Tribeca: The Orchard Picks Up Horror Movie 'The Canal'

"The Canal"

Written and directed by Ivan Kavanagh, the film stars Rupert Evans and Antonia Campbell-Hughes as a husband and wife who move into a house where a turn-of-the-century murder took place.

The Orchard, an indie music, film and video distribution company, has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to writer-director Ivan Kavanagh’s psychological horror feature The Canal, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The film, which stars Rupert Evans and Antonia Campbell-Hughes alongside Hannah Hoekstra, Kelly Byrne and Steve Oram, will be released through The Orchard’s horror film banner, Shock Till You Drop, in 20 major markets. Evans and Campbell-Hughes play a husband and wife who move into a house that was the scene of a turn-of-the-century murder.

An Ireland-U.K. co-production of the Irish Film Board and Film Agency Wales, The Canal was produced by AnneMarie Naughton for Park Films with co-producers Vaughan Sivell and Sander Verdonk.

"We're excited to release the film through an innovative film distributor like The Orchard, who is focused on digital releasing with a theatrical campaign, creative online marketing and sales transparency,” Naughton said.

The deal was negotiated by Craig Sussman at The Orchard with Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.