Mongrel International announced today that it has acquired international sales rights to The Levelling written and directed by Hope Dickson Leach, starring Ellie Kendrick, Jack Holden, Joe Blakemore and David Troughton, and produced by Rachel Robey of Wellington Films. The film will premiere in the Discovery section of TIFF with other notable upcoming festival premieres to be announced shortly.
In The Levelling trainee veterinarian Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) returns to the farm where she grew up after hearing news that her brother Harry has died in an apparent suicide. Finding the family home in ruins following recent floods that devastated the Somerset area, Clover is forced to confront her difficult father Aubrey about the farm, the livestock and, crucially, the details surrounding Harry’s death. As the funeral approaches, Clover's discoveries send her on an emotional journey and a reckoning ¬with the land, her family and herself.
Creative England, the BFI, BBC Films and Oldgarth Media financed The Levelling through iFeatures, Creative England’s talent development and low budget feature film initiative, designed to support emerging filmmakers make their first full feature film.
“The Levelling appealed to us because it is so extraordinarily authentic, capturing the profound pathos engendered by familial misunderstanding and barriers. As viewers we just pray that father and daughter will have another chance, a new start” says Mongrel International President Charlotte Mickie. She adds: “I also loved all the details of farm life, the movie really gives you a visceral sense of the demands a farm makes on knowledge, experience, physical stamina and above all, emotion. Farmers are stewards of life - this movie never lets you forget that.”
“I’m delighted that the Toronto International Film Festival have invited us to present the world premiere of our film The Levelling in their exciting Discovery section. For the film to have its first audience filled with global cineastes is an exhilarating prospect. I look forward to every moment of my time there.” says Director Hope Dickson Leach.
Producer Rachel Robey added: "I’m extremely proud to be presenting The Levelling at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival in what promises to be a wonderful edition of the festival. Hope Dickson Leach is an important new voice in cinema and I’m excited to be sharing her magnetic debut feature film with an international audience. I’m also thrilled to be once again working with Charlotte Mickie and her team to represent The Levelling internationally; we could not have a better fit for the movie and I know that we are in the safest of hands”.
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