Shout! Studios, the multi-platform filmed entertainment distribution and production arm of Shout! Factory, has acquired North American rights to A DARK PLACE (a.k.a. STEEL COUNTRY), an enthralling new crime thriller directed by Simon Fellows (Malice in Wonderland) and written by Brendan Higgins. The film stars Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Spectre), Bronagh Waugh (The Fall, Hollyoaks), and Denise Gough (Colette, Juliet, Naked). A Bedlam Film, Zero Gravity, Motion Picture Capital, and Cuckoo Lane production, A DARK PLACE is produced by Gareth Ellis-Unwin (The King’s Speech), Leon Clarance (Sense8), Mark Williams (The Accountant), and Tai Duncan (Proud Mary). Peter Hampden, Norman Merry, Jo Monk, and Laure Vaysse serve as executive producers. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders and CEOs Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, Stephen Kelliher, Director and Head of Sales & Marketing at Bankside Films, film producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin, and Jordan Fields, Vice President of Acquisitions at Shout! Studios.
Shout! Studios has secured all North American rights to A DARK PLACE, including theatrical, video-on-demand, digital, broadcast, and home entertainment for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada. Shout! Studios plans to launch this movie across multiple entertainment distribution platforms in 2019.
“Simon Fellows has crafted a tense, emotional thriller propelled by Andrew Scott’s deeply layered performance as a troubled, obsessive soul. We look forward to bringing this movie to a broad audience in North America,” stated Jordan Fields, Vice President of Acquisitions at Shout! Studios.
“We are really looking forward to bringing A Dark Place to US audiences with Shout! Studios. Their support for the project has been incredible and we can’t wait to have them in our corner as the film finds its audience in North America” said Ellis-Unwin of Bedlam Film Productions.
The film deal was negotiated by Jordan Fields and Shout’s Vice President of Business Affairs, Vanessa Keiko Flanders for Shout! Factory, and Stephen Kelliher of Bankside Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
When a young boy turns up dead in a sleepy Western Pennsylvania town, Donald, a local garbage truck driver, takes it upon himself to play detective. He embarks on an obsessive investigation to prove that the boy had been murdered, leading to unthinkable and harrowing consequences.
A Bedlam Film, Zero Gravity, Motion Picture Capital, and Cuckoo Lane Production
A DARK PLACE
Directed by Simon Fellows
Written by Brendan Higgins
Producers: Gareth Ellis-Unwin, Leon Clarance, Mark Williams, and Tai Duncan
Executive Producers: Peter Hampden, Norman Merry, Jo Monk, and Laure Vaysse
Music by: John Hardy Music
Edited by: Chris Dickens and David Arshadi