Tribeca Film has landed the North American rights to the Scottish drama “Starred Up.” The film follows a violent and troubled 19-year-old named Eric (Jack O’Connell) who is transferred to the same prison as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn). Amidst Eric’s constant aggression and rising tension with his fellow inmates and prison authorities, a volunteer psychotherapist (Rupert Friend) reaches out to Eric, offering him a glimmer of hope.
“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.”
The distribution label is preparing a 2014 release for the film, which screened at Telluride and Toronto back in September.