With IDFA in full swing and the Forum kicking off on Monday, UK-based documentary sales specialist Dogwoof has announced a series of deals for its current slate.
Winner of SXSW’s Grand Jury Documentary Award and selected in IDFA, critically acclaimed The Work by Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous went to SVT (Sweden), VPRO (the Netherlands) and Movistar (Spain). The Work follows a four-day intensive group therapy session inside the notorious Folsom Prison. Previously announced sales include DR, NRK, BBC and IPBC. Premiering in Venice and playing at IDFA, Daniel McCabe’s This Is Congo is an intimate, unfiltered look inside the Democratic Republic. Buyers in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada and the US are circling the film, which has already been sold to NRK (Norway) and BBC in the UK.
Australian box-office smash Mountain sold to Cinemien (Benelux), Kinosmith (Canada), Tomorrow Films (Japan), NEO Films (Greece) and Russia Report (CIS) – all are expected to release theatrically in 2018. A UK Dogwoof theatrical release is set for 15 December, with DCM in Germany and Switzerland scheduled for the end of November. Dogwoof is currently in talks with all rights buyers in South Korea, China and other European distributors. Narrated by Willem Dafoe, Mountain is a cinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA®-nominated director Jennifer Peedom.
Ramona Diaz’s Motherland went to SVT (Sweden) and SRF (Switzerland), in addition to previously announced sales to ARTE/ZDF (Germany and France), VRT (Belgium) and EER (Estonia). Winner of World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Commanding Vision at Sundance 2017, Motherland is an immersive look inside the world's busiest maternity hospital in the Philippines.
Family study The Family I Had by Katie Green and Carlye Rubin made its world premiere in Tribeca and was the first recipient of Dogwoof’s TDog production fund. It tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who kills his three-year-old sister. The Family I Had has now been taken by Medialaan (Belgium).
As well as taking The Work, Movistar (Spain) snapped up an additional three titles from the Dogwoof slate: DOC NYC’s Grand Jury Prize winner Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco by James Crump, also screening at IDFA; Sundance Grand Jury Doc Winner Dina by Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini; and Lori Kaye’s Kevyn Aucoin, a portrait of iconic makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin who emerged from a troubled childhood to become the most in-demand celebrity and fashion make-up artist.