EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome haul includes Toronto doc, Partisan and 2000AD.

the hard stop

UK distributor Metrodome has finalised deals on a collection of festival titles including Toronto documentary The Hard Stop, comic book documentary Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD and Ariel Kleiman’s Partisan.

UK documentary The Hard Stop, directed by George Amponsah, charts the story and background of 29-year-old Mark Duggan, who in 2011 was shot and killed whilst being arrested by armed police in Tottenham.

The incident ignited riots that escalated into a week of the worst civil unrest across the country in recent history. 

Metrodome will release the Toronto and LFF title, produced by Dionne Walker, next summer, which will be the fifth anniversary of the 2011 riots.

The deal was negotiated between Metrodome MD Jezz Vernon and Cinephil. 

From Protagonist, Metrodome has picked up UK rights to Ariel Kleiman’s Sundance thriller Partisan and Berlin thriller One & Two.

Vincent Cassel stars in the former, about an 11 year-old boy who begins to question the deadly teachings of his troubled but charismatic father-figure.

In fantasy thriller One & Two, directed by Andrew Droz Palmero, a family’s unity is threatened when a loving mother falls gravely ill.

Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Timothée Chalamet (Interstellar) and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight Saga) star.

Both deals were negotiated between Metrodome head of acquisitions Giles Edwards and Protagonist’s George Hamilton. 

From sister sales company Metrodome International, Metrodome has taken UK rights to comic-book documentary Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD, which charts the history of the edgy series, which helped introduce the likes of Alan Moore (Watchmen) and Grant Morrison (Arkham Asylum) to the comics world.

Paul Goodwin’s film features interviews with Neil Gaiman, John Wagner, Alex Garland and Grant Morrison.

Furthermore, Metrodome has picked up Black Mountain Poets, starring Alice Lowe and Tom Cullen, from Jolene Films.

Jamie Adams’ comedy follows two professional con artist sisters who must go on the run.

The film launched at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival and will be released in cinemas early 2016. The deal was negotiated between Metrodome’s acquisitions manager Ella Field and Jolene Films.

Metrodome’s upcoming theatrical slate includes Sean Baker’s Tangerine and Terence Davies’ Sunset Song.