Dogwoof has acquired Beeban Kidron’s documentary InRealLife, which looks at the effect of the Internet on children, for UK distribution and global sales representation.
The doc was coproduced by Cross Street Films and Studio Lambert, and is one of the first productions for UK pay-TV net Sky Atlantic’s new feature doc strand, ‘Footprints,’ which launches this fall. The film was made with support from the BFI Film Fund.
InRealLife promises to ask “what exactly is the Internet and what is it doing to our children?” The doc ventures on a journey “from the bedrooms of British teenagers to the world of Silicon Valley,” suggesting that rather than the promise of free and open connectivity, young people are increasingly ensnared in a commercial world.
“There has been a recent upsurge of interest in feature documentaries that grapple with contemporary issues, recognising that the feature doc has a special ability to deliver considered long-form investigation,” said Kidron.
“I am gratified that audiences will have the opportunity to see InRealLife in both cinema and on television, the question of how the Internet impacts on the lives of teenagers could hardly be more pressing.”
The deal was brokered by Dogwoof head of distribution Oli Harbottle and Dogwoof Global’s Vesna Cudic, with Zoe Chatten and Freya Sampson of Studio Lambert. A UK theatrical release is set for the fall, which Dogwoof will use as a platform for a global sales launch.
“InRealLife is a timely project which should resonate strongly with a cross-generational audience,” said Harbottle. “We look forward to working with Beeban Kidron, Sky and the BFI to release the film here and using the UK as a launchpad for our Global team to secure international sales.”
The doc was ordered for Sky Atlantic by Chris Wilson, Sky Entertainment’s commissioning editor of factual.
Lizzie Francke, senior executive at the BFI Film Fund, said: “Beeban brings a characteristic sharpness of observation and probing intellect to a key subject of our times.”
The news comes after Dogwoof earlier this month inked a North American sales deal for ‘eco-sex activist’ doc Fuck For Forest with New York-based The Cinema Guild, and last month acquired UK distribution rights for Sundance hit Muscle Shoals.