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ISA of the Day: Altitude

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by Sydney Levine
May 10, 2013 3:30 PM
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Altitude Film Entertainment is a U.K.-based vertically integrated film company launched last year by Will Clarke, founder of leading U.K. independent producer and distributor Optimum Releasing (now Studio Canal), with Andy Mayson as joint CEO and former Pathe sales chief Mike Runagall as Managing Director of the international sales company.

Now Managing Director of Altitude Film Sales he says, “We are thrilled to be adding five distinctive, commercial projects to our debut Cannes slate that show a breadth of genre and filmmaking and with the right elements and quality to achieve international reach, and working to build further on the strong buyer response we received at AFM and Berlin for projects we have already brought to market.”

His partner, industry vet Will Clarke, Chairman and CEO of Altitude Film Entertainment says, “Altitude’s first year has phenomenally exciting as we are working with filmmakers who have highly original and ambitious projects.  Our second film, Jabbar Raisani’s Outpost 37, is about to start filming and we are looking forward to showing distributors first-ever footage on five of our projects.”

Altitude has been focusing on production, financing and international sales with a strong commercial outlook.   

The company’s first creative partnerships are with filmmakers James Watkins (The Woman in Black, Eden Lake) and Simon Duric for The Loch; producer/actor Jason Maza (The Knot, Fish Tank, Welcome to the Punch) and director/actor Nick Nevern (Terry, The Sweeney) on The Hooligan Factory; director Jabbar Raisani for Outpost 37; producer Gregor Cameron  (Goin’ Down to South Park, Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show)and Owen Harris (Holy Flying Circus) for Kill Your Friends; and Ben Craig (Modern Times) writer Matt Charman (A Night at the Dogs) to make Mythica.

Altitude is bringing five new films to Cannes:

SON OF A GUN – an epic crime thriller directed by Julius Avery, best known for the Cannes award-winning shortJerrycan, and starring Ewan McGregor (The Impossible, August: Osage County), Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, The Fifth Estate, The Seventh Son) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, Oculus,). The high-profile film is a visceral, tautly paced heist thriller, centred on a complex relationship between Australia’s public enemy number one and his young protégé. Started shooting on 25 February in Western Australia.  Currently in post-production.

CATCH ME DADDY - a taut and uncompromising thriller inspired by the classic character-driven thrillers of the 1970’s and early 80’s (Badlands, The Getaway, Deliverance, Blood Simple, The Friends Of Eddie Coyle). Award-winning commercials and music video director Daniel Wolfe makes his feature debut with a storyabout a couple on the run from the type of violence and crime that the law cannot reach, and overturns the conventions of the thriller genre, with a female lead stepping up as the heroine of the piece.  Started shooting on 18 March in the UK.  Currently in post-production.

OUTPOST 37 a high concept, sci-fi, action film marking the directorial debut of LA-based director and Visual FX maestro Jabbar Raisani (Game of Thrones, Iron ManPredators). Jason Newmark (TriangleSeverance) and Laurie Cook produce for Bigscope alongside Trevor Engelson for Underground Entertainment (Remember Me). Will Clarke, Andy Mayson and Mike Runagall executive produce for Altitude.  Filming starts on 14 May.  Co-written by Raisani with Blake Clifton, the film centres on a documentary crew as they follow an elite unit of marines, tasked with protecting mankind in the aftermath of a devastating alien invasion. As they reach the world’s most dangerous outpost they make a terrifying discovery; the first invasion was just the beginning.

THE GOOD PEOPLE - the highly anticipated original dark and malevolent fairytale chiller to be directed by Corin Hardy, a Screen International Star of Tomorrow and director of brilliant short films and music videos (The Prodigy, Keane, Paolo Nutini). Scientist, Adam, moves with his family to an ancient Millhouse in the Irish countryside.  But what seems a rural idyll soon becomes a terrifying fight for survival when the couple comes under attack from horrifying and demonic creatures that lurk in the woods, hell bent on destroying them all.    Co-written by Hardy with Olga Barreneche, Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino of Occupant Entertainment (The Wackness and All The Boys Love Mandy Lane) produce.  Altitude is handling international sales and financial packaging on this project.

KILL YOUR FRIENDS - a satirical and hysterically funny evisceration of the music industry set against the iconic backdrop of Cool Britannia and the Britpop era of late 1990’s London, based on John Niven’s cult novel which he is adapting for the screenplay.  BAFTA award-winner Owen Harris (Misfits, Holy Flying Circus) is to direct withRafe Spall (Prometheus,Life of Pi, I Give It A Year) cast in the lead role.  Gregor Cameron is producing alongside Altitude. The film is set to start shooting this summer.


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