February 9, 2013
I’ve received this press release stating that Lightning Entertainment will handle worldwide rights to Craig Monahan’s new feature film HEALING starring Hugo Weaving (THE HOBBIT, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, CLOUD ATLAS).
Check out details below!..
LIGHTNING ENTERTAINMENT BOARDS
CRAIG MONAHAN’S ‘HEALING’
STARRING HUGO WEAVING, DON HANY, XAVIER SAMUEL
PRODUCTION COMMENCES FEBRUARY 2013
Los Angeles (February 9, 2013) – Santa Monica-based sales, production and distribution company, Lightning Entertainment, has come aboard to handle worldwide rights to Craig Monahan’s new feature film, HEALING starring Hugo Weaving, it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning and Richard S. Guardian who is Executive Producing the film and will consult on the film for Lightning.
Inspired by a true story, HEALING is a life-affirming journey of inspiration produced by Craig Monahan’s Pointblank Pictures and Australian film industry stalwart Tait Brady. The film commences principal photography February 18 in Australia.
Lightning will introduce HEALING to buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin, with VPs of International Sales Mathilde Epstein and Alexandra Cocean handling sales, along with Guardian, who is consulting on the film.
Beaumont added, “It’s wonderful being associated with and bringing to our buyers a film with an excellent pedigree of filmmakers and cast. HEALING brings all those qualities to the table and we have high hopes for the film.”
Guardian says, “Craig and Alison have successfully crafted a script which truly captures the ability of the human being to atone, transform, and ultimately heal. HEALING is a powerfully uplifting story about redemption that moved me from the moment Craig and Tait first pitched it tome. The team has attracted some of Australia’s finest creative talent to the project, one that I think will shine another spotlight on the country’s wonderful tradition of quality filmmaking.”
Written by Alison Nisselle (Curtin) and Craig Monahan, HEALING stars Hugo Weaving (THE HOBBIT, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, CLOUD ATLAS), feature film newcomer Don Hany (TV’s East West 101, Offspring), Xavier Samuel (TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE, BAIT) hot off the success of the Sundance Film Festival favorite TWO MOTHERS and soon to be seen in Catherine Hardwicke’s PLUSH, Anthony Hayes (ANIMAL KINGDOM) and Robert Taylor (A&E’s Longmire, THE MATRIX).
Andrew Lesnie (THE HOBBIT, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES), winner of an Academy Award for Cinematography for LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING and a BAFTA for LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING will serve as Director of Photography.
HEALING is a powerful, moving story of redemption and the discovery of hope. Viktor Khadem (Don Hany) has spent 16 years in prison and has almost given up on life. For his final 18 months, he is sentenced to Won Wron, a low-security, rural prison where Senior Officer Matt Perry (Hugo Weaving) has established a unique program to rehabilitate broken men by giving them the responsibility for the rehabilitation of injured raptors – beautiful, fearsome proud eagles, falcons and owls. Against all odds, Matt takes on Viktor as his number one test case, introducing him to Yasmine, the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle. If these two can tame each other, anything is possible.
Craig Monahan is best known for directing THE INTERVIEW, starring Hugo Weaving which was nominated for 9 AFI awards, winning Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor. The film was invited to over 30 international film festivals, was sold into 25 territories and garnered much acclaim including: Jury Prize at Flanders, Best Film at Seattle, a FIPRESCI (International Critics) Award and Best Actor Award at the MontrealFilm Festival. Other credits include the Australian box office hit PEACHES, documentary feature film ANIMATED and a contemporary reimagining of David Williamson’s classic THE REMOVALISTS currently in development.
Tait Brady has over 25 years experience in the Australian film industry including a feature film evaluation role at the Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC), General Manager at Palace Films where he managed acquisition and release of CHOPPER, HEAD ON, JAPANESE STORY and LANTANA, Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival and National Exhibition Manager at the Australian Film Institute. Tait is currently the principal of The Acme Film Company, a Melbourne-based production company. His production credits include THE 25th REICH also sold by Lightning and THE LAST DAYS OF JOE BLOW.
HEALING has received financing from Screen Australia, Film Victoria and ABC TV. Pinnacle Films will distribute the film in Australia.
In addition to HEALING, Lightning’s high profile EFM slate includes two films making their market premier screening; the Australian adventure thriller THE JUNGLE directed by Andrew Traucki and the revenge thriller SCORNED starring AnnaLynne McCord and Billy Zane. In addition the company is screening the acclaimed documentary HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS, thecomedy THE HOT FLASHES starring Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, VirginiaMadsen, Camryn Manheim and Wanda Sykes, the Russian animated 3D film KIKORIKI: TEAM INVINCIBLE from blockbuster producer Timur Bekmambetov, the star-studded comedy STRUCK BY LIGHTNING starring Glee’s Chris Colfer and Rebel Wilson, action film DEAD DROP with Luke Goss, Cole Hauser and Nestor Carbonell, the family film HEAVEN’S DOOR starring Charisma Carpenter and Joanna Cassidy, the Liam Hemsworth starrer LOVE AND HONOR, and WHOLE LOTTA SOLE starring Brendan Fraser and directed by Oscar winner Terry George.
ABOUT LIGHTNING ENTERTAINMENT
Lightning Entertainment was established in 2001, with a focus on the worldwide distribution and licensing of independent film products. Its core business is the representation of quality theatrical films, as well as product that has strong commercial value in ancillary markets.