Amy Winehouse Pic Spearheads Altitude Release Slate

Amy Winehouse
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Will Clarke shingle launches U.K. distribution operation

LONDON — Altitude Film Entertainment, the film company launched last year by Will Clarke, has moved into U.K. distribution with the launch of Altitude Film Distribution, which will be headed by Hamish Moseley.

Its initial release slate includes an untitled docu about British singer Amy Winehouse, from the team behind “Senna,” director Asif Kapadia and producer James Gay-Rees, both of whom have recently set up Playmaker Films.

Also in the lineup is Morgan Neville’s docu “20 Feet From Stardom,” a crowd-pleasing tribute to backup vocalists. The film, which received its world premiere at Sundance, grossed $4.7 million at the U.S. box office, where it has become the most successful docu of this year.

Altitude will also release “The Loch,” a character-driven horror thriller co-produced by Altitude with James Watkins, and co-written by Watkins with Simon Duric, who will also direct. The pic is skedded to shoot next year, and will star Peter Mullan.

Altitude Film Entertainment, headed up by Clarke as chairman and joint-CEO with Andy Mayson, now comprises Altitude Film Production, Altitude Film Sales and Altitude Film Distribution.

Clarke said, “When we set up Altitude a year ago we were looking to set up a British business that could evolve and expand. As a producer we wanted to create a home for the most talented filmmakers in the world, and are proud to have moved four films into production, developed partnerships with British and international filmmakers, and brought 18 films to the market for international sales. The time is now right for us to take the next step and move into distribution.

“We are going to the international marketplace to source a substantial number of films for U.K. distribution announcing our first two acquired titles today, as well as films from our own production slate.”

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 3

Leave a Reply


Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Can’t wait for amy’s movie, she is truly talented and her legacy should be kept alive forver

  2. amysarmynow says:

    All Amy Jade Winehouse fans should be pleased with this report. From production to distribution, ‘our movie’ is in the right hands. Excitement is building.

    • Gary Aw says:

      What’s needed is more quality Amy by that I mean the artist.
      From the word go i’ve liked all i’ve heard about this film I just hope it lives up to expectations which remains to be seen but feedback has been one of unseen Amy at least,.
      ‘m looking forward to this “IF” done right it will get a lot of great publicity but if it concentrates on the tacky side of her life then it’s going to be just another waste of time.I really hope it sticks to the positive side if it does fans of today and tomorrow will see something special -stick to the music.

More Film News from Variety