Oz sales agents pact with U.K.'s Spice Factory

SYDNEY — Australian sales agents Beyond Films has used a new relationship with U.K. production house the Spice Factory to announce romantic mystery-thriller “Rogue” is still viable.

The film, about an aggressive crocodile had defaulted on a substantial funding grant allocated in April 2000 by peak government funder the Film Finance Corp.

The consortium for the pic also includes producers Liberty & Beyond and Mushroom Pictures. German backers MPI, feevee web Showtime and local distribs Columbia TriStar are no longer attached.

Helmer Kimble Rendall (“Cut”) has replaced Greg McLean, with casting to be announced.

Beyond Films will also rep international for Spice Factory thriller “Anazapta,” in post production. The Medieval English supernatural thriller helmed by Alberto Sciamma stars Lena Heady (“Onegin”) and Jason Lemyng (“Snatch”).

Beyond has also acquired international distribution rights for dramatic thriller “The Business of Strangers” starring Julia Stiles and Stockard Channing. IFC will distrib the pic stateside.

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