Works nabs U.K. rights to 'Closing The Ring'

5:00 AM PST 10/16/2007 by Stuart Kemp, AP

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LONDON -- U.K. and Irish rights to Richard Attenborough's "Closing the Ring" have been snapped up by the Works U.K. Distribution, the company said Monday.

The Works struck the deal for an undisclosed amount with ContentFilm International and plans to roll it out in theaters here Dec. 28.

Attenborough's movie is billed as a love story and intertwines a tale set in the present and in World War II about an American woman's Irish romance.

The film stars Oscar winners Shirley MacLaine and Brenda Fricker along with Christopher Plummer, Mischa Barton, Neve Campbell and Pete Postlethwaite.

"Ring" is bankrolled by the Bank of Ireland, the U.K. Film Council, SCION, NFTC and ContentFilm and is produced by Jo Gilbert and Attenborough. Martin Katz is co-producing.

The Works also said that it has appointed Mervyn Andrews to head up its Irish distribution ambitions, with "Ring" set to be the first release for the outfit.

An industry veteran of almost 50 years, Andrews' experience includes stints at Polygram as head of Irish distribution and more recently as head of sales at Redbus and Lionsgate.

"I have known and worked with Mervyn all my business life, and there is simply no one better in the industry to lead our distribution activity in Ireland," said Mick Southworth, Works U.K. Distribution managing director.


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