Gunpowder & Sky has announced that they've acquired U.S. rights to filmmaker Neasa Hardiman’s critically-acclaimed Irish sci-fi/thriller Sea Fever following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. They will release the film theatrically in early 2020 through its sci-fi label, DUST.
Sea Fever stars Hermione Corfield (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) as Siobhan, a young marine biology student who boards a trawler run by a couple played by Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) and Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible 2). When the ship hits an unseen object, a mysterious bioluminescent force infiltrates the vessel, and the crew begins a fight for survival while marooned at sea.
The feature debut from BAFTA-winning director Neasa Hardiman, Sea Fever has drawn comparisons to claustrophobic classics such as Alien and The Thing, and received rave reviews out of TIFF.
"I’m thrilled Gunpowder & Sky’s DUST will bring Sea Fever to a U.S. audience," said Hardiman. "The film is a dreamlike and devastating parable, where a neurodivergent heroine struggles with individual responsibility and threat in our increasingly fragile world."
Sea Fever is produced by Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell of Fantastic Films in co-production with Borje Hansson of Bright Pictures (Sweden), Jean-Yves Roubin and Cassandre Warnauts of Frakas Productions (Belgium), and Eddie Dick of Makar Productions (Scotland), and executive produced by Patrick Ewald, Shaked Berenson, Patrick Fischer, Jonathan Feuer, Lesley Mckimm, Peter Possne.