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Bait 3D secures US distribution deal

An Australian 3D horror film has sold its US distribution rights.

Bait 3D, produced by Arclight Films’ Gary Hamilton, Todd Fellman and Peter Barber and directed by Kimble Rendall has been picked up by Anchor Bay Films.

The cast include Xavier Samuel, Sharni Vinson, Dan Wyllie, Julian McMahon and Singaporean actors Adrian Pang and Qi Yuwu.

Hamilton told Encore: “We have a strong working relationship with them for a number of years and they have a great take on marketing the film.”

Hamilton said the film will be finished in June.

While there is no US release date yet, Hamilton said: “We are hoping there will be a world wide release around September.”

The deal was negotiated by Kevin Kasha, executive vice president of acquisitions and co-productions, Josh Thomashow and Marc Barson of Anchor Bay Films and Gary Hamilton, Chris Perry and Mike Gabrawy for Arclight.

Kasha said: “Bait in 3D is the ultimate shark thrill ride that will make you think twice about getting back in the water.”

Bait 3D is the story of a group of shoppers first terrorised by a crazed criminal in an underground shopping mall before a tsunami engulfs the beach community washing a pack of great white sharks into the mall.

The film was the first Australian-Singaporean production to be made under a co-production treaty and filmed at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast in 2010 with a budget of $20m.

Anchor Bay Films recent releases include Seeking Justice, Solitary Man and City Island.

  • Update: The trailer linked to earlier is no longer available on YouTube after a copyright claim by the producers
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