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Irish Titles Top Rental Charts
20 Apr 2004 :
Irish titles Intermission and Song for a Raggy Boy top the home entertainment charts for Xtravision.
Irish films have been performing exceptionally well in the competitive DVD market, having topped the Xtra-vision rental charts over the last two months.

'Intermission' was released on DVD exclusively to Xtra-vision in March this year and blasted straight into the number one position in their rental charts to become their highest grossing title ever released in Ireland over a six week period.

Following on from 'Intermission', 'Song for a Raggy Boy' was released on DVD exclusively to Xtra-vision earlier this month and has also gone straight into the top position on their rental charts.

'Intermission's successful rental run follows its record-breaking stint in Irish cinemas last year, where it became the highest grossing Irish Film Board-backed Irish film ever, taking over €2.5 million at the box office. IFC Films is currently releasing 'Intermission' in the US where it has reached the top 30 films at the box office (Variety Top 30 films at US box office (April 12-18th), playing on sixty one screens. The film was funded by The Irish Film Board, UK Film Council, IFC Films, Portman and Buena Vista International (Ireland).

'Song for a Raggy Boy', directed by Aisling Walsh, has picked up a number of awards including the prestigious prize for Best Feature Copenhagen International Film Festival. Released to critical acclaim last year by Abbey Films, it took over €700,000 at the Irish Box office and was produced by Subotica Films with co-financing from BSE/IFB, Royal Bank of Scotland, Zentropa, Danish Film Institute, Eurimages and Lola Films.

Both 'Intermission' and 'Song for a Raggy Boy' were award-winners at last year's Irish Film and Television Awards, as was Xtra-Vision's next Irish title release, 'Spin the Bottle'.

Gerry Butler, Chief Operating Officer, Xtra-vision commented “We are delighted to be bringing exclusive Irish titles to the customer, which are proving to be very successful rental titles for Xtra-vision. Due to Hollywood blockbusters taking priority some great Irish movies previously didn’t get a nationwide theatrical release in Ireland. Irish consumers desire choice and range and at Xtra-vision they get that.”

“We are absolutely delighted to see Irish films playing so well with the home audiences and also crossing over and performing well internationally", said Mark Woods, CEO of Bord Scannán na hÉireann. "These successes prove that there is a growing market out there for independent Irish cinema”.

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