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Nick Rowland’s Calm with Horses Acquired by Saban Films

Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Nick Rowland’s (Ripper Street, Hard Sun) feature film debut Calm with Horses following its premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival.

Starring Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth, Peaky Blinders), Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer), BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, Niamh Algar (Raised by Wolves, The Virtues) and Ned Dennehy (Peaky Blinders, Guns Akimbo), the crime drama was written by Joe Murtagh.

Calm with Horses is a DMC Film, Element Pictures production in association with Altitude Film Entertainment; developed and co-financed by Film4 and Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland with the participation of The Western Region Audiovisual Producer’s Fund/WRAP Fund.

Daniel Emmerson is producing, with Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan serving as executive producers, for DMC.

Also executive producing are Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures (Room, The Favourite), Sam Lavender, Sue Bruce-Smith and Daniel Battsek for Film4, Will Clarke and Mike Runagall for Altitude, Celine Haddad for Screen Ireland, and Sarah Dillon for the WRAP Fund. Element’s Rory Gilmartin (Rosie) and Kate Glover (Black Mirror, McMafia) are serving as co-producers.

In darkest rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas ‘Arm’ Armstrong has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, whilst also trying to be a good father to his autistic five-year-old son, Jack. Torn between these two families, Arm’s loyalties are truly tested when he is asked to kill for the first time.

Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said, “Nick Rowland’s debut shines through its cast of rising stars. Each actor connects deeply with their roles as Nick’s direction pulls audiences into the West Ireland drug scene.”

Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with Altitude Film Sales and CAA Media Finance on behalf of the filmmakers.

Saban Films continues to grow its presence in the industry, remaining active in the acquisition, production and distribution space. The company’s successes have run the gamut from critically-acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman starring Hilary Swank, to two of the biggest Fathom events.

They include horror icon and heavy metal mastermind Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell last year and Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back which the company partnered on after coming onboard at script stage.

Its current slate includes Jason Lei Howden’s Guns Akimbo starring Daniel Radcliffe; Ant Timpson’s Come to Daddy starring Elijah Wood; and Vivarium starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg.

Saban Films, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group, is a film acquisition and distribution company which acquires high-quality, feature films to distribute in North America. Focusing on commercial, talent driven films, the company looks at projects in all stages of production for release across multiple platforms, including a day and date theatrical/VOD release strategy.

Based in Los Angeles, Saban Films was established by Haim Saban, SCG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and is led by Bill Bromiley who serves as President, Shanan Becker, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and Ness Saban, Vice President of Business Development.

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