Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Distribution US , Australia , Canada

just answering the latest comments -

US Distribution - Empire Film Group, a cinema release is planned for this October .
La Irish Film Festival Screening and 2d or not 2d Seattle screenings are the ones I know about so far - maybe theres more.
US DVD/Blu Ray release also planned.

Australia - Madman are distributing, a good distributor but I have no info about release dates.

Canada - Mongrel, again another good distributor signed up but no release dates known to me at present. The film will screen as part of Sparx animation festival in Vancouver next month and I'll be there!

In addition to this, I know the film has been playinga round the world at fetsivals, and continues to do so.

Today I am off to Denmark to the Animation Workshop....


  1. This is a work of love, a true dream come true, a lifetime achievement.

    Congratulations, i admire you.

  2. October, sounds great I can't wait to pick it up.

  3. Wonderful! Madman are a great company. Can't wait for it to arrive in Oz. Congratulations!

  4. OOOH! OOOOH! Can't find you on the Siggraph roster. Wanna see though!!! Wanna meet you, too!

  5. A cinema release? Does this mean it will be in theaters? Or will it go straight to DVD?

    I'd really love to see this on the big screen.

  6. Looks fantastic.
    Good to hear Madman are doing it down here in Oz. Solid company with great titles.
    Def needs the Blu-Ray treatment.

  7. Brendan And The Secret Of Kells - Melbourne International Film Festival August 2009

    (NEXT GEN)

    Though a cheerful atheist I still have great artistic respect for the magnificently illustrated Book Of Kells. For me, the twelve hundred year old manuscript is enhanced well beyond its religious origins by the exceptional richness of its illuminations and calligraphy.

    One of Ireland’s key national treasures the book is now kept at Dublin’s Trinity College. The circumstances that resulted in the survival of this artistic jewel are obscure, especially since Kells Abbey, where the book was kept and perhaps worked upon, was sacked by Viking raiders in the 10th Century.

    Fiction takes root in the cracks of history, which is where director Tomm Moore and his Cartoon Saloon studio plant this perfectly rendered animated feature that sheds its own civilised illumination upon the preservation of the book, taking inspiration from it for the stylised design of the characters and backgrounds.

    In a 9th century Abbey, 12 year old novice Monk Brendan (voiced by Evan McGuire) is entranced by the beauty of the book, carried to Kells by a refugee artist-Brother from another sanctuary already fallen to the sea reivers. Brendan is torn between his desire to work on the unfinished book and his duty to his uncle, Abbot Cellach, who is understandably focused on the Viking threat. Brendan is aided in his quest to keep the light of art shining in the darkness by Master Artist Aiden and his cat, which has a pretentious name and attitude to match, as well as a Puckish forest spirit that can manifest as a white wolf. That last sounds a bit curious in context but this film is inclusive in its acceptance of alternative religious fantasies. It reminds me of some of the more liberal modern Arthurian novels where Christians and ‘Pagans’ coexist in relative, if unlikely, harmony where normally they get on like heretics on fire. Spiritual companionship is not extended to the invaders, who are depicted as looming, brutish monsters, reminding me of similar beasties seen in Genndy Tartakovsky’s classic animated series, Samurai Jack. (Not surprising, if you’ve seen any of Cartoon Saloon’s own children’s TV show, Skunk-Fu.) The Jack comparison can be further worked, as the book’s own illuminations are the inspiration for a serpentine Demonic Dark Power, reminiscent of Jack’s nemesis Aku, cleverly brought to life here as animated Celtic ‘knotwork’ and border designs.

    The pitch perfect vocal cast includes Brendan Gleeson, whom genre buffs know as the cab driving survivor in 28 Days Later and also as Alastor ‘Mad-Eye’ Moody in Harry Potter.

    We’re used to the wonders produced by Studio Ghibli and its kin but it’s cool to discover a new source of high grade storytelling where form and content are so masterfully blended. The beautiful Brendan & The Secret Of The Kells is one of the most illuminating features at the Festival.

    Rob Jan
    Zero-G: Science Fiction, Fantasy & Historical Radio 3RRR FM Melbourne, Australia. 1-2pm Mondays Australian Eastern Standard Time