Toronto: Arclight Kicks Off Pre-Sales for Christina Hendricks’ ‘The Angel Makers’

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Arclight Films is kicking off pre-sales of director Jon Amiel’s WWI romantic drama “The Angel Makers” in Toronto, the company announced Friday.

Scripted by Paul Billing and based on true events, the film is set in the Yorkshire Moors, where German prisoners of war from a nearby internment camp are enlisted to help the local farmers’ wives maintain the lands while their husbands are away at war.

“Based on true events this is a story — part murder mystery, part obsidian-black comedy, part rich human drama — that has haunted me for years,” Amiel said in a statement.

Christina Hendricks, Emily Watson, Abbie Cornish, Max Reimelt and David Kross star in the film, which starts shooting in January.

Amiel was previously announced as shooting in 2012 when the film was titled “The Poisoners.” The film is now represented in international markets by Arclight, which pitches it as a drama/romance based on true events. The earlier version was handled by Film Bridge Intl., which sold it as a dark comedy.

“We’re thrilled to be presenting ‘The Angel Makers’ to the global marketplace for the first time in Toronto with pre-sales in tow and more to come,” said Clay Epstein, Arclight senior VP of sales and acquisitions. “We have all of the elements of a major commercial success in place: an award-winning and visionary director, a team of powerful producers, an extremely talented, world-renown cast and a captivating, well-written story.”

Jeanna Polley, CEO of Producers Films, added, “The film is something everyone can relate to as it brings the audience into the lives of some very courageous, strong and independent figures who demonstrate just how strong and resilient one can be in difficult times.”

Producers are Polley, Alice de Sousa and Nicolas Steil.

Arclight Films will be presenting the project to buyers in Toronto and is handling worldwide sales.