Festival Favorite 'Starred Up' Gets Acquired by Tribeca Film for Release
by Alex Billington
November 7, 2013
We're very happy to report some news regarding one of our favorite break out indie films that premiered at the fall film festivals this year. The film is called Starred Up, the latest from acclaimed English director David Mackenzie (of Asylum, Mister Foe, Spread, Perfect Sense previously), an intense/hardcore prison drama set in the UK. I raved about it after first seeing it at the Telluride Film Festival and it went on to play in Toronto and London to more rave reviews. After months of waiting, Tribeca Film has finally announced that they've acquired the indie for US release in spring of 2014. Mark this one down as must see right now.
"The captivating authenticity that David Mackenzie depicts in Starred Up is driven by a brilliant breakout performance by its young lead Jack O’Connell," said Tribeca Film Chief Creative Officer Geoff Gilmore. "It's a uniquely detailed and intense immersion in a familiar yet original plot that spins on an axis of a father son relationship and the issues that besiege the British penal system." That describes it perfectly. Director David Mackenzie also comments: "We were thrilled by the reaction to the film in Telluride and Toronto this year and are delighted to be working with Tribeca to bring the film to a wider audience. We are blown away by their enthusiasm for the film and really look forward to their dynamic approach to the release next year."
Starred Up stars Jack O'Connell (who will hopefully break out after this), Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom, The Dark Knight Rises, The Place Beyond the Pines), and Rupert Friend. The screenplay is by Jonathan Asser, a psychotherapist that worked in the UK penal system, who won the Best British Newcomer Award at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival. The film is best described (as I wrote after seeing it) as a very unique mix of Bronson + Hunger + Un Prophete + a bit of Short Term 12. An early 2014 theatrical release is planned for the indie film. Stay tuned for additional updates and the trailer when it arrives online.