Redbus swipes Figgis pic

Co. takes rights to 2 documentaries, Blighty film

Redbus Pictures has bought all U.K. rights to three pics from sales outfit Swipe Films — the Mike Figgis doc “Coma,” low-budget Brit pic “Gypo” and the American doc “Paper Clips.”

Swipe is freshly appointed as the international sales agent for “Paper Clips,” which has just passed $1 million at the U.S. box office after six weeks in release.

Pic, directed by Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab, follows the story of the class at a Tennessee middle school who set about collecting six million paper clips as part of a project to learn more about the Holocaust, but ended up with 24 million sent from all over the world. Their effort, and the response to it from Holocaust survivors, ended up transforming their small community.

“Coma” is a very different kind of documentary, recording what happened when Figgis invited 20 aspiring Euro filmmakers to a week-long masterclass in Slovakia, and challenged them to make a full-scale feature film in seven days.

“Gypo,” a tough drama about refugees in Britain, is the first feature by director Jan Dunn. It’s described as the first official British Dogma pic.

Both “Gypo” and “Coma” are getting their world premiere in the Cannes market, while “Paper Clips” will have its international premiere.

The three-pic deal between Swipe and Redbus extends a relationship, which started with “Grand Theft Parsons” and Sundance prizewinner “Down To The Bone.”

For Redbus, which has focused on a small number of mass-market releases such as “Open Water,” this marks a conscious effort to expand and diversify its slate.

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