KATEE SACKHOFF LANDS LEAD ROLE IN SUPERNATURAL HORROR FILM “DON’T KNOCK TWICE”
Content Media Has Worldwide Sales Rights; Introducing to Buyers in Cannes
Cannes, France – May 15, 2015 – It was revealed today in Cannes that Katee Sackhoff (“Oculus,” “Riddick,” “Battlestar Galactica”) will star in the supernatural horror film “Don’t Knock Twice,” directed by Caradog James and being sold in Cannes by Content Media.
In the vein of “Candyman” meets “The Ring,” “Don’t Knock Twice” is based on a psychologically terrifying urban legend. To save her estranged daughter, a guilt-ridden mother must uncover the terrifying truth behind the urban legend of a vengeful, demonic witch.
Caradog James (“The Machine,” “Little White Lies”) is directing “Don’t Knock Twice” from a script by Emmy nominated writing duo Mark Huckerby (“Howl”) and Nick Ostler (“Howl”).
The film is being produced by Red & Black Films’ John Giwa-Amu (“The Machine,” “The Call Up”) and Seymour Films’ Claire Moorsom. Content’s President of Film, Jamie Carmichael, serves as Executive Producer.
Principal photography will commence in July in the UK.
The film marks a re-teaming between Content Media and Caradog James and his award-winning, UK based Red & Black Films production banner. They first partnered together on the cult sci-fi action thriller “The Machine.”
Distributors worldwide will be introduced the project in Cannes by Jamie Carmichael and Content’s Head of Sales, Harry White.
Carmichael said: “Caradog has proven himself to be a very dynamic and innovative director, and clearly Katee brings a ton of experience and credibility to this genre too – they’re going to make a fantastic team.”
“After the worldwide success of ‘The Machine’ we’re excited to be traveling this journey with Content again and thrilled to have landed Katee for our leading lady,” said Giwa-Amu and James.
“Don’t Knock” Twice is financed by Altara, Ffilm Cymru Wales and Content Media.
Katee Sackhoff is represented by Manager Leland LaBarre (Bleu, An Entertainment Company), Lawyer Darren Trattner (Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein) and Agent Sheila Wenzel (Innovative Artists).
About Content Media Corporation
Content Media Corporation Ltd is a London and LA-based private company that owns and distributes a significant library of film, television, and digital assets. The Company’s library of rights includes over 5,000 hours of television programming, 200 hours of digital programming and 275 feature films.
Content Media recently closed a multi-faceted deal with Bruno Wu’s Beijing-based Seven Stars Entertainment and Media, Ltd., in which Content acquired the Alive Group of companies allowing Content to distribute its extensive library of film and television rights through the Alive Group to the Chinese market, as well as a direct equity investment by Seven Stars into Content
The film sales division launched in 2002 and represents high profile, commercial feature films with great artistic and theatrical ambition. In addition to handling worldwide sales, marketing, and publicity, the company assists film producers in securing financing.
In addition to “Don’t Knock Twice,” Content’s impressive international sales slate includes the Maria Callas biopic “Callas,” starring Noomi Rapace with Niki Caro directing; the Cannes Classics selection “Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans” the extraordinary, moving and white-knuckle documentary about one of the greatest movie stars of all time; the star-studded romantic drama “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” starring Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams, Jessica Biel, Orlando Jones, with Paul Reiser and Mary Steenburgen; Adam Rehmeier’s intense action feature “Save a Bullet For Me”; the smash hit HBO documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief” from Academy Award® winning director Alex Gibney, which was the network’s most watched documentary premiere in a decade; Alex Winter’s “Deep Web,” narrated by Keanu Reeves; Rodney Ascher’s acclaimed horror documentary “The Nightmare”; the comedy documentary “Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana!”; the action/thriller “Pandemic” starring Rachel Nichols, Mekhi Phifer, and Missi Pyle, and Alfie Allen; the intense horror film “The Diabolical” starring Ali Larter; the uplifting emotional drama “Life at these Speeds” starring Billy Crudup and Graham Rogers; Academy® Award winning director Mike van Diem’s return romantic comedy “The Surprise”; “Janis: Little Girl Blue” directed by Academy® Award nominated Amy Berg; the spy thriller “Newcomer” starring James Floyd and Anthony LaPaglia; the supernatural heist thriller “The Trust”; Oscar Wilde’s “The Canterville Ghost” voiced by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie; and the romantic comedy “Comet” starring Justin Long and Emmy Rossum.
About Red & Black Films
Red and Black is a production and distribution company based in the UK. Brit List winning Sci-Fi screenplay THE CALL UP currently in Post-Production. The film is being Produced alongside Stigma Films and was directed by award winning commercials director, Charles Barker. THE CALL UP is set to be released in cinemas 2016.
John recently co-produced THE SILENT STORM starring Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) with Neon Films, Barbara Broccoli’s Eon Films, New Sparta, The British Film Company and Ffilm Cymru Wales. THE SILENT STORM was selected to have it world premier at the BFI London Film Festival and is being distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.
Sci-Fi Thriller, THE MACHINE, starring Toby Stephens (Die Another Day, Black Sails), Caity Lotz (The Pact, Arrow) and Denis Lawson (Star Wars). Red and Black produced and distributed with a cinema release in March 2014, hitting number 2 in the UK iTunes charts and number 5 in USA and Germany. The film had its’ world premier in Tribeca, won a British Independent Film Award, Best Sci-Fi and Best Actress at Toronto After Dark, Three BAFTAs Cymru including Best Film and Best UK Feature of the Raindance Film Festival.
The company’s first feature was the BIFA nominated LITTLE WHITE LIES, Official Selection at Moscow and winner of two BAFTA Cymru Awards. John’s been nominated for the Screen Nation Award twice, is an honouree of the UKFC initiative, Breakthrough Brits. His short films have won The 48 Hour Film Challenge and the BBC New Filmmaker Award at Brief Encounters.
Supernatural thriller DON’T KNOCK TWICE is scheduled for production July 2015 starring Katee Sackhoff. The film will be directed by Caradog James, co-produced with Seymour Films and has been scripted by Emmy nominated writing duo Huckerby and Ostler.
In 2014 Ffilm Cymru Wales selected Red and Black Films for a company support award to further expand the business and they continue to develop a high-concept slate weighted towards elevated genre.
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