Paddy Considine's debut 'Tyrannosaur' Picked Up For U.S. by Strand Releasing (Berlin)

 Jack English


BERLN -- Paddy Considine's directorial debut Tyrannosaur, starring Peter Mullan, is being boxed up for the U.S. after a distribution deal with Strand Releasing.

U.K.-based sales label Protagonist Pictures also struck a deal with D Films for Canadian distribution on the title, which unspools during the European Film Market this week.

The film, which attracted favorable attention after screening during Sundance also went to Wild Bunch for Benelux and Front Row Filmed Entertainment for the Middle East.

Distributors already in place include the U.K.'s Optimum Releasing, Madman for Australia and New Zealand and Non Stop Entertainment for Scandinavia.

Mullan plays a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As his life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah (Olivia Colman), a Christian charity shop worker.

The U.S. was negotiated by Ben Roberts, Charlotte Van Weede and Simon Osborn for Protagonist, Jon Gerrans and Marcus Hu, co-presidents for Strand Releasing and with Jim Sherry, president and CEO for D Films for Canada.

Tyrannosaur is produced by Diarmid Scrimshaw, who has also produced most of the visual content for the band Arctic Monkeys.

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