IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to Sundance survival thriller film ‘The Killing Ground,” TheWrap has exclusively learned.
“The Killing Ground” from first-time writer and director Damien Power is a taut thriller reminiscent of the ’70s survival thrillers such as “Deliverance” and “Straw Dogs” and more recent chillers “The Vanishing” and “Funny Games.”
The film stars Aaron Pedersen, Ian Meadows, Harriet Dyer, Aaron Glenane.
The story takes place in Australia, Ian (Meadows) and Samantha (Dyer) head to a national park, hoping that nature will give them space for some quiet time together. They arrive at an isolated campsite to find an SUV and a tent – no sign of the occupants. As night falls and the campers fail to return, Ian and Sam grow increasingly uneasy. The discovery of a distressed child wandering in the woods unleashes a terrifying chain of events that test the young couple to breaking point.
“The Killing Ground” premiered at the midnight section of the festival.
The film was produced by Joe Weatherstone & Lisa Shaunessy.
IFC Midnight is a leading US distributor of genre entertainment. Recent releases include André Øvredal’s “The Autopsy of Jane Doe.” Some of the company’s previous successes have included: Jennifer Kent’s critically acclaimed”The Babadook;” Ben Wheatley’s unconventional hitman thriller “Kill List;” and Rodney Ascher’s acclaimed documentary “Room 237.”
IFC Midnight is a sister label to Sundance Selects and IFC Films and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.