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The Survivalist World Premier in Competition at Tribeca

05/03/15

Stephen Fingleton's debut feature film set to compete at 14th Annual Tribeca Film Festival

The Fyzz Facility has announced the World Premiere of The Survivalist in Official Competition at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

The debut feature from writer/director Stephen Fingleton will compete with 11 other films at the prestigious festival and will have four public screenings including its World Premiere. Stars of The Survivalist Martin McCann (Shadow Dancer, The Pacific, Clash of the Titans), Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac), and Olwen Fouéré (This Must be the Place) are delighted with the news.

With three short films under his belt Stephen Fingleton was selected as one of Screen’s 'Stars of Tomorrow', when his screenplay for The Survivalist featured on the Hollywood Blacklist and topped the UK Brit List.

The Survivalist is the near future story of a man eking out a meagre existence on a secluded smallholding deep in the forest. When a starving woman and her teenage daughter discover his farm, his loneliness drives him to strike a bargain with them in return for bed and board. But as desire becomes stronger than necessity, the exchange becomes an uneasy, ongoing arrangement which threatens not only his carefully constructed world but also his life.

The Survivalist is produced by Wayne Marc Godfrey (Silence, Cake, Bus 657), Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Babylon, A Patch of Fog) and David Gilbery (Bone Tomahawk, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead). The Survivalist was developed with the support of the BFI Film Fund and Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus Scheme.

Writer/director Stephen Fingleton is thrilled with the recognition his first feature is receiving, stating: “Tribeca is the true home of contemporary independent cinema and it’s the ideal setting for people to get their first glimpse of The Survivalist. We did our post-production in New York and it’s a fantastic city.”

Producers Robert Jones and Wayne Marc Godfrey said: “It’s an incredible honour for the film and for us all to have been selected to compete at one of the major events in the film calendar. We are particularly thrilled for Stephen who we believe in as a powerful and original new talent”

Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen said: “Northern Ireland Screen has a clear policy of championing Northern Ireland talent; we have been long-standing supporters of Stephen, granting him our Bill Miskelly Award in 2007 which supported his MA in Screenwriting. Having funded his recent short film Magpie and this amazing debut feature, The Survivalist, through our New Talent Focus scheme, we are delighted that the Tribeca audience can experience what this exciting new filmmaker has to offer. To be selected for official competition at this prestigious festival is a big milestone in his professional career and is testament to the world-class talent working in the industry in Northern Ireland.”

The film is produced by The Fyzz Facility Film One Limited, with funding from the BFI, Northern Ireland Screen and The Fyzz Facility. International Sales are handled by K5 International.

For further information, contact: Catherine@thefyzz.com / +44 (0) 207 388 7868