Roadside Attractions to Distribute Michael Pearce Drama 'Beast' in U.S.

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Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

The feature was picked up by 30WEST out of TIFF.

Roadside Attractions will partner with 30WEST to distribute the Michael Pearce-directed drama Beast in the U.S.

Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn and Geraldine James star in the drama, which was acquired by 30WEST after its TIFF debut, and centers on a small island community where a troubled young woman falls for a mysterious outsider who empowers her to escape from her oppressive family. 

Stray Bear Films’ Ivana MacKinnon and Lauren Dark produced, along with Kristian Brodie of Agile Films. Film4’s Sam Lavender, BFI’s Natascha Wharton, Agile Films’ Myles Payne and David Staniland exec produced, along with David Kosse.

Beast will have its U.S. debut in at the Sundance Film Festival, with Roadside eyeing a spring 2018 theatrical release. The deal was negotiated by Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff on behalf of Roadside.

30WEST, co-founded Dan Friedkin and Micah Green, is readying for the release of acquisition I, Tonya which will hit theaters on Dec. 8 in a partnership with NEON.