Palm, Arthouse get hands on ‘Legend’

Atlas pic pays tribute to an era, Bowery

Palm Pictures and its fine arts imprint, Arthouse Films, have acquired worldwide distribution rights to the docu feature “The Legend of Leigh Bowery,” celebrating the flamboyant London ’80s club fixture and provocateur who also is featured in Rosie O’Donnell’s upcoming Broadway production, “Taboo.”

Directed by Charles Atlas, the pic pays tribute to an era and to the fashion designer, artist’s muse and host of infamous London nightspot Taboo. The doc explores Bowery’s outrageous lifestyle and rebellion against his strict religious upbringing.

Subjects interviewed include pop icon and “Taboo” star Boy George, artist Damien Hirst, dance impresario Michael Clark, fashion designer Rifat Ozbek and Bella Freud, daughter of artist Lucian Freud, who depicted Bowery on canvas.

Deal was negotiated for Palm by head of acquisitions and production David Koh and Arthouse general manager Jose Martinez Jr. Lucy Sexton represented Atlas Films and Lori Seid of One Canvas Prods. on behalf of O’Donnell.

The former talkshow host-turned-theatrical entrepreneur was involved in helping producers complete “Legend” and was instrumental in steering the film to a U.S. distributor.

Palm and Arthouse will open the doc Nov. 21 at New York’s Cinema Village, followed by DVD/video release in 2004. “Taboo” opens Nov. 13 at the Plymouth Theater.

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