October picks up ‘Hilary’

Grabs U.S. rights to Watson starrer

October Films has acquired U.S. rights to Intermedia Films’ drama “Hilary and Jackie,” starring Emily Watson (“The Boxer”).

Pic tells the story of British cellist Jacqueline du Pre and her relationship with her sister, Hilary. Du Pre died in 1987 of multiple sclerosis, at age 42.

“Jackie” was written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (“Welcome to Sarajevo”) and directed by Anand Tucker. The script is based on a controversial book about Jacqueline, “A Genius in the Family,” by Hilary and her brother Piers du Pre, which was published last year.

Pic, which is in post-production, co-stars British thesps Rachel Griffiths, James Frain, David Morrisey, Charles Dance and Celia Imrie.

“Jackie” was produced by Oxford Films’ Andy Paterson and Nicolas Kent, with Intermedia principals Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, and West Eleven Films’ Ruth Jackson executive producing.

The pic was financed by British Screen, the Arts Council and the U.K.’s Channel 4, with Intermedia handling worldwide distribution.

The deal was brokered by CAA together with October co-president Scott Greenstein.

Sources indicated that October was in talks to pick up U.K. rights to the film, although that deal has not been closed.

“Jackie” is the second British pic that October has acquired this year. At last month’s American Film Market it bought the next Mike Leigh film for the U.S., Canada, Australian and New Zealand.

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