A24 has added another unique voice to its roster, acquiring North American rights from Bankside Films to Peter Strickland’s horror film In Fabric following its recent world premiere in TIFF Midnight Madness.
The film will receive its US premiere as opening night at Fantastic Fest on Thursday in Austin, Texas, and screens in competition at San Sebastian International Film Festival next week, and BFI London Film Festival in October.
In Fabric stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste as a lonely woman separated from her husband, who visits a London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life.
When she is fitted with a dark red gown it unleashes a curse and unstoppable evil that threatens everyone in its path. Strickland, whose credits include Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke Of Burgundy, wrote the screenplay.
Hayley Squires, Leo Bill, Julian Barrett, Steve Oram, and Gwendoline Christie round out the key cast. A24 plans a theatrical release in 2019.
Bankside handles world sales. BFI Film Fund, BBC Films, Head Gear Films, Metrol Technology and Twickenham Studios financed In Fabric.
Andy Starke produced, and Rose Garnett, Lizzie Francke, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Stephen Kelliher, Hilary Davis, Andrew Boswell, Ben Wheatley, and Ian Benson served as executive producers.
The film is presented by BFI, BBC Films, Head Gear Films, Metrol Technology and Twickenham Studios.
A24 said, “Peter Strickland is one of the most exciting and original filmmakers working today. He has a unique talent for making horror films that burrow deep into the back of your mind, films that are truly nightmarish: an uneasy mix of frightening, seductive, and funny. With In Fabric, he’s taken his work to brilliant new heights and we can’t wait to share it with audiences.”
Strickland added, “I’m very excited to have In Fabric distributed by A24. I love the films they’ve put out and their fearless approach to successfully finding an audience. In Fabric is in safe and loving hands with A24.”