UK-based documentary specialists Dogwoof have acquired all international sales rights excluding North America to XY Chelsea, a feature about American military whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
Dogwoof has planned a UK release for May 24, following from the film’s world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival on May 1. Showtime has North American rights on the title and has planned a US release for June.
Directed by British director Tim Travers Hawkins and produced by the UK’s Pulse Films, the film follows Manning after President Barack Obama commuted her 35 year prison sentence for leaking classified military information to WikiLeaks, as she prepares her transition to living life as a free woman.
XY Chelsea is co-financed by the BFI, Field Of Vision and Topic Studio. Hawkins, Mark Monroe, Enat Sidi and Andrea Scott wrote the film, with Pulse’s Julia Nottingham, Isabel Davis, Thomas Benski and Lucas Ochoa producing.
Executive producers are Laura Poitras, Charlotte Cook, Vinnie Malhotra, Mary Burke, Michael Bloom, Lisa Leingang, Sharon Chang, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Blaine Vess, Marisa Clifford and Ryan Harrington.
Hawkins’ previous work includes shorts 1000 Voices and Surpriseville; XY Chelsea is his first feature film.
Recent Dogwoof releases include Three Identical Strangers, Oscar best documentary nominee RBG and winner in the same category Free Solo.