Matthew Metcalfe’s General Film Corporation has teamed with US distributor to create a new joint venture, XYZ-GFC, which will have a strong ANZ focus.
Per Screen Daily XYZ-GFC “will cover co-productions, New Zealand and Australian sales, North American sales and, in select cases, international sales … The venture will engage in financing and packaging and aims to produce one to three films a year”.
The joint venture intends to “seek commercial work from film-makers with top-drawer festival appeal”. Arguably, that’s what a good part of GFC’s focus is already, via its ongoing relationships with directors Toa Fraser and Leanne Pooley.
XYZ took the international rights for Fraser’s The Dead Lands early last year and is on board his upcoming 6 Days. The company also lent Housebound a hand, tweeting supportively ahead of its SXSW premiere last March and negotiating its US distribution deal with XLRator.
The other Australasian title XYZ has been involved with recently is doco Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films from Mark Hartley (Machete Maidens Unleashed!, Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!). A firm supporter of genre titles, XYZ’s highest-profile release last year was the much-anticipated sequel The Raid 2.
Metcalfe’s GFC Fighter Town was one of three companies announced as recipients of NZFC Business Development Scheme support at last year’s Big Screen Symposium.