Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) has picked up all U.S. distribution rights to Red Hill, the neo-western thriller which premiered at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival. Starring Ryan Kwanten (HBO’s “True Blood”), Steve Bisley (Mad Max), and Tom E. Lewis (The Proposition), the film was produced by Al Clark (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Chopper), and written, produced and directed by Patrick Hughes. Red Hill marks Hughes’ directorial feature film debut.
No date has been set for the release of the film.
“Hughes has contemporized the revenge western with such style and adrenaline that we jumped at the opportunity to distribute such a bad ass movie,” said Shooman.
Lindsay added, “For a first time director, Patrick shows remarkable skill, and we are thrilled to have Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group on board distributing it in the U.S.
Red Hill follows young police officer Shane Cooper (Kwanten) as he relocates to the small country town of Red Hill with his pregnant wife Alice to start a family. But when news of a prison break sends the local law enforcement officers – led by the towns ruling presence, Old Bill (Bisley) – into a panic, Shanes first day on duty rapidly turns into a nightmare. Enter Jimmy Conway (Lewis), a convicted murderer serving life behind bars, who has returned to the isolated outpost seeking revenge. Now caught in the middle of what will become a terrifying and bloody confrontation, Shane will be forced to take the law into his own hands if he is to survive.
A taut thriller which unfolds over the course of a single day and night, and told with explosive action and chilling violence, Red Hill is a modern-day western played out against the extraordinary landscapes of high-country Australia.