Cannes, France - May 15, 2015
- Atlas Distribution
Company and Ketchup Entertainment announced today the acquisition of US distribution rights for the UK hit-film, "A Royal Night Out" (opening wide in the UK today) in a deal negotiated by Hanway Films.
Produced by Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae, and directed by the Julian Jarrold, "A Royal Night Out" is the untold story of a night in 1945 when Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret left Buckingham Palace incognito to join the May 8 VE Day celebrations.
"Queen Elizabeth's name carries with it tremendous respect the World over. She is an amazing woman and this movie is a celebration of her inspirational and bold character," said Atlas Distribution CEO, John Aglialoro.
The movie features Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and A Dangerous Method), Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Side by Side), Rupert Everett (Stardust, Shrek 2, My Best Friend's Wedding), Emily Watson (War Horse, The Theory of Everything, The Book Thief), and Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Delivery Man).
"When she [Queen Elizabeth] described the night they went out on VE night, she says it is a Cinderella story in reverse," Sarah Gadon, who plays Princess Elizabeth in the film, told an interviewer this month, "I thought that really captured the whole spirit of the film. It wasn't about putting on this dress and becoming a princess. It was becoming a part of the crowd and what that meant to somebody who wanted to feel normal for a night."
"We've partnered with Atlas Distribution given their history of marketing movies featuring strong female heroines." said Ketchup Entertainment's CEO, Gareth West.
Atlas Distribution President, Harmon Kaslow stated, "We're honored to have the opportunity to bring this wonderful moment of the Queen's early years to America. Ketchup's reputation for distributing quality fare makes them an excellent partner for us."
"A Royal Night Out" now joins "Queen of the Desert" as Atlas' second acquisition and will be set for a platform release in October 2015 with an eye on getting to 1000 screens.
Thorsten Schumaker and Chiara Gelardin represented Hanway. Stephen Stanley negotiated film for Ketchup. Mark Sever provided legal counsel for Atlas Distribution Company.
For more information about the film, visit "A Royal Night Out
- - - - - - - About Atlas Distribution Company
Atlas Distribution Company was formed by CEO John Aglialoro to develop and distribute inspiring motion pictures. For more information, visit: https://www.atlasdistribution.com
. About Hanway Films
Hanway Films was founded in 1999 by Jeremy Thomas with Peter Watson (Deputy Chairman) and Stephan Mallmann to sell, distribute, and market high-profile quality films. HanWay arranges financing, sales, and distribution for all films from Recorded Picture Company as well as projects from third party producers. The company also represents over 500 feature films including those from Thomas's Recorded Picture Company and the British Film Institute. For more information, visit: http://www.hanwayfilms.com About Ketchup Entertainment
Founded in 2012, Ketchup Entertainment is an independent financing and distribution company with strong relationships throughout the film community among both filmmakers and actors. The company is dedicated to connecting independent films with audiences looking for extraordinary content beyond what is being offered to them. For more information, visit: http://ketchupentertainment.com