UK distributor Swipe Films has acquired the UK rights to Belfast-born director Maeve Murphy’s latest feature, “Taking Stock,” and has announced that it will release the indie feature on February 12, 2016.
Featuring Kelly Brook in a starring role, Murphy’s newest film won four Angel Film Awards at its international premiere at the 13th Annual Monaco International Film Festival, held in in Monte Carlo last weekend. The decision was made thanks to an all-female jury, which included the executive producer of “Beasts of No Nation,” Elika Portnoy. In total, “Taking Stock” won the Independent Spirit Award, co-star Junichi Kajioka won the Best Supporting Actor Award, Gerry Vasbenter won Best Cinematographer and Maeve Murphy, Frank Mannion and Richard Yetzes won for Best Producer.
Murphy is an award-winning writer/director whose most notable works include “Silent Grace” and “Beyond the Fire.” Her newest film is based on her acclaimed short film “Sushi,” which won the Subti Award at the Venice Film Festival 2014.
“I’m so thrilled that ‘Taking Stock’ was recognised at the Monaco International Film Festival. The festival’s joyous independent spirit fits ‘Taking Stock’ very well. Kelly really shines and it’s a good platform for people to see it…It is a fun film which shows in a light-hearted way some of the issues and dilemmas young people are currently facing in the UK today,” said Murphy of her film’s recent success.
Developed by Northern Ireland Screen and co-financed by Prime Focus, “Taking Stock” stars Brook in the lead role in a comical heist story about a group of retail workers who finally take control of their destiny. “Taking Stock” also features Scot Williams (“The Crew”), Georgia Groome (“London to Brighton; Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging), Femi Oyeniran (“Anuvahood”) and Junchi Kajioka (“47 Ronin,” “Sushi”).