AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES MAY HIGHLIGHTS FOR TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES





AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES MAY HIGHLIGHTS FOR TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES & AAPI HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION ON AMC+

AMC+ CELEBRATES ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH WITH “ASIAN AMERICANS AMPLIFIED,” A CURATED SELECTION OF PROGRAMMING
New Series, Films, Specials and More Now Streaming on AMC Networks’ Suite of Targeted Streaming Services This May

New York, NY – April 13, 2022 – This May, AMC+ celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with “Asian Americans Amplified,” a curated collection of original series, specials and films from across the company’s portfolio highlighting stories and perspectives of the AAPI community. Programming includes original series such as Killing Eve and True Terror with George Takei, as well as an extensive lineup of feature films, indies and documentaries from Slumdog Millionaire to Train to Bustan to Linsanity and They Live in the Grey. A full programming lineup can be found HERE.

AMC Networks’ targeted streaming services will also bring viewers an extensive catalogue of compelling dramas, fan-favorite franchises, highly anticipated films and timely collections on AMC+, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, IFC Films Unlimited, Shudder and Sundance Now all month long.

Highlights from across the suite of services include (in alphabetical and chronological order):

On ACORN TV:

Signora Volpe (Acorn TV Original)
New Series Premieres Mondays, Beginning May 2

Top British spy Sylvia Fox (Emilia Fox, Silent Witness) is in Italy for her niece’s wedding when the groom goes missing, leaving a dead body behind him. Sylvia solves the mystery and falls in love – with Italy, and with a crumbling old house on a hillside. Disillusioned with her job and longing to reconnect with her family, Sylvia decides to stay on and start a new life in the little town of Panicale. But trouble has a habit of seeking Sylvia out and she finds herself tackling a fresh mystery every week – and in the process, becoming increasingly close to handsome local cop Giovanni Riva (Giovanni Cerfiera, American Crime Story: Assassination of Gianni Versace.) Co-starring Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones, Belgravia).

Hidden Assets (Acorn TV Original)
Season Finale on Monday May 2 with Back-to-Back Episodes

A routine raid led by a detective in the Irish Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) reveals that a small-time drug dealer has been receiving substantial funding from a seemingly untraceable source – not in cash, but in rough diamonds. When these diamonds are linked to a series of bombings in Belgium, Detective Emer Berry (Angeline Ball, Acceptable Risk, Keeping Faith) is forced to work with Police Commissioner Christian De Jong (Wouter Hendrickx, Blackout, Undercover). Eventually banding together, they unravel a political conspiracy fueling domestic unrest for financial gain. Caught up in this web of greed are the Brannigans, a wealthy Irish dynasty with ties to Antwerp. Drawn into a battle of wits with the family, Emer, Christian and the CAB team must follow the money to stop another terrorist attack before it’s too late.

The Truth Will Out (Acorn TV Exclusive)
Season 2 Binge Premieres Monday, May 16

Peter Wendel’s understaffed Cold Case Unit has barely risen in the ranks at the police station since season one, but everything changes when a colleague is suddenly found dead. The officer’s death triggers a chain of events which will reveal that a high-ranking police commissioner is living a double life in which he exploits, rapes and degrades young women and children. The investigation also raises doubts about whether Peter’s brother –a close friend of the deceased victim – actually took his own life. Was he in fact murdered? *Swedish-language drama

On ALLBLK:

A La Carte (ALLBLK Original)
New Series Premieres Thursdays, Beginning May 12

This ALLBLK dramedy follows 25-year-old Mahogany Rose, an overachiever with a high moral standard her whole life…until now. After adopting a more “liberal” approach to sex and dating, she finally lands the man of her dreams. There is just one tiny problem…he has a girlfriend. With the help of her friends, Mahogany must decide if she will stick to her preference of being the one and only – or step out of her comfort zone and learn to play number two. Cast: Courtney Burrell (Insecure), Jenna Nolen (A House Divided, Millennials), Jessie Woo (Love & Hip Hop: Miami), Kendall Kyndall (Games People Play, Social Society), Pauline Dyer (Charming the Hearts of Men), Robinne Lee (House of Payne).

61st Street (AMC+ Original)
New Episodes Premiere Sundays, One Week Early on AMC+ and ALLBLK; Season Finale May 22
From AMC Studios, 61st Street is a propulsive thriller coursing through the dark heart of the infamous Chicago criminal justice system as police and prosecutors investigate a deadly drug bust that threatens to unravel the police department’s code of silence. The two-season television event stars Emmy® Award-winner Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Lovecraft Country), Emmy® Award-nominee Aunjanue Ellis (When They See Us, King Richard), Mark O’Brien (City on a Hill, Halt and Catch Fire), Holt McCallany (Mindhunter, Lights Out), Tosin Cole (Doctor Who, Hollyoaks), Andrene Ward-Hammond (Your Honor, Manifest) and Bentley Green (Snowfall, Sweet Magnolias).

On AMC+:

The Ipcress File (AMC+ Original)
New Series Premieres Thursdays, Beginning May 19

At the height of the Cold War, ex-soldier and convicted thief Harry Palmer (Joe Cole, Gangs of London, Peaky Blinders) is recruited to an unorthodox British spy unit whose boss, Dalby (Tom Hollander, Pride & Prejudice), wants his help to retrieve a missing scientist. Working alongside cool, ambitious agent Jean (Lucy Boynton, Bohemian Rhapsody), Harry’s journey will take him to the wrong side of Berlin, the risky hedonism of Beirut and the blinding light of a Pacific H-bomb test – before one step too many lands him an unwitting role in a violent political conspiracy.

61st Street (AMC+ Original)
New Episodes Premiere Sundays, One Week Early on AMC+ and ALLBLK; Season Finale May 22

From AMC Studios, 61st Street is a propulsive thriller coursing through the dark heart of the infamous Chicago criminal justice system as police and prosecutors investigate a deadly drug bust that threatens to unravel the police department’s code of silence. The two-season television event stars Emmy® Award-winner Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Lovecraft Country), Emmy® Award-nominee Aunjanue Ellis (When They See Us, King Richard), Mark O’Brien (City on a Hill, Halt and Catch Fire), Holt McCallany (Mindhunter, Lights Out), Tosin Cole (Doctor Who, Hollyoaks), Andrene Ward-Hammond (Your Honor, Manifest) and Bentley Green (Snowfall, Sweet Magnolias).

Better Call Saul
New Episodes Premiere Every Monday; Mid-Season Finale May 23

Better Call Saul’s final season concludes the complicated journey and transformation of its compromised hero, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), into criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. From the cartel to the courthouse, from Albuquerque to Omaha, season six tracks Jimmy, Saul, and Gene as well as Jimmy’s complex relationship with Kim (Rhea Seehorn) who is in the midst of her own existential crisis. Meanwhile, Mike (Jonathan Banks), Gus (Giancarlo Esposito), Nacho (Michael Mando) and Lalo (Tony Dalton) are locked into a game of cat and mouse with mortal stakes.

Fear the Walking Dead
New Episodes of Season 7B Premiere Every Sunday, One Week Ahead of AMC; Season Finale May 29

In the second half of Season 7, months have passed after the nuclear blast and the only one thriving is Victor Strand (Colman Domingo). Having built a fiefdom, he callously selects who will have a chance at life. The other members of the group have suffered immensely, but out of that, has come a fierce determination to live, even if it means taking Strand’s Tower by force and continuing the search for Padre, a mythical place no one is sure really exists. Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey,) now the reluctant leader to Teddy’s former followers, is plagued by a mysterious illness and the repercussions of her past actions. Morgan (Lennie James,) trying to maintain hope that he will be reunited with his family, knows Alicia is key to their survival. With Alicia declaring war, Strand’s paranoia and personal vendettas grow, and with that, new threats emerge from all sides.

On IFC FILMS UNLIMITED:

Summerland
Film Premieres Wednesday, May 4

During World War II, an Englishwoman (Gemma Arterton) opens her heart to an evacuee after initially resolving to be rid of him in this moving journey of womanhood, love and friendship.

Made in Italy
Film Premieres Wednesday, May 4

Liam Neeson stars in this heart-warming comedy about a father returning to glorious Tuscany with his estranged son (played by Neeson’s son, Micheál Richardson) to repair their old family villa, as well as their relationship.

Premature
Premieres Wednesday, May 25

A young woman (Zora Howard) finds herself on the precipice of adulthood as she navigates her way through the highs and lows of a life-changing summer romance in Harlem.

On SHUDDER:

The Last Drive-in With Joe Bob Briggs (Shudder Original)
New Episodes Premiere Every Friday

The hit series returns with Briggs, the world’s foremost drive-in movie critic, presenting eclectic horror movie double features, interrupting the films to expound upon their merits, histories, and significance to genre cinema. The season premiere will feature a celebration of The Last Drive-In’s 100th movie since Joe Bob’s first Shudder marathon in 2018, with surprise special guests.

Cursed Films II (Shudder Original)
New Episodes Premiere Thursdays; Season Finale May 5

Shudder’s acclaimed documentary series is back to explore the facts and myths surrounding a new batch of famous films some consider cursed. The new season will feature The Wizard of Oz, Rosemary’s Baby, Stalker, The Serpent and the Rainbow, and Cannibal Holocaust. Featuring new interviews with FX expert and former Mythbusters host Adam Savage, Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins, actor Bill Pullman, and director Ruggero Deodato, among many others.

The Twin (Shudder Exclusive Film)
New Film Premieres Friday, May 6 *Day and Date Release with Theaters

In The Twin, following the aftermath of a tragic accident that claimed the life of one of their twins, Rachel (Teresa Palmer, A Discovery of Witches, Warm Bodies) and husband Anthony (Steven Cree, A Discovery of Witches, Outlander) relocate to the other side of the world with their surviving son in the hopes of building a new life. What begins as a time of healing in the quiet Scandinavian countryside soon takes an ominous turn when Rachel begins to unravel the torturous truth about her son and confronts the malicious forces attempting to take a hold of him.

The Sadness (Shudder Exclusive Film)
New Film Premieres Thursday, May 12

After a year of combating a pandemic with relatively benign symptoms, a frustrated nation finally lets its guard down. This is when the virus spontaneously mutates, giving rise to a mind-altering plague. The streets erupt into violence and depravity, as those infected are driven to enact the most cruel and ghastly things they can think of. Murder, torture, rape, and mutilation are only the beginning. A young couple is pushed to the limits of sanity as they try to reunite amid the chaos. The age of civility and order is no more. There is only “The Sadness.” The film is the feature debut of writer and director Rob Jabbaz and stars Regina Lei (76 Horror Bookstore), Berant Zhu (We Are Champions), Tzu-Chiang Wang (It’s Drizzling) and In-Ru Chen.

The Found Footage Phenomenon (Shudder Exclusive Film)
New Film Premieres Thursday, May 19

Directed and produced by Sarah Appleton and Phillip Escott, the documentary tracks the origins of the found footage technique and how it transformed with technological changes throughout the last few decades. The Found Footage Phenomenon features interviews with integral found footage directors whose films impacted the horror genre like no other sub-genre has, around the turn of the millennium. Score by music legend Simon Boswell.

A Banquet (Shudder Exclusive Film)
New Film Premieres Thursday, May 26

Widowed mother Holly (Sienna Guillory) is radically tested when her teenage daughter Betsey (Jessica Alexander) experiences a profound enlightenment and insists that her body is no longer her own, but in service to a higher power. Bound to her newfound faith, Betsey refuses to eat but loses no weight. In an agonizing dilemma, torn between love and fear, Holly is forced to confront the boundaries of her own beliefs. Also starring Ruby Stokes and Lindsay Duncan. Directed by Ruth Paxton.

On SUNDANCE NOW:

Ten Percent (Sundance Now Original)
New Episodes Premiere Fridays; Season Finale June 10

The Sundance Now Original Series, based on the original hit French series Call My Agent!, follows the small London talent agency of Nightingale Hart as it struggles to adapt in an ever-changing industry. After tragedy strikes the company, the personal and professional lives of the agents and assistants are thrown into turmoil. But duty calls – their celebrity clients are in constant need of help from their agents, with issues ranging from marital problems to over-commitment to lingering method acting to stage fright. As the Nightingale Hart agents deal with the incessant demands of their jobs, they’ll also find themselves dealing with more off-screen drama than they ever expected.

The Ipcress File
New Series Premieres Thursdays, Beginning May 19

At the height of the Cold War, ex-soldier and convicted thief Harry Palmer (Joe Cole, Gangs of London, Peaky Blinders) is recruited to an unorthodox British spy unit whose boss, Dalby (Tom Hollander, Pride & Prejudice), wants his help to retrieve a missing scientist. Working alongside cool, ambitious agent Jean (Lucy Boynton, Bohemian Rhapsody), Harry’s journey will take him to the wrong side of Berlin, the risky hedonism of Beirut and the blinding light of a Pacific H-bomb test – before one step too many lands him an unwitting role in a violent political conspiracy.

The Dreamers (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Season 1 Binge Premieres Thursday, May 26

The Dreamers tells the story of three young Palestinian students who travel to Tel Aviv in 2008 and try to establish a new and liberated Palestinian community for themselves. When the three friends, Warda (Maisa Abd Elhadi), Kayes (Riyad Sliman) and Salah (Aiman Daw), try to buy drugs and get high at the end of a long day, they find themselves caught in a drug deal with a Palestinian crime family who ultimately see the three indebted students as ideal accomplices for getting their goods distributed among local youth. This gets them into trouble with the local crime world, the police and their own families. The story is set against the backdrop of the rising tensions in the Gaza Strip, and the trio realizes that, in order to unload the drugs, they have to create the “new Palestinian scene.” In their own unique way, they decide to initiate an anti-war protest in the form of a large music festival featuring Jews and Palestinians together. Along the way, they create a historic moment in the Palestinian and Jewish underground scene. *Arabic/Hebrew Language Drama

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IFC MIDNIGHT PICKS UP PSYCHOLOGICAL BODY-HORROR ‘A BANQUET’





IFC MIDNIGHT PICKS UP PSYCHOLOGICAL BODY-HORROR ‘A BANQUET’
DEBUT FEATURE FROM THE NEXT ‘GENRE DIRECTOR TO WATCH’ RUTH PAXTON
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (December 3, 2020) – IFC Midnight announced today that it is acquiring North American rights to A BANQUET, the feature debut from Ruth Paxton, whose award-winning short films have been exhibited and nominated in competition at numerous prominent film festivals worldwide. A BANQUET is a visually arresting, slow-burning psychological horror that uses subtle supernatural elements to create tension within a family in the midst of a breakdown, exploiting the complicated bond between three generations of mothers and daughters.

The film stars Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil film series, High Rise), British rising stars Jessica Alexander (Get Even) and Ruby Stokes (Rocks, Una), and award-winning actress Lindsay Duncan CBE (Made in Italy, Private Lives). A BANQUET will be released by IFC Midnight in 2021.

Producers on the film are Leonora Darby, Mark Lane and James Harris for Tea Shop Productions (47 Meters Down, I Am Not A Serial Killer), Nik Bower for Riverstone Pictures (Final Portrait, At Eternity’s Gate) and Laure Vaysse (Billie, 6 Minutes to Midnight) for REP Productions 8, which also funded the production. Deepak Nayar, co-founder of Riverstone Pictures, serves as Executive Producer, alongside Jeremy Baxter of Riverstone, Patrick Fischer and Richard Kondal of Creativity Capital and screenwriter Justin Bull.

Widowed mother Holly (Sienna Guillory) is radically tested when her teenage daughter Betsey (Jessica Alexander) experiences a profound enlightenment and insists that her body is no longer her own, but in service to a higher power. Bound to her newfound faith, Betsey refuses to eat but loses no weight. In an agonizing dilemma, torn between love and fear, Holly is forced to confront the boundaries of her own beliefs.

Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films said, “We’ve had an outstanding year breaking out new voices in the horror genre, and we’ve never been more primed to bring Ruth Paxton and her brilliant and provocative feature debut to audiences across the country.”

Director Ruth Paxton added, “I’m thrilled to be partnering with such an established champion of independent cinema in IFC Films. It is daunting to be introducing my first feature with them considering they’ve previously supported many of my cinematic heroes; from Von Trier and Audiard to McQueen, Kent and Kurzel, but I’m incredibly excited and I can’t wait to launch A BANQUET with them!”

In 2020, IFC Midnight has introduced American audiences to some of the most exciting directorial debuts in the horror genre including; Natalie Erika James (RELIC), Carlo Mirabella Davis (SWALLOW), Jennifer Reeder (KNIVES AND SKIN), Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe (GREENER GRASS), Dave Franco (THE RENTAL), Egor Abramenko (SPUTNIK), Brett and Drew Pierce (THE WRETCHED), and the upcoming films from Hannah Bergholm (A HATCHING) and Keith Thomas (THE VIGIL). IFC Midnight has long championed the careers of breakout filmmakers such as Jennifer Kent (THE BABADOOK, THE NIGHTINGALE) and Peter Strickland (BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, DUKE OF BURGUNDY).

The deal for the film was negotiated by IFC Films’ Director of Acquisitions Aijah Keith and Acquisitions Coordinator Adam Koehler with Hanway Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

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ABOUT IFC MIDNIGHT

Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on digital and cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform, reaching nearly 50 million homes.

Upcoming releases include Hannah Bergholm’s HATCHING and Keith Thomas’ THE VIGIL. Some of the company’s successes have included Andy Nyman’s critical darling GHOST STORIES, André Øvredal’s box-office success THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, Peter Strickland’s modern giallo BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, Dave Franco’s THE RENTAL, Natalie Erika James’ RELIC, and the award-winning and cultural phenomenon THE BABADOOK. IFC Midnight is a sister label to IFC Films, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.

ABOUT HANWAY FILMS

HanWay Films is a UK based international sales company specialising in quality, high-profile and commercially driven films from visionary and unique filmmakers around the world. Established in 1998 by producer Jeremy Thomas, HanWay offers full service solutions; arranging financing, sales, marketing and distribution. HanWay Films has long-term global producing partnerships and represents films from Recorded Picture Company along with projects from third party producers as well as the rights to an extensive film catalogue of over five hundred feature films.

HanWay’s slate includes Matteo Garrone’s PINOCCHIO starring Roberto Benigni; Sia’s MUSIC starring Kate Hudson; Bryan Fogel’s highly anticipated film THE DISSIDENT; Ruth Paxton’s directorial debut A BANQUET; Phillip Noyce’s PEGGY JO starring Lily James; Kim Mordaunt’s WILDLANDS starring Matthias Schoenaerts; Jasmine McGlade’s FENCER starring Zoe Saldana; Julien Temple’s CROCK OF GOLD: A FEW ROUNDS WITH SHANE MACGOWAN; Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut and film festival favourite FALLING; Paul Schrader’s THE CARD COUNTER starring Oscar Isaac; John Patrick Shanley’s WILD MOUNTAIN THYME and Simon Barrett’s SEANCE starring Suki Waterhouse. The company also represents THE SONG OF NAMES directed by Francois Girard and starring Tim Roth and Clive Owen; Robin Wright’s feature directorial debut LAND; Richard Press ’FARNSWORTH HOUSE; James D’Arcy’s heart-warming comedy MADE IN ITALY starring Liam Neeson and Micheál Richardson and Andrew Levitas ’redemptive thriller MINAMATA starring Johnny Depp. For more information, please visit www.hanwayfilms.com

ABOUT RIVERSTONE PICTURES

Riverstone Pictures is a Reliance Entertainment company, founded in 2014 by Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar to produce theatrical feature films and high end television. Based in London and Los Angeles, the company has produced or financed more than twenty major motion pictures to date, including Talyor Sheridan’s WIND RIVER (for which Sheridan won Best Director in Un Certain Regard), Julian Schnabel’s AT ETERNITY’S GATE (for which Willem Dafoe won the Volpe Cup in Venice and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor) and Sara Colangelo’s searing 9/11 drama WORTH, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The company is currently in pre-prep on Olivia Wilde’s PERFECT for Searchlight Pictures, and it has a substantial development slate led by Focus and Protagonist alum Jeremy Baxter.

ABOUT REP PRODUCTIONS 8

A Banquet adds to REP Productions 8 Ltd’s (REP8) growing slate of UK productions which includes the love drama Tell It to the Bees, starring Anna Paquin (The Piano, True Blood) and Holliday Grainger (Jane Eyre, Cinderella) released last year internationally. The company was funded through Motion Picture Capital’s EIS fund.