The Tunnel gets Canadian cinema distribution
Press release from Adele Feletto Publicity
Canadians are set to feel the chill of “The Tunnel” with the Australian horror film slated for a theatrical release on August 5, 2011 in the territory.
The recent deal between Australia’s Distracted Media and Canada’s Blackrock Films will see “The Tunnel” premiere in Vancouver cinemas over Canada’s profitable summer period.
"The team at Blackrock Films have been amazing. The buzz for “The Tunnel” is building and we are already receiving interview requests from North American television shows. This interest from the other side of the world is proving to be the icing on the cake for this unorthodox project", said Distracted Media’s Enzo Tedeschi.
“We are extremely excited about releasing “The Tunnel” in North America for both theatrical and non theatrical release. “The Tunnel” is a well crafted, keep you on the edge of your seat type of movie. It’s a suspense-horror movie at its best, a rollercoaster of a ride” said President of Blackrock Films, Brad Kersch.
Michael Price, VP of Sales and Distribution for Blackrock Films said, “We’re very proud to have acquired “The Tunnel” to distribute across all platforms in North America. We are working closely with the producers on the theatrical, DVD, VOD and television distribution release in Canada and the United States. We feel “The Tunnel” is the perfect summer movie launch for Blackrock Films because of North America’s love for all things scary. Especially dark and suspenseful films like “The Tunnel!”
Directed by Philippines born, Carlo Ledesma, “The Tunnel” first came to the attention of worldwide media based on its unique crowd-funding and distribution models – the movie’s producers launched the movie’s website, with an innovative plan to raise the movie’s cash budget of $135,000 by selling a frame of the movie for $1 to the internet audience (the concept is based on a 90-minute film consisting of 135,000 individual frames) and releasing the film for free, online.
The film enjoyed simultaneous release across DVD as a 2-disc deluxe-edition, a PAY-TV broadcast and an exclusive theatrical run in Australia as well its digital release on earlier this year on May 18, 2011. “The Tunnel” also made Australian movie history becoming the only domestic film to be available for download on the iPad platform.
About “The Tunnel”
“The Tunnel” is set amidst abandoned underground train tunnels beneath Sydney's CBD. In 2008, chasing rumours of a government cover-up and urban legends surrounding the sudden back-flip, investigative journalist Natasha Warner led a crew of four into the underground labyrinth.
They went down into the tunnels looking for a story – until the story found them.
“The Tunnel” chronicles their harrowing ordeal. With unprecedented access to the recently declassified tapes the crew shot in the claustrophobic subway tunnels, as well as a series of candid interviews with the survivors, viewers come face to face with the terrifying truth. This never before seen footage takes viewers deep inside the tunnels bringing the darkness to life and capturing the raw fear that threatens to tear the crew apart, leaving each one of them fighting for their lives.
About Blackrock Films
Blackrock Films is Canada’s youngest, savviest independent film company. Blackrock is the formulation of film distribution experts, advertising executives, and creative. Blackrock is making its mark on the industry through its grassroots acquisitions, production and distribution of diverse and distinctive filmed entertainment and its unique approach and style of marketing. Blackrock Films is a division of Blackrock Media, a full service-advertising agency with its head office in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Blackrock Media is owned by founding partners, Brad Kersch, and Peter Rogier.