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Derrick Borte’s LONDON TOWN starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers which just had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival (LAFF) was quickly snapped up by IFC Films for release in the US.

LONDON TOWN was written by Matthew Brown and in addition to Jonathan Rhys Meyers, also stars Daniel Huttlestone, Dougray Scott, Natascha McElhone and Tom Hughes.

LONDON TOWN takes place in Thatcher’s England circa 1979. Amid striking unions and soaring inflation, 14-year-old Shay (Huttlestone) struggles with bullies, school, housework and his mother’s (McElhone) abandonment of their family. When his dad (Scott) is hospitalized, Shay also becomes responsible for his younger sister and his burdens begin to mirror the chaotic country at large. His only salvation is seeing The Clash perform. Inspired by the music that addresses the poverty and injustices that surround him, Shay embraces the punk rock lifestyle, but his good heart ultimately wins him the most unlikely of champions: Joe Strummer himself (Rhys Meyers).

Notes Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films: “Derrick Borte has crafted a film that is as vibrant and riotous as the time it depicts. We are very excited to bring the film to US audiences and make the punk rock era of the 1970s come alive once more.”

The film was produced by Sofia Sondervan of Dutch Tilt Film, Christine Vachon of Killer Films and Tom Butterfield of Culmination Productions in association with Vandermolen Film Company.

Executive Producers are: Vandermolen Film Company’s Alastair Burlingham Lee Vandermolen and Charlie Dombek; Angel Chen; Dennis Mykytyn; Head Gear’s Phil Hunt and Compton Ross; Luke Daniels; Jeff Rice; Matthew Lamothe; Aross N. Berman, Alex Cutler, Steve Knox; Matthew Brown and Scott Lochmus.

The deal reunites IFC Films with screenwriter Matthew Brown and Producer Sofia Sondervan on the heels of Brown’s successful recent release, THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY, which he wrote, produced, and directed.

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