Martin Scorsese Documentary On Powell And Pressburger Gets US Deals


EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of its world premiere today at the Berlin Film Festival, Cohen Media Group has secured all North American distribution rights to Made In England: The Films Of Powell And Pressburger.

Martin Scorsese narrates the film, which is directed by Emmy winner David Hinton.

CMG negotiated exclusive theatrical and ancillary rights in North America with a planned release in 2024 in an exclusive window prior to TCM’s subsequent TV premiere.

The film puts a spotlight on Brit filmmakers Powell and Pressburger who created some of the most revered films of the British golden age, including The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus, A Matter of Life and Death and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. In the words of Scorsese, their films were “grand, poetic, wise, adventurous, headstrong, enraptured by beauty, deeply romantic, and completely uncompromising.” 

You can check out an exclusive clip of the film here and read our exclusive Berlinale interview with Scorsese here. Here is Deadline’s review of the movie, which we described as a “heartfelt tribute”.

The deal was negotiated by Mike Runagall, Managing Director and Gursharn Khaira, Head of Legal and Business Affairs on behalf of Altitude Films and Cohen Media Group’s Executive Vice President, Robert Aaronson.

Nick Varley and Matthew Wells are producers on the film, which is financed by BBC Film, and the National Lottery through Screen Scotland. Executive producers are Will Clarke, Charles S. Cohen, Olivia Harrison, Thomas Hoegh, Scorsese, Thelma Schoonmaker , Mark Thomas, Eva Yates and Claudia Yusef.

Producers Nick Varley and Matthew Wells said in a joint statement: “Made in England came out of the passion the creative team have for the tremendous work of Powell and Pressburger. In TCM and Cohen Media we have found partners who share that passion. Both companies have extraordinary track records in championing cinema culture, and we are delighted that they will be bringing our film to audiences in the US and Canada.”

Robert Aaronson added: “We are thrilled to be distributing David’s exquisite documentary. It is a privilege to share Martin Scorsese’s personal revelations and artistic insights with movie lovers and anyone interested in the human condition.”

“Martin Scorsese is a true icon whose passion and insights continue to enrich and inspire audiences worldwide,” commented Charles S. Cohen. “Powell and Pressburger’s films are timeless classics that have had a profound impact on the history of cinema and we are thrilled to bring this film to North American audiences.”

The film was recently acquired by Mubi in multiple international markets. Cohen Media Group is currently releasing Oscar nominee, Io Capitano.


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