The Bank Job was acquired from investment group Omnilab and Arclight Films for release in early 2008.
Inspired by an extraordinary true event; a daring, unsolved robbery, which took place more than 35 years ago in London, The Bank Job written by BAFTA winning writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, is a thriller, directed by Roger Donaldson and starring Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows, interweaving a heady combination of intrigue, scandal and danger and has been described by its producers as 'an amazing untold story of murder, sex and corruption'.
Angel, acquired from Celluloid Dreams, is the English-language debut of French auteur Francois Ozon and was the closing night film at Berlin this year. Lionsgate UK plans to release it in a shortened, re-edited version next year.
The film screens today and tomorrow in the London Film Festival. Based on a novel by Elizabeth Taylor it stars Romola Garai as a gifted young writer in England in the early twentieth century.
'The acquisition of two exciting and very different British films outlines our commitment to acquiring British films in the marketplace that complements the productions made by Lionsgate in the US,' commented Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa.
'Bank Job is a hugely entertaining and commercial British thriller that we will be releasing on over 300 prints in the New Year and the purchase of Angel in particular continues our diversification into more varied films, started last year by the successful acquisition and release of The Lives of Others.'