WestEnd Films, the London-based sales and film financing outfit, has closed a number of deals on Stephen Frears’ new feature, Tamara Drewe.
The film, a live-action drama based on Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel and starring Gemma Arterton, has now been snapped up for the UK by Momentum, for France by Diaphana and for Italy by BIM. These three major territories follow deals for the US, Canada and Latin-America struck by WestEnd with Sony Pictures Classics struck earlier this month.
Proving that British auteur Frears is still a draw in the international marketplace, Tamara Drewe, which is currently shooting, has also now gone to Switzerland (Mionopole Pathe) Middle East (ECS) and Poland (Gutek).
Meanwhile, WestEnd’s Rodrigo Garcia’s Mother And Child, which closed the San Sebastian Festival, has gone to Israel (Shapira), Spain (Notro/Manga), and Latin America (Pasatiempo.) These latest sales follow on from multiple deals struck on the film, an ensemble drama starring Naomi Watts, earlier in the year.
Also selling briskly is new British film The Disappearance of Alice Creed, which has gone to France (Haut et Court), Germany and German-speaking Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Russia (Film Depot) Scandinavia (Scanbox) and Australia (Icon).
Other deals concluded by WestEnd on its Toronto slate include further sales on Chatroom, which has gone to Monopole Pathe (Switzerland) and City Island, which has gone to France (Chrysalis Film).