Sony buys ‘Mother’ for North America

BBC-Renaissance pic penned by Kureishi

LONDON — Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights to Roger Michell’s “The Mother,” a drama about a grandmother who embarks upon a passionate affair with a man half her age.

The low-budget pic, currently in post, stars Anne Reid in the title role, and Daniel Craig as her younger lover, who is also sleeping with her married daughter.

BBC Films fully financed the production, with Renaissance Films handling worldwide sales outside the U.K. The deal with Sony was negotiated by Angus Finney for Renaissance and Jane Wright for the BBC.

“The Mother” was written by Hanif Kureishi (“My Beautiful Laundrette”) and produced by Kevin Loader for Free Range Films, in which he partners with Michell.

“I don’t think there’s a more appropriate distributor for this film,” said Michell. “From the outset it has been a challenging project and I’m confident that Sony Pictures Classics can provide not on the expertise but also the care that the film deserves.”

SPC co-president Michael Barker commented, “Over the years we have worked with Roger Michell, Hanif Kureishi, BBC and Renaissance Films. This combination of talent and expertise for Sony Pictures Classics is a can’t miss.”