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Praise for Guernsey filmmaker after distribution deal signed

Praise for Guernsey filmmaker after distribution deal signed

Sunday 08 January 2023

Praise for Guernsey filmmaker after distribution deal signed

Sunday 08 January 2023

News of the Hollywood distribution deal for Marooned Awakening - the first such deal for a film produced and made in Guernsey - has been welcomed by those in the arts.

The Guernsey thriller was bought by Gravitas Ventures which plans to release Marooned Awakening on platforms, specifically Apple TV, in North America next month.

Guernsey Arts has been among those congratulating Cameron Ashplant and his team on their success.

"Have you heard the news? Guernsey goes global!" the Guernsey Arts team said, sharing their reaction to the distribution deal across social media channels.

The picture, written and produced by Mr Ashplant and Mustaab Mustafa, is an Across the Channel and Ivy Gate Films production, with support from Guernsey Arts.

The film which was shot on-island in 2021, was co-produced by Frances and Roger Le Tissier.

Mr Ashplant said: "It was incredible that the film got coverage in US media earlier this year but it is more amazing that the film has now been picked up over there, which shows Guernsey is being discussed in Global Cinema.

"Getting a distribution deal of this scale isn't easy, so it speaks volumes in terms of American filmmakers' support for, and enjoyment of, Marooned Awakening. It is great that local and national audiences can soon watch the film in cinemas and that Americans too will watch a film that was shot here in Guernsey."

Mr Ashplant signed the deal with Gravitas Ventures late last year.


Pictured: Tilly Keeper in Marooned Awakening.

It follows the distribution agents previous signings which included Piers Brosnan's 'The Kings Daughter', Jackie Chan’s 'Vanguard' and 'Our Friend' starring Oscar winning Casey Affleck and Dakota Johnson.

The Guernsey produced feature - which stars Tilly Keeper alongside Murray McArthur (The Northman, Wonka and more recently Wednesday), Mr Ashplant (The Last Bus, Masters of the Air), Tim McInnerny (Nottinghill, 101 Dalmatians) and GATE's Brian Webster - was directed by Mr Mustafa.

It will be released alongside a Daniel Craig featured Bond Documentary during February and will coincide with the return of the Netflix series 'You', which also stars Miss Keeper in a leading role. She previously starred in Eastenders as Louise Mitchell, before filming Marooned Awakening in Guernsey in 2021. She has since appeared in the sequel to Ryan Reynolds’ RIPD.


Pictured: Marooned Awakening premiered on the island back in September, with cast member Murray McArthur (left) returning to the island.

Marooned Awakening follows Alex, a young journalist, who is preparing to leave behind his quiet island life for a new job in the city. Forced to part from his girlfriend, Emily, he prepares to leave his home. As the tensions with his father escalate, Alex pursues one last story, to uncover the unsettling truth of a recent boat accident. This final investigation challenges his own perception of reality.

Marooned Awakening will be returning to the island as part of an exclusively theatrical release in the UK where up to 30 cinemas will show the film.

The Mallard is one of the cinemas included in the UK schedule, and will be showing the film over three weeks in February. Tickets are now available on the Mallard website.


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