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Wider Us release for Australian drama

11 September 2014 2:35 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Playbook, an Australian drama about a basketball coach whose life is torn apart after a tragic accident, will be released on at least 140 screens in the Us.

First-time feature writer/director/producer Darran Scott has just secured a deal to distribute the film on 100-plus screens in Utah, Arizona and Idaho through sales agent Heritage International and Excel Films/Deseret.

That.s in addition to a deal signed earlier this year with Cmd, which will release the film on 40 screens across the Southern States.

A November launch is planned, followed by DVD/VoD in December via Cmd, which will also distribute the film on home entertainment in Brazil.

.This is a significant release for a little Aussie micro-budget film,. says Scott, adding that the release has the potential to broaden to 200 screens in Utah, Arizona and Idaho.

.Cmd is looking to place DVD units into major Us retailers such as WalMart, »

- Don Groves

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Australian drama lands Us deal

18 February 2014 7:53 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Cmd Distribution has acquired Us rights to The Playbook, an Australian drama about a basketball coach whose life is torn apart after a tragic accident.

Shot in Victoria, it.s the feature writing and directing debut of Darran Scott, a former actor who has produced several documentaries and short films.

Scott tells If that Cmd has agreed to release the film on at least 40 screens in North America and on DVD and VoD. That will be a far wider spread of cinemas than at home, where it played on 15 screens in the six capital cities last July, restricted by a lack of marketing dollars.

The privately funded film used the producer offset and got a grant from Film Victoria.s Regional Location Assistance Fund. The cast includes Mick Preston, Harry Borland, Dennis Coard, Lauren Clair, Kath Gordon and newcomer Lloyd Edwards. Australian and NBA basketball star Luc Longley has a cameo. »

- Don Groves

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