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>Distant Horizon to back New Independent Production Company, Origin Pictures

>Distant Horizon's Nakata Re-make For Kimmel

>Fruit Chan 'Looks Up' Nakata
"Don't Look Up" on the Horizon

>Distant Horizon's "American East" For Mid-East Film Festivals

>Distant Horizon Brings “Flash Point” to North America

>Asian Remakes Lead Distant Horizon’s 25th Anniversary Slate in Cannes

>Fu Manchu Leads Distant Horizon’s 25th Anniversary Slate in Cannes

>Distant Horizon Premiers two Movies at the AFM

>AmericanEast” on the Horizon
“First Arab-American” Film

>The Weinstein Company Aquires North American Rights
To Distant Horizon's“PREY”

Distant Horizon is involved in all aspects of the motion picture industry and is committed to the independent filmmaker. The company and has produced films in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Africa and has offices in London and Los Angeles. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African based diversified entertainment company, Videovision Entertainment.

In the past eighteen years Distant Horizon has been involved in over seventy feature films. It supports these productions with its distribution expertise, enabling the films to achieve their maximum potential. Distant Horizon regularly attends all the important film festivals and markets including The Sundance Film Festival, American Film Market, Cannes, Venice, Toronto and Independent Feature Project.

The company has strategic relationships with the heavyweights of the film industry, among which are the major studios and leading distribution companies. These include Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, The Walt Disney Company, Universal, Sony Pictures, Miramax, Summit Entertainment, Alliance Atlantis, Artisan Entertainment, Buena Vista, Dimension Films, Fine Line and Icon Entertainment

Chain of Desire, which stars Linda Fiorentino, Malcolm McDowell, Grace Zabriskie, Seymour Cassel and Patrick was shot entirely on location in New York City. The Film opened theatrically in the United States in 1993 and was distributed by October Films.

Dead Beat, produced by Distant Horizon in association with actor Christopher Lambert, was shot in Arizona. The picture, starring Bruce Ramsay, Natasha Wagner and Balthazar Getty premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994.

Distant Horizon successfully distributed Sarafina based on the acclaimed Broadway musical that has toured the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe. The script was written by award winning writer William Nicholson and starred Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg. It was released by Hollywood Pictures in the U.S. and by Warner Brothers in the U.K.

In 1993, Distant Horizon also distributed The Mangler in association with Anant Singh and Allied Film Productions, starring Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street - parts 1-5) and Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs). The script, based on a short story by Stephen King, is co-written by, among others, Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre), who also directed the film. The special effects on this film are by an award-winning team of Hollywood talent whose credits include Super Mario Brothers, Beetlejuice, Aliens, Predator and The Addam’s Family.

Distant Horizon acquired the international distribution rights for "Yankee Zulu", a comedy made in South Africa. The company re-scored and re-edited the film to make it more commercial and appealing to international audiences. “Yankee Zulu” was released by Columbia Tristar in Germany where it grossed $ 3 million at the box office.

The BBC Films co-production Captives was directed by Angela Pope, starring Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction) and Julia Ormond (Legends of the Fall, First Knight and Sabrina). The picture was selected as the opening film in the Venetian Nights section of the 1994 Venice Film Festival, in addition to its selection for Gala Presentation at the 1994 Toronto Film Festival. Captives was released by Entertainment in the U.K. and by Miramax Films in the United States.

In 1995, the company distributed the film version of Alan Paton’s profound literary classic Cry, The Beloved Country. Paton’s story was adapted for screen by Oscar nominee Ronald Harwood (The Dresser, The Browning Version) and directed by Darrell James Roodt. The film stars Academy Award nominees James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope) and Richard Harris (This Sporting Life and The Field) and a stellar local cast including Vusi Kunene (The Line), Leleti Khumalo (Sarafina!) and Abigail Kubeka. The music is scored by five-time Academy Award winner, John Barry (Dances With Wolves, Out Of Africa, Born Free and The Lion In Winter) and was released in the United States through Miramax.

Scorpion Spring, produced by Distant Horizon and shot in Arizona in the United States, charts the emotional journey of an American youth Zac, as he is swept up in an intricate, RASHOMON - like desert flight involving the Border Patrol and tow Mexican aliens whom he thoughtlessly tries to assist. The film stars Alfred Molina, Ruben Blades, Esai Morales and Matthew McConaughey and was scored by the award-winning Lalo Shifrin.

Face, a co-production with BBC Films and directed by Antonia Bird (Priest) and stars Robert Carlyle (Priest, Trainspotting and The Full Monty) as well as Ray Winstone and Damon Alburn (lead singer of the rock group Blur). Face is about a group of London thieves who rob an armoured car, but are forced to close ranks when one member double-crosses them and steals the loot. The film premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in August 1997, and was selected for the Renaissance Section of the Venice Film Festival and had a special presentation screening at the Toronto Film Festival.

Bravo Two Zero co-produced with the BBC and based on the multi-million best selling book by Andy McNab was shot in South Africa. It is the story of a crack SAS troop, that embarked on a top secret mission, in January 1991, to infiltrate Iraqi territory and sever strategic communication lines between Baghdad and North West Iraq and to seek and destroy mobile SCUD launchers. Bravo Two Zero is an awe-inspiring account of a troop of Special Forces with exceptional courage and endurance in the face of overwhelming adversity. Sean Bean (Golden Eye & Anna Karenina) stars as Sergeant Andy McNab and the film is directed by multi-award winning director Tom Clegg. It was distributed in the United States by Miramax.

The Theory of Flight starring Helena Bonham Carter and Kenneth Branagh was shot in Cardiff and London, is a darkly comic film that charts the outlandish relationship that grows between a young woman, Jane (Bonham-Carter) afflicted by Motor Neurone Disease and her reluctant and somewhat eccentric care-giver, Richard Hopkins (Brannagh). The film was also co-produced with the BBC and was directed by Paul Greengrass and released in the United States by Miramax.

In 1998, Distant Horizon co-produced Get Real with Graphite Films in association with British Screen and The Arts Council of England. The film follows the fate of a group of teenagers in Basingstoke as they dance their way through the minefield of adolescence and their sexual orientation. Sixteen year old Steven Carter is finding it increasingly difficult to reconcile life in the Sixth Form with the pressure of his parents’ aspirations and his own inner state of hormonal overdrive. The film features a remarkable line up of young British talent, including Ben Silverstone (The Browning Version, Lolita) Brad Gorton, Charlotte Brittain, Tim Harris, Stacy Hart, Kate McEnery and James D. White and marks the directorial debut of helmer Simon Shore. The film was acquired for distribution in the United States by Paramount Classics. Get Real won the Standard Life Audience Award at the 1998 Edinburgh Film Festival and scooped the main prizes at the Ninth British Film Festival of Dinard, viz. Trophee Hitchcock d’or (The Jury Prize), Trophee Hitchcock (The Audience Award) and the Trophee Hitchcock
Kodak
(The Cinematography Award).

Distant Horizon also distributed the hit Australian film, The Dish and brokered a deal with Warner Brothers for the United States release and Icon Entertainment for worldwide distribution.. The Dish follows the almost unknown story about how the live television pictures from the moon landing were beamed to people on Earth. The film follows the emotions, drama and laughter behind the four-day Apollo XI mission in July 1969 and the extraordinary role the small Australian town of Parkes played. The film stars Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Kevin Harrington (Sea Change), Tom Long (Strange Planet) and Patrick Warburton (Emperor’s New Groove) and is from the director/producer team of The Castle, Rob Sitch and Michael Hirsh.

In 2001, Distant Horizon distributed The Long Run starring Armin Mueller-Stahl (Shine, Jakob, The Liar), Nthati Moshesh(Kini And Adams) and Paterson Joseph (The Beach) and is directed by Jean Stewart (Cracker, Butterfly Collectors). TheLong Run traces the life of a failed track coach, Berthold Bohmer (Armin Mueller Stahl), who discovers a young and beautiful Namibian woman runner, Christine (Nthati Moshesh), as she runs alone. He realises that she has what it takes to win the Comrades Marathon, and immediately begins to persuade her to prepare for the race with him as her trainer. The Long Run was acquired for worldwide distribution (excluding Africa) by Universal Focus, the speciality division of Universal Pictures.

Distant Horizon successfully distributed the South African blockbuster comedy, Mr Bones. The film, starring South Africa’s Number One Boxoffice Star, Leon Schuster in the lead, is set against the background of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City. It is a classic slapstick comedy and was released on November 30, 2001 and is the highest grossing South African film of all time. The film grossed more than Three Million Euros in Germany and One Million Euros in Spain.

2002 saw the production of I Capture The Castle, a captivating love story set in 1930s England. The film stars newcomer Romola Garai, Australian Rose Byrne (Star Wars: Episode II) and Americans Henry Thomas (Gangs of New York, Legends of the Fall, ET) and Marc Blucas (Sunshine State). This new British romantic comedy also stars Bill Nighy (Lucky Break), Tara Fitzgerald (Brassed Off), Henry Cavill, Sarah Woodward, James Faulkner and David Bamber. The film was released by the Samuel Goldwyn Company in the United States and by Momentum Pictures in the United Kingdom.

Distant Horizon acquired the hit Taiwanese series ThunderForce for worldwide distribution. The series comprises a multi-platform franchise consisting of over 900 hours of television programming, CD-Rom games, comic books, action figures, playing cards and other merchandising, and a feature film, Legend of the Sacred Stone. A deal was concluded with Broadway Video Enterprises and Goodtimes Entertainment for the series which was renamed Wulin Warriors: Legend of the Seven Stars and this association saw the series being placed on Cartoon Network’s Toonami Block in September 2005.

Distant Horizon recently acquired the worldwide rights to the gripping docu-feature, The Journalist And The Jihadi: The Murder Of Daniel Pearl which tracks the parallel lives of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and jihadi Omar Sheikh. Both highly educated individuals from privileged backgrounds, the two men saw the world differently, but with seemingly similar passion and commitment. One was a humanist, who spent most of his career reporting from the Islamic world on a quest to promote cross-cultural understanding; the other was a militant who ultimately chose a deeply violent path to express his views. After 9/11, their paths crossed in Pakistan, with tragic consequences. The film will its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April 2006.

Distant Horizon has been on the cutting edge of Asian entertainment since the early 1990s. Its film Black Mask” was the first Jet Li feature to be released theatrically in the United States by Artisan Entertainment and grossed $15 million , and the company was also responsible for taking several Jackie Chan titles to the States, including Police Story 1 & 2 and Twin Dragons. Its latest Hong Kong feature, Zu Warriors, starring Zhang Zi Yi, will be distributed by Miramax later this year. Other recent Asian acquisitions include Ryuhei Kitamura’s Versus from Japan and Kim Tae-Gyun’s Volcano High from Korea.

Distant Horizon has acquired a number of Asian titles remake. Distant Horizon’s Anant Singh and Brian Cox are producers of the Dimension Films production of Pulse, a remake of the Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japanese horror film that Jim Sonzer directed, with Kirsten Bell and Ian Somerhalder starring. Distant Horizon is also currently developing a remake of Don’t Look Up, an early title from director Hideo Nakata (Ring) and a live action adaptation of the urban comic book series Brotherman.

Distant Horizon’s relationship with Hong Kong based China Star Entertainment has seen the production of a number of films, including Black Mask (Jet Li) and Black Mask 2 which was released by Columbia. Distant Horizon has also acquired the remake rights to China Star’s Colour Of Truth, a tense and stylish cop thriller that is filled with action and drama. It focuses on the moral dilemma of a young police officer who fights between the truth and the desire to avenge his father’s death.

Co-produced with Dimension Films is Pulse, a remake of the Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japanese horror film which stars Kirsten Bell, Ian Somerhalder, Christina Milian and Rick Gonzalez. The film is directed by Jim Sonzero and is written by Wes Craven and Ray Wright. Pulse follows the antics of a hacker who invades the computer of someone who is developing a powerful wireless signal and accidentally releases a mysterious force that takes away the will to live from human beings, generating a suicide epidemic.

Prey, written and directed by Darrell James Roodt (the Academy Award Nominated Yesterday), along with co-writers Beau Bauman and Jeff Wadlow (writers of Cry Wolf) produced by Dstant Horizon, was acquired for worldwide distribution by Sony Pictures. Prey is an intense thriller inspired by true events that see a dream holiday become an African nightmare when three American tourists get lost and desperately out of their depth in the remote bush, while being hunted by a pride of persistent and ruthless lions. The cast includes Bridget Moynahan (I Robot, Lord of War) as American, Amy Newman, Peter Weller (24, RoboCop, Naked Lunch) as her husband Tom Newman, and Carly Schroeder (Firewall, Mean Creek) as their 14 year old daughter. Connor Dowds (Glory Glory) and Jamie Bartlett (Red Dust) round off the cast.

American East was the Arab-American drama starring, Tony Shalhoub, the Emmy-winning star of the hit series Monk, Kais Nashef, lead actor in the international hit and Oscar-nominated Palestinian film, Paradise Now and Egyptian-American actor Sayed Badreya. Badreya co-wrote the script with director Hesham Issawi. Singh and Distant Horizon’s Brian Cox are producers, along with partners Mohannad Malas and Ahmad Zahra of Tala Corp. American East examines long-held misunderstandings about Arab culture and puts a human face on a segment of this American population that is presently in the spotlight. The story highlights the pressures under which many Arab-Americans live today.

Recently completed is the re-make of Hideo Nakata’s Don’t Look Up starring Henry Thomas (I Capture The Castle, Gangs Of New York), Kevin Corrigan (Departed, American Gangster), Lothaire Bluteau (Black Robe, Jesus of Montreal), Carmen Chaplin (All About the Benjamins) and Reshad Strik (Hills Have Eyes 2). Set in and around an abandoned film studio from another era, Don’t Look Up charts the unravelling sanity of a director and his crew when spirits from that era invade the film stock of the contemporary production and, in a few stark frames, open a horrifying window on a terrible curse from the past.


The First Grader

My Hunter's Heart

Don't Look Up

American East Prey

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