Lions Gate in London; and Miramax's "Hard Days Night"
Compiled by Eugene Hernandez
>> Miramax Grabs Hollywood Fest Debut, "Telling You"
The Hollywood Reporter reports today that Miramax has acquired the
North American rights to Robert DeFranco's "Telling You", ahead of
its premiere at the 1998 Hollywood Film Festival this Friday night.
DeFranco wrote the screenplay for "Telling You" with Marc Palmeri.
>> Artistic License To Distribute "Hallelujah"
Catherine Gund Saalfield's documentary, "HALLELUJAH! Ron Athey: A
Story of Deliverance," will be distributed by Artistic License this fall,
following the film's screening at the Museum of Modern Art's Cineprobe
series in late October. "Hallelujah" is a portrait of performance artist
Ron Athey, who conducts sadomaochistic rituals as a personal religion.
The film offers interviews with Athey, as well as members of his
troupe and also includes scenes from the group's performances around
the world. The project screened as a work-in-progress at last year's
IFFM, before hitting the festival circuit. It recently screened at New
York's New Festival.
>> Lion's Gate Films is London-bound
President Jeff Sackman announced last week that Lions Gate Films is
opening an office in London to oversee all of the company's
European-based acquisitions, productions, and distribution. Among
the goals for the new office, according to a company statement, is to
"aggressively build a high-quality and critically acclaimed library of
films for global audiences through in-house development and
acquisitions." Former Mayfair Entertainment International acquisitions
and production executive Bobby Allen will oversee the new Lions Gate
>> Miramax Reviving "A Hard Day's Night"
Miramax Films has acquired the 1964 Beatles' film, "A Hard Days Night."
The company plans to restore the film and release it with new footage
next year, the movie's 35th anniversary. The announcement was made
last week by Miramax and the film's producer and copyright-holder,
Walter Shenson. Richard Lester directed the film, from the
Oscar-nominated screenplay by Alun Owen. George Martin was
music-director for the movie which included such Beatle's classics
as "All My Loving", "She Loves You", as well as the well-known title