London, October 30, 2023 — Cornerstone has closed sales on multiple territories including North America and the UK for writer and director Daniel Kokotajlo’s Starve Acre, a brooding and atmospheric folk horror from House Productions. The deals were finalized following the film’s World Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival where it screened In Competition. Brainstorm Media has acquired distribution rights for North America and Cornerstone also closed a deal with BFI Distribution for the UK and Ireland. Additional deals include X Verleih (Germany and Switzerland), Blitz (Ex-Yugoslavia), Galapagos (Poland), Front Row (Middle East), Klockworx (Japan) and Terry Steiner (Airlines).
Access Entertainment, BBC Film and BFI present A House Productions Film.
Starring Matt Smith(Doctor Who) and Morfydd Clark(Crawl) in the lead roles, Starve Acre is written and directed by Kokotajlo based on the book by Andrew Michael Hurly and with music by Matthew Herbert. It is produced by Tessa Ross, Juliette Howell, Derrin Shlesinger and Emma Duffy. The British film was developed with BBC Film and is funded by Access Entertainment together with BBC Film and the BFI, awarding National Lottery funding. Kokotajlo won the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI for his feature film debut Apostasy.
Starve Acre takes place in 1970s, rural England. Richard(Smith) and Juliette’s(Clark) seemingly idyllic family life is thrown into turmoil when their son starts acting out of character. At Starve Acre, their remote family home, archaeologist Richard buries himself in exploring a folkloric myth that the ancient oak tree on their land is imbued with phenomenal powers. While Juliette turns to the local community to find some kind of peace, Richard obsessively digs deeper. An unexpected discovery soon occupies the couple’s attention and dark and sinister forces, unwittingly allowed into the home, offer a disturbing possibility of reconnection between them.
“We are very excited to bring this stellar addition to the folk horror canon to American audiences. Starve Acre is masterfully made and unsettling in all the best ways.”– Michelle Shwarzstein, CEO, of Brainstorm Media
“A magnificent tribute to the British folk horror tradition which has always been in BFI Distribution’s DNA, Starve Acre is also a wonderfully original film. It will enthrall a wide range of tastes in the UK and in Ireland – genre fans, cinephiles and beyond.”– Laura Dos Santos, Acquisitions Manager, BFI Distribution