A Bend In The River: Indie Rights Acquires Worldwide Rights For Irish Drama

The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Indie Rights have acquired the worldwide distribution rights for Colin Broderick’s Irish drama A Bend In The River.


The semi-autographical story by Colin Broderick focuses on writer Matt Donnelly who returns from New York to Northern Ireland for the first time in twenty-five years. Matt faces the ghosts of his past, an abusive teacher, his dead mother, and his child best friend, who sacrificed an easier life to stay at home and fight during The Troubles.


Colin Broderick had this to say about the project:

A Bend In The River is my attempt to finally come to terms with a childhood tainted by the residue of war. It is my love poem to Northern Ireland. The writer Matt Donnelly is the physical embodiment of the North of Ireland. He returns to confront the ghosts of his past: the violence, the confusion, the heartache. Like the place itself, he emerges from it all, reborn. Ultimately, A Bend in the River is a movie about the power of forgiveness.


Indie Rights founder Linda Nelson released a statement saying:

We are thrilled to be working with MK1 Studios and Colin Broderick to bring A Bend In The River to global audiences. With its universal themes of loss, romance, and self-discovery, it’s a moving drama that audiences from all over the world will enjoy. I think Colin has a great eye for talent, combined with such a moving story, beautiful cinematography, and a poignant and moving soundtrack filmed in beautiful County Tyrone. It makes for a beautiful, cathartic, and engaging experience.


MK1 Studios’ Julie Ryan, producer on the film, released a statement adding:

The movie is an exploration of identity at a crucial time in Northern Irish politics, at a time when Irish people are once again reconsidering the notion of what it means to be Irish. Our cast and crew were very talented and the locals were a joy to collaborate with in Tyrone to bring this movie to life.


The film stars John Duddy, Kathy Kiera Clarke, John Connors, Nicola Boyle, Johnny McConnell and Brendan Broderick. The film is executive produced by Josh Brolin, Con McCormack and Don Cisternino.

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