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


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 (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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