21 May 2024 The Irish Film & Television Network
George Kane's Irish comedy Apocalypse Clown boarded by Charades and Vertigo Releasing
24 May 2022 : Nathan Griffin
Apocalypse Clown
Apocalypse Clown, an ensemble comedy directed by BAFTA-nominated George Kane (Timewasters), has been boarded by Charades for international rights excluding the UK, which is being handled by Vertigo Releasing.

The movie was penned by Shane O’Brien, James Walmsley, and Demian Fox from the comedy outfit Dead Cat Bounce. The film is headlined by David Earl (Brian & CharlesAfter Life), Natalie Palamides (Nate — A One Man Show), Amy De Bhrún (The Bachelor Weekend), Fionn Foley (Dublin Oldschool), Tadhg Murphy (Brassic), and Ivan Kaye (Gunpowder Milkshake).

Filmed on location in Dublin and Kildare, the film tells the tale of a troupe of failed clowns and an ambitious reporter who embark on a chaotic adventure of self-discovery after a mysterious solar event plunges the world into anarchy.

“I cannot wait to finally unleash this madness on audiences,” said director, George Kane. “Our writers have crafted an ambitious, relentless and joyously silly script — the likes of which you don’t see much anymore — and our brilliant cast are a total dream ensemble.”

“It’s ‘Three Amigos’ directed by Roland Emmerich. It’s ‘Waterworld’ — on land — with fright wigs. It’s the apocalyptic clown comedy the world didn’t know it needed — but absolutely does,” Kane added.

Kane has previously directed a flurry of successful shows, including Timewasters, which was nominated for a BAFTA award, as well as Back and Wedding Season. Read our previous interview with George Kane.

Carole Baraton, Charades’s co-founder, said the company “was in at title stage, even before (they) read the script.”

Apocalypse Clown was produced by Morgan Bushe and James Dean for Fastnet Films (Black 47What If), in co-production with Namesake Films, and Cloé Garbay and Beata Saboova of uMedia. Ed Caffrey and Rupert Preston of Vertigo Releasing, Patrick O’Neill of Wildcard Distribution, Celine Haddad of Screen Ireland, and John Gleeson and Oisín O’Neill of BCP Asset Management serve as executive producers.

Production investment was provided by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, RTE, Section 481, Vertigo Releasing, BCP, the Belgian tax shelter and Screen Ireland.

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