Plus: Chile to be Focus 2016’s guest of honour at Visions du Réel; Jennifer Garner boards drama Wakefield; Well Go USA, Wolfe Releasing announce new acquisitions.

Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey has joined the MasterClass online teaching series as an instructor.

The Oscar-winning actor joins previously announced instructors such as Dustin Hoffman, author James Patterson and sports star Serena Williams.

The class is being directed by House Of Cards director Tucker Gates and will be available here.  Pre-enrolment opens on Wednesday and the class will be available here in early 2016.

  • Chile will be Focus 2016’s guest of honour at Visions du Réel, Festival international de cinéma Nyon, Switzerland. In partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the ChileDoc film development association, the Focus Chile section will shed light on Chilean production and its interest in environmental, political and social themes. Fifteen contemporary documentaries will screen to the general public during the April 15-23 festival and a Focus Talk day, centred on the country’s film production, will take place on 19 April 2016. Five development projects will compete for a prize of CHF 10,000 (USD 9,745).
  • Jennifer Garner has joined Bryan Cranston in Robin Swicord’s Wakefield, which Red Granite International has boarded as international sales agent. Robin Swicord directs from her screenplay based on E.L. Doctorow’s short story about a high-powered lawyer in New York who leaves his family and secretly inhabits the attic where he spies on them.
  • Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired US rights from XYZ Films to River starring Rossif Sutherland, Ted Atherton, Sara Botsford and Vithaya Pansringarm. The story follows a volunteer in Laos who becomes entangled in a sexual assault case.
  • Wolfe Releasing has picked up the gay comedy-horror You’re Killing Me and plans a spring release planned on DVD, VOD, cable and additional digital platforms. Jeffery Self plays an internet comedy star whose friends are so steeped in irony and sarcasm they don’t know a serial killer when they meet one.