AFM: ‘Rise Of The Footsoldier 3’ scores deals in Europe, Asia (exclusive)

Deals have concluded with Open Sesame for Japan; Feature Films for Australia and New Zealand (home entertainment); Sky for New Zealand (broadcast rights); Tanweer for Greece; and One2See for Benelux. Signature Entertainment is on board for the UK.

The third instalment of the home entertainment hit gets its market premiere screening at the American Film Market (AFM).

Starring many of the original cast, including Craig Fairbass (Cliffhanger) as protagonist Pat Tate, and Terry Stone (Plastic) as Tony Tucker, the film also features Happy Monday’s frontman Shaun Ryder who plays Mad Dog, a violent prison inmate, Union J’s JJ Hamblett, who plays a young Pat Tate, as well as Eastenders’ hard men Larry Lamb (Triangle) and Jamie Foreman (Layer Cake).

Directed by Zackary Alder (The Rise Of The Krays) with screenplay by Julian Gilbey, the film is produced by Carnaby International’s Andrew, Mike and Terry Loveday as well as Tiernan Hanby (Snow In Paradise).

Set in 1988, the story opens in Marbella with burgeoning Essex gangster Pat Tate trying to smuggle a batch of ecstasy tablets into the UK and infiltrate Southend nightclubs. Double crossed by his suppliers, Tate’s fortune soon takes a turn for the worse.

The original Rise Of The Footsoldier movie has sold more than one million physical copies in the UK alone and, according to Carnaby, continues to sell an average of 1,000 copies each month.Rise of the Footsoldier

AFM: ​FrightFest vampire horror ‘Redwood’ gets sales deal

Directed and written by Screen International’s Horror Rising Star nominee Tom Paton (Pandorica) and produced by Brussels-based Stern Pictures, the film charts the story of two backpackers in a secluded national park who disturb a nest of hungry vampires.

Cast includes Mike Beckingham (Birdwatcher), Tajana Nardone (Medici: Masters Of Florence) and Buffy The Vampire Slayer actor Nicholas Brendon.

The film, whose trailer has racked up more than 300,000 online views, will premiere to buyers at the American Film Market (AFM).

Paton said: “Redwood has received such a huge wave of attention from the genre scene, that it really needed the right partner to bring it to market. I couldn’t think of a better home than Carnaby and I’m excited to work with Andy and the team.”

Andrew Loveday, CEO, Carnaby International added: “We are enormously proud to be working alongside such a talented team on this picture. Following its world premiere at FrightFest, there’s been a real buzz about this feature and we’re excited to bring it to market.”


Carnaby acquires Andrea Bocelli-narrated ice-skating doc ‘Intimissimi On Ice’

London-based sales outfit Carnaby International has acquired worldwide sales rights to ice-skating film Intimissimi On Ice: A Legend of Beauty.

The company is set to screen promo footage from the filmed event at the American Film Market (AFM) in Los Angeles from next week, which will act as its official sales launch.

The film, which was shot at The Arena Di Verona in Italy and is part of the Opera on Ice series of events, is narrated by Andrea Bocelli and combines opera and figure skating.

It also stars Japanese figure skating champion Shizuka Arakawa, American ice-dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and Canadian pair-skating duo Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford.

Director Damiano Michieletto said: “Working on this project with such amazing talent and people from all around the world was one of the highlights of my career.

“The beauty of this show and the amount of people who worked hard to make it happen is unlike anything I have ever seen in my career. We’re thrilled to be working with Carnaby to bring this incredible production to audiences worldwide.”

Andrew Loveday, joint CEO of Carnaby International, added: “I’m proud to be working alongside such a talented team on this phenomenal special event. We’re excited to bring this into the market.”