London-based production company Raw TV’s first feature documentary, The Imposter, has been picked up by UK theatrical distribution company Protagonist Pictures.
While theatrical sales for North America are being handled by The Indomina Group, Protagonist has already secured distribution deals in the UK, Australia, France, Israel, the Middle East, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Switzerland, the company says. Protagonist also has Sundance Film Festival winner Searching for Sugar Man in its catalogue.
The Imposter follows the story of a 13-year-old boy who disappeared from his home in San Antonio, Texas. When he is found three and a half years later in southern Spain, his family notices that he looks slightly different and has a strange accent. And when an investigator begins asking the questions, the film takes an even stranger turn.
The doc is an A&E IndieFilms, Film 4 and Channel 4 presentation of a Raw TV production, in association with Red Box Films and Passion Pictures, and will be released in theatres in the U.S. on July 13 and in the UK on August 24.
The Imposter won the Hot Docs 2012 Filmmakers Award and took the Grand Jury doc prize at the Miami International Film Festival.
“We started in this business because of our love of filmmaking and our ambitions to make innovative work for both big and small screen,” said Bart Layton, the film’s director and creative director at Raw TV. “Watching the film screen to great acclaim in front of large audiences at places like Sundance and South By Southwest is unlike any experience we’ve ever had before. We are over the moon with the response so far and the opportunities this brings for us to move into exciting new territories.”