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VERTICAL ENTERTAINMENT HEADS TO THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK WITH BILL NIGHY IN BUCKLEY’S CHANCE

Los Angeles, July 26, 2021 – Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights to co-writer/director Tim J. Brown’s family drama, “BUCKLEY’S CHANCE”. The film stars Golden Globe Nominated Bill Nighy (EMMA, Love Actually), Victoria Hill (First Reformed), Kelton Peel (The Heights) and introducing Milan Burch. Vertical Entertainment is planning a theatrical day and date release on August 13, 2021.

A year after the loss of his father, 12-year-old Ridley and his mother, Gloria, move from New York City to Western Australian to live with Ridley’s estranged grandfather. Ridley ends up lost, deep in the Outback without a soul in sight. He comes across a wild dog, entangled in an old barbed-wire fence. As he saves the dingo from certain death, the two form an unexpected bond and embark on an epic journey of adventure and survival to find their way home.

“We are excited to take viewers on this journey through the Australian outback to share the story of loss and how the strong bonds of family can overcome anything. Bill Nighy is incredible in this film and new to the scene Milan Burch steals the film as his grandson,” said Rich Goldberg, co-president of Vertical Entertainment.

“I’m thrilled to have the team at Vertical releasing Buckley’s Chance”. Their growth over the last 5 years has been extraordinary and I’m lucky to have them as our distribution partner”, said Director Tim Brown.

Peter Jarowey and Josh Spector negotiated the deal for Vertical Entertainment with Tim Brown of Joker Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

BUCKLEY’S CHANCE was directed by Tim J. Brown, co-written by Brown and Willem Wennekers, produced by Brown, Scott Clayton, Andrew Mann and Gilbert Adler, with cinematography by Ben Nott, editing by John Scott and original music by Christopher Gordon. The film was produced by Screen Australia, Joker Films, Dingo Productions and BC Film Holdings PTY LTD in association with Productivity Media. William G. Santor, Andrew Chang-Sang, John Hills, Annie Storey and Paul O’Kane are executive producing.

ABOUT VERTICAL ENTERTAINMENT

Founded in 2012, Vertical Entertainment has become a leading global independent distributor releasing films   across all mediums. Vertical’s unique combination of full-service marketing and highly effective sales services provides collaborative solutions for filmmakers, as the company leverages creative and platform relationships to maximize revenue streams from all content providers.

Current and upcoming Vertical Entertainment releases include Channing Godfrey Peoples’ Miss Juneteenth, starring Nicole Beharie in her Best Actress Gotham Independent Film Award-winning performance and four Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best Female Lead and Best First Feature, and NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture; Best Picture Golden Globe Award nominee Music, directed by Sia and starring Best Actress Golden Globe Award nominee Kate Hudson; the Toronto Film Festival Midnight Madness breakout Shadow in the Cloud, directed by Roseanne Liang and starring Chloe Grace Moretz; The Informer, with Andrea Di Stefano directing the star-studded cast of Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Common, Clive Owen, and Ana de Armas; Robin’s Wish, the revelatory account of iconic comedian Robin Williams’ final days, directed by Tylor Norwood; Tate Taylor’s Ava with John Malkovich, Geena Davis, Joan Chen, Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain and Yes, God, Yes, directed by Karen Maine and starring Natalia Dyer and Timothy Simons.

Vertical’s past successes include Chris Kelly’s Other People, with Molly Shannon in her Independent Spirit Award-winning performance; and Babak Anvari’s BAFTA and British Independent Film Award-winning thriller Under the Shadow.

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