Deals: Thunderbird, A71, CBC

Thunderbird Releasing (formerly Soda Pictures) has picked up all U.K. rights for Canada/France copro Mobile Homes, plus more deals.

Mobile Homes picThunderbird Releasing
London, U.K.-based Thunderbird Releasing has picked up all rights in the U.K. to Canada/France coproduction Mobile Homes. The deal was negotiated by Edward Fletcher, managing director of Thunderbird Releasing, and Charlotte Mickie, former president of Mongrel International. Earlier this month Mongrel International announced Mickie’s departure after three years at helm of the Toronto-based distributor. Mobile Homes was shot in Niagara Falls and is produced by Mike MacMillan from Toronto’s Lithium Studios Productions, Frédéric de Goldschmidt from Paris-based Madeleine Films and Eric Dupont from Paris’ Incognito Films. Earlier this year the film screened in the Directors’ Fortnight program at Cannes Film Festival. In April, Soda Pictures, which Vancouver-based Thunderbird acquired in September 2014, rebranded as Thunderbird Releasing.

A71 Entertainment
A71 Entertainment has acquired the Canadian distribution rights and international sales rights to Martine Blue-directed drama Hunting Pignut. The Canadian indie, produced by St. John’s, NL-based Pope Productions, stars Taylor Hickson (Aftermath) as a 15-year-old who runs away from her rural Newfoundland community in search of Pignut, a charismatic but tormented punk, after he steals her father’s ashes. The drama also stars Joel Thomas Hynes (also set to star in the upcoming CBC series Little Dog), Amelia Manuel, Jamie Silken Merrigan, Bridget Wareham and a cameo appearance from Mary Walsh. A71 is currently targeting a theatrical release for fall 2017.

CBC has acquired the Canadian rights to the upcoming Princess Diana documentary from London, U.K.-based distributor Drive. In addition to CBC, Drive also secured international pre-sales for the doc with Channel 7 (Australia), Three (New Zealand), NRK (Norway), TV 2 (Denmark) and YLE (Finland). The doc, which is still untitled, is produced by Oxford Film and Television for U.K. broadcaster ITV. The project explores the life of Princess Diana through interviews with The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. No air date has been set.