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DAILY NEWS: Lions Gate Grabs “Sweet Sixteen”; “Out of Control” Wins in Edinburgh

DAILY NEWS: Lions Gate Grabs "Sweet Sixteen"; "Out of Control" Wins in Edinburgh

DAILY NEWS: Lions Gate Grabs "Sweet Sixteen"; "Out of Control" Wins in Edinburgh

by Matthew Ross and Wendy Mitchell/indieWIRE

>> Lions Gate Celebrates “Sweet Sixteen”

(indieWIRE: 08.28.02) — Lions Gate Films has secured all North American
rights for Ken Loach‘s “Sweet Sixteen,” winner of the best screenplay
award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The film follows the exploits of a Scottish teenager who, determined to have
a normal family life after his mother gets out of prison, sets out to raise
money to buy a home. Directed by Loach from a screenplay by Paul Laverty,
the film stars newcomer Liam Compston, William Ruane, Annmarie Fulton, and
Michelle Abercromby, and was produced by Rebecca O’Brien.

“‘Sweet Sixteen’ is an exceptionally powerful and sensitive coming-of-age
story from one of this generation’s great filmmakers,” said Lions Gate
president Tom Ortenberg in a prepared statement. “We are honored to be working
once again with Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty, as well as the
film’s incredibly talented cast.” Lions Gate teamed with Loach on 2001’s
“Bread And Roses.”

Ortenberg, Peter Block, president of home entertainment, acquisitions and new
media, and Jason Constantine, VP of acquisitions, negotiated the deal on
behalf of Lions Gate, with Aline Perry negotiating on behalf of The Works.
The film will be released theatrically in spring 2003. [Matthew Ross]

>> “Out Of Control,” “Rabbit Proof Fence,” “Japon” Honored in Edinburgh

(indieWIRE: 08.28.02) — Dominic Savage‘s “Out of Control,” a gritty,
mostly improvised feature about teenage crooks, captured the Michael Powell
Award for best new British feature at the recently wrapped Edinburgh
Film Festival
. Savage, who joins past Powell winners including
Michael Winterbottom, John Maybury, and Tim Roth, beat a distinguished group
of competitors who were short-listed in 2002, such as Mike Leigh for “All
or Nothing
,” Lynne Ramsay for “Morvern Callar,” and Shane Meadows for
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands.”

Other winners at the 2002 Edinburgh fest include Carlos Reygadas, who
took The Guardian new director’s award for “Japon,” with a special mention
in that category going to Marius Hoist for “Dragonflies.” Philip Noyce‘s
Rabbit Proof Fence” took the Standard Life audience award. The McLaren
qnimation award for new British animation went to “An Eye for An Eye,”
produced and directed by Shynola with Ruth Lingford.

Anna Jones‘ “Sky High” won the Saltire Society Grierson award for short
documentary, while Joachim Trier‘s “Procter” won both the Kodak and
Short Film Bureau award for best British short and the European short film
Prix UIP. “Procter” will be one of 11 festival winners eligible for the
European Film Award, to be judged this December in Rome. [Wendy Mitchell]

>> TUESDAY IN indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Shooting Gallery’s Meistrich Resurfaces;
Fox Searchlight Has a Hot August with “Girl” and “Photo”

(indieWIRE: 08.27.02) — Larry Meistrich, founder of the Shooting Gallery, is
back with a new company aimed at distribution movies via DVD. Also, Fox
is finding success with the releases of their two late summer
entries, “The Good Girl” and “One Hour Photo.”


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