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Sophie Hyde and Bryan Mason’s ‘Good Luck To You, Leo Grande’ sells to Searchlight after Sundance triumph.

Director Sophie Hyde’s latest film, the intimate two hander Good Luck To You, Leo Grande, starring the brilliant Emma Thompson and charismatic newcomer Daryl McCormack, topped off it’s incredible Sundance Film Festival showing with a sale to Searchlight Pictures. Searchlight acquired the film for 7.5million US during the January festival, outbidding several distributors for the title.


“Sophie Hyde has brought Katy Brand’s brilliant script to life with a joy and humanity that perfectly captures the journey of searching for connection and liberation,” said Searchlight Presidents Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum. “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is a beautiful film, and Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack are simply perfect.”


Said Hyde: “We are soaked in a culture that encourages us to dislike our bodies and be ashamed of what brings us pleasure, but I hope Leo Grande brings much pleasure to U.S. audiences. I loved every second of working with Emma and Daryl on this movie. Collaborating with them, and the incredible artists who helped craft the movie, has been a true delight and I couldn’t be more thrilled that the team at Searchlight will be guiding its release.”


Searchlight will release in the US through Hulu, with the plan to wage an awards campaign for Thompson’s outstanding performance. Lionsgate has already secured UK rights for the film, and Wildbunch has German distribution rights.


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