ICON Film Distribution

ICON Film Distribution

July 19, 2005 04:00 ET

ICON Announce Forthcoming 2005/6 Slate

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - July 19, 2005) -

ON A CLEAR DAY - 2 SEPTEMBER 2005

Directed by GAY DELLAL (Tube Tales) starring PETER MULLAN (Young Adam, My Name Is Joe) BRENDA BLETHYN (Secrets & Lies, Saving Grace), BILLY BOYD (The Lord Of The Rings trilogy) & JAMIE SIVES (Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself)

An inspiring story of one man's triumph against all odds; Frank (Mullan) is a hardworking 55 year-old, respected in his local community, he suddenly finds himself without a job. For the first time in his life, Frank is without direction. Agonised by the memory of his young son's drowning, he is unable to communicate with the lost twin's very-much-alive brother, now a grown man (Sives) with twin sons of his own. Frank's dreams are haunted with images of water, yet it is only when he swims that he feels truly in control of his destiny. When his friend Danny (Boyd) jokes that on a clear day he could swim to France, a seed of hope is planted in his mind. Concealing his plans from his loving wife Joan (Blethyn) Frank determines to salvage his self-esteem and tackle his demons by attempting the ultimate test of endurance - to swim the English Channel.

"An inspiring, uplifting tale On A Clear Day has a heart big enough to swim the Atlantic"

EMPIRE

ROCK SCHOOL - 9 SEPTEMBER 2005

Far from your typical documentary ROCK SCHOOL follows the trials and tribulations of a very unique type of music school. Welcome to the hallowed halls of the Paul Green School of Rock Music, an after-school, Philadelphia institute of rock, where kids ages nine to seventeen learn the how-to's of rock and roll, and serve under the tutelage of self-titled 'uberlord' and founder of the school, Paul Green.

"A hilarious lesson in reading, writing and rocking out"

TIME OUT

FACTOTUM - 18 NOVEMBER 2005

"some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must live"

Charles Bukowski

Based on the novel by Charles Bukowski, FACTOTUM is the story of a man living on the edge, of a writer who is willing to risk everything to make sure that his life is poetry. Directed by BENT HAMER (Kitchen Stories)

MATT DILLON (To Die For, There's Something About Mary) stars as Henry Chinaski. Henry works in factories and warehouses to subsidise what he really wants to do; drink, bet, take up with women as rootless as he is and, above all, write stories that no one wants to publish.

LILI TAYLOR (I Shot Andy Warhol) and MARISA TOMEI (My Cousin Vinny, In The Bedroom) co-star.

MATCH POINT - 6 JANUARY 2006

This is Allen's first production to be filmed in London and entirely outside his native New York. MATCH POINT created a great buzz recently at the 58th Cannes Film Festival.

The film is about a young man's rise in society and the terrible consequences of his ambition. He is torn between two women, and finding no way out, resorts to extreme action.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON plays the beautiful American girl who comes between JONATHAN RHYS MYERS and his wife EMILY MORTIMER. MATTHEW GOODE is Emily's wealthy brother who initiates the tragic events.

BBC Films and Thema Production SA present a Jada Production MATCH POINT, written and directed by Woody Allen and produced by Letty Aronson, Gareth Wiley and Lucy Darwin. Executive Producer is Stephen Tenenbaum. Co-executive producers are Jack Rollins and Charles H. Joffe. Co-producers are Helen Robin and Nicky Kentish Barnes. The film stars Brian Cox, Matthew Goode, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Penelope Wilton and co-stars Ewan Bremner, James Nesbitt and Rupert Penry-Jones.

THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN - Autumn 2005/6

Starring BAFTA & Academy Award® winner ANTHONY HOPKINS (The Silence Of The Lambs, The Remains Of The Day, Nixon) written and directed by ROGER DONALDSON (The Bounty, Thirteen Days, The Recruit).

The film, based on a true story, sees Hopkins play Burt Munro, a man who never let the dreams of youth fade. After a lifetime of perfecting his classic Indian motorcycle, Burt sets off from the bottom of the world to test his bike at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. With all the odds against him, he set a new land speed record and captured the spirit of his times. Burt Munro's 1967 world record remains unbroken and his legend lives on today.

Hopkin's himself has commented that the picture "is the best thing I've done...the best experience I've had"

THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN was produced by Gary Hannam with executive producers Masaharu Inaba, Charles Hannah, Megumi Fukasawa, Satoru Iseki and Barrie Osborne.

The film was financed by Tokyo-based OLC/ Rights Entertainment, Tanlay AG, the New Zealand Film Production Fund and the New Zealand Film Commission, in association with 3 Dogs & a Pony LLC.

ROMANCE & CIGARETTES - Autumn 2005/6

Written & Directed by JOHN TURTURRO & executive produced by THE COEN BROTHERS, ROMANCE AND CIGARETTES is a modern day musical, a dark and passionate comedy which tells the story of one man's journey into infidelity and redemption. Starring JAMES GANDOLFINI as our hero Nick Murder, the story revolves around the repercussions of his adultery and doomed fascination with the flame haired seductress Tula (KATE WINSLET). For Kitty (SUSAN SARANDON), Nick's long suffering wife, his treachery is the final straw. With faith in her husband shattered she surprises even herself with the ferocity of her anger as she struggles to cope with his betrayal. It is only through a tragic twist of fate that Nick finally understands the extent of the pain he has inflicted on his family. With time running out he discovers the essential value of Kitty's love and respect. Employing a fabulously eclectic mix of contemporary and classic songs, and featuring such diverse artists as James Brown, Nick Cave and Bruce Springsteen, ROMANCE AND CIGARETTES is a unique tale of sex and mortality that will mesmerise audiences.

THE CHUMSCRUBBER - 2006

THE CHUMSCRUBBER is a surreal cautionary tale about an alienated youth forced to confront the disconnect between parents and teenagers in suburbia, rendered with a razor's edge balance of comedy and drama.

With an all star cast: JAMIE BELL, CAMILLA BELLE, JUSTIN CHATWIN, GLENN CLOSE, RORY CULKIN, WILLIAM FICHTNER, RALPH FIENNES, JOHN HEARD, LAUREN HOLLY, ALISON JANNEY, JOSH JANOWICZ, CARRIE-ANNE MOSS, LOU TAYLOR PUCCI AND RITA WILSON.

THE CHUMSCRUBBER is produced by Lawrence Bender and Bonnie Curtis and is an El Camino Pictures/Equity Pictures Medienfonds GmbH & Co. KG II production.

PERFECT CREATURE - 2006

In a world where humans and vampires co-exist "separately but equally", a human cop and vampire cop team up to stop a rogue vampire intent on starting a war between the two races. An innovative, stylish, genre blending re-telling of the vampire myth set in an alternate reality. The film stars DOUGRAY SCOTT, LEO GREGORY & SAFFRON BURROWS by director GLANN STANDRING

TRUST THE MAN - 2006

It's time to call your marriage counselor and get ready for this NY-set movie about the ups and downs of relationships and the lengths men will go to sabotage and save their own happiness. Will you ever 'Trust the man' again?

The film boasts an all star cast including BILLY CRUDUP, DAVID DUCHOVNY, MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL, JULIANNE MOORE, EVA MENDES & ELLEN BARKIN by director BART FREUNDLICH

ALPHA DOG - 2006

When a young drug dealer by the name of Johnny Truelove kidnaps Zack Mazursky, the fifteen-year-old brother of a man in debt to him, things don't go according to plan.

As he desperately tries to get the money owed to him, Johnny's crew looks after Zack. Though a hostage, Zack is enjoying the excitement of his situation, blissfully unaware of the despair of his parents, the rage of his brother and also of the fatal conclusion that awaits him.

Inspired by a true story, ALPHA DOG is a moving and tragic drama centred on the three fateful days when the lives of a few suburban kids were turned upside down forever.

Directed by NICK CASSAVETES, ALPHA DOG stars JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, BRUCE WILLIS, SHARON STONE, EMILE HIRSCH & ANTON YELCHIN

THE NIGHT LISTENER - Currently in Post Production

The recently wrapped adaptation of Armistead Maupin's bestselling drama. Directed by helmer PATRICK STETTNER (The Business of Strangers) and starring Academy Award® winner ROBIN WILLIAMS (Good Will Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poets' Society) and Academy Award® nominee TONI COLLETTE (The Sixth Sense, Japanese Story, About a Boy).

THE NIGHT LISTENER tells the story of a popular night-time radio show host (Williams) who gets drawn into the life of one of his callers (Collette). When he steps out of his role as host and starts to become more of an investigator, his life begins to spiral out of control as disturbing questions are raised regarding the caller's true identity.

Williams and Collette are joined by a stellar supporting cast; BOBBY CANNAVALE (The Station Agent and upcoming Romance and Cigarettes), acclaimed actress SANDRA OH (Sideways, Under the Tuscan Sun), JOE MORTON (Ali and the upcoming Stealth) and the young RORY CULKIN (Signs and the upcoming Down in the Valley). The film is financed through Hart Sharp's True Film Fund II. John Hart, Jeffrey Sharp, Robert Kessel and Jill Footlick will produce, with Maupin and Terry Anderson acting as executive producers.

FAST TRACK - Currently shooting

New York, present day; Thirty something TOM (ZACK BRAFF) is married to SOFIA (AMANDA PEET), his heavily pregnant soul mate who happens to be a successful environmental lawyer. Tom's career however isn't quite so promising, with a history of drifting from job to job he currently works as a chef in a trendy diner. Following a spat with his unreasonable boss, Tom quits on the same day baby OLIVER is born. At the hospital an upset Sofia reminds him that he must now support the family. Knowing he is out of options in New York Tom suggests a move to Sofia's hometown of Wisconsin where her father BOB has offered him a job at Sunburst, an advertising agency he runs. But will they settle in...

IT'S A BOY GIRL THING - Currently in pre production

To be directed by Nick Hurran (Little Black Book, Girls' Night) and written by Geoff Deane (The Kinky Boot Factory). The film is to be produced by Rocket Pictures' Steve Hamilton-Shaw and David Furnish. Exec produced by Elton John and Marty Katz. Cast to be announced.

IT'S A BOY GIRL THING is a fresh spin on the high school comedy in the vein of "American Pie" & "Freaky Friday"

For 16 years a poor but popular school Jock (Woody) and a prim, over-privileged academic (Nell) have been next door neighbours and arch enemies. After some movie high-jinx they wake up one day to find themselves in a very strange place: each others bodies! The temptation to screw up each other's reputations is too strong to resist, but, along the way they discover a few things about each other that catch them by surprise. Falling in love can be an out of body experience.

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