One of the big buzz hits from this year’s South by SouthWest (SXSW) Film Festival is Ben Wheatley’s thriller Kill List, screening in the SX Fantastic section, and IFC Midnight have announced that they have picked up the North American rights to distribute the film.
Written by Wheatley and Amy Jump and starring Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley, and MyAnna Buring, it’s about “a mentally scarred ex-soldier turned contract killer (Maskell) pressured by his partner Gal (Smiley), into taking a new assignment. The film follows as they descend into the dark, disturbing world of the contract, Jay begins to unravel once again – his fear and paranoia sending him deep into the heart of darkness.”
Wheatley previously directed Down Terrace, which took the Best Feature award at a number of festivals.
In the official press release, Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: “Our team was blown away by ‘Kill List.” It is a relentless, stylish, brilliantly directed journey into darkness that confirms Ben Wheatley as a major director. This is a film that is destined to be discussed for years and we are honored to begin the conversation with audiences across the country. We are happy to be working with our friends at Protagonist, Warp X and Film4 once again.”