place tonight in The Mansion House in Dublin and were hosted by Deirdre O’Kane.

Element Pictures Distribution
Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe run Ireland’s leading independent film distribution company Element Pictures Distribution, handling StudioCanal’s slate in Ireland as well as direct acquisitions. Notable releases include Lenny Abrahamson’s Golden Globe and Oscar winning Room and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster which passed the £1m barrier at the UK and Irish box office. In 2011, EPD released The Guard (John Michael McDonagh), which became one of the highest grossing independent Irish films of all time, with a cumulative box office of €4m+. Recent releases include Paddy Breathnach’s acclaimed VIVA, Siege of Jadotville starring Jamie Dornan and box-office hit A Date for Mad Mary. Additionally, Element Pictures operates an online video on demand platform, Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe run Ireland’s leading independent film distribution company Element Pictures Distribution, handling StudioCanal’s slate in Ireland as well as direct acquisitions. Notable releases include Lenny Abrahamson’s Golden Globe and Oscar winning Room and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster which passed the £1m barrier at the UK and Irish box office. In 2011, EPD released The Guard (John Michael McDonagh), which became one of the highest grossing independent Irish films of all time, with a cumulative box office of €4m+. Recent releases include Paddy Breathnach’s acclaimed VIVA, Siege of Jadotville starring Jamie Dornan and box-office hit A Date for Mad Mary. Additionally, Element Pictures operates an online video on demand platform, Volta.ie and also runs and operates the Light House Cinema, one of Dublin’s premiere art house cinemas.

Element Pictures Distribution acquires festival hit WITHOUT NAME

Element Pictures Distribution today announced that they have acquired UK and Ireland distribution rights to Lorcan Finnegan’s festival hit WITHOUT NAME, which had its Irish premiere on February 18th, at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival.

The eco-horror had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and followed with sold out screenings at the BFI London Film Festival, SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival, and the inaugural Brooklyn Horror Film Festival where it scooped awards for Best Director, Best Editor, Best Cinematography and Best Feature. The Guardian have described WITHOUT NAME as being “so trippy it makes Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England look like an afternoon at the tax office.”

Finnegan’s debut feature centres around land surveyor Eric (Alan McKenna) who travels to a remote and unnamed Irish woodland, to assess its suitability for a new development project. Here, he sets up temporary residence, in an old unused house, right in the midst of the forest. Eric learns about the man who once occupied the house and begins to discover that all is not what it would appear to be in the woods. The idyllic backdrop almost seems to speak back to him and an ominous lingering presence fills him with a sense of dread. Alone and alienated from urban existence, he becomes increasingly fascinated yet disturbed by his surroundings. 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?

Director Lorcan Finnegan, Producer Brunella Cocchiglia and Lead Actor Niamh Algar have all been nominated for ADIFF’s Discovery Award which will be announced at the end of the festival. Previous winners of this award include Ken Wardrop, Barry Keoghan and Aidan Gillen.

Finnegan, writer Garret Shanley and producer Brunella Cocchiglia developed WITHOUT NAME with funding from the 2014 Irish Film Board ‘Catalyst Project’ scheme. The film stars Alan Mc Kenna and Niamh Algar.

Finnegan is currently collaborating with Shanley (FOXES/WITHOUT NAME) on the sci-fi nightmare ‘VIVARIUM’, dystopian tragedy ‘GOLIATH’, and supernatural thriller ‘NOCEBO’.

WITHOUT NAME will be released in Ireland on May 5th.

To download and view trailer please find links below:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/204871013

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FipBYdS5kEA

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TOMATO RED RELEASED IN CINEMAS MARCH 3rd

Juanita Wilson’s TOMATO RED to be released in Irish cinemas March 3rd  by Element Pictures Distribution.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone), TOMATO RED tells the story of small town drifter and street philosopher Sammy Barlach (Jake Weary) on the search for his next cold beer and the bunch that’ll have him.

But trouble is always on his menu, and this time it comes in the form of red-headed Jamalee (Julia Garner) and her dreams of hitting the big time through her brother’s movie star good looks.

Happy to have a home at last, Sammy finds his life opening up in ways he could never have imagined.  But this new life is torn apart by a sudden violent incident, leaving them crying out for justice and revenge.  But what if your cries fall on deaf ears?  How do you make yourself heard if you don’t have a voice?  Finding themselves powerless against the forces of corruption and prejudice, the only thing Sammy has left to fight is 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. TOMATO RED also stars Anna Friel and Nick Roux.

To download and view trailer please find links below:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/199636802

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=bO0p8Cym4VU