Client news · 30 November, 2017

Raw Scores Sundance Double

Boom! client Raw TV will be featuring two films at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Boom! client Raw, the London-based independent production company, today announces the selection of two films which will premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.  ‘AMERICAN ANIMALS’, the dramatic debut of director Bart Layton (‘The Imposter’) will premiere in the US Dramatic Competition and THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS’, the feature debut of director Tim Wardle will premiere in the US Documentary Competition.

‘AMERICAN ANIMALS’ is Bart Layton’s second film at Sundance, after ‘The Imposter’ premiered in 2012 in the World Documentary Competition.‘The Imposter’ went on to win a Bafta, 2 Bifas, a Cinema Eye, an Austin, FPA, Grierson, Hot Doc, London Film Critics, Miami Int, Pre Europa, Zurich Int and to become one of the most successful theatrical documentaries ever at the UK box office.

Layton attended the Sundance Institute of Directors and Screenwriters Lab with ‘AMERICAN ANIMALS’, which has been developed and co-financed by Film4 and AI Films and is being sold by UTA for domestic and Sierra/Affinity for international. Starring Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner and Jared Abrahamson and produced by Derrin Schlesinger, Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis and Mary Jane Skalski, the film tells the unbelievable but true story of four young men who attempt an audacious robbery one of the most audacious art-heists in US history.  American Animals takes the thrill of the heist genre and turns it inside out, blurring the line between truth and fiction in a wild story of money, movies and the search for meaning.

‘I’m thrilled to be heading back to Sundance with Raw’s first dramatic feature. It may not have happened without the support of Sundance Institute who encouraged me to write the thing in the first place so to get to premiere the film there feels pretty bloody amazing’

— Bart Layton

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Tim Wardle’s ‘THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS’ will premiere in the US Documentary Competition and tells the story of identical triplet brothers who were separated at birth and reunited by chance in New York in 1980. Their reunion catapults them to international fame but also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret. The film was produced by Becky Read and executive produced by Dimitri Doganis, Adam Hawkins and Tom Barry for Raw. ‘THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS’ was financed by CNN Films and Channel 4.

Dimitri Doganis, who served as a Producer on American Animals and as Executive Producer on ‘Three Identical Strangers’ said: ‘It’s an enormous accolade to have two films in competition at Sundance, in both US Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature categories. Both films have taken years of passionate dedication by the film-makers to bring to this point, and I’m delighted for Bart and Tim – and for the teams at Raw and beyond that have supported them – that their efforts have been recognised by the festival. It’s a huge honour for all involved in the films to be in such exalted company.’

‘Three Identical Strangers has been a real labour of love - five years in development and production.  The film tells an extraordinary human story stretching over six decades, with lots of surprising twists and turns, and I’m thrilled to be premiering it in competition at Sundance’

— Tim Wardle

Raw is an independent production company established by Dimitri Doganis 16 years ago which has enjoyed a string of successful series and one-offs in the UK and US originally in unscripted documentary and reality genres, but which has moved steadily into drama following the appointment of Katherine Butler to head the Scripted Film and Television Department in 2014. Scripted credits include the critically acclaimed Cyberbully (C4) in the UK, and the highly successful mini-series Harley and the Davidsons (Discovery) in the US, with a large slate of film and TV projects to follow. Unscripted US credits include Discovery’s most successful long-running series Gold Rush, 11 seasons of Locked Up Aboard (National Geographic Channel), and Race for the White house (CNN), while UK credits include the recent Chris Packham – Aspergers and Me (C4), BAFTA winning Drug Trial (BBC), and ITV’s long running series Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport.