rights to Shane Meadows‘ “This is England” for IFC Entertainment‘s day-and-date distribution label. The drama, winner of awards at the Rome International Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards, will screen at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival and will be released in theaters in July.
The film is described as, “the story of an isolated lad (Shaun) growing up in a grim coastal town in 1983, (whose) father has died fighting in the Falklands war. Over the course of the summer holiday he finds fresh male role models when those in the local skinhead scene take him in…he also meets Combo, an older, racist skinhead who has recently got out of prison. As Combo’s gang harass the local ethnic minorities, the course is set for a rite of passage that will hurl Shaun from innocence.” The deal was brokered by IFC’s Arianna Bocco and Liesl Copland from Red Envelope with Joy Wong at The Works International and the film was backed by Film4. [Eugene Hernandez]