Roadside Attractions spiced with ‘Lavender’

Brit drama scored boost from Toronto Film Fest

Indie distributor Roadside Attractions has picked up U.S. distribution rights to British actor Charles Dance’s directorial debut “Ladies in Lavender.”

Sundance Channel Home Entertainment will handle homevid rights on pic.

The 1936-set drama, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, stars Maggie Smith and Judi Dench as elderly spinster sisters who live in a quiet coastal town and whose world is changed when a violent storm washes up a young injured man on their shores. Dance adapted it from William Locke’s short story.

Pic was released by Entertainment Film Distributors in the U.K. and has grossed more than $5 million.

Sundance Channel VP of acquisitions Christian Vesper said, “Partnering with Roadside Attractions at this point in the process is a big step towards fulfilling a goal of Sundance Channel Home Entertainment’s, which is to be able to acquire ancillary rights in the early stages of a title’s distribution.”

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Roadside’s upcoming releases include Eytan Fox’s political thriller “Walk on Water.”