Skouras Films and Blackwatch Releasing have jointly acquired worldwide rights to Hilary Birmingam's directorial debut The Truth About Tully, the major prize winner at this year's Los Angeles Independent Film Festival (LAIFF) when it was known as Whatever Happened To Tully.

Skouras plans to release the film in the US in February 2001; Blackwatch will release it in Canada and sell it internationally.

The Truth About Tully tells the story of a legacy of love between a family of men and the events of one summer which changes all their lives. It stars Anson Mount, Julianne Nicholson and Glenn Fitzgerald.

The deal was concluded on behalf of the producers by Jeff Dowd; John Sloss of Sloss Law Office brokered the deal.

Tully won the critics prize for best film and the best director prize at the LAIFF and also played at Gen Art and the Newport Film Festival.