The earliest of early-year festivals, Palm Springs, has named the Burstyns’ Some Kind of Love in its 2015 programme.
Some Kind of Love had a preview screening in Vancouver in September, allowing the Palm Springs outing to be classed as the film’s world premiere. Around the time of the Vancouver screening, distributors Screen Siren Pictures announced sales into Europe and North America. In Palm Springs SKOL has scored an opening weekend slot, the festival’s most sought-after programming position.
Long coming, SKOL has been slowly moving forward since before the release of the Burstyn’s Oscar-shortlisted This Way of Life. Unable to secure NZ funding for SKOL due to its UK-based subject matter, the Burstyns completed the film with funding in Canada from Telefilm Canada’s Theatrical Documentary Program and the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Completion Fund, plus some pre-sales.
Some Kind of Love
Palm Springs features a solid line-up of 50 Foreign Language Oscar submissions, a little more than half those currently being considered, although the Palm Springs line-up doesn’t include Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands.
NZ’s previous Oscar submission White Lies did play Palm Springs in January this year, along with Max Currie`s Everything We Loved which made its world premiere in competition.
Two NZ titles are selected for Palm Springs’ 2015 edition. Both are very familiar here but will enjoy their US premieres at Palm Springs. James Napier Robertson’s The Dark Horse, well-awarded a week ago at the NZFA, is now available here on video. Gaylene Preston’s Hope and Wire (which also played Vancouver with Some Kind of Love) will play as a theatrical cut of the first of the story’s three parts.
The Palm Springs Film Festival runs 2 – 12 January.