Red Envelope, IFC en route to 'England'
Empty"This Is England," Shane Meadows' autobiographical tale of a boy who befriends a gang of skinheads, has been picked up for North American distribution by IFC Entertainment and Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment.
Set in 1983, the comedy-drama follows a bullied 12-year-old from a small English town whose father died in the Falkland Islands War. He seeks role models in a band of teen skinheads, but things take an ugly turn when one of the gang is released from prison and pushes a racist ideology.
The feature will be released through the IFC First Take program simultaneously in theaters and via VOD in July. After a brief window, "England" will be available for DVD rental on Netflix and via IFC's DVD output deal with Genius Entertainment. The companies will split all costs in the film's acquisition and distribution.
After premiering at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, "England" won the top prize at last year's British Independent Film Awards. Meadows is known for several low-budget U.K. dramas, including "TwentyFourSeven."
The Works International production was developed and financed by Film4. Mark Herbert at Warp Films produced the project.
IFC's Arianna Bocco and Red Envelope's Liesl Copland negotiated the deal with Works International head Joy Wong.