Michael Robertson’s ProdigyMovies and Lightning Entertainment plan to collaborate on a slate of Australian genre titles following the success at AFM of supernatural thriller Road Train.

The film centres on a group of teenagers who are terrorised by a driverless train in the Australian outback and opened recently in the US as Road Kill via Lightning Media.

Guardian closed deals for the UK (Optimum), German-speaking Europe (Wild Bunch), Japan (New Select), Brazil (Playarte), Mexico (En Pantalla), Russia (VolgaFilm), Benelux (Moviebank), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Turkey (D-Productions) and the Middle East (Eagle).

Rights also went to India (Purple), Romania (D-Productions), Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia (Star Films) and South Korea (T-Cast). Lightning co-president Richard Guardian expects to close several further territories in the coming months.

ProdigyMovies and Lightning previously partnered on Black Water and The Reef (pictured). Earlier this year Guardian pre-sold shark attack thriller The Reef to multiple territories, among them the UK (Optimum), German-speaking Europe (Atlas Films), France (Wildside), Japan (Pony Canyon), Spain (Acontracorrientes), Brazil (Playarte) and Scandinavia (CCV).

The Reef will launch on 100 screens in Mexico in December through CTV. Image Entertainment holds US rights.

ProdigyMovies introduced new titles Falls Creek and Mary, Mary at the AFM.