DISTANT HORIZON PREMIERES TWO MOVIES AT
President of Distant Horizon, Anant Singh announced today that
the company will premiere two films at the American Film Market
this year – Prey and Shoot The Messenger.
Prey is the latest film from helmer, Darrell James Roodt (director
of the Academy Award Nominated Yesterday) and is written by Roodt
with co-writers of Cry Wolf, Beau Bauman and Jeff Wadlow. Prey is
an intense thriller, inspired by true events that see an American
family’s dream holiday become an African nightmare when they
get lost, and find themselves desperately out of their depth in
the remote bush, while being stalked 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. Prey has been acquired
for North American distribution by The Weinstein Company, while
international sales are being handled by Odyssey Entertainment.
The film will be premiered at the AFM on Friday, 3 November at 11.00am
at AMC 3 and will screen again on Saturday, 4 November at 09.00am
at AMC 4.
The powerful British film, Shoot The Messenger, which received
widespread critical acclaim at the Tribeca and Edinburgh Film Festivals
this year, was acquired for worldwide distribution by Distant Horizon.
The film, directed by Ngozi Onwurah (Body Beautiful, Coffee Coloured
Children) and which stars David Oyelowo (American Blend, As You
Like It), Nikki Amuka-Bird (The Omen, The Line Of Beauty) and Charles
Mnene (The Great Ecstacy Of Robert Carmichael, Holby City) follows
one man's painful journey towards self-discovery. On the way he
finds both his own attitudes and the expectations of his community
challenged. Critics were unanimous in their praise for the film
with Variety declaring, “it has the visual audacity of a Sam
Fuller or Spike Lee,” while The Daily Telegraph said, “a
drama with bold and almost brutal directness,” and The Guardian
called the film, “bold and brave, the best thing I have seen
for a while.” The AFM premiere screening times are: Friday,
3 November at 1.00pm at Le Merigot 2 and on Sunday, 5 November at
09.00am at Le Merigot 2. Shoot The Messenger will also be featured
at the AFI Festival where it will be screened on Sunday, 5 November
at 9.30pm at Arclight 13 and on Monday, 6 November at Arclight 12
“We are thrilled to be having two premieres for our film
at the AFM,” said Distant Horizon’s Anant Singh. “Prey
is a really powerful suspense thriller set in the African bush,
while Shoot The Messenger is a hard-hitting drama that follows one
man's painful journey towards self-discovery. Both the films are
engaging and captivate audiences,” continued Singh.
Currently in post-production from Distant Horizon is the Arab-American
drama American East and the sci-fi supernatural thriller Spoon.
American East stars Tony Shalhoub (the Emmy-winning star of the
hit television series Monk), Kais Nashef (the Oscar-nominated Palestinian
film, Paradise Now) and Egyptian-American actor Sayed Badreya. Badreya
co-wrote the script with director Hesham Issawi. Spoon, shot on
location in South Africa stars Darren Boyd, Rutger Hauer and Gerard
Carey and is written and directed by Sharlto Copley and Simon Hansen.