Lionsgate UKhas acquired Richard E. Grant's Wah-Wah for UKdistribution. Grant, who has acted in films including Withnail & I and Gosford Park, made hisdirectorial debut with the drama, a semi-autobiographical portrait of hischildhood in Swaziland.Gabriel Byrne, Emily Watson, Julie Walters, Nicholas Hoult,and Miranda Richardson star.

"We are thrilled to be working with Lionsgate UK and feelsure that they will do a great job with this wonderful film," said Joy Wong, headof The Works International, which is handling international sales for the film.

Lionsgate UKsaid it hoped for an early summer release in the UK;Roadside Attractions/Samuel Goldwyn Films will release in the USon May 12 and Hopscotch will release in Australiain June.

Picador will publish Grant's book The Wah-Wah Diaries - Making of a Film onApril 21 in the UK.

The film, which was shown at the Edinburgh and Toronto Film Festivalsamong others, is a Loma Nasha Productions and ScionFilms presentation supported by the South African Department of Trade andIndustry.

Lionsgate UKis the new name for Redbus Film Distribution, theUK-based distributor that was acquired by LionsgateEntertainment in October 2005. Other forthcoming LionsgateUK releasesinclude An American Haunting, Enron: The SmartestGuys in the Room, and Hard Candy.