London-based documentary sales specialist Dogwoof has strung up a series of deals with international broadcasters for their current slate.
Rosie Jones’ The Family (98 minutes), investigating one of Australia’s most notorious cults and its leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne, has been sold to Starz in the U.S., RTL in Germany, NRK in Norway, DR in Denmark, SVT in Sweden, CH8 in Israel, Movistar + in Spain, and Medialaan in Beligum.
Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s Sundance-winning doc Dina (pictured) has been picked up by Korea’s EBS, Germany’s RTL, and the BBC in the UK. The 101-minute film charts the unconventional love story of Philadelphia-based Dina, an eccentric 49-year-old suburban woman, and her fiancée Scott, an early-morning Walmart greeter, as they move in together ahead of their impending wedding. Dogwoof will release the film in the UK on Oct. 20.
Ramona Diaz’s 94-minute feature Motherland, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, takes the audience into the world’s busiest maternity hospital in the Philippines, one of the poorest and most populous countries in the world. The film has been sold to France’s ARTE, Estonia’s EER, Filmrise in the U.S. and Canada, and Belgium’s VRT. Dogwoof will present a television version to buyers at MIPCOM.
Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous’ The Work (89 minutes) has been taken by Israel’s IPBC, Norway’s NRK, Denmark’s DR and Estonia’s EER. Winner of the 2017 SXSW Grand Jury Documentary Award and one of realscreen‘s 2017 MIPCOM Picks, The Work gives audiences a raw look at a unique group-healing process that occurs between inmates and outsiders at Folsom State Prison.
Katie Green and Carlye Rubin’s Tribeca Film Festival-premiering The Family I Had has been acquired by Discovery ID with other ancillary in the U.S., Canada and Australia going to FilmRise. The 77-minute film, which follows the story of a broken family after a 13-year-old boy kills his three-year-old sister, also sold to true crime strands in EER (Estonia), NRK (Norway), Channel 8 (Israel), SVT (Sweden), DR (Denmark), Movistar (Spain), RTL (Germany), VPRO (The Netherlands).
Meanwhile, Alexandra Dean‘s Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story follows the story of the Hollywood actor who devised a “secret communication system” for the Allies to beat the Nazis during WWII. The film, which wasexec produced by Susan Sarandon, has been acquired by AMC (SSA and MENA), Channel 8 (Israel), Huanxi (China), AIASPLUS (Korea), Movistar (Spain). All theatrical rights were picked up by Madman (Australia and New Zealand), and Feltrinelli (Italy), while Jaguar took worldwide airlines.
Lana Wilson’s feature-length project The Departure, which debuted at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and is a realscreen MIPCOM Pick, profiles Japanese Buddhist priest Ittetsu Nemoto, renowned for saving the lives of suicidal individuals at the cost of his own family and health. The film went to Estonia’s EER, China’s Huan Xi Media, AMC Documentary Channel in Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle-East and North Africa.
Directed by Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill, The Reagan Show provides an exclusive look into Reagan’s eight years in the White House. The film has been selected by the Netherlands’ VPRO, Denmark’s DR, Belgium’s VRT, Germany’s RTL and Korea’s EBS.