EXCLUSIVE: David Mackenzie’s well-received prison drama clocks deals for UK seller Independent.

David Mackenzie’s gritty prison drama Starred Up continued to attract buyers during the AFM, with new deals inked by Independent with Ascot Elite for German-speaking Europe, Aya Pro in Japan, Madman Entertainment in Australia, ABC-Cinemien in Benelux, Nonstop Entertainment in Scandinavia and Bir Film in Turkey.

The Telluride and Toronto hit previously sold to Fox Searchlight for UK, Tribeca for US and Wild Side for France.

Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend star in the story of a violent and troubled teenager (O’Connell) making the difficult transition from a young offenders’ institute to adult prison.

Gillian Berrie produces for Sigma.

Due for release next year, the film leads this year’s BIFA nominations with eight nods.

The film is presented by Film4 in association with Creative Scotland, Quickfire Films, Northern Ireland Screen and LipSync Productions.

Executive producers are Katherine Butler, Sam Lavender, James Atherton, Jan Pace, Norman Merry, Peter Hampden and David Mackenzie.