Source: Patrick Redmond


Cornerstone Films has acquired world sales rights to Frank Berry’s drama Aisha, starring Letitia Wright and Josh O’Connor, which it will launch at the upcoming Cannes virtual market.

The Irish drama, previously known as Provision, recently wrapped filming in Ireland and a first look image of Wright in the feature has been released today (see above).

Dublin-based Subotica Entertainment is producing the drama, in which Wright plays a Nigerian woman fleeing persecution who ends up spending more than two years in Ireland’s asylum system, where she befriends a security guard, played by O’Connor, star of Netflix series The Crown and God’s Own Country.

Producers for Subotica are Tristan Orpen Lynch, Aoife O’Sullivan and Donna Eperon, who all worked together on Berry’s previous feature Michael Inside, which won best film at the 2018 Irish Film and Television Awards and best Irish feature at Galway Film Fleadh. Park Pictures’ Sam Bisbee also produces.

The film was developed and financed by Screen Ireland, BBC Film, RTE and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland in association with Park Pictures, Wavelength and World of Ha Productions.

Executive Producers are Rose Garnett for BBC Film, Hallee Adelman, Ivy Herman, Jenifer Westphal, Joe Plummer, Lance Acord, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Wendy Neu, William Byerley and George Rush.

Further upcoming titles from London and Los Angeles-based sales agency Cornerstone include Sophie Hyde’s Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, starring Emma Thompson; Craig Roberts’ The Fantastic Flitcrofts, starring Mark Rylance and Sally Hawkins; and Mike Leigh’s untitled 2022 project.