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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Toa Fraser’s 6 Days

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Since launching his career in Park City with the World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic winning No. 2 (2006 Sundance Film Fest), Toa Fraser has been mapping out his filmography with items such as Dean Spanley (2008), Giselle (2013) and The Dead Lands (2014). A true story from 1980, his shot in New Zealand June/shot in London in August fifth feature is an action thriller that features a stellar threesome in Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and the underused Abbie Cornish. Perhaps it’s time for Fraser to reunite with Sundance?

Gist: Co-written by Fraser and Glenn Standring, this is based on the actual events of April 1980 when six armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy at London’s Princes Gate, taking 26 people hostage. Six days of tense stand-off ensued as a group of highly trained soldiers from Britain’s Special Air Service (SAS) prepared to raid the building.

Production Co./Producers: General Film Corporation’s Matthew Metcalfe (The Dead Lands). Executive producers: XYZ Films’ Nate Bolotin and Aram Tertzakian (), Lip Sync Productions, Dog With a Bone Films and the Ingenious Senior Film Fund’sGavin Poolman and Andrea Scarso.

Prediction: Premieres category. Maybe Berlin Film Fest instead.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. WME & XYZ Films (domestic).XYZ Films (international)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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