Tribeca Film Snags David Mackenzie’s Prison Drama ‘Starred Up’

Starred Up Tribeca Film Fox Searchlight

New York-based distributor plans a 2014 theatrical release for the Telluride and Toronto alum

Tribeca Film, the Gotham-based distributor that is loosely affiliated with the Tribeca Film Festival, has picked up North American rights to “Starred Up,” the latest film from Scottish helmer David Mackenzie (“Young Adam”).

Film earned strong reviews in its bow at Telluride and Toronto earlier this year. Fox Searchlight is already on board to release the title in the U.K. in the spring; in the States, Tribeca plans a 2014 theatrical release.

Storyline centers on a troubled 19-year-old who ends up in the same prison as his father. Cast includes Jack O’Connell, the “Skins” thesp who appears in Angelina Jolie’s upcoming “Unbroken,” here playing the son opposite Ben Mendelsohn (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Place Beyond the Pines”) as his father. Rupert Friend (“Homeland”) appears as a psychotherapist who runs the prison’s anger management program.

Script was penned by Jonathan Asser, who won a newcomer award at this year’s BFI London Film Festival. Gillian Berrie produces the Film 4 presentation in association with Creative Scotland, Quickfire Films, Northern Ireland Screen and Lip Sync Productions. Film is exec produced by Katherine Butler, Sam Lavender, James Atherton, Jan Pace, Norman Merry, Peter Hampden and Mackenzie.

Distribution deal was pacted by Tribeca Films’ Allison Diviney with Independent’s Abigail Walsh. “Starred Up” joins a Tribeca slate that also includes “Zero Charisma,” James Franco’s “Sal” and “The Broken Circle Breakdown.”

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