EXCLUSIVE: Electric Sky has acquired international broadcast rights to Luke Korem’s documentary and will launch sales at MIPCOM in October.
Lord Montagu offers what the filmmakers claim to be the inside story of one of Britain’s more controversial 20th century aristocrats, Lord Edward Montagu of Beaulieu.
Oliver Tobias narrates the film, which looks at Montagu’s entry into Parliament at the age of 22 and his imprisonment three years later in 1954 for “homosexual offences.”
The sole heir to a 7,000-acre English estate emerged from the scandal of “The Montagu Case” a year later and revived his fortunes when he turned his estate into a tourist attraction.
The film features commentary from Prince Michael of Kent, the Duke of Devonshire, historian Sir Roy Strong, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and former F1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart.
“Lord Montagu delves into a seemingly privileged, glamorous lifestyle, offering a glimpse into the world of the aristocracy that so many viewers are curious about,” said Electric Sky acquisitions executive Victoria Baynton-Williams.
“The film handles Lord Montagu’s story so beautifully, audiences will not fail to be absorbed by this intriguing tale of scandal, Englishness and achievement.”
“As seen in the huge popularity of shows like Downton Abbey, the general public remains fascinated and intrigued about the dramatic and enigmatic lives of the British aristocracy,” said Korem, who produced through his Sixth Seal Productions with Russell Wayne Groves and Douglas Blush. “Lord Montagu aims to capture that interest.”
Graham Weston served as executive producer.
Korem and Groves negotiated the deal with Electric Sky.