EXCLUSIVE: Will Clarke’s Altitude Film Distribution has picked up UK rights to Daphne, the directorial debut from Scottish filmmaker Peter Mackie Burns.

The film stars up-and-coming actress Emily Beecham, who recently was seen in the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, two-time IFTA best actor winner for his performance in hit crime drama Love/Hate. Vaughan-Lawlor also had roles in Brad Furman’s The Infiltrator with Bryan Cranston and Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture with Rooney Mara.

Daphne is about a young woman negotiating the tricky business of modern life. Caught in the daily rush of her restaurant job and a nightlife kaleidoscope of new faces, she is witty, funny, the life of the party and too busy to realize deep down that she is unhappy. When she saves the life of a shopkeeper stabbed in a failed robbery, it forces her to confront a needed change in her life.

The film also stars Geraldine James (45 Years), Nathaniel Marcello-White (Guerrilla), Karina Fernandez (Pride), Stuart McQuarrie (Trainspotting), Ruth Bradley (Humans) and Osy Ikhile (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation).

Director Burns comes off of winning a Berlin Golden Bear and earning a BAFTA nomination for his short Milk, starring Brenda Fricker. The Bureau Sales handles international sales for Daphne and negotiated the deal with Altitude.

Altitude is getting more expansive with its distribution operations across the UK. The company, which also produces, sells and finances pictures, enjoyed a huge hit last year with Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy, about the late singer Amy Winehouse. It grossed £3.8M ($5M) at the UK box office. Forthcoming releases include Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room; Ira Sachs’ Little Men; Asif Kapadia’s Maradona; Race, starring Stephen James and Jason Sudeikis; the Emma Thompson-Brendan Gleeson starrer Alone in Berlin; and The Odyssey, with Lambert Wilson and Audrey Tautou.