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Cameraman snaps America

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Cameraman snaps America

Strand Releasing has snapped up all North American rights for Craig McCall’s documentary about the legendary British cinematographer, Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, from High Point Films.

The deal happened after a successful screening of the film at Cannes, where the ecstatic reception for the film prompted a bidding war. The pact was cemented between Jon Gerrans, co-president of Strand Releasing, and Elisar Cabrera, High Point’s director of Sales.

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High Point MD Carey Fitzgerald, said, “It’s absolutely thrilling to witness the level of genuine interest that has been shown for this exceptional documentary. Of the several US companies clamouring for North American rights, we believe that Strand Releasing demonstrates a key understanding in the film that sets them apart from the crowd, and we have every confidence they will do an excellent job.”

Gerrans said, “Whether you're true cineaste or a casual observer, you can't help but be inspired by McCalls’ beautifully crafted documentary. This is wonderful filmmaking that will be watched for many generations to come.”

Cameraman will next be screened at the London UK Film Focus at the end of this month and will then play at Karlovy Vary, where it will shown as part of a tribute to Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, whom Cardiff collaborated with on some of his best work, including Black Narcissus, for which he won an Oscar.

Strand is currently distributing Francois Ozon’s Hideaway and Florian Gallenberger’s John Rabe [+see also:
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. Cameraman is due a 2011 release.

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