IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to director Rowan Joffe’s debut feature “Brighton Rock,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Joffe, whose previous writing credits include “28 Weeks Later” and “The American,” adapted the script from Graham Greene’s 1939 iconic crime novel of the same name. The film stars Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough, John Hurt and Helen Mirren, and will be released by IFC Films in the summer of 2011.
“‘Brighton Rock’ is a brilliant update of a noir classic that manages to be thrilling and beautiful,” President of IFC Films Jonathan Sehring said in a statement. “Sam Riley carries the film with his charismatic performance, and Andrea Riseborough and Helen Mirren round out the cast exquisitely. We look forward to getting it out to a wide audience.”
The film tells the story of Pinkie (Riley), a desperate youth who is hell bent on clawing his way up through the ranks of organized crime. When a young and very innocent waitress, Rose (Riseborough), stumbles on evidence linking him to a revenge killing, he sets out to seduce her to secure her silence.
The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Productions, and by Anna Marsh at Studio Canal on behalf of the filmmaker. Jenny Borgars, Will Clarke, and Lamie Laurenson executive produced the project. Produced in association with the BBC and UKFC, “Brighton Rock” is the first of an ambitious slate of high-level British productions financed by Studio Canal to be released in the UK by its company Optimum.