Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to writer-director Josh Lawson’s Australian sex comedy “The Little Death,” which made its world premiere earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, the company announced Tuesday.
Magnolia is planning a 2015 release.
Exploring the extraordinary sex lives of ordinary people, Lawson’s directorial debut stars Damon Herriman (“J. Edgar”), Bojana Novakovic (“Devil”), Kate Mulvany (“The Great Gatsby”) as well as Lawson himself, who stars on Showtime’s “House of Lies.”
Both an edgy sex comedy and a warm-hearted depiction of the secret lives of five suburban couples, “The Little Death” weaves together a story that explores a range of sexual fetishes — from run-of-the-mill to hilariously obscure — and the repercussions that come with sharing them.
“The Little Death” was produced by Jamie Hilton, Michael Petroni and Matt Reeder for See Pictures, and executive produced by Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Josh Pomeranz, Viv Scanu and Stephen Boyle.
“‘The Little Death’ is a terrifically funny film that elegantly walks the line between a shockingly funny sex humor and a warmly affectionate look at adult relationships,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia VP of acquisitions Peter Van Steemburg with UTA Independent Film Group and Level K on behalf of the filmmakers. Lawson is represented by UTA, Management 360 and Lisa Mann at LMCM in Australia.