William McGregor’s Gwen has secured North American distribution, with AMC’s streaming platform Shudder picking up all rights.
London-based Great Point Media handles sales on the film, which premiered in Toronto International Film Festival’s Discovery strand in September.
Set in 19th century Snowdonia, Wales, Gwen stars Eleanor Worthington-Cox (Maleficent) as a young girl who tries desperately to hold her family and home together. Struggling with her mother’s mysterious illness, her father’s absence and a ruthless mining company encroaching on their land, a growing darkness begins to take grip of her home, and the suspicious local community turns on her and her family.
Maxine Peake also stars alongside Richard Harrington, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Mark Lewis Jones and newcomer Jodie Innes.
Gwen is the debut feature of writer-director William McGregor – his previous work includes episodes of Poldark and Misfits.
Producers are Hilary Bevan Jones and Tom Nash for their company Endor Productions. The film received financing from BFI Film Fund and Ffilm Cymru Wales.
Great Point previously struck a France deal on the film with The Jokers.