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October 17, 2005 8:14 AM
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IFC Films Executes U.S. Rights to "Pierrepoint"

IFC Films has picked up U.S. rights to Adrian Shergold's "Pierrepoint" (formally titled "The Last Hangman"), which premiered at the recently concluded Toronto International Film Festival, IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring announced Monday. The deal was negotiated by IFC VP of acquisitions Sarah Lash and Sehring with Jane Barclay of Capital Films represented by Ronna Wallace. A release date has not been set, but a 2006 roll out is planned. The film follows the story of Britain's most prolific hangman, Albert Pierrepoint, portrayed by Timothy Spall ("Topsy Turvy," "Nicholas Nickleby"), who single handedly performed 450 hangings before his sudden resignation in 1956. Living a double life as a master craftsman hangman, and as a grocery deliveryman and loyal husband, Pierrepoint's obsession to become the 'Number One' executioner in the country resulted in him executing some of Britain's most infamous murderers and Nazi war criminals. But Pierrepoint's jealously guarded anonymity was also a victim of his work, turning him into a minor celebrity. As his two lives collide, and 1950's public opinion turns against capital punishment, Pierrepoint troubled by his notoriety, is ready to give it all up, but fate has other plans in store for him. "Adrian Shergold has made a remarkable and bold statement," commented Sehring in a statement. "It may be an English film, but challenges what is one of the seminal conflicts in the U.S. today." [Brian Brooks]

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