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SVoD service Shudder picks up six FrightFest titles

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SXSW premiere Mayhem among acquisitions.

AMC Networks’ horror-focused SVoD service Shudder, which launched in the UK in October 2016, has picked up six titles ahead of their UK premieres at FrightFest this weekend.

The titles are:

Joe Lynch’s Mayhem, which premiered at SXSW earlier this year. The streaming service now has all rights in the UK and Ireland, adding to the Us streaming rights that it picked up in Cannes.

Chris Peckover’s Better Watch Out, on which Shudder has taken North America rights.

Stefan Ruzowitzky’s Cold Hell and Graham Skipper’s Sequence Break, on which Shudder has taken North America as well as the UK and Ireland.

Colin Minihan’s It Stains The Sands Red and Brandon Christianson’s Still/Born, which Shudder has taken for the UK.

All six films will have UK premieres at FrightFest (Aug 24-28), the London-based horror film festival, and will be available to stream in early 2018.

Shudder VP of global »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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'A Taxi Driver' passes 10 million admissions in South Korea

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Jang Hoon’s film stars Song Kang-ho and Thomas Kretschmann.

A Taxi Driver has crossed 10 million admissions in South Korea, becoming the only film to cross that important milestone so far this year. Directed by Jang Hoon, the film stars Song Kang-ho and Thomas Kretschmann.

Investor/distributor Showbox released the film on August 2 on 1,532 screens. It has grossed $71.8m to date at the local box office making it the highest-grossing film in Korea this year.

A re-imagining based on a true story, the film is about a Seoul taxi driver who helped a German journalist shoot and smuggle out footage of the May 1980 Gwangju Democratization Movement which ended in a massacre of civilians by then-president Chun Doo-hwan’s troops.

The second-ranking film of the year so far is local detective action film Confidential Assignment, which clocked up 7.8 million admissions and $55.9m for Cj Entertainment after its January 18 release. It’s followed by Spider-Man: Homecoming with 7.2 million admissions »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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Oliver Stone to head Busan Film Festival New Currents jury

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Jury also includes Bahman Ghobadi, Agnès Godard, Lav Diaz and Jang Sun-woo.

Award-winning Us filmmaker Oliver Stone is set to head the 22nd Busan International Film Festival (Biff)’s jury for New Currents, the competition section for up-and-coming Asian directors.

The winner of Oscars, Golden Globes and a Berlinale Silver Bear for directing films such as Platoon and Born On The Fourth of July, Stone was recently at the Sarajevo film festival to receive an honorary award and screen a showcase including his latest documentary, The Putin Interviews

Speaking with Screen there, he expressed concerns about the Us stance on North Korea and the possibility of doing a project focused on the hermetic country.

Stone will be joined on the Biff jury by Kurdish-Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, whose films include Cannes Camera d’or winner A Time For Drunken Horses and No One Knows About Persian Cats, which won the Cannes Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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