LONDON — Anchor Bay Entertainment UK, the British arm of the Starz-owned, Beverly Hills-based distribution company, has inked a co-production pact with Jonathan Sothcott’s London-based indie Richwater Films.
The partners will develop, finance and produce a minimum of four pics a year. The first project will be London-set revenge thriller “We Still Kill the Old Way,” co-written by Gary Lawrence and “Green Street Hooligans’” scribe Dougie Brimson. It revolves around a group of ageing London gangsters going on a vigilante killing spree when one of their number is murdered by a street gang. Sothcott described it as “’Harry Brown’ on crack.” Filming is set to start in January.
Anchor Bay UK’s director of acquisitions Rod Smith said, “Richwater Films and Anchor Bay share the same passion, aspirations and drive to create some of the most exciting, relevant, talked about and commercially successful British independent films for many years.”
Richwater CEO Jonathan Sothcott said, “This is a genuine watershed moment in British film production — an American distributor committing to such a big creative slate of independent British films. We’ve worked a long time to make this happen because British films can work commercially — so long as they are made for audiences rather than for filmmakers’ egos and as long as they are made with genuine care and attention.”
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The deal is not exclusive for Richwater, which is shortly to begin filming on gangster epic “Top Dog” for Universal Pictures UK.
Richwater’s first movie, “Vendetta,” stars Danny Dyer (pictured), Vincent Regan and Ricci Harnett. Its second film, London hitman thriller “Assassin,” pairs Dyer with former Spandau Ballet musicians Gary and Martin Kemp in their first joint big screen outing since “The Krays.” Both pics are being distributed in the U.K. by Anchor Bay.