Dogwoof nabs UK rights to “The Act of Killing”

The British distributor will release director Joshua Oppenheimer's critical favorite The Act of Killing (pictured) in UK cinemas this summer.
March 26, 2013

British distributor Dogwoof has picked up all UK rights to director Joshua Oppenheimer’s critical favorite The Act of Killing (pictured) and is planning a summer theatrical release.

The documentary follows a group of self-professed mass murderers in Indonesia as they recreate their atrocities in the form of a surreal narrative feature film set in the period following a 1965 military coup. It was executive produced by veteran docmakers Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and André Singer.

Dogwoof is planning a “robust” marketing campaign and community engagement program ahead of the release.

“The Act of Killing is quickly establishing word-of-mouth as one of the must-see films of the year,” Dogwoof’s head of distribution Oli Harbottle said in a statement. “It is surely one of the most provocative and important documentaries of recent years, and we are honored to add the film to the Dogwoof catalog.”

The Act of Killing has screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and CPH:DOX, and won two prizes at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival in February. Drafthouse Films secured the American distribution rights to the film last year and is planning a 30-market theatrical release and awards campaign.

Read realscreen‘s interview with Oppenheimer about the making of the doc here.

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.