Ryan Kampe’s New York-based Visit Films has closed a deal with The Jokers Films in France on Rubika Shah’s documentary White Riot.
Visit concluded the deal in Cannes at the Great 8 Showcase on May 9 organised by the BFI, BBC Films and Film4 in association with the British Concil and the British government’s ‘Great’ campaign. Visit launched pre-sales at the EFM.
White Riot explores how punk influenced politics in late-1970s Britain at a time of deep social unrest. The film follows three artists and fanzine creators who fought the neo-Nazi National Front, and overcame death threats, physical attacks and police brutality to create the British civil rights movement Rock Against Racism.
The filmmakers secured previously unseen archive footage of performers like The Clash, The Specials, Tom Robinson, Bob Geldof, Joy Division, Elvis Costello, Pete Townshend, Buzzcocks and Steel Pulse.
Ed Gibbs produces through his and Shah’s production company Smoking Bear.
The film is based on Shah’s short White Riot: London that premiered at Sundance 2017 and went on to screen at Berlin, Tel Aviv and Sheffield Doc/Fest, among others.