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Dogwoof takes UK rights to Ben Berman’s “The Amazing Johnathan Documentary”

London-based film sales agent and theatrical distributor Dogwoof has acquired the UK rights to Ben Berman’s debut documentary film The Amazing Johnathan Documentary. The 91-minute film, which held its world premiere ...
August 13, 2019

London-based film sales agent and theatrical distributor Dogwoof has acquired the UK rights to Ben Berman’s debut documentary film The Amazing Johnathan Documentary.

The 91-minute film, which held its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, provides an intimate first-hand account of magician and comedian The Amazing Johnathan. Berman’s cameras follow the elusive illusionist, who was diagnosed with a terminal heart condition and given one year to live three years earlier, as he endures a comeback tour that quickly begins combining reality and illusion.

Featured throughout the film are Penn Jillette, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Eric Andre.

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary will see a theatrical release in the UK from November with home entertainment following soon after.

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary is produced by Cold Iron Pictures in association with Anonymous Content and Horse Horse Horse Production.

Berman serves as director and producer. Miranda Bailey, Russell Wayne Groves, Amanda Marshall and Jacob Perlin serve as produces with Jason Beck, Jon Mugar and Kirk Johnson as executive producers.

The all-rights deal was negotiated between Oli Harbottle, head of acquisitions and distribution for Dogwoof, and Stephen Joy, VP of sales at Kew Media Distribution, on behalf of the filmmakers.

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary is one of the funniest feature docs in recent years and keeps audiences guessing with its myriad twists and turns right until the very end,” said Harbottle in a statement. “Ultimately a self-reflective look at the documentary film-making process, we’re working on some truly exciting plans to release the film here later in the year.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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