Simon Bird’s ‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’ Set for February Launch — Film News in Brief

MONDAY, Dec. 14

Greenwich Acquires North American Rights to ‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’

Greenwich Entertainment has bought North American distribution rights to “Days of the Bagnold Summer,” the directorial debut of Simon Bird (star of “The Inbetweeners”), for a Feb. 19 release in theaters and on demand.

Bird’s comedy, which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival, contains a soundtrack by Belle & Sebastian and is based on the graphic novel by Joff Winterhart with a screenplay written by Lisa Owens. Starring Earl Cave, Monica Dolan and Rob Brydon, the film explores the wobbly relationship between a well-intentioned single librarian and her black-clad teenage son, who’d rather listen to Metallica than his mother.

“Days of the Bagnold Summer” was produced by Matthew James Wilkinson and co-produced by Isabelle Georgeaux with executive producers James Appleton, James Atherton, Reinhard Besser, Will Clarke, Walter Mair, Andy Mayson, Jan Pace, Mike Runagall and Pat Wintersgill. The film has a 90% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Freestyle Buys ‘Buck Run’ for January 

Freestyle Digital Media has acquired North American rights to the drama “Buck Run,” directed by Nick Frangione and written by David Hauslein, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film stars James Le Gros, Kevin J. O’Connor, Amy Hargreaves, Alicia Goranson, Jim Parrack, Angus Macfadyen, and Nolan Lyons. It’s loosely based on Frangione’s childhood memories of growing up as an outsider in rural Pennsylvania. “Buck Run” is the story of heartbroken 15-year-old Shaw (Lyons) who must move in with his estranged, alcoholic father (Le Gros) after the death of his mother.

The film will be available to rent and own on North American digital HD internet, cable and satellite platforms on Jan. 15.

‘Alaska Is a Drag’ Getting Dec. 31 Release

Array Releasing has bought the North American rights to Shaz Bennett’s dramedy “Alaska Is a Drag” and plans a Dec. 31 release on Netflix.

The film is a fish-out-of-water dramedy centering on Leo (Martin L. Washington Jr.), a glam-obsessed young man with dreams of being a drag superstar while working in a fish cannery in Alaska and defending himself against homophobic attacks. After taking abuse from the town bully one too many times, Leo and his twin sister Tristen (Maya Washington) put his unlikely punching skills to the test with the help of his boss and former amateur boxer (Jason Scott Lee).

Margaret Cho, Matt Dallas, Christopher O’Shea, Kevin Daniels and Nia Peeples co-star. Producers are Melanie Miller, Diane Becker, Bennett and Jean- Pierre Caner.