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Foster, Tahar Rahim and Shailene Woodley join Academy Award® Nominee Benedict Cumberbatch in Prisoner 760 launching for AFM

Academy Award®, Golden Globe ® and BAFTA ® Winner Jodie Foster, BAFTA nominee Tahar Rahim and Golden Globe and Emmy® Nominee Shailene Woodley are set to join Academy Award® Nominee Benedict Cumberbatch in Prisoner 760, a gripping and powerful true story, from BAFTA® and Academy Award® winning director Kevin Macdonald. 

 

Prisoner 760 tells the explosive true story of a fight for survival against all odds.  Captured by the US government, Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Rahim) languishes in prison for years without charge or trial.  Losing all hope, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Woodley). Together, they face countless obstacles in a desperate pursuit for justice. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Stuart Couch (Cumberbatch), eventually reveals a shocking and far reaching conspiracy.

 

The film is based on Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s New York Times best-selling memoir, ‘Guantánamo Diary’. Principal photography is set to commence in South Africa on December 2, 2019. Macdonald is directing from a screenplay by Michael Bronner, a former 60 Minutes producer with extensive experience bringing true stories to the big screen having previously provided expertise and research for Paul Greengrass’s United 93Green Zone and Captain Phillips.  Revisions are by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani (“The Informer”).

 

Cumberbatch is producing with Adam Ackland and Leah Clarke for their company SunnyMarch, alongside Lloyd Levin and Beatriz Levin for Black Sheep Pictures, Mark Holder and Christine Holder through their newly formed venture Wonder Street and Branwen Prestwood-Smith.  Michael Bronner also serves as producer. Financiers are 30WEST and Topic Studios in partnership with BBC Films, which also developed the project. Executive Producers are 30WEST principals Micah Green, Dan Steinman and Dan Friedkin, Topic Studios’ Maria Zuckerman and Ryan Heller and BBC Films’ Rose Garnett. Larry Siems and Mohamedou Ould Slahi serve as co-producers.

 

STXinternational, a division of STX Entertainment, has secured the international rights and will be directly distributing in the UK and Ireland.  STX will be introducing this highly anticipated film to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market. 

 

UTA Independent Film Group helped structure the financing on behalf of the filmmakers and are representing the U.S. sale with 30WEST.

 

Foster is a two-time Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and BAFTA® winner and is best known for her roles in The Silence of the Lambs and Contact. Rahim was nominated for a BAFTA® for his performance in Jacques Audiard A Prophet. Woodley recently earned Golden Globe and Emmy® Nominations for her role in “Big Little Lies” and is best known for portraying Tris in the Divergent series. Cumberbatch was nominated for an Academy Award® for his performance in The Imitation Game and Macdonald won an Academy Award® for One Day in September.

 

Foster is repped by CAA, Matt Saver and Viewpoint. Woodley is repped by Management 360 and Hyperion. Cumberbatch and SunnyMarch are repped by UTA. Rahim is repped by UTA and Relevant.

 

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About 30WEST

30WEST provides capital and strategic guidance to high caliber creative projects and forward-thinking companies operating throughout popular culture.  Its media practice works with filmmakers to guide every stage of creative packaging, production, sales, distribution and licensing in order to maximize production quality and audience reach.  30WEST was founded in 2017.   Micah Green is the CEO and co-president, Dan Steinman is the COO and co-president, and Dan Friedkin is the Executive Chairman.

 

30WEST is currently in production on Violence of Action starring Chris Pine and directed by Tarik Saleh, with STXinternational handling international sales and distribution. 30WEST executive produced and financed Late Night, starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson, which they sold to Amazon following its world premiere in Sundance; Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer starring Nicole Kidman; and Peter Hedges’ Ben Is Back, starring Julia Roberts.   Other 30WEST projects include: Chris Smith’s acclaimed documentary FYRE (Netflix); Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie and Academy Award winner Allison Janney; and Wash Westmoreland’s Colette starring Keira Knightley.

 

About STXinternational

STXinternational is a division of STX Entertainment, a global, next-generation media company whose mission is to unlock the value of the direct connection stars have with their fans through the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of film, television, VR, digital video, music and live entertainment content.  It is the industry leader in transforming beyond traditional platform-driven content to creating talent-driven enterprises.

 

For more information, please visit http://www.stxentertainment.com.

 

About Topic Studios

Topic is the entertainment studio and soon to launch streaming service from First Look Media, dedicated to supporting creators at the forefront of culture. From Academy Award® winning films (Spotlight) to television (Losers on Netflix), and podcasts (Missing Richard Simmons and Anthem), we explore a wide range of subject matter, both fiction and nonfiction. Projects from Topic Studios include buddy comedy The Climb, Debra Granik’s critically acclaimed Leave No Trace; Julius Onah’s thriller Luce; the political documentary Dark Money, from director Kimberly Reed with PBS (shortlisted for an Academy Award® last year); and Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers drama The Laundromat, starring Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas, developed at Topic Studios alongside Grey Matter Productions. Upcoming projects include Euros Lyn’s Dream Horse starring Toni Colette and Damian Lewis, acquired in partnership with Bleecker Street.

 

About BBC Films

BBC Films is at the forefront of independent filmmaking in the UK, developing and co-producing around 15 films a year. Rose Garnett is the Director of BBC Films.

 

Current BBC Films releases include JUDY directed by Rupert Goold and starring Renée Zellweger as the iconic Judy Garland; BLUE STORY, the debut feature from Andrew ‘Rapman’ Onwubolu and starring newcomers Stephen Odubola and Michael Ward (Top Boy); Ken Loach’s SORRY WE MISSED YOU, written by regular collaborator Paul Laverty; Joanna Hogg’s THE SOUVENIR, which won the International Grand Jury Prize at Sundance film festival in January; and Jonathan Glazer’s extraordinary short THE FALL, which is on iPlayer now.

 

Upcoming BBC Films titles include Sean Durkin’s highly anticipated THE NEST, starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon; Jane Campion’s first feature film for 10 years, THE POWER OF THE DOG starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Moss; NEVER, RARELY, SOMETIMES, ALWAYS the third film from acclaimed director, Eliza Hittman and produced by PASTEL; AMMONITE, written and directed by Francis Lee, starring Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet; MUGHAL MOWGLI directed by Bassam Tariq and co-written, produced by and starring Riz Ahmed; THE SOUVENIR: PART II, Joanna Hogg’s sequel to her Sundance award-winner; MISBEHAVIOUR from Philippa Lowthorpe starring Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessie Buckley; HERSELF directed by Phyllida Lloyd from a script by Clare Dunne and Malcolm Campbell; HIS HOUSE by first-time UK writer/director, Remi Weekes; LYNN + LUCY, the debut feature from Fyzal Boulifa; MONSOON written and directed by Hong Khaou and starring Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians); PERFECT 10, the feature debut from Eva Riley; and MAKE UP, the debut feature from Claire Oakley starring Molly Windsor.

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The AFM is not a festival - it is the largest motion picture market in the world. 8,000 industry attendees, including producers, distributors, directors, agents, writers, lawyers & bankers. Over 540 films screened, most world or U.S. premieres.

$US3 Billion spent annually by participants to produce films
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Our AFM Newsletters run each day with three bumper pre roll editions and a wrap edition:  

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Opening Newsletter N°3 
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N°6 (November 4)  
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AFM 2017 Wrap & global  I N°8 I N°7 I N°6 I N°5 I N°4 I  OPENING N°3 I  Preview N°2 I N°1

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