Sundance 2012

The annual Sundance Film Festival is just around the corner and so far, three films starring Hamilton Hodell clients have been announced to screen at the festival.

First up is Grabbers, director Jon Wright’s whimsical throwback to classic monster flicks, starring RUTH BRADLEY and BRONAGH GALLAGHER. The Irish feature will receive its premiere at the festival as part of the selection for ‘Park City at Midnight’ – a programme dedicated to anything from horror flicks to comedies, designed to keep you edge-seated and wide awake.

Grabbers follows the residents of an idyllic Irish fishing village which is being attacked by mysterious, blood-sucking sea creatures. When the murders start, it’s up to two mismatched cops — an irresponsible alcoholic and his new partner, a by-the-book woman from the mainland (played by RUTH BRADLEY) — to protect the townsfolk from the giant, tentacled aliens that prey upon them. Their only weapon, they discover, is booze! If they want to survive the creatures’ onslaught, everyone will have to get very, very drunk! BRONAGH GALLAGHER‘s character runs the local town inn, providing the alcohol for the townsfolk.

Producers previously described the film as “a monster comedy of ‘Tremors’ with the charm, characters and authenticity of ‘Waking Ned’.”

Grabbers was shot on location in Belfast and Donegal in December 2010 and it is expected that audiences will see the film in Irish cinemas next year.


Also confirmed for the festival is Middle Of Nowhere, directed by Ava DuVernay and starring DAVID OYELOWO.

DuVernay’s elegant and emotionally inspiring debut portrays the universal dilemma of how a woman maintains herself as she commits to loving and supporting someone through hardship. The film details the struggles of a happily married woman whose husband finds himself incarcerated for five years and studies how she deals with it over the entire period. Middle of Nowhere infuses gravity and grace into the prison tale and marks the arrival of an important new directorial talent, with OYELOWO starring opposite Emayatzy Corinealdi, Omari Hardwick, Lorraine Touissant and Edwina Findley.

It will screen in the ‘U.S. Dramatic’ category.


The third HH film announced to premiere at Sundance is Arbitrage, starring LAETITIA CASTA.

Nicholas Jarecki’s auspicious directorial debut is a taut and alluring suspense thriller about love, loyalty and high finance. Arbitrage – buying low and selling high – depends on a person’s ability to determine the true value of any given market. It’s a talent that has made billionaire hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (played by Richard Gere) the very portrait of success in American business. But on the eve of his sixtieth birthday, Miller finds himself desperately trying to sell his trading empire to a major bank before the extent of his fraud is discovered.

CASTA plays Julie Cote, an art dealer and Miller’s mistress. She stars opposite an outstanding cast including Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Tim Roth, and Nate Parker.


The Sundance Film Festival will take place from 19th-29th January in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. For more information about the Sundance programme for 2012, click here.

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