Cannes: Altitude, Wild Bunch Board ‘Beats’

Altitude Film Sales and Wild Bunch have both boarded British film “Beats,” from executive producer Steven Soderbergh, which they will introduce to buyers at the Cannes Film Market.

The two companies will split worldwide sales rights between them, with Altitude taking North America, Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, German-speaking territories, Italy and Spain, as well as rights for airlines and ships. Wild Bunch will represent Benelux, Switzerland, Greece, Portugal, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, all Asia, Israel, Middle East and Turkey.

Altitude Film Distribution has additionally taken rights to the film for U.K. and Ireland, and Wild Bunch for France.

Written and directed by Scottish filmmaker Brian Welsh, co-writing with Kieran Hurley, “Beats” follows the story of two best friends in a small Scottish town in the summer of 1994 who head out for one last night together before life takes them in different directions. Going to an illegal rave, the boys journey into an underworld of anarchy, freedom and collision with the law as they share a night that they will never forget. It is based on Hurley’s original stage play.

“Brian and Kieran have created an irresistible coming-of-age story that is both unique and universal, set against the backdrop of one of the 20th century’s defining cultural movements,” says Mike Runagall, managing director of international sales at Altitude. “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Wild Bunch as both companies loved the project and were highly motivated to get involved.”

Soderbergh serves as executive producer for the film, which is produced by Camilla Bray of Rosetta Productions. It was developed by the BFI and Creative Scotland, which provide funding through the U.K. National Lottery alongside partners BBC Scotland and Lipsync.

Bray likens the film to classics that “mythologized a particular youth culture at a specific moment in time,” such as Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused” and Shane Meadows “This Is England.”

More Film

  • Box Office Film Placeholder

    China Box Office: Taiwan's 'More Than Blue' Wins Second Weekend

    Taiwanese melodrama, “More Than Blue” held strong at the Chinese box office, to secure a second week of success. The film is a Chinese-language remake of a Korean film from 2009, involving Singapore’s MM2 and the filmmaking arm of Fox Networks. With little in the way of strong, new competition, “blue” scored $27 million, according [...]

  • Noah CentineoNickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, Show,

    Kids’ Choice Awards 2019: JoJo Siwa, Noah Centineo Take on Bullying

    This year’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards was full of positivity and encouragement to be yourself. DJ Khaled, known for his upbeat mantras, hosted the 32nd annual awards ceremony alongside JoJo Siwa at USC’s Galen center. Siwa accepted the award for favorite social music star. Siwa said in her acceptance speech, “I get hated on every [...]

  • Us Scriptwriter and Film-maker Larry Cohen

    Larry Cohen, Cult Horror Writer-Director of 'It's Alive,' Dies at 77

    Larry Cohen, best known for his work as a B-movie producer and director in the ’70s and his later work in screenwriting, has died. He was 77. Cohen’s friend, actor and publicist Shade Rupe, confirmed the news, which was announced in a post to Cohen’s official Facebook page. Rupe said Cohen died in Los Angeles [...]

  • Captain Marvel

    Box Office: 'Captain Marvel' Shatters $900 Million Milestone

    Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel” continues to do heroic business. In its latest box office milestone, the female-fronted superhero tentpole zoomed past $900 million in ticket sales worldwide. “Captain Marvel” brought in a mighty $87 million globally this weekend, including $52 million from international territories. It has now generated $589 million overseas for a global haul [...]

  • Us - Lupita Nyong’o - cr:

    Box Office: Jordan Peele's 'Us' Stuns With $70 Million Opening Weekend

    Talk about scary good. Universal’s “Us,” the second directorial effort from Jordan Peele, pulled off a stunning debut, generating $70 million from 3,741 North American locations. That haul is enough to land it the second-best opening weekend of the year behind Disney’s “Captain Marvel” ($153 million). The psychological thriller about a family confronted by a [...]


    Film Review: 'Shazam!'

    In “Shazam!,” Zachary Levi brings off something so winning it’s irresistible. He plays a square-jawed, rippling-muscled man of might, with a cheesy Day-Glo lighting bolt affixed to his chest, who projects an insanely wholesome and old-fashioned idea of what a superhero can be. But he’s also playing a breathless teenage kid on the inside, and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content