First-time writer/director Hugh Sullivan’s time travel comedy The Infinite Man will be released in the US by Invincible Pictures.
Sandy Cameron, who produced the film with his Hedone Productions partner Kate Croser, tells IF that Invincible specialises in genre fare and has guaranteed a theatrical release in at least three cities, date to be fixed.
The deal was negotiated by international sales agent Shoreline Releasing. By IF’s count, at least 20 Australian films have secured US distribution this year.
In Australia the comedy which stars Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall and Alex Dimitriades will open on September 18 via Infinite Releasing, a new banner formed by the producers and Jonathan Page, executive producer of The Babadook, Mary and Max and 100 Bloody Acres.
Cameron says they are treating this release as a pilot before deciding whether to handle films from other producers. Madman Entertainment has acquired the DVD and VoD rights.
The plot revolves around Dean, an inventive yet unorthodox scientist who uses his technical expertise to create grand romantic gestures for his girlfriend Lana. After an anniversary weekend goes terribly wrong, Dean is spurred to his greatest scientific achievement: the invention of time travel.
What begins as a simple desire to change the past and create the perfect weekend leads to a spiral of multiple “Deans,” each in competition with the next. Romantic reconciliation is further complicated when Dean loses Lana in a recurring temporal loop.
After its MIFF premiere the next Australian engagements are at CineféstOZ in WA on August 21 and on the opening night of the new Dungog Festival in country NSW on August 29.
Since its world premiere at the SXSX festival in Austin Texas in March, The Infinite Man has screened on a Brooklyn rooftop in its New York premiere, at California’s Newport Beach Film Festival and at the Las Vegas Film Festival.
It won best first feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal last weekend and Hannah Marshall took the best actress award at the Niagara Integrated Film Festival,
The Australian season kicks off on September 18 at Melbourne’s Cinema Nova (there is a Q&A event at 4pm on September 14), Dendy Newtown, Perth’s Cinema Paradiso and Adelaide’s Palace Nova Eastend.
Meanwhile Sullivan and the producers are developing his next project, identity swap comedy The Lives of Denby Rivers. The protagonist is a former child prodigy, now aged 30, whose life has not turned out the way he wanted, so he sets out to “steal” that life.