Indie Soda Pictures has inked a deal with Miramax Films to distribute the Barack Obama-Michelle Obama first-date movie Southside With You and thriller The 9th Life Of Louis Drax in the UK. Southside With You will bow in October in the territory after an August 26 bow in the U.S., and Louis Drax will bow in September. Richard Tanne wrote and directed Southside With You, which stars Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter as the future U.S. President and First Lady on their first date in 1989. Louis Drax marks the screenwriting debut of actor-screenwriter Max Minghella, who adapted Liz Jensen’s bestseller for Alexandre Aja to direct. Jamie Dornan, Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey and Aiden Longworth star in the tale of a brilliant doctor drawn into a mysterious web of reality and deception after the near fatal fall of 9-year-old Drax.
BAFTA said it will honor video game director and scriptwriter Amy Hennig with a BAFTA Special Award, to be presented in Los Angeles on June 12. The event is part of BAFTA’s renewed commitment to growing its global games membership and celebrating the U.S. games industry. Hennig, who recently joined Electronic Arts as creative director and lead writer on Visceral Games’ upcoming Star Wars title, is best know for her work on the Uncharted franchise.