30WESTÂ has announced that they just locked North American distribution rights for Michael PearceâsÂ BeastÂ starring Jessie Buckley (Taboo, War and Peace), Johnny Flynn (Clouds ofÂ SilsÂ Maria, Song One) and Geraldine James (45 Years, Calendar Girls). TheÂ Protagonist Pictures reppedÂ psychological thriller is the first feature-length project from writer/director PearceÂ and received strong reviews afterÂ its world premiereÂ on SaturdayÂ night.
BeastÂ is a Film4 and BFI presentation of an Agile Films and Stray Bear Films Production and was produced by Stray Bear FilmsâÂ Ivana MacKinnon (The Scouting Book for Boys, War Book) and Lauren Dark (War Book), and Kristian Brodie (Next Goal Wins)Â for Agile Films. Film4âs Sam Lavender, the BFIâs Natascha Wharton, Agile Filmsâ Myles Payne and David Staniland, and David Kosse all serve as executive producers on the feature. Beast was developed and funded by Film4 and the BFI (with National Lottery funding).
BeastÂ centers aroundÂ a small island communityÂ whereÂ a troubled young woman falls for a mysterious outsider who empowers her to escapeÂ fromÂ her oppressive family. When he comes under suspicion for a series of brutal murders she defends him at all costs and learns what she is capable of.
Protagonist Picturesâ CEO Dave Bishop said, âThe whole Protagonist team is delighted to have 30WEST take the North American reins of Pearceâs powerful directorial debut. Beast is an exquisite feature film and we look forward to audiences enjoying it as much as they have here in Toronto.â
The deal was negotiated directly byÂ 30WESTÂ andÂ Vanessa Saal (Managing Director, Sales & Distribution) of Protagonist Pictures, whichÂ is handling worldwide sales on the film.