The Netflix Original Film CALIBRE the Debut Feature Film from Filmmaker Matt Palmer Wins MICHAEL POWELL AWARD 2018
Wellington Films today celebrated the announcement of the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film, CALIBRE, at the 2018 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
The Netflix Original Film, produced by Wellington’s Alastair Clark and Anna Griffin, is the debut feature from writer/director Matt Palmer. Starring Jack Lowden, Martin McCann, Tony Curran, Ian Pirie & Kate Bracken, the film will launch globally on Netflix today, Friday 29 June.
CALIBRE producers Clark and Griffin said “This is Wellington Films’ first Michael Powell Award and we are thrilled it is with Matt and his debut film, Calibre, which launched beautifully at EIFF. We thank all our funders, and of course Netflix, for believing in us and the project and we look forward to making many more films with Matt who is a proven strong and visionary voice on the global stage.”
The relationship between Palmer and Wellington Films originated in 2006, introduced via Film4 for Cinema Extreme, resulting in 2007’s BAFTA Scotland nominated short ISLAND, and Palmer’s second short, THE GAS MAN, produced in 2014 by Clark and Griffin for Rankin’s Collabor8te.
CALIBRE writer/director Matt Palmer commented “We're absolutely thrilled and hugely honoured to have received the Michael Powell Award for Calibre. Winning this prestigious award represents an amazing culmination to the nine years of intense work which brought the film to fruition. It wouldn't have been possible without the constant belief, spirit and commitment of producers Al Clark and Anna Griffin, the incredible support of Creative Scotland, Creative England and our other funders, and the absolutely outstanding work of our irrepressible, highly talented cast and crew. This is a hugely exciting moment as we now also move towards our global release on Netflix. This award is for everyone involved in Calibre. We did it!"
This is the first time that a Netflix film has been the recipient of the prestigious Michael Powell Award and highlights their commitment to bringing the best British filmmaking talent to their global audience.
Lifelong friends Vaughn Carter (Jack Lowden - DUNKIRK) and Marcus Trenton (Martin McCann – THE SURVIVALIST) head to an isolated village in the Scottish Highlands for a weekend hunting trip which descends into a never-ending nightmare. The men wrestle with intense paranoia and escalating fear as their friendship disintegrates and the locals close in, turning the hunt into a desperate struggle for survival.
Drawing on the cult thrillers of the 1970s, as well as the haunting majesty of the wilderness in which it was shot, this taut, merciless and deeply affecting feature debut announces a major new talent in writer-director Matt Palmer.
Produced by Wellington Films’ Alastair Clark and Anna Griffin, CALIBRE is co-produced by Wendy Griffin with Isabelle Georgeaux of Pont Neuf Productions, and financed by Creative Scotland, Creative England, Tip-Top Productions, Head Gear Films, Metrol Technology, Ingenious and Scope Pictures, with international sales by Beta Cinema.
CALIBRE is launched globally on Netflix from Friday 29 June