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Asia buyers have Focus
By Patrick Frater
Tue, 04 June 2013, 10:40 AM (HKT)
Asian distributors were keen buyers of two titles from US-UK-based Focus Features International during the recent Cannes festival and market.
Focus' untitled documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse (pictured) that is being directed by Asif Kapadia, was licensed to Hong Kong's Edko Films; India's PVR Limited; Singapore's Shaw Renters; IPA Pacific for Thailand; and eOne for Australia and New Zealand.
UK director Mike Leigh's also untitled film about classic British artist JMW Turner was licensed to India (PVR); Singapore (Shaw Renters); Thailand (IPA Pacific); and Australia/New Zealand (Transmission Films). Sony Pictures Classics had previously acquired rights for North America, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.
The film stars Timothy Spall and is produced by Georgina Lowe (Another Year) and executive-produced by Gail Egan (Vera Drake, Topsy-Turvy, Another Year).
Kapadia's Winehouse documentary is produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop) through Playmaker Films, Gay-Rees and Kapadia's new production entity and co-produced by Universal Music.