“Terror at the Mall” doc heads to Europe, Australia

UK agency Drive has inked deficit financing deals with international broadcasters for Amos Pictures' one-off doc about the 2013 attack on Kenya's Westgate shopping center, Terror at the Mall.
September 24, 2014

Broadcasters in Australia, Denmark, Norway and Sweden have picked up Terror at the Mall (pictured), a documentary about the 2013 attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall.

A coproduction between BBC and HBO, the doc was directed and produced by Dan Reed of Amos Pictures. It features interviews with witnesses and survivors, as well as exclusive surveillance camera footage shot inside the upscale shopping center between September 21 and 24 when gunmen from a militant Islamist group laid siege, resulting in at least 67 deaths.

UK-based agency Drive, which facilitates production financing, has secured deficit funding through deals with Channel 9 in Australia, DR in Denmark, TV2 in Norway and SVT in Sweden. Global distributor Earth Touch picked up remaining territory rights.

Terror at the Mall premieres on BBC2 tonight (September 24) and will broadcast in other territories throughout this week. (It aired on HBO on September 15.)

“Making [this film] kind of broke my heart,” Reed said in a statement. “There’s something really horrific about watching a mechanical recording of such an event and that chilled me to the bones. It’s something that will stay with me for a long time.”

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