Soda Pictures has acquired the UK and Irish rights to Ashley Horner’s brilliantlove and will release the film as part of its New British Cinema Quarterly series.
The film will be released in UK cinemas in October, marking the fourth and final film in Soda’s 2010 series. The previous films were Giles Borg’s 1234, Nick Whitfield’s Skeletons, and Michael Whyte’s No Greater Love.
Soda MD Edward Fletcher saw brilliantlove after its screening in Edinburgh (its world premiere was in Tribeca) and negotiated the deal with Horner for Pinball Films.
Liam Browne and Nancy Trotter Landry star as a blissful young couple of outsiders, whose romance is threatened when his erotic photographs of her land in the hands of a slick art dealer (Michael Hodgson). Sean Conway wrote the script.
“The film is impressively cinematic and has a youthful energy from the outset ” Fletcher said.
Horner, who also produced with Karl Liegis for their Newcastle-based outfit Pinball Films, told Screen: “Ed and Eve have a proven track record of distributing exciting independent cinema from around the world and I feel that Soda Pictures will really look after brilliantlove.
”brilliantlove is everything that new, digital cinema should be, a dialectic piece of art house erotica that questions notions of sexuality, image, art and pornography, at the same time as being hugely entertaining. The New British Cinema Quarterly is a great initiative and one we¹re all proud to be part of at Pinball Films.”
After brilliantlove runs in cinemas during October, November and December, the four films from the 2010 season will be collected in a box set with printed annual (in association with Little White Lies), released in January 2011.
The idea for the series is that all films have screened at the London Film Festival or Edinburgh International Film Festival. Each film goes on a Q&A tour of the UK with at least 15 stops. “Through national Q&As, it is building on event-driven cinema to incentivise audiences to watch more British films,” says Edward Fletcher, co-founder and MD of Soda. Some of the films in the series have gone out wider than originally planned, due to audience demand.
Exhibition partners include Curzon Cinemas, Picturehouse Cinemas, and Independent Cinema Office.
More information on the series can be found here.
Meanwhile, brilliantlove will be travelling to the following festivals in the next few months: Athens, Cambridge, Calgary, Cucalorus, Norkoping and Gijon. The film got £80k investment from Northern Film & Media.