The Scream, a new feature documentary about the 1994 theft of Edvard Munch’s world-famous painting, has been acquired by Abacus Media Rights and Night Train Media for worldwide distribution.
Commissioned by Sky Documentaries from unscripted prodco Curve Media, the 90-minute doc details the daring heist of the legendary painting from Oslo’s National Gallery shortly before the opening of the ’94 Winter Olympics in nearby Lillehammer, and the ensuing manhunt for the thieves. Employing interviews, re-enactments and archival footage, the film creates a thriller-like atmosphere as it profiles both the mastermind behind the crime — a lifelong Munch obsessive who had been convicted six years earlier of stealing another of the painter’s canvases — and the Scotland Yard detective on his trail.
“We are delighted that AMR’s programming portfolio is continuing to grow with diverse features of such high caliber,” said Abacus managing director Jonathan Ford in a news release. “We very much look forward to offering this fascinating film, commissioned by industry leaders Sky, to our many clients around the world.”
Abacus’ acquisition of The Scream comes shortly after the company picked up yet another investigative-style doc, Race and Medical Experiments: What’s the Truth, a 60-minute exposé of how government medical experiments on often unknowing ethnic communities (including the notorious Tuskegee syphilis study) have helped breed widespread distrust of public health measures.
The Scream is directed by Jenny Ash and executive produced for Curve Media by Camilla Lewis and Rob Carey. Asif Kapadia, Academy Award–winning director of the docs Amy, Senna, and Diego Maradona, is also on board as an EP.