A BOX-OFFICE HIT FOR A DATE FOR MAD MARY

Irish audiences flocked to A DATE FOR MAD MARY  this week which has propelled the film to beat off stiff competition such as Woody Allen’s Café Society. A DATE FOR MAD MARY has the second highest screen average of the week which is an incredible feat for an independent feature from a first-time director.

In A DATE FOR MAD MARY, ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle 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.  The film is directed by   Darren Thornton and stars Seána Kerslake, Tara Lee, Charleigh Bailey, Denise McCormack and Siobhan Shanahan.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY premiered at Karlovy Vary where it garnered heart-felt praise from Variety who called it “instantly loveable” and “a delight”.   The Irish Times called it “a triumphant first feature” and “the wedding zinger you’ve been waiting for” with The Irish Independent awarding it 5 ★★★★★ and praising Kerslake’s performaceshe’s superb, an extraordinary talent and surely bound for bigger things. “  

The film has also been selected to screen in competition at the London Film Festival this October.

Speaking on the result, head of Element Pictures Distribution Audrey Sheils commented “It’s such a pleasure to work on a film right through from development to the big screen, and then see it capture the heart of critics and audiences alike. I think we’ll all be seeing a lot more Seána Kerslake, Tara Lee and Charleigh Bailey in coming years. Everyone in Element Distribution is delighted to see their talent so widely recognised.”

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

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MATTRESS MEN RELEASED IN CINEMAS AND ON-DEMAND FROM OCTOBER 7th

Following acclaimed international festival screenings at Hot Docs in Toronto and the Sheffield Documentary Festival, Element Pictures Distribution are delighted to announce that they will release the hotly- anticipated  MATTRESS  MEN in Cinemas and On- Demand from October 7th.

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.

Speaking on the release, Director Colm Quinn said “It’s fantastic to be working with Element Pictures Distribution on bringing Mattress Men to Irish cinemas and on-demand. Mick and Paul’s story has really struck a chord at international festivals and we’re very hopeful it’ll do the same at home”

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

 

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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. Recent  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. Other recent releases include Jerzy Skolimowski’s 11 Minutes and Alex Fegan’s award winning documentary Older Than Ireland. Other EPD titles include Sundance Winner His & Hers, Lenny Abrahamson’s What Richard Did and Gerard Barrett’s Pilgrim Hill. 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+. Other notable releases include the award-winning Garage, Jerzy Skolimowski’s Essential Killing, Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be The PlaceFrank, starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall. Element Pictures also operates an online video on demand platform, Volta.ie which focuses on the best of Irish and international films. Additionally, Element runs and operates the Light House Cinema, one of Dublin’s premiere art house cinemas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION TO BE THE EXCLUSIVE IRISH DISTRIBUTOR OF ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE CINEMA SEASON

Element Pictures Distribution (EPD) announced today that they are to be the exclusive Irish distributor of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season.

Expanding on their existing relationship the deal will see EPD handle the sales and marketing for the ROH Live Cinema Season 2016/17. Set to be the most exciting season to date it will feature six operas and six ballets screened live from the iconic Covent Garden stage.

Highlights from the upcoming Season include 2016 Olivier Award winner WOOLF WORKS, Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf. The Royal Ballet’s classic THE NUTCRACKER, the return of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (the company’s first production on the Covent Garden stage in 1946) and Jonas Kaufmann’s highly anticipated role debut in Verdi’s OTELLO.

Andrew Lowe, MD of Element Pictures commented: “Having worked on the sales and marketing of the ROH Live Cinema Season to Irish cinemas for the last two years, we are really pleased to strengthen our relationship with the Royal Opera House by being appointed their exclusive distributor in Ireland. We have enjoyed a lot of success over the last two years with highlights including (ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, LA BOHĒME and LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR) and we are really looking forward to the 2016/17 season which is shaping up to be their strongest one yet. We look forward to working closely with the Royal Opera House to build on this success and to help them grow their unique brand in Ireland over the coming years.”

Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House says: “It’s been wonderful to see the continued demand for ROH Live Cinema content across Ireland. Working with Element Pictures Distribution allows for us to build on the success to date and expand our reach even further screening the very best of opera and ballet in high definition.”

For more information on the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season please visit http://culturalcinema.ie/

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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TRADERS IN IRISH CINEMAS MARCH 11th

Element Pictures Distribution are delighted to announce that they will release new Irish thriller TRADERS on March 11th. TRADERS is written and directed by Rachael Moriarty & Peter Murphy and stars Killian Scott (Love/Hate, Calvary, ’71), John Bradley (Game of Thrones, Shameless), Nika McGuigan (The Secret Scripture, Mammal), Peter O’Meara ( Love/Hate, Charlie) & Barry Keoghan (’71, Mammal).

Harry Fox (Killian Scott, Love/Hate) seems to have it all, the luxury apartment, the fancy car, but when the company he works for goes bust it looks like he will lose everything. A solution is offered by Vernon Stynes (John Bradley, Game of Thrones) who has masterminded a diabolical, all-or-nothing scheme based in the Deep Web, called Trading. Two strangers empty their banks accounts, sell their assets, and put their entire worth in cash into a green sports bag. They travel to a remote location and fight to the death. Winner buries the loser and walks away twice as rich. Vernon believes Trading is a no-brainer for anyone who wants to get rich quick. Can Harry resist the lure of such a high risk gamble? It’s dangerous. It’s illegal. But it could solve all his problems.

Speaking on the release, co-directors Peter and Rachael commented that “We are delighted that Element Pictures are releasing Traders and Irish audiences will get a chance to enjoy the film on the big screen. They’ve released some of our favourite Irish films in the past few years, so it’s a real thrill for us that they’re distributing our first film.”

Coco’s Stuart Switzer (Elisa Lynch: Queen of Paraguay, 1916: The Irish Rebellion) produced TRADERS with Libby Durdy (The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, This is England ’88) and Rachel Lysaght (One Million Dubliners). Executive Producers are Paul Higgins (Submarine) and Linda Cullen (1916: The Irish Rebellion, Killers). Finance for the film came from the Irish Film Board, with Rory Gilmartin serving as the IFB’s development executive for the film.

Trailer download available here:

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YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XleAc2a_i0M

11 MINUTES IN CINEMAS DECEMBER 4

A buzzing, hurtling, too-fast-to-think thriller” – VARIETY 

Thoroughly entertaining” – SCREEN DAILY

 

Jerzy Skolimowski’s 11 MINUTES will be released in Ireland on December 4th. The film stars Richard Dormer (Good Vibrations, ’71, Game of Thrones) in the lead role of an American film director in this suspenseful drama which revolves around the lives and loves of a diverse group of people during the course of the same 11 minute chain of events. 11 MINUTES is Skolimowski’s latest feature since 2010’s Essential Killing which Element Pictures Distribution also handled.

 

To date, the film has premiered at the Venice Film Festival, The Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film Festival and will open the Kinopolis Polish Film Festival in the IFI on Thursday December 3rd. 11 MINUTES recently picked up the Jaeger-LeCoultre award for Best Film at the Estoril Lisbon Film Festival and is Poland’s official entry to be considered for Best Foreign Language film at this year’s Oscars.

 

Trailer download available here: http://we.tl/K6VnynAbHT

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdIYTv8skLc

 

11 MINUTES is directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, produced by Ewa Piaskowska of Skopia Film and co-produced by Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures with backing by the Irish Film Board.

 

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.”

THE LOBSTER breaks the £1m barrier at UK and Irish box offices

 

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Landmark total comes hot on the heels of critical acclaim after leading the way with seven nominations at the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards and five nominations at the 2015 European Film Awards

 

Monday 9 November 2015: THE LOBSTER, Yorgos Lanthimos’s critically acclaimed English language debut and 2015 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner, can now also boast of commercial success after the film passed the £1m barrier at the UK and Irish box office on Saturday 7th November.

The film, an unconventional love story starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, was released by Picturehouse Entertainment and Element Pictures Distribution on 16 October and has delighted UK and Irish cinemagoers ever since, proving to be the sure fire independent alternative to the box office blockbusters of the season.

The story takes place in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel.  There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days.  If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods.

Commenting on the milestone, Clare Binns, Director of Programming and Acquisitions at Picturehouse Entertainment said: “The Lobster has certainly been an exciting film to distribute, and the team, along with our partners Element Pictures Distribution, have had a lot of fun. It is great to see audiences turning out in large numbers for such intelligent and original filmmaking. We are thrilled for director Yorgos Lanthimos whose first English language production has been so well received, clearly resonating with audiences during what is an extremely busy time at the UK Box Office.”

Andrew Lowe, director and co-founder of Element Pictures Distribution commented “Having initiated The Lobster as a project in development and seen it though to its triumph in Cannes, all the team at Element Pictures are thrilled to find that UK and Irish audiences have embraced The Lobster with the same enthusiasm and love that we have for the film.  Our distribution team have worked very closely with our friends at Picturehouse Entertainment and we are very proud of the work and results of that brilliant partnership.”

The film has also performed beyond expectations in all other international territories that have opened to date; Australia (Sony), Belgium (Imagine Films), France (Haut et Court), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment), Italy (Good Films), The Netherlands (De Filmfreak), and South Korea (Contents Gate). The film is due to open in further territories across the world in the coming months.

This success in the UK and Ireland comes soon after the filmmakers celebrated leading the nomination count for the 2015 British Independent Film Awards this year, with seven in total.

These included nominations for Best British Independent Film, Best Director for Lanthimos, Best Screenplay and Producer of the Year. The film also scored a Best Actor nomination for Farrell and supporting actor nominations for both Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw. The winners will be announced on the 6 December at a star-studded ceremony in London.

THE LOBSTER also counts amongst the most nominated films at the upcoming European Film Awards.  It is nominated for European Film, European Director, European Actor for Colin Farrell, European Screenwriter for Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and Sarah Blenkinsop has already been awarded European Costume Designer.  The awards will take place in Berlin on 12 December.

THE LOBSTER is produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender for Film4, Isabel Davis as the lead executive for the BFI Film Fund and Rory Gilmartin for the Irish Film Board.

THE LOBSTER PROVES A HIT AT THE BOX-OFFICE

THE LOBSTER takes over 1 Million at Box-Office

With a remarkably small 2% drop week on week, Element Pictures production THE LOBSTER will surpass the €1 million mark in its second week of release, which is deemed a break out figure for any independent film. Opening to rave reviews THE LOBSTER, released as a joint venture by Element Pictures Distribution in Ireland and Picturehouse in the UK has now expanded to over 80 sites across Ireland & the UK as audiences embrace this art-house hit.

Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos’s previous best across Ireland & the UK was Dogtooth which grossed €208,000 over its entire theatrical run.

The LOBSTER’s stellar ensemble cast – headed by Colin Farrell and featuring Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Michael Smiley is expected to continue its fantastic run when it’s released in France this week on 126 prints where its Cannes Jury prize win will surely boost the films performance.

Speaking on the success, Element Pictures Distribution’s Andrew Lowe commented “We are really pleased with the response of audiences in Ireland and the UK to THE LOBSTER, whose positive word of mouth has helped propel it into an independent hit. Element Pictures Distribution have worked closely with our partners in the UK, Picturehouse, to launch the film into a very competitive market on the back of THE LOBSTER’s success in Cannes, and we are delighted to see UK and Irish audiences share the Cannes jury’s enthusiasm for the film.”

THE LOBSTER is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.

THE LOBSTER is written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender.

THE LOSBTER is an Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film co-production in association with Limp and with Irish finance for the film from the Irish Film Board.

LENNY ABRAHAMSON’S ROOM IMPRESSES AT US BOX OFFICE

ROOM opens with highest screen average in the US, garnering stellar reviews.

ROOM had a hugely successful opening weekend at the US Box-Office where it was the top performing film in terms of per screen average (with an impressive $30,000 average per screen). The film is directed by Lenny Abrahamson, written by Emma Donoghue, based on her own novel and produced by Dublin based Element Pictures.

The film also generated incredibly strong reviews with a 95% score on Rotten Tomatoes, with The New York Post saying that “ROOM is one-of-a kind, must- see experience.” The Seattle Times comment that you must “See it and be transformed”, with the LA Times adding that “there’s nowhere else I’d rather be than right in the moment with this singular film”. Rolling Stone write that “Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay will blow your mind” and Observer says that it’s “an unforgettable film that must be seen.”
Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, ROOM is a unique and unexpectedly tender exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child under the most harrowing of circumstances. Irish audiences will have the opportunity to see ROOM when it’s released in Irish cinemas on January 15, 2016.

ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay in a breakout performance), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson, Short Term 12, Trainwreck) Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical—they are trapped—confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named “Room.”

Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world. ROOM also stars three-time Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award® nominee William H. Macy.

Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney (The Lobster, Frank, What Richard Did) produced ROOM with David Gross (What If, Goon). Executive producers are Andrew Lowe (The Lobster, Frank, The Wind that Shakes the Barley) for Element Pictures and Jeff Arkuss (What If) and Jesse Shapira (What If, Goon) for No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue, Rose Garnett (Film 4), Tessa Ross (Film 4), and David Kosse (Film 4) also serve as executive producers.

ROOM is an Element Pictures and No Trace Camping production, in association with Film4, Telefilm Canada, and the Irish Film Board. A24 will distribute the film in the US, and Elevation Pictures is distributing the film in Canada. UTA handled the domestic sale. FilmNation Entertainment handled all international sales.