Saturday, March 27th, 2010 - Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group
Culver City, CA. – Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) has picked up all U.S. distribution rights to RED HILL, the neo-western thriller which premiered at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival. Starring Ryan Kwanten (HBO’s “True Blood”), Steve Bisley (Mad Max), and Tom E. Lewis (The Proposition), the film was produced by Al Clark (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Chopper), and written, produced and directed by Patrick Hughes. RED HILL marks Hughes’ directorial feature film debut.

SPWAG’s Scott Shooman, Vice President of Acquisitions and Productions, and Dan Primozic, Vice President of Business Affairs, brokered the deal with Arclight Films’ Mark Lindsay, President, Sales and Acquisitions, and Gary Hamilton, Co-Chairman and Managing Director.

No date has been set for the release of the film.

“Hughes has contemporized the revenge western with such style and adrenaline that we jumped at the opportunity to distribute such a bad ass movie,” said Shooman.

Lindsay added, "For a first time director, Patrick shows remarkable skill, and we are thrilled to have Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group on board distributing it in the U.S."

Hughes is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

RED HILL follows young police officer Shane Cooper (Kwanten) as he relocates to the small country town of Red Hill with his pregnant wife Alice to start a family. But when news of a prison break sends the local law enforcement officers - led by the town’s ruling presence, Old Bill (Bisley) - into a panic, Shane’s first day on duty rapidly turns into a nightmare. Enter Jimmy Conway (Lewis), a convicted murderer serving life behind bars, who has returned to the isolated outpost seeking revenge. Now caught in the middle of what will become a terrifying and bloody confrontation, Shane will be forced to take the law into his own hands if he is to survive.

A taut thriller which unfolds over the course of a single day and night, and told with explosive action and chilling violence, RED HILL is a modern-day western played out against the extraordinary landscapes of high-country Australia.

About Arclight Films
Arclight Films has represented more than one hundred motion pictures and incorporates the labels Darclight Films, as its genre division, and Easternlight Films, which is devoted to showcasing the best in Asian cinema. The company has a recognized presence at all major motion picture festivals and markets, as well as MIP-TV and MIPCOM. The company has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, and Tokyo.

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) has picked up all U.S. distribution rights to RED HILL, the neo-western thriller which premiered at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.

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