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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

MARK O’ROWE’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT ‘THE DELINQUENT SEASON’ STARRING CILLIAN MURPHY COMPLETES PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Principal photography was recently completed on Mark O’Rowe’s feature directorial debut The Delinquent Season, starring Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders, Dunkirk, Free Fire), Catherine Walker (Critical), Eva Birthistle (Brooklyn) and Andrew Scott (Spectre, Sherlock, Denial). Element Pictures Distribution have secured Irish and UK rights, whilst Protagonist Pictures will handle sales in the rest of the world.

The Delinquent Season is produced by Alan Moloney (Siege of Jadotville, Intermission, Mary Shelley) and Ruth Coady (Siege of Jadotville, Mary Shelley) of Parallel Films. Executive producers are Dixie Linder and Nick Marston (Boy A, Broken, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell) of Cuba Pictures, and the film was shot on location in Dublin, with support from the Irish Film Board, RTE and BFI.

Writer/director O’Rowe has several key writing credits to his name, including the award-winning Intermission (IFTA winner for Best Script in 2003), Boy A (BAFTA-nominated in two categories), Perrier’s Bounty (2010) and Broken (nominated for Best Screenplay at BIFA 2012).

The Delinquent Season is a tense drama which revolves around two couples in suburban Dublin – Jim and Danielle and Yvonne and Chris. On paper, they both appear to live in marital bliss, until an altercation between one couple occurs and cracks begin to appear in both of these seemingly steady marriages.

The Delinquent Season is an examination of love, lust and family relationships and asks the question how well do any of us really know each other?

VIVA ON DVD & ON-DEMAND FROM FRIDAY 28TH OCTOBER

Element Pictures Distribution is pleased to announce the DVD & On-Demand Release for VIVA on October 28th

VIVA stars Héctor Medina as Jesus, a hairdresser for a troupe of drag performers in Havana, who dreams of being a performer. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama (Luis Alberto García), Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage.  When his estranged father Angel (Jorge Perugorría) abruptly renters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down.  As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, VIVA becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and reconcile as a family.  Set in contemporary Cuba, Viva is a tender love story of a father and a son struggling to escape from opposing expectations, duty and the burden of past sins.

VIVA is available on DVD on Oct 28TH and ON-DEMAND from iTunes, Virgin Media and Volta, DVD stockists include Tower Records, Golden Discs and the IFI Shop

ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION AND PICTUREHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT’S THE LOBSTER WINS TOP CATEGORIES AT 2016 SCREEN AWARDS

The Element Pictures produced THE LOBSTER, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos wins in top categories at last night’s Screen Awards, which recognises excellence in film marketing, distribution and exhibition. The film picked up the awards for poster design of the year, thanks to the incredible work of Greek designer Vasilis Marmatakis in collaboration with director Lanthimos.  Element Pictures Distribution and Picturehouse Entertainment also scooped the coveted theatrical campaign of the year for THE LOBSTER (99 sites and under).

Element Pictures Distribution and Picturehouse Entertainment jointly released THE LOBSTER in Ireland and the UK last October, grossing over €2 million at the box-office which is deemed a break out figure for any independent film.  A24 handled its US distribution with a gross box-office of $9 million. 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)

Head of Element Pictures Distribution, Audrey Sheils commented “The Lobster is such a unique film and we knew Vasilis, working with Yorgos would create artwork as original as the film, and delighted that has been recognized. Both the Element Distribution team and Picturehouse team worked endlessly to make The Lobster a theatrical success across Ireland and the UK, and to win against such other stand out campaigns is testament to the dedication of both teams.

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.

Element Pictures will re-team with Yorgos for his next feature The Killing of a Sacred Deer which has just completed filming in the US with Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman attached.

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 LOBSTER 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.

Twitter: @LobsterFilm

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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.

RYAN TUBRIDY TO HOST Q&A IN SAVOY FOR GALA SCREENING OF THE SIEGE OF JADOTVILLE

Element Pictures Distribution are delighted to announce that Ryan Tubridy will host the Q&A for the gala screening of The Siege of Jadotville.

The special gala screening of the film will take place in The Savoy Cinema on September 19th and will celebrate the film and honor the surviving Jadotville soldiers. Following the film, there will be a Q&A hosted by Ryan Tubridy. The panel will include Jamie Dornan, Richie Smyth and Alan Moloney and the Q&A will be live streamed to cinemas throughout Ireland.

Netflix and Element Pictures Distribution are partners on the UK & Ireland theatrical release for the Netflix Original Film, The Siege of Jadotville, produced by Irish production company Parallel Films. This partnership will make the film available in select cinemas across Ireland and the UK from September 19, and the film will launch on Netflix, everywhere the service is available, on October 7.

The Siege of Jadotville will be showing in the following cinemas from the 19th of September-  Light House Cinema, IMC Athlone, IMC Carlow, IMC Santry, IMC Dun Laoghaire, IMC Savoy , EYE Galway , GATE Cork, Movies @ Dundrum, Movies @ Swords, Movie House Dublin Road Belfast, Arc Drogheda, Movies @ Gorey, Century Letterkenny, Derry Brunswick, Eclipse Downpatrick, IMC Ballymena, IMC Enniskillen, IMC Banbridge and IMC Omagh.

Directed by Richie Smyth and written by Kevin Brodbin, The Siege of Jadotville is a gripping true story of incredible bravery against impossible odds, as it thrillingly depicts the 1961 siege of a 150-strong Irish UN battalion under Commander Patrick Quinlan (Jamie Dornan) by 3,000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies.  Featuring a stellar line-up of acting talent including Jamie Dornan, Mark Strong, Jason O’Mara, Guillaume Canet and Sam Keeley. The Siege of Jadotville is produced by Alan Moloney (Brooklyn, Albert Nobbs, Byzantium) for Parallel Films as well as Richie Smyth and Kevin Brodbin.

You can watch the trailer here and download here

 

 

NETFLIX & ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION PARTNER ON UK & IRELAND THEATRICAL RELEASE OF THE SIEGE OF JADOTVILLE

Film is Based on Actual Events and Stars Jamie Dornan, Mark Strong and Guillaume Canet in Gripping Depiction of Siege of Irish UN Battalion

Netflix and Element Pictures Distribution announced today that they will partner on the UK & Ireland theatrical release for the Netflix Original Film, The Siege of Jadotville produced by Irish production company Parallel Films. The partnership will make The Siege of Jadotville available in select cinemas across Ireland and the UK on September 19, and the film will launch on Netflix, everywhere the service is available, on October 7.

Directed by Richie Smyth and written by Kevin Brodbin, The Siege of Jadotville is a gripping true story of incredible bravery against impossible odds, as it thrillingly depicts the 1961 siege of a 150-strong Irish UN battalion under Commander Patrick Quinlan (Jamie Dornan) by 3,000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies.  Featuring a stellar line-up of acting talent including Jamie Dornan, Mark Strong, Jason O’Mara, Guillaume Canet and Sam Keeley. The Siege of Jadotville is produced by Alan Moloney (Brooklyn, Albert Nobbs, Byzantium) for Parallel Films as well as Richie Smyth and Kevin Brodbin.

There will be a special screening of the film in Dublin on September 19th in The Savoy Cinema to celebrate the film and honor the surviving Jadotville soldiers. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with Jamie Dornan, Richie Smyth and Alan Moloney and will be live streamed to cinemas throughout Ireland.

Speaking on the release, Moloney commented “ I’m incredibly proud of this film and thrilled that Element Pictures Distribution are releasing the film throughout Irish & UK cinemas this September and that this important story will be available to over 83 million viewers worldwide on Netflix shortly thereafter. ”

Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures Distribution added, “ The Siege of Jadotville is an accomplished exciting and heart rendering action film about an extraordinary episode in the proud history of the Irish Army’s UN peace keeping missions. We are delighted to be working with Parallel Films and Netflix to enable Irish audiences see this film in cinemas across the country before its launch on Netflix. ”

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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Images/Clips can be downloaded from  https://elementpictures.ie/media/adateformadmary/

A DATE FOR MAD MARY SELECTED TO SCREEN IN COMPETITION AT THE 60TH BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

Element Pictures Distribution are delighted that A DATE FOR MAD MARY will have its UK premiere at the 60th BFI London Film Festival which will take place 5-16 October 2016.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY has been receiving stellar reviews with industry bible Variety calling it ‘Instantly lovable…beautifully performed, warm yet melancholic’, The Irish Times calling it ‘Triumphant’ and The Sunday Times describing it as “fresh, irreverent, fun and gloriously real.”

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. But her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone… until she meets Jess and everything changes.

It is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days, starring Seána Kerslake (Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope, The Lobster), Tara Lee (Raw, The Fall) and Charleigh Bailey.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY is Darren Thornton’s debut feature film following his hugely acclaimed short film Frankie and IFTA award-winning Love is the Drug.

Speaking on the selection, director Thornton commented that “I’m absolutely thrilled that A date for Mad Mary has been accepted at the London Film Festival, especially being selected to screen in competition. We’ve been looking forward to sharing the film with British audiences and to be having our first screenings at a festival as well regarded as LFF is really wonderful.”

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

A DATE FOR MAD MARY is released in cinemas across Ireland tomorrow September 2nd

New Clip ‘Bridal Shop’ from the film featuring Seána Kerslake, Charleigh Bailey and  Siobhán Shanahan can be downloaded https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmtBhx5_QF4 or from our media page https://elementpictures.ie/media/adateformadmary/

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