Amplify has picked up US rights to Stuart Murdoch’s musical God Help The Girl ahead of its European premiere in Berlin’s Generation programme on Friday (7).

The all-rights distributor, the result of a recent merger between Variance Films and GoDigital, will distribute across the US early this autumn followed by home video release.

God Help The Girl received its world premiere at Sundance last month and earned the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award.

Belle & Sebastian frontman Murdoch wrote all the original songs for the story of three Glaswegian youngsters who form a band. Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray star.

Barry Mendel produced and Chris Curling and Phil Robertson of Zephyr Films served as executive producers.

“I like these guys,” said Murdoch. “I don’t know much about the movie business yet, but Amplify seems pretty rock’n’roll. I know music has changed a lot recently; film is changing too. These guys get that. I’m glad we’re with them.”  

Thorsten Schumacher of HanWay Films negotiated the deal with Dylan Marchetti, Kent Sanderson and Logan Mulvey on behalf of Amplify.