IFC FILMS REUNITS ROBERT CONNOLLY FOR ‘FORCE OF NATURE’ WITH ERIC BANA FOR NORTH AMERICA – AMC Networks Inc.
New York, NY – September 9, 2022 – IFC Films acquires the North American rights to Australian crime thriller FORCE OF NATURE from director Robert Connolly. The film is based on Jane Harper’s hit series. This sequel to Robert Connolly’s box office hit THE DRY reunites Connolly with Eric Bana, who reprises his character, Aaron Falk. Anna Torv, Deborra-lee Furness, Robin McLeavy, Sisi Stringer, Lucy Ansell, Jacqueline McKenzie, Tony Briggs, Richard Roxburgh and Jeremy Lindsay Taylor complete the cast with Bruna Papandrea, Jodi Matterson and Steve Hutensky from Made Up Stories, alongside Eric Bana for Pick Up Truck Pictures and Robert Connolly for Arenamedia. Ricci Swart, Meryl Metni, Andrew Myer, Robert Patterson, Andrew Bassat, Joanna Baevski, Hayley Baillie, James Baillie, Joel Pearlman and Edwina Waddy are executive producers. IFC FIlms will release the film in 2023.
In FORCE OF NATURE, when five women go on a corporate hiking retreat and only four make it out the other side, federal agents Aaron Falk and Carmen Cooper head deep into the Victorian mountain ranges to investigate the hope to find their whistleblower. informant, Alice Russell, alive.
Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films, said, “Eric Bana brought the character of Aaron Falk to life last year, intriguing audiences around the world. Returning to this beautifully written true crime universe with Eric, Robert and the incredible team at Made Up Stories guarantees all the ingredients that made The dry a success is sure to be repeated with Force of nature.”
Several distributors of THE DRY are already on board for FORCE OF NATURE, including Roadshow Films for Australia and New Zealand, Studios LEONINE for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Notorious Pictures for Italy and Spain, Sky for the UK, three lines for Benelux, M2 for Eastern Europe and Selmerfor Scandinavia.
WME Independent negotiated the deal with Scott Shooman, SVP of Acquisitions at IFC Films on behalf of the filmmakers and will kick off sales during TIFF for the rest of the remaining international territories.
The film received major production investment from Australia Screenin association with VicScreen.
ABOUT IFC FILMS
Created in 2000 and based in New York, IFC Films is one of the main American distributors of independent films. Its unique distribution model makes independent films accessible to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on video-on-demand (VOD) and digital cable platforms.
Upcoming releases include Julian Higgins’ GOD’S COUNTRY and Cannes Un Certain Regard award-winning CORSAGE, directed by Marie Kreutzer and starring Vicky Krieps (BERGMAN ISLAND, PHANTOM THREAD). Some of the company’s hits over the years include BOYHOOD, LA MORT DE STALIN, FRANCES HA, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, THE BABADOOK, TOUCHING THE VOID, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, CHE , SUMMER HOURS, ANTICHRIST, IN THE LOOP, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, SMALL FURNITURE and CARLOS. IFC Films has worked with established and emerging filmmakers including Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Miranda July, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noé, Todd Solondz, Cristian Mungiu, Susanne Bier, Olivier Assayas, Jim McKay, Larry Fessenden, Paul Dano, Gregg Araki, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, Abdellatif Kechiche, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Abbas Kiarostami, Alfonso Cuaron, Noah Baumbach, Lena Dunham, Ethan Hawke and many more. IFC Films is a sister label to IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.
ABOUT MADE-UP STORIES
Made Up Stories is a development and production company that amplifies distinct voices to tell unforgettable stories about the diversity of human experience, driven primarily by multifaceted women on and off screen. Made Up Stories was founded in 2017 and is led by Bruna Papandrea, the award-winning producer of the critically acclaimed HBO series BIG LITTLE LIES (eight Emmy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards). On the TV side, Made Up Stories premiered five series in 2022, including Netflix’s hit shows PIECES OF HER with Toni Collette and ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL with Sienna Miller and Michelle Dockery; the ROAR anthology for Apple TV+ with Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Merritt Wever and Alison Brie; the genre romantic comedy WOLF LIKE ME starring Isla Fisher and Josh Gad for Peacock and Stan which was recently renewed for a second season and is currently filming in Sydney, Australia; and the Spectrum Originals women’s basketball drama LONG SLOW EXHALE, starring Rose Rollins. They are currently in post-production on the Amazon Prime Video series THE LOST FLOWERS OF ALICE HART, adapted by Sarah Lambert from Holly Ringland’s debut novel, and starring Sigourney Weaver which is slated for release in 2023. Made Up Stories also has executive produced THE UNDOING, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, which was HBO’s most-watched series of 2020, NINE PERFECT STRANGERS, based on bestselling author Liane Moriarty’s book, starring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy, which premiered to great acclaim in August 2021 and immediately became Hulu’s most-watched original series, as well as the hit Amazon Prime Video series TELL ME YOUR SECRETS created by Harriet Warner and starring Lily Rabe.
Made Up Stories recently produced the film adaptation of the inspirational international bestseller, PENGUIN BLOOM, directed by Glendyn Ivin and starring Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln and Jacki Weaver, which was released by Netflix, and THE DRY, based on the novel by Jane Harper, by director Robert Connolly and starring Eric Bana, published by IFC. Made Up Stories is currently in post-production on the film adaptation of Jane Harper’s FORCE OF NATURE, a sequel to THE DRY, with Eric Bana reprising his role and Robert Connolly directing; and recently announced he will enter production in Australia in late 2022 on the romantic comedy ADDITION, the feature debut from writer Becca Johnstone and director Marcelle Lunam. The company is also set to launch Netflix’s LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE, based on the novel by Jessica Knoll, starring Mila Kunis, and directed by Mike Barker, on October 7, 2022.