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Love Yourself Today acquired by 101 Films International for Global Distribution
19 Jan 2022 : News Desk
Musician Damien Dempsey
UK-based sales firm 101 Films International has secured worldwide distribution rights, excluding UK/IRE, for Ross Killeen’s critically acclaimed documentary film Love Yourself Today.

The powerful and inspirational film centres around the music of Irish singer songwriter Damien Dempsey. Part documentary, part concert film, Love Yourself Today is produced by Motherland and FIS Eireann/Screen Ireland, in association with Thirty Nine Films.

The documentary, which marks director Ross Killeen’s first feature, is an emotive celebration of modern spirituality and the power of music to heal. Every Christmas in Dublin, the crowds gather for Damo’s Christmas gig at Vicar Street. For many, these shows have become a cathartic ritual, a safe space where emotions can be laid bare.

Produced by Ross Killeen and Louise Byrne, Love Yourself Today had its US premiere at the Newport Beach Festival and has become one of the breakout films of 2021. Through the prism of the concert, audiences meet musician Damien Dempsey and three of his fans who feature in the crowd at his Christmas gig. We hear their stories, unravel their grief, and find the light in the darkness through communal art. With themes of addiction, loss but also hope and positivity, Dempsey’s music often reflects his fans' pain, alleviates their anguish, and ultimately provides peace as they “sing all their cares away”.

The film, which has been hailed as the “sing song of the century” and received five-star reviews, is executive produced by Celine Haddad, Ross McDonnell, and Rory Gilmartin.

“We're really honoured to launch Love Yourself Today internationally with Eoghan and his team at 101 films International,” said Motherland director, Ross Killeen. “The response to the film in Ireland has been overwhelming and we're very excited to see what the world makes of our film."

101 Films International is a leading international sales agent and distribution company, focusing on commercially driven feature films of all genres and budgets. The company represents projects at all stages of the filmmaking process, with the aim of helping producers and distributors achieve maximum exposure for their films.

Eoghan Burke, VP of International Sales, 101 Films International adds, “We are extremely pleased to have this exceptional and emotional theatrical film to offer to our clients.  Damien Dempsey is a relatively unknown yet much-loved artist.  The impact he has on his many fans is remarkable and this riveting movie reveals a rollercoaster of their personal pain and communal joy.”

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