Screwed – the British prison drama that stars Mr Noel Clarke and James D’Arcy (Master And Commander) – will get a USA release, as it’s been announced that Santa Monica, CA-based Inception Media Group, has acquired North American rights to the film.
An adaptation of a novel called Screwed: The Truth About Life as a Prison Officer, a bestselling work, both acclaimed and controversial, by British ex-prison officer-turned-author Ronnie Thompson, the synopsis reads:
Ronnie Thompson was just an ordinary guy. That is, until he became a prison officer. By the time he started work at HMP Romwell, he realised he was actually a nurse, a copper, a probation officer, a carer, a counselor, a social worker and, of course, an incarcerator all in one. Oh, and a punch bag for the cons and bosses. In SCREWED, Ronnie tells it like it is. He reveals what really goes on behind bars – the times when force is necessary and used, and when it is unnecessary but still used. He exposes the underworld of bent screws, the drugs they traffic, the firms they work for and what they get paid for their sins. He shows how it is left down to a small group of officers to control an over-flowing prison, keep an eye out for corrupt governors, and dodge the deluded human rights campaigners. Ultimately, he shows us that being a good screw doesn’t always mean sticking to the rules…
The film was directed by Reg Traviss (Joy Division), and was released last June in the UK.
And now those of you in the USA who’re interested in seeing it, will be able to once Inception Media gets it out; although I’ll add that, based on their past releases, I wouldn’t expect a theatrical release; Inception Media seems to specialize in VOD/DVD releases.
No specific dates given yet.
Watch the film’s trailer below: