Neon Acquires Julia Garner and Jessica Henwick Thriller – Deadline

Neon announced Wednesday that it has acquired the North American rights to The Royal Hotelthe social thriller that marks the next film of The wizard writer-director Kitty Green. His Assistant Star Julia Garner will headline the photo alongside Jessica Henwick. Hugo Weaving also plays.

The pic, which will begin filming this summer in Australia, comes from See-Saw Films, which recently produced the Oscar-nominated film The power of the dog.

Inspired by real events, the The Royal Hotel revolves around Hanna (Garner) and Liv (Henwick), best friends backpacking in Australia. After running out of money, Liv, looking for an adventure, convinces Hanna to take a temp job behind the bar at a pub called The Royal Hotel in a remote Outback mining town. Bar owner Billy (Weaving) and a host of locals give the girls a rowdy introduction to the drinking culture Down Under, but things go awry when their jokes and behavior cross the line. Soon, Hanna and Liv find themselves trapped in a disturbing situation that quickly spirals out of their control.

Green co-wrote the screenplay with Oscar Redding (Van Diemen’s Land).

See-Saw’s Emile Sherman and Iain Canning are producing with Scarlett Pictures’ Liz Watts and Kath Shelper. See-Saw’s Simon Gillis will serve as executive producer. The pic receives an investment from Screen Australia in association with the South Australian Film Corporation and is funded with support from Screen NSW. HanWay and Cross City Films resume international sales outside Australia.

“We are very pleased to be working with Neon again on the release of The Royal Hotel,” said Sherman and Canning. “Neon has an undeniable history of supporting emerging and established filmmakers, and delivering innovative and provocative campaigns. We know they are the right house to bring this film to American theaters.

Grainne Brunsdon, Screen Australia’s Chief Content Officer, added: “We are delighted to support award-winning director Kitty Green’s feature debut at home in Australia with this unique Australian psychological thriller.”

The deal was brokered by Neon’s Jeff Deutchman and Mason Speta; Simon Gillis of Cross City Films on behalf of Cross City Films, the internal business arm of See-Saw; and UTA Independent Film Group for filmmakers.

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