TLA Releasing has picked up North America, UK and Irish rights to Simon Pearce’s British gang culture thriller Shank.

The distributor has scheduled a limited release in September for North America and the UK before DVD roll-out at the end of the year.

TLA’s director of production Derek Curl and Shank’s writer and producer Christian Martin negotiated the deal. Shank follows the life of a teenage gang member who is secretly gay. Wayne Virgo stars.