SW9, UK production outfit Fruit Salad Films' follow-up to rave culture hit Human Traffic, will kick off an exclusive partnership between sales outfit Alibi Films International and financing operation Irish Screen.
Alibi, which has announced that it will handle worldwide sales on all upcoming Irish Screen features, will use London and Milan to screen a promo of the urban drama. Named after the post-code for its setting of Brixton, south London, SW9 is currently in post, with delivery set for February. Richard Parry directs, while Fruit Salad's Allan Niblo and Renata S Aly are producing.
Other titles in the pact include scam story Mystics, starring David Kelly and Milo O'Shea; family film The Chieftain's Daughter, with Elaine Cassidy and Stephen Rea; and Steve Graham's comedy Something For The Weekend. All three are fully financed and due to start shooting over the next six months.
Separately, Alibi has picked up its first Australian title, writer-director Scott Roberts' Blood And Guts, about three bank-robbing brothers who find a profitable way to spend their time in jail. Al Clark is producing the A$3-4m film which will shoot next year, predominantly in Melbourne, with backing from the Australian Film Finance Corporation (FFC). Roadshow Film Distributors will release the picture locally.
It was announced in March that Alibi would act as the international partner of Australia's newest distribution and sales company, Ocean Pictures, which has Emile Sherman, Jonathan Shteinman and Mark Lazarus as its senior executives. However Ocean is not connected with Blood And Guts.
Sandy George IN SYDNEY contributed to this report