U.K.'s Revolver Acquires Rights to 'Sleeping Beauty'

Cannes Film Festival
"Sleeping Beauty"

British Independent Buys Rights to Julia Leigh's Cannes Directorial Debut.

British independent Revolver Entertainment has awoken clutching U.K. rights to Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty which unspooled during the Festival de Cannes.

The deal was sealed by Revolver’s recently appointed head of acquisitions Dave Bishop and acquisitions executive Lucy Taylor and eOne’s evp, Entertainment One Films International Charlotte Mickie.

The controversial film divided the audiences in Cannes and marks the directorial debut for Australian novelist Leigh, who also wrote the screenplay.

It stars Emily Browning and details the story of a young university student who takes a job as a “sleeping beauty’ to fund her studies. In the sleeping beauty chamber old men seek an erotic experience that requires Lucy's absolute submission.

Leigh and Browning are represented by UTA, who helped package the project on behalf of producer Jessica Brentnall.

Sleeping Beauty is a Magic Films production, backed by Screen Australia.

Revolver has had a busy Cannes also snagging U.K. rights to Snowtown which unspooled in Critics Week in a deal with Protagonist.