By Simon de Bruyn

Producers Bobby Galinsky and Elizabeth Howatt-Jackman are celebrating after their supernatural thriller Prey picked up its first foreign sale, to Japan, at the American Film Market.

The film, which stars Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Christian Clark, is currently doing the round with local distributors, and the producers are also in negotiations for UK and US sales following its screening at AFM.

The producers, who work under the shingle of Top Cat Films, also won the 2008 Holding Redlich pitching competition at last week’s SPAA Conference, when Galinsky pitched another feature Dust & Glory to assembled delegates.

“My business partner Elizabeth Howatt-Jackman and I were rapt to win the Holding Redlich Pitch Comp,” he said.

“We believe Dust & Glory ticks every box on commercial mainstream must-see content for what is really, the greatest Australian story never told – and one we’re confident will play to a North American audience big time. We hope that by the time SPAA conference rolls around in Sydney this time next year that we’re at least set for a production date if not already in pre-production.”

Top Cat is also developing a vampire film, Vein, and hopes to shoot this in the second half of 2009.

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