All rights for the US have been sold to A24 and DirectTV for UK-NZ co-production Slow West, which will premiere in competition at Sundance next month.
The rights were sold by the UK’s HanWay which, in October, was announced as the sales agent for 50+ NZFC-supported features in the aftermath of the NZFC exiting the sales business. Slow West was on HanWay’s slate before the NZFC deal was announced.
The film was developed by Film4 and co-financed by Film4, the BFI, the New Zealand Film Commission and Fulcrum Media Finance. Conor McCaughan, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films, and Rachel Gardner of Rachel Gardner Films are the producers. Since the film completed its South Island shoot, Gardner has moved to Australia to join See-Saw, whose Sherman was an honoree at last week’s APSA Awards in Brisbane.
A24 will handle the theatrical release, with satellite network DirecTV exploiting the broadcast rights. A24 and DirecTV have a multi-title agreement to exploit titles in this way. Other titles so far announced include Atom Egoyan’s The Captive and Jeff Baena’s festival favourite Life After Beth.