Roadside, Black Label Media Team to Pick Up Jack O'Connell's ' '71'
Roadside Attractions and Black Label Media have teamed up to pick up U.S. rights to ’71, an Ireland-set thriller starring up-and-comer Jack O’Connell.
The movie premiered at February’s Berlin Film Festival and tells the tale of a young British soldier accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. It takes place over a single night, during which the soldier has to navigate solo in a deadly environment where he can’t tell friend from foe.
O’Connell is currently an actor on the rise. He is on screens with 300: Rise of an Empire, but his most high-profile gig is yet to come: portraying World War II hero Louis Zamperini in Unbroken, Angelina Jolie’s biopic of the man. The movie is due out Dec. 25, 2014.
’71 is the feature debut for Yann Demange, the BAFTA-nominated helmer behind the TV miniseries Top Boya, among others. Gregory Burke wrote the script.
Robin Gutch of Warp Films and Angus Lamont of Crab Apple produced '71.