TIFF: Dogwoof Nabs Janis Joplin, Alfred Hitchcock Docs for U.K.

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'Janis: Little Girl Blue' and 'Hitchcock/Truffaut' will both screen in Toronto.

Ahead of their screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival, two documentaries about two of the 20th century's most iconic figures in entertainment have found homes in the U.K.

Dogwoof said Thursday that it has picked up Janis: Little Girl Blue and Hitchcock/Truffaut. It is planning U.K. theatrical releases for 2016 following their screenings at the London Film Festival in October.

Directed by Oscar-nominated Amy Berg (West of Memphis) and produced by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney, Janis: Little Girl Blue — which bowed in Venice — paints an intimate portrait of the late blues and rock goddess Janis Joplin. The film is narrated by musician Cat Power and features archival footages together with contemporary interviews. It was acquired through Content Media.

Kent Jones' Hitchcock/Truffaut, which premiered in Cannes, charts the week-long interview in 1962 between critic-turned-director Francois Truffaut and cinema grandmaster Alfred Hitchcock, in which they discussed insights and experiences in movie-making, and the resulting book — still considered a bible for emerging directors — that would emerge from it. The doc sees directors including Martin Scorsese, David Fincher and Richard Linklater examine the questions that were at the heart of these conversations that took place over 50 years ago. The deal was arranged through the Cohen Media Group.

"After our most successful year-to-date in the U.K. theatrical marketplace, it’s great to be adding two of the most critically acclaimed festival documentary hits of the year to ensure 2016 gets off to a similarly strong start," said Oli Harbottle, Dogwoof's head of distribution.

"Both Janis: Little Girl Blue and Hitchcock/Truffaut have already displayed their strong potential with successful A-list festival launches and we’re delighted to be on-board for both titles as they travel to Toronto where no doubt they will cause as much of a stir."