An Australian film released in 2009 with Hugo Weaving in the lead role has been picked up for US theatrical release.
With Content Films International the film’s sales agent, Music Box Films, picked up Last Ride for a 5 July release, beginning first in New York and Los Angeles.
Music Box Films recently also bought the same distribution company that will release Cate Shortland’s Lore in the US.
The film was directed by Beaconsfield’s Glendyn Ivin, about a father and son who drive across Australia on the run from the law.
The film, which was written by Mac Gudgeon and based on a Denise Young novel and produced by Antonia Barnard and Nicholas Cole.
Barnard told Encore the film had been selling across international territories, slowly but surely and the three year gap since its local release didn’t concern her: “The momentum is great but if you don’t get it it comes out as a new and fresh film.”
Despite receiving critical praise, the film, released by Madman Entertainment did poorly at the Australian box office taking just $301,000 across 16 screens.
Following on from its theatrical release, Music Box Films will release through both DVD and VOD later in the year.
Last Ride funded in part by the Film Finance Corporation, South Australian Film Corporation, Film Victoria, the Adelaide Film Festival and private investment.