Dogwoof finds Gibney’s “Fela,” preps UK release
UK distributor Dogwoof has picked up Alex Gibney’s Sundance hit Finding Fela (pictured), taking on the music doc for both UK distribution and international sales representation.
The film examines the life of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, offering a behind-the-scenes look at how the 2009 Broadway show Fela! reintroduced the musical icon to a new generation.
Dogwoof will release Finding Fela in UK cinemas in September, and will handle international sales in all territories excluding North America, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Africa. The doc will have its UK premiere at Sundance London this weekend.
Dogwoof head of distribution Oli Harbottle said: “Alex Gibney has once again shown himself to be the pre-eminent documentarian to look at a hugely important yet complex individual of recent times.
“Fela Kuti’s widespread following both in the UK and internationally is ever-growing as people discover this political and musical icon, and we are hugely excited about introducing Fela to further audiences still.”
Harbottle brokered the deal with John Sloss of Cinetic Media. This is the second Gibney doc Dogwoof has handled for UK distribution, following the 2011 release of Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer.