U.S. rights to first time director Daniel Barber’s “Harry Brown” starring two-time Academy Award winner Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer have been picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films, which will release the film theatrically, while Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group will take on home entertainment rights. Peter Goldwyn, Vice President of Acquisitions for Samuel Goldwyn Films, negotiated the deal with Tim Haslam at Hanway.
“Harry Brown” is described as a “character driven thriller with Caine giving a tour de force performance.” Set in a modern day Britain, the film follows one man’s journey through a chaotic world where violence runs rampant. As a modest, law abiding citizen, Brown is a retired marine who lives alone. His only company is his best friend Leonard. When Leonard is killed, Brown’s life is turned upside down leaving him determined to clean up the neighborhood.
Daniel Barber’s short film, “The Tonto Woman” was nominated for an Oscar in 2008. “Harry Brown” recently debuted in Toronto where it was well received, and the film had its U.K. premiere Wednesday night in London’s Leicester Square before its 350 screen roll out this weekend.
“Michael Caine’s performance in ‘Harry Brown’ is one of the finest of his career,” commented Sam Goldwyn Jr. in a statement. “The grit and raw depiction of inner city life draws obvious comparisons to what’s happening today – it’s an extremely powerful and deeply affecting film.”