DEATH OF A SUPERHERO WILL HIT IRISH CINEMAS ON NOVEMBER 30TH

Director Ian FitzGibbon’s ( A Film With Me In It, Perrier’s Bounty, Paths to Freedom, Moone Boy) latest feature DEATH OF A SUPERHERO tells the story of fifteen-year-old Donald Clarke who after several cycles of chemotherapy feels he has little left to hope for. Worst of all, he might die a virgin! Based on the best-selling novel by Anthony McCarten DEATH OF A SUPERHERO is a poignant coming-of-age story addressing the most painful of circumstances alongside a rich and often humorous treatment of classic teen preoccupations.

With its innovative mix of live action and animation, DEATH OF A SUPERHERO features stand-out performances from Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, Nowhere Boy) and Aisling Loftus (Oranges and Sunshine).

Speaking on the release, Director Ian FitzGibbon is “thrilled that Irish audiences will have the opportunity to see my film on the big screen and hope that cinemagoers will be charmed with Donald’s life-affirming story”

Produced by Michael Garland of Grand Pictures, DEATH OF A SUPERHERO has won a slew of awards across various film festivals including Special Jury Critics Award for Aisling Loftus at Dublin International Film Festival, Young Jury Award at Leeds Young Peoples Film Festival and Public and Youth Public Award at Les Arcs, European Film Festival. DEATH OF A SUPERHERO was also selected to screen at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, The Tribeca Film Festival and The European Film Festival amongst many others.

DEATH OF A SUPERHERO is a German-Irish Co-Production between Bavaria Pictures and Grand Pictures, in Co-Production with Picture Circle, Cinemendo/Trixter and CinePostproduction in collaboration with Bavaria Film. Funded by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board, Bayerischer Bankenfonds, German Federal Film Fund, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board.

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ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION ACQUIRE NEW ALEX GIBNEY DOCUMENTARY: MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD

Element Pictures Distribution is delighted to announce that they have secured the rights to Academy Award® winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney’s (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room) next feature. The deal was negotiated byContent, international sales agent for the film.

HBO Documentary Films and Jigsaw’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God explores the abuse of power in the Catholic Church through the story of four courageous deaf men, who in the first known case of public protest, set out to expose the priest who abused them. Through their case the film follows a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland’s churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican.

Hailed by the critics at the recent Toronto International Film Festival Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God features the voices of Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke, Jamey Sheridan and John Slattery and will be released in Irish cinemas Spring 2013.

Director Alex Gibney is delighted with the news that my film is to get a theatrical release in Ireland so that Irish audiences have an opportunity to see the film on the big screen.  Elements of this story are sadly all too familiar to an Irish audience, but in tracing the lines of responsibility and knowledge of the systematic abuse of deaf kids in Milwaukee over a forty year period by Father Lawrence Murphy, direct to the highest echelons of the Vatican, we have brought a new and disturbing dimension to this story.  I look forward to coming to Ireland next year when the film is released and having the opportunity to present my film, and discuss the issues it raises.”

Speaking on EPD’s most recent acquisition, Andrew Lowe, director of Element Pictures commented that “We are really pleased to have acquired the Irish distribution rights toMea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God Alex Gibney’s powerful new documentary which is a searing indictment of the Vatican’s failure to adequately deal with the universal problem of clerical child abuse.  We are looking forward to giving Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God a theatrical release in Ireland early next year and giving Irish audiences an opportunity to make up their own minds on the issues it raises.”

Sheila Nevins is executive producer and Sara Bernstein is supervising producer for HBO Documentary Films; other executive producers are Lori Singer and Jessica Kingdon. The film is produced by Alex Gibney, Todd Wider, Jedd Wider, Alexandra Johnes and Kristen Vaurio through Jigsaw Productions, in association with Wider Film Projects. Below The Radar is the Irish co-producer with the support of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

MICHAEL FASSBENDER AND DOMHNALL GLEESON TO STAR IN LENNY ABRAHAMSON FILM FRANK

Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave, Prometheus, Shame) and Domhnall Gleeson (True Grit, Harry Potter, Anna Karenina) are attached to star in Lenny Abrahamson’s next project FRANK.

FRANK is written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men Who Stare At Goats) and has been developed by Film4 who will also co-finance the film with the Irish Film Board.

FRANK is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Gleeson), who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender).

Speaking on the announcement, producer Ed Guiney of Element Pictures commented that: ‘FRANK is a wonderfully funny script which brings together Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Lenny Abrahamson three of the most exciting Irish talents working in cinema today’.

James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board (IFB) added “We are delighted to be working with Element Pictures and Film4 on this exciting project. Lenny is a great Irish filmmaker while Michael and Domhnall are exceptional world class Irish actors making this project a wonderful opportunity for the Irish Film Board to support Irish talent on the world stage.”

Fassbender, who won Best Actor in Venice in 2011 for his performance in Steve McQueen’s Shame, is currently shooting Ridley Scott’s The Counselor alongside Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz, while Domhnall Gleeson recently finished shooting Richard Curtis’ new comedy About Time, and was recently named as one of Variety’s ’10 Actors to Watch’.

FRANK will mark the fourth feature film collaboration between Abrahamson and Element Pictures. Past features include Garage, which won the CICAE Prize in Cannes 2007, and Adam & Paul which won Best Director award at the Irish Film and TV Awards. Abrahamson’s current film What Richard Did will premiere at the Toronto Film festival in mid-September and is being released in Irish cinemas on October 5th through Element Pictures Distribution.

FRANK is a co-production between Runaway Fridge and Element Pictures and will be produced by David Barron, Ed Guiney and Stevie Lee. Exec producers for Film4 are Tessa Ross and Katherine Butler and for Element Pictures, Andrew Lowe. Protagonist Pictures are handling international sales. FRANK is scheduled to commence principal photography late 2012.

MAJOR ANGLO-IRISH CO PRODUCTION BRINGS JOHN BANVILLE’S ACCLAIMED NOVELS TO THE SCREEN

Based on the books by Benjamin Black (pseudonym of award-winning Irish writer John Banville), Quirke is a new series for BBC ONE adapted by screenwriters Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson and starring Gabriel Byrne in the title role.

Quirke (we never get to know his Christian name) is the chief pathologist in the Dublin city morgue – a charismatic loner whose job takes him into unexpected places as he uncovers the secrets of sudden death in 1950s Dublin. It’s a rich and smouldering world along whose smoky streets and damp alleys Quirke goes from bars that glimmer with peat fires and whiskey to elegant Dublin houses brimming with sexual tension. It’s a time full of mystery, secrets and intrigue.

Each episode will see him investigate the death of one of the unfortunate souls who end up on his mortuary slab. But as Quirke turns accidental detective he discovers his investigations are often more closely linked to his own life than he could ever have imagined. Little by little he is forced to confront the sins of his past as he peels back the layers of his own tangled family history.

The three feature length episodes each take their stories from different books in the series, ‘Christine Falls’ and ‘The Silver Swan’ by Andrew Davies and ‘Elegy for April’ by Conor McPherson. Commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One and Ben Stephenson, Controller Drama Commissioning.

John Banville says: “I am very excited by the prospect of seeing my character Quirke incarnated by Gabriel Byrne, a perfect choice for the part. I know both Quirke and Benjamin Black will be wonderfully served by Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson, two masters of their craft. “

John McColgan, Founding Director, Tyrone Productions adds: “As a friend and colleague of Gabriel Byrne over the years I am thrilled to see him bringing the brilliant mercurial character of Quirke as created by John Banville to screens worldwide. BBC Drama has brought an incredible pool of writing talent to this project and I’m looking forward to seeing their scripts going into production.”

Ed Guiney, Executive Producer, Element Pictures adds: “Noir Dublin in the 50’s seen through John Banville’s eyes is such an appealing prospect. And who better to go on the journey with than Gabriel Byrne. We could not be more excited about being part of bringing this to the screen with the BBC and Tyrone.”

James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board adds: “The Irish Film Board is delighted to be supporting Tyrone Productions and Element Pictures in this new drama TV series Quirke. The series will be a great opportunity to showcase Irish talent including Irish novelist Benjamin Black (John Banville), Irish screenwriter Conor McPherson and one of the great actors Gabriel Byrne in a quintessential Irish setting of Dublin in the 1950’s. The participation of the BBC in this wonderful Irish project is also greatly welcomed”.

The series is a co-production between BBC Drama Production and Dublin-based companies Element Pictures and Tyrone Productions. It is 3X 90 minutes and filming begins in Dublin later this year. The Executive Producers are Jessica Pope for the BBC, Ed Guiney for Element Pictures and Joan Egan for Tyrone Productions. Lisa Osborne is the BBC Producer and John Alexander is the director of the first film ‘Christine Falls’.

WHAT RICHARD DID SELECTED TO SCREEN AT 56TH BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

Following on from last month’s announcement that WHAT RICHARD DID will screen at Toronto International Film festival, Element Pictures are delighted to announce that Lenny Abrahamson’s next feature has been selected to screen at the BFI London Film Festival this October.

WHAT RICHARD DID follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers, through the summer between the end of school and the beginning of university. The world is bright and everything seems possible, until one summer night Richard does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Featuring extraordinary performances from its mainly young cast, WHAT RICHARD DID is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be.

Adapted from Kevin Power’s novel BAD DAY IN BLACKROCK and written by Malcolm Campbell (SKINS, SHAMELESS), WHAT RICHARD DID is the third film from acclaimed director Lenny Abrahamson, whose previous work includes GARAGE and ADAM & PAUL. The film features an ensemble of young Irish actors including Jack Reynor, Sam Keeley and Róisín Murphy as well as established talent including Lorraine Pilkington and Lars Mikkelsen (star of the Danish hit series, THE KILLING).

Director Lenny Abrahamson commented on the selection of his film, saying that “I’m delighted to have been invited to screen What Richard Did at this years’ London Film Festival. I discovered with my last film that the LFF is a real film makers’ festival which attracts great audiences so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Producer Ed Guiney added that “We are so proud of What Richard Did and thrilled that UK audiences will first get to see it at the wonderful LFF “

The 56th BFI London Film Festival will take place from October 10 – 21.

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WHAT RICHARD DID will be released in Irish Cinemas on October 5th.

The European Premiere of What Richard Did will screen as part of the Gala Closing Night Screening of IFI20, September’s month-long celebration of 20 years of the Irish Film Institute at its premises in Temple Bar, Dublin. Founded in 1943, the Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland with access to the finest independent, Irish and international cinema; it preserves and promotes Ireland’s moving image heritage through the IFI Irish Film Archive, and provides opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learn and critically engage with film.