TIFF ’15: Cinephil takes global rights to “The Hard Stop”

The Tel Aviv-based sales company has acquired George Amponsah's documentary about Londoner Mark Duggan, whose shooting death in 2011 sparked England's worst rioting in decades.
September 8, 2015

Tel Aviv-based sales agent Cinephil has picked up the global rights to The Hard Stop ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The doc, which was directed by George Amponsah, is about the police killing of 29-year-old London man Mark Duggan in August 2011. His death sparked public protests that eventually escalated into rioting across England. The film follows Duggan’s closest friends as they fight for justice during a judicial inquiry into his death.

Cinephil MD Philippa Kowarsky negotiated the deal with producers Dionne Walker and Virginia Burgess.

“We are proud to support George Amponsah’s very timely film, which gives an intimate local perspective on an issue of global importance,” Kowarsky said in a statement. “His powerful and emotional portayal of Duggan’s life and best friends is exemplary.”

Following its debut at TIFF, The Hard Stop will screen at the BFI London Film Festival.

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