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Sony picks up U.K. DVD rights to ‘Sexual Nature’

Helmer and exec producer are handling theatrical distrib'n

LONDON — Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has snapped up U.K. DVD rights to Ed Blum’s directorial debut “Scenes of a Sexual Nature,” which opened last weekend in Blighty.

The London-set relationship drama, which stars Ewan McGregor, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Hardy and Catherine Tate, was shot in less than a month on a budget of just $500,000 and then self-distributed through The Really Honest Little Distribution Company, which was set up by Blum and exec producer Suran Goonatilake.

In its opening frame last weekend, “Scenes” scored $85,797 at 35 for a respectable screen average of $2,451, which was better than that posted by other openers “Little Children” ($1,475) and “Sixty Six” ($2,217) and the fifth frame of “The Devil Wears Prada” ($2,272).

“We turned down offers from several distributors so we could establish a new model of theatrical distribution in the U.K.,” said Blum. “I’m delighted that Sony has now come on board for the U.K. DVD rights, it’s the icing on the cake in what has been an extraordinary 18 months.”

The Works is handling theatrical sales on the pic, which has sold to Australia and New Zealand (Madman Entertainment), Turkey (Bir Film), Poland (SPI International), Russia (Russian Report) and Portugal (Prisvideo).

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