David Mackenzie’s prison drama has been picked up by Fox Searchlight for UK release…

Starred Up

Starred Up

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley, and Executive Vice President Fox Searchlight International Rebecca Kearey announced today that the company has acquired the rights to Starred Up in the United Kingdom following its premiere screenings at the Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.

Directed by David Mackenzie (Young Adam), Starred Up stars Jack O’Connell (Channel 4’s Skins, 300: Rise of an Empire), Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom, The Place Beyond the Pines) and Rupert Friend (The Young Victoria, Showtime’s Homeland). The film was written by Jonathan Asser and was produced by Gillian Berrie.

“We are most proud to distribute David Mackenzie’s immersive, visceral drama, with its vivid sense of place, involving storyline, and rich and authentic characters,” said Utley.

Katherine Butler, Film4’s Deputy Head of Film, says: “We’re very excited to be working with Fox Searchlight to bring David’s gut-wrenchingly beautiful film to audiences in the UK.  It’s an electric piece of filmmaking with a stunning breakout central performance from Jack – we and our friends at Sigma Films can’t wait for audiences to discover it.”

In Starred Up, Jack O’Connell gives a star-making performance as 19 year-old Eric Love, a violent and troubled teenager making the difficult transition from a young offenders’ institute to adult prison. He seems to be destined for a life behind bars, but the prison’s unconventional therapist (Rupert Friend) is determined to help Eric find a way through, assisted by of one of the prison’s longest serving inmates – Neville (Ben Mendelsohn) – who just happens to be Eric’s father.

Directed by David Mackenzie and produced by Gillian Berrie, Starred Up is presented by Film4 in association with Creative Scotland, Quickfire Films, Northern Ireland Screen and Lip Sync Productions. Katherine Butler, Sam Lavender, James Atherton, Jan Pace, Norman Merry, Peter Hampden and David Mackenzie are Executive Producers.