Just days after its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, the extremely haunted house pic The Canal has been picked up by The Orchard. With the Irish/UK co-production horror film having premiered at Tribeca on April 18, the indie distributor now plans to release The Canal in 20 major North American markets theatrically as well as online, cable, satellite and via DVD later this year through their Shock Till You Drop banner. “Their passion and strong commitment to securing the film was clear from the outset and we look forward to working with them on it,” said producer AnneMarie Naughton of Park Films on the deal. Tracking the twin obsessions of film archivist David Williams that his wife is cheating on him and that their newly purchased period house was the scene of some very bloody and violent events, The Canal soon descends into madness and paranoia that may not be misplaced. Written and directed by Ivan Kavanagh, the 90-minute pic stars Rupert Evans and Antonia Campbell-Hughes, with Hannah Hoekstra, Kelly Byrne and Steve Oram. The film was produced by with co-producers Vaughan Sivell and Sander Verdonk. Today’s deal was negotiated by The Orchard’s Craig Sussman along with Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
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