Mubi has acquired rights for Screen Star of Tomorrow Thomas Hardiman’s feature debut Medusa Deluxe, for major territories including UK-Ireland, Germany, Latin America and Italy.
It has also taken rights for Switzerland, Turkey, India and Southeast Asia. Mubi has committed to a theatrical release for UK-Ireland.
Medusa Deluxe is a murder mystery set in a competitive hairdressing competition. The death of one of the community sows divisions in a group whose passion for hair verges on obsession.
The cast includes Clare Perkins, Anita-Joy Uwajeh, Kae Alexander, Harriet Webb, Darrell D’Silva and Luke Pasqualino, cast by Gary Davy, with The Favourite cinematographer Robbie Ryan among the department heads.
Medusa Deluxe is produced by Michael Elliott, Louise Palmkvist Hansen and Lee Groombridge for the UK’s Emu Films. The BFI and BBC Film developed and financed the title, with further financing in association with Time Based Arts.
Executive producers are new BBC Film director Eva Yates, Lizzie Francke for the BFI, and Jim Mooney and Walli Ullah for Emu. Poland’s New Europe Film Sales is handling international sales on the film.
Hardiman was named a Screen Star of Tomorrow as a writer-director in 2021.