BBC Films has sold UK rights excluding free TV to the as yet untitled Sylvia Plath Project to Icon Film Distribution, the film of arm of the UK broadcaster announced on Wednesday.

Icon previously acquired Australian rights from sales agent Capitol Films. Currently in post-production, the film was directed by New Zealander Christine Jeffs and stars Gwyneth Paltrow as Plath and Daniel Craig as Poet Laureate Ted Hughes.

The project was developed by Alison Owen and BBC Films. Owen produced the feature under the banner of Ruby Films, with financing from BBC Films, UK support body the Film Council's Premiere Fund, Capitol Films and Focus, which will distribute the film in North America.

The deal was concluded for BBC Films by Isabel Begg and Jane Wright and for Icon by CEO Nick Hill.