Carnaby links up with ex-Stealth chief

UK producer Carnaby International has partnered with the former CEO of Stealth Media to launch film and TV production, distribution and sales arms.

Sean O’Kelly, one of three co-founders of Stealth Media, will head the new divisions of Carnaby International, having left Stealth earlier this year.

Carnaby Film Distribution will encompass theatrical, digital, TV and DVD releases, with plans to distribute six to eight theatrical films each year.

Carnaby Film Sales, meanwhile, will focus on the worldwide sales of Carnaby International productions as well as third-party content.

O’Kelly, CEO of Carnaby Film Sales and Carnaby Film Distribution, said there was a gap in the market that left local independent filmmakers struggling to find homes for their films, and Carnaby’s new businesses would attempt to fill it.

“We have an aggressive growth plan in place with significant financial support for the next five years. We’re looking to acquire high-end commercial and quality content for both UK theatrical distribution and international sales,” added O’Kelly.

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