Pic to screen to select buyers at Cannes
LONDON — A week ahead of Cannes, London-based sales and production finance outfit Bankside Films has swooped up worldwide sales rights to gritty Brit crime thriller ”Ill Manors.”Pic, which marks the directorial debut of Brit singer-rapper-thesp Ben Drew (a.k.a. Plan B), follows the lives of six disparate characters who are all struggling to survive the circles of violence that engulf them in their East London neighborhood. Story (also penned by Drew) is narratively linked by original music from Drew and pic toplines Riz Ahmed (”Four Lions”), Natalie Press (”Red Road”), Ed Skrein and Anouska Mond. Revolver Entertainment is releasing the pic in Blighty on June 6 across 200-plus prints, making it the distrib’s biggest theatrical release to date. Bankside will be holding a private, invitation-only screening of the pic at the Cannes next week ahead of its U.K. release. ”Ill Manors” is the sixth project to be born out of Film London’s micro-budget scheme Microwave and was produced by Atif Ghani for London’s Aim Image. Peapie Films’ Kris Thykier and Revolver’s Justin Marciano and Nick Taussig exec produce the pic.