LONDON — Independent distributor Swipe Films has acquired the U.K. rights to Maeve Murphy’s comic crime-drama “Taking Stock,” which has its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival on Oct. 4. The third feature by the Belfast-born director, the film stars Kelly Brook as a struggling actress who is inspired by the legend of gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow to rob the furniture store where she works part time.
Star Brook — who recently landed a major role in NBC’s “One Big Happy,” produced by Ellen DeGeneres — is a U.K. actress and model whose diverse screen credits include “School for Seduction,” “Smallville,” “Piranha 3D” and “Keith Lemon: The Film,” alongside West End stage appearances in “Calendar Girls” and Neil La Bute’s “Fat Pig.”
Murphy said: “I’m so pleased that ‘Taking Stock’ is premiering at the Raindance Film Festival and will get released. The festival’s joyous indie spirit fits ‘Taking Stock’ very well. Kelly really shines and it’s a good platform for people to see it. Essentially it is a fun film which shows, in a light-hearted way, some of the issues and dilemmas young people are currently facing in the U.K. today.”
Swipe, which handled TV sales for Murphy’s second feature “Beyond the Fire” in 2009, plans to release the film in December, subject to Brook’s availability. Known for its alternative marketing strategies — for its recent release of Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s “The President,” Swipe offered 100 presidents of leading U.K. organizations discounted tickets to the film on its opening weekend — company CEO Frank Mannion promises an equally innovative campaign for “Taking Stock.”