Carnaby International seals raft of deals on ‘The Boat’

Territories sold include Benelux (Dutch Filmworks), France (Metropolitan Filmexport), Germany (Splendid Film), Scandinavia (Mis. Label), Latin America (Impacto Cine), Middle East (Front Row), South Korea (Green Narae Media) and Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines (Suraya Film).

Directed by Winston Azzopardi, starring his son Joe and produced and written by the pair, The Boat takes in a fisherman lost in deep mist who boards an abandoned sailboat. He goes beneath deck, but when he returns he finds his own boat has disappeared. As the vessel heads into unknown waters, his journey becomes all the more unpleasant.

The film will screen again for buyers at London Screenings in June.

Carnaby has also presold Summit Fever to Germany (Koch Films). Starring Freddie Thorp (Overdrive), the film tells the story of a young English mountaineer who attempts to conquer the ‘Big Three’ peaks – the Matterhorn, the Eiger and Mount Blanc – in one summer.

Directed by Julian Gilbey (A Lonely Place To Die), the project began production in January 2018 and will continue shooting this summer.

Nominations at the National Film Awards!

Carnaby scores 6 nods at the National Film Awards, including 4 nominations for the cast & team behind KIDS IN LOVE!


Best Actor
Max Records, (I Am Not a Serial Killer)
Michael Fassbender, (Trespass Against Us)
Shia Labeouf, (American Honey)
Steve Brandon, (My Feral Heart)
Eddie Redmayne, (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them)
Will Poulter, (Kids in Love)
David Oyelowo, ( A United Kingdom)
Ewan McGregor, (Our Kind of Traitor)
Sacha Baron Cohen, ( Grimsby)
Mathew Horne, (Breaking the Bank)
Tom Sturridge, (Remainder)
Daniel Radcliffe, (Now You See Me 2)

Best Supporting actress
Avin Manshadi, (Under the Shadow)
Gemma Arterton, (The Girl with All the Gifts)
Naomie Harris, (Our Kind of Traitor)
Shana Swash, (My Feral Heart)
Joanna Lumley,(Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie)
Terry Pheto, (A United Kingdom)
Alma Jodorowsky, (Kids in Love)
Gemma Jones, (Bridget Jones’s Baby)

Best British Film
Kids In Love
Our Kind of Traitor
A United Kingdom
5 Greedy Bankers
A Street Cat Named Bob
Adult Life Skills

Best Director
Mandie Fletcher for (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie)
Jim O’Hanlon for (A Hundred Streets)
Noel Clarke for (Brotherhood)
Oliver Parker for (Dad’s Army)
Dexter Fletcher for (Eddie The Eagle)
Chris Foggin for (Kids in Love)
Ricky Gervais for (Life on the Road)
Susanna White for Our Kind of Traitor)
Fernando Coimbra for (Sand Castle)
Rachel Tunnard, (Adult Life Skills)
Babak Anvari, (Under the Shadow)
Amma Asante, ( A United Kingdom)

Best Action
Eddie The Eagle
The Girl with All the Gifts
The Guv’nor
The Fall of the Krays

Best Independent Feature
Couple in a Hole
Under the Shadow
The Fall of the Krays
Mob Handed
The Contract
Our Kind of Traitor
Stoner Express


Iggy Pop in Blood Orange

Indie neo-noir Blood Orange is a taut and quietly tense thriller with a scene-stealing turn from music legend and Godfather of Punk Iggy Pop in (remarkably) his first ever lead. Heading up a strong cast of only four, the movie is delivered in style by debut writer/director Toby Tobias.

Bill (Pop) is an ageing, half-blind, shotgun-wielding rock star who lives in a secluded Spanish villa with his promiscuous wife Isabelle (Kacey Clarke, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Green Street 3). Out of the blue, her bitter ex-flame Lucas (Ben Lamb, Divergent) shows up at the house, armed with blackmail material and seeking revenge for the family inheritance he believes was robbed from him when she married his ailing father. But when Lucas realises Isabelle is having a new fling with pool boy David (Antonio Magro, TV’sTitanic), he sees an opportunity to turn the tables but events spiral dangerously out of control, leading to a showdown and culmination of love, loyalty and obsession.


The movie starts as a slow burner but, with the patience to become absorbed in the mood and setting, it’s ultimately very satisfying. Boasting sharp, terse dialogue and subtle performances from its small ensemble cast, it hits many points of the emotional and character spectrum: Bill’s craggy world-weariness, Lucas’ brattiness, Isabelle’s chilled and carefree existence, David’s new found infatuation…

The cast is strong and believable, with Clarke and Lamb showing particular conflicts within their journey. However, this is undoubtedly Iggy’s show and he steals every scene he’s in, with many small nods and references mirroring Pop’s own life and career, no doubt appealing to the man himself. I’ve been a lifelong fan of Ig’s work and, despite small roles in the decades before, it’s great to see him sink his teeth into a quality lead and something new, pulling it off in style.

With slick cinematography – beautifully shot entirely in Ibiza, Spain – the sun-soaked scenery and quiet ambience plays well against the escalating drama, all backed by a haunting, melancholic soundtrack. Again, I loved this tone and greatly appreciated that it didn’t rush as it hurtles towards the grim final act.

For fans of moody neo-noir or die-hard followers of Iggy, Blood Orange offers something pretty fresh, unique and different to what we’ve seen before.

Blood Orange is released on 4th July from Metrodome Distribution.

Carnaby Titles lead the nominations for the National Film Awards 2016

This year’s 2nd annual National Film Awards 2016 for the UK takes place in London, on the 31st of March 2016

Rise of the Footsoldier II, Spectre, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Kingsman (The Secret Service), North v South, Macbeth, A Royal Night Out, Absolutely Anything go head to head to claim the Best British Film 2016 whilst Spectre and Kingsman both films based on the secret service battle it out with a record x4 nominations for Best International Film, Best Action, Best British Film, and Best Screenplay. Best Director nomination for Matthew Vaughn ( Kingsman, The Secret Service) whilst Daniel Craig picks up a nomination for Best Actor for his role as James Bond in Spectre

Below is a full list of National Film Awards 2016 nominations:

Best International Film
Star Wars – The Force Awakens
Kingsman- The Secret Service
45 Years
Mission Impossible (Rogue Nation)
The Wedding Ringer
Fast and Furious 7

Best Comedy
Absolutely Anything
Burn, Burn, Burn
Lost in Karastan
Man up
The Lobster
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Best Action
Chasing Robert Parker
Star Wars – The Force Awakens
Kidnapping Mr Hieneken
Kingsman- The Secret Service
The Man from U.N.C.L.E
The Rise of the Krays

Best Drama
45 years
A Patch of Fog
A Royal Night Out
A Reason to Leave
Captain Webb
Little Pieces
The Danish Girl
The Lady in the Van

Best Independent Feature
The Gunman
Never Let Go
Rise of the Footsoldier II
Feast of Varasani

Best Documentary

Andrew Carnegie, Rags to Riches, Power to Peace
How to Change the World
The Fear of 13
The Emperors New Clothes
The Hardstop

Best Thriller
And Then I Was French
Dartmoor Killing
Never Let Go
North v South
Rise of the Foot Soldier II

Best British Film
Rise of the Footsoldier II
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Kingsman (The Secret Service)
North v South
A Royal Night Out
Absolutely Anything

Best Actor
Tom Courtenay (45 Years)
Colin Farrell (The Lobster)
Michael Fassbender (Macbeth)
Colin Firth ( Kingsman – The Secret Service)
Tom Hardy (Legend)
Tom Hiddleston (High-Rise)
Daniel Craig (Spectre)
Taron Egerton ( Kingsman- The Secret Service)
Dev Patel (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
Simon Pegg (Absolutely Anything)
Gudmundur Thorvaldsson (Chasing Robert Parker)
Keith Allen (North v South)

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard (Macbeth)
Carey Mulligan (Suffragette)
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Natalia Tena (Residue)
Freema Agyeman (North v South)
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
Natalie Emmanuel (Fast and Furious 7)
Louise Brealey (Containment)
Daisy Ridley (Star Wars- The Force Awakens)

Best Director

Andrew Haigh (45 Years)
Asif Kapadia(Amy)
JJ Abrams (Star Wars -The Force Awakens)
Alex Garland (Ex Machina)
Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster)
Justin Kurzel (Macbeth)
Matthew Vaughn ( Kingsman, The Secret Service)
John Maclean (Slow West)
Ricci Harnett ( Rise of the Footsoldier II)
Stephen Fingleton (The Survivalist)

Best Screenplay

London Road
Kingsman – The Secret Service
Sons of Saul
Slow West

Best Breakthrough Performance
John Boyega (Star Wars – The Fore Awakens)
Domhnall Gleeson (Ex-Machina)
Colin Firth ( Kingsman- The Secret Service)
Nathalie Emmanuel (Fast and Furious 7)
Michael Fassbender (Slow West)
Ricci Harnett (Rise of the Footsoldier II)
Alicia Vikander (Ex-Machina)
Daisy Ridley (Star Wars- The Force Awakens)
Jim Sturgess (Kidnapping Mr. Hieneken)
Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van)

Best Newcomer
Taron Egerton (Kingsman- The Secret Service)
Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song)
Bel Powley (A Royal Night Out)
Milo Parker (Mr. Holmes)
John Boyega (Star Wars- The Force Awakens)
Abigail Hardingham (Nina Forever)
Kodi Smit-McPhee (Slow West)
Sonoya Mizuno (Ex-Machina)
Karidja Touré (Girlhood)
Hermione Corfield (Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation)

Best Foreign Language Film
Rams (Iceland)
The Assassin (Taiwan)
The Second Mother (Brazil)
The Club (Chile)
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Sweden)
Mustang (France)
Son of Saul (Hungary)
A War (Denmark)
The Brand New Testament (Belgium)
The Fencer (Finland)
Labyrinth of Lies (Germany)

Best Supporting actress
Helena Bonham Carter (Suffragette)
Lara Pulver ( A Patch of Fog)
Olivia Colman (The Lobster)
Anne-Marie Duff (Suffragette)
Naomie Harris (Spectre)
Alexandra Evans (The Redistributors)
Julie Walters (Brooklyn)
Sofia Boutella ( Kingsman, The Secret Service)
Nathalie Emmanuel (Fast and Furious 7)
Slaine Kelly (Rise of the Footsoldier II)

Best Supporting actor
Luke Evans (High-Rise)
Rupert Everett (A Royal Night Out)
Sammuel L Jackson (Kingsman- The Secret Service)
Brendan Gleeson (Suffragette)
Domnhall Gleeson (Brooklyn)
Sean Harris (Macbeth)
Ben Whishaw (The Lobster)
John Boyega (Star Wars- The Force Awakens)
Michael Caine (Kingsman- The Secret Service)
Patrick Regis (Chasing Robert Parker)

Best Short Film
7 Sheep
Black Sheep
160 Characters
Band Call
Family Trip
Finding Fanon
New Eyes

Global Contribution to Motion Picture
Hugh Grant
Denzel Washington
Ben Kingsley
Meryl Streep
Helen Mirren
Harrison Ford
Samuel L Jackson
Michael Caine
Leonardo DiCaprio
Kevin Spacey

March for Everything Carries Me To You

A March shoot currently on the cards for Everything Carries Me To You, a forthcoming feature from director Emma Holly Jones.

The feature has been developed from a short of the same name which Jones produced and directed in 2011.

Set in London, it centres on a talented young ballet dancer who falls for an esteemed American photographer, a relationship which could potentially ruin her career.

Tom Butterfield and Hilary Shor produce the film, which reportedly has Samantha Barks, Freddie Fox and Margo Stilley attached.

Butterfield has recently been working on London Town, starring Daniel Huttle as a teenager whose life is changed forever when he discovers The Clash. Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays frontman Joe Strummer.

Grindstone Takes North American Rights to ‘Mercury Plains’

LONDON — Grindstone Entertainment Group has acquired North American distribution rights to action-thriller “Mercury Plains,” starring Scott Eastwood (“Fury,” “The Longest Ride,” “Suicide Squad”), with distribution to be handled by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

The film, which also stars Nick Chinlund (“Con Air,” “Training Day,” “The Chronicles of Riddick”) and Angela Sarafyan (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” “The Immigrant,” “Paranoia”), sees a young man run away to Mexico, where he is recruited by the captain of a group of teens who fight drug cartels. Isolated at the desert camp and unsure what he is really fighting for, he proves himself by becoming the captain’s top soldier. As the Mexican police close in, he realizes that his only way out is to escape back to America. But first he must outwit the captain.

The film is directed and written by Charles Burmeister (“Columbus Day,” “Interview,” “Motion Detector”) and produced by Houston Hill (“Virgin Alexander,” “The Devil’s Punchbowl”) and Eric Watson (“Requiem for a Dream,” “The Fountain”).

The deal was struck between London-based Carnaby International’s director of international sales, Tania Sarra, and Grindstone’s head of acquisitions, Stan Wertlieb.

“Thematically, ‘Mercury Plains’ is incredibly current in light of the criminal drug cartels activities in Mexico and the United States. Scott Eastwood continues to shine as a real star on the rise,” said Wertlieb.

Sarra said: “The hard hitting and compelling storylines have a universal appeal, which will resonate with audiences around the world.”

Carnaby International, which is handling worldwide sales, will screen extended promo footage from “Mercury Plains” with buyers at this week’s Toronto Film Festival. It will have its industry world premiere at AFM in November.

THE WEE MAN Scores Big at the Box Office

Today Carnaby International and Genesis Film Sales were delighted to confirm the opening weekend box-office success of their first theatrical release, THE WEE MAN.

With a weekend screen average second only to that of LES MISERABLES; higher than DJANGO UNCHAINED and approximately 8 times that of other new release THE SESSIONS, the film opened on 17 screens, of which 16 were in Scotland, compared to THE SESSIONS 117 screens (UK-wide).

Scottish gangster story THE WEE MAN was the #1 film over the weekend, beating all other films on view including DJANGO UNCHAINED, LES MISERABLES and MONSTERS INC 3D, at Showcase East Glasgow; Empire Glasgow Clydebank and Cineworld Glasgow Parkhead (where the film’s cumulative BO grossed more than the combined forces of DJANGO UNCHAINED and LES MISERABLES).
THE WEE MAN will be expanding across further cinemas in Scotland from Friday 25 January.

With an all-star Scottish cast led by Martin Compston (THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED, SWEET SIXTEEN, TV’s LINE OF DUTY),
John Hannah (THE MUMMY trilogy, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, TV’s SPARTACUS), Denis Lawson (PERFECT SENSE, STAR WARS trilogy, TV’s NEW TRICKS), Laura McMonagle (TV’s LIP SERVICE), Clare Grogan (GREGORY’S GIRL) and Stephen McCole (NEDS, TV’s SINGLE FATHER); the film also stars Hollywood veteran Patrick Bergin (PATRIOT GAMES, SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY)with Rita Tushingham (BEING JULIA, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO).
THE WEE MAN is written and directed by Ray Burdis (LOVE, HONOUR AND OBEY), producer of THE KRAYS, and is based on the extraordinary and well-documented life-story of the reformed Glaswegian gangster Paul Ferris, throwing light on the world of corruption, crime, policing and prison services during Glasgow’s gang-war heyday at the end of the millennium.
THE WEE MAN is produced by Carnaby International Productions (RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER, A LONELY PLACE TO DIE).

THE WEE MAN is on release in cinemas now


Box Office Data supplied by Rentrak Corporation – 21 Jan 2013