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Great Point Media sells all UK rights for gothic drama ‘Gwen’ to Bulldog Film Distribution

Critically acclaimed debut feature stars Maxine Peake alongside Eleanor Worthington-Cox in a breakthrough performance.

Great Point Media today announced it has sold all UK distribution rights for writer-director William McGregor’s Gwen to Bulldog Film Distribution. The deal was negotiated by Great Point Media’s Head of Sales, Nada Cirjanic, and Bulldog MD Alan Partington.

Gwen was launched at Toronto Iinternational Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Discovery Award – Best Film, and the People’s Choice Award. The European premiere took place at the Göteborg Film Festival. Bulldog plans to release Gwen in the UK in July 2019.
 
In 19th century Snowdonia, a young girl, Gwen (Eleanor Worthington-Cox of Maleficent), tries desperately to hold her family and home together. Struggling with her mother’s mysterious illness (Maxine Peake, Peterloo), her father’s absence and a ruthless mining company encroaching on their land, a growing darkness begins to take grip of her home, and the suspicious local community turns on Gwen and her family.

Also starring are recent Olivier Award nominee Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (The Commuter),  Richard Harrington (Hinterland),  Mark Lewis Jones (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and newcomer Jodie Innes. Writer-director William McGregor’s credits include episodes of Poldark and Misfits. Gwen is his first feature film.

Gwen was developed by the BFI and Endor Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, with Endor’s Hilary Bevan Jones and Tom Nash as lead producers. The BFI’s Lizzie Francke, Paul Grindey and Charles Moore of Viewfinder Films, Fergus Haycock of Great Point Media and Adam Partridge of Ffilm Cymru Wales served as executive producers. The production was co-financed by the BFI, awarding National Lottery funding, and Ffilm Cymru Wales.

Bulldog Film Distribution Head of Distribution Philip Hoile said, “Gwen is a fantastically assured British debut, full of atmosphere and with an exceptional central performance from rising star Eleanor Worthington-Cox. We were completely struck by the powerful sense of mystery in the narrative as well as the stunning Welsh landscapes captured on screen and we’re so pleased to have done our first deal with Great Point Media to bring this film to audiences around the UK and Ireland.”

Great Point Media’s Nada Cirjanic, said, “We are thrilled to have found the perfect home for Gwen here in the UK. The film will be in expert hands with the experienced and talented team at Bulldog.”