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Tribeca Film Acquires ‘The Bang Bang Club’

Apartheid drama stars Ryan Phillippe and Taylor Kitsch

Tribeca Film has acquired US rights to "The Bang Bang Club" a drama based on the lives of photojournalists documenting the last days of South African apartheid.

The film stars Ryan Phillippe ("Stop-Loss"), Malin Akerman ("Watchmen"), and Taylor Kitsch ("Friday Night Lights"), and was written and directed by Steven Silver ("The Diameter of a Bomb"). 

It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film is a Foundry Films/Out of Africa production from producers Daniel Iron, Lance Samuels and Adam Friedlander.

Tribeca Film will release the movie theatrically in the second quarter of 2011, and will handle video-on-demand.

“The Bang Bang Club takes you deep inside the final days of apartheid, showing you everything these photographers went through in order to show the world what was unfolding there,” said Nick Savva, director of acquisitions for Tribeca Film.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed but it was negotiated by Adam Sloan, executive vice president of Tribeca Enterprises and Randy Manis, Tribeca Film’s acquisitions consultant, with Daniel Iron from Foundry Films and Charlotte Mickie from eOne, the film’s international sales agent.