Carnaby Jumps on ‘Highway’ for International Sales

The film, which marks the sophomore feature of Irish writer-director Alexandra McGuinness, stars “Baby Driver” actress Eiza Gonzalez (pictured) and Lucy Fry, who starred in the first season of Stan original series “Wolf Creek.”

Fry and Gonzalez star as best friends living in a small desert town. While Heidi (Fry) is happy to dream her life away while working shifts at a local diner, Jane (Gonzalez) strives for a better life. But when Jane suddenly disappears Heidi sets out across the desert to find her, only to discover a world where reality and the borderless expanse of the desert intertwine.

The cast also includes John Hartnett, Christian Camargo, Blake Berris, Sheila Vand and Antonia Campbell-Hughes. Campbell-Hughes starred in McGuinness’ 2011 debut feature “Lotus Eaters.”


“Highway” is produced by Dominic Wright for Ripple World Pictures and Anna O’Malley and Eammon Cleary for TW Films. It is financed by GCI Films and the Irish Film Board.

Carnaby will present first footage from the film to international buyers in Cannes. CAA and Verve Ventures are co-representing North America.

Carnaby adds trio of genre titles to Cannes slate

Adventure thriller The Boatstars Joe Azzopardi as a lone fisherman who boards an abandoned sailboat. Discovering no signs of life, he emerges back on deck to find his own boat disappeared. The film, which is completed and screening to buyers in Cannes, is directed by Azzopardi’s father Winston Azzopardi.


Valentine is a superhero action vehicle directed by Agus Pestol and Ubay Fox. The film stars Estelle Linden in a role that showcases her martial arts skills. The story follows a café waitress who, after meeting a film director, embarks on a dangerous adventure as a vigilante.

Carnaby has also picked up Summit Fever, which starts Freddie Thorp in the story of a young English mountaineer who is lured to the Alps by his friend to help him conquer the ‘Big Three’ – the Matterhorn, the Eiger, and Mont Blanc, all over one summer. Shot at altitude in 4k by director Julian Gilbey, production began in January 2018, with further shooting planned for the summer. The script is being introduced to buyers at the market as casting continues.

President, international and production at Carnaby International, Tim Grohne said: “We are delighted to be able to include such a diverse range of European and International genre films on our slate this year, working with both emerging and established talent alike.”