HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Peter Strickland’s film debuted as part of the Midnight Madness program at TIFF.
A24 has acquired the North American rights to In Fabric, writer and director Peter Strickland’s horror film about a woman who buys a cursed gown from a strangely sinister department store outside of London.
A 2019 domestic release is planned. In Fabric had a world premiere as part of the Midnight Madness sidebar at the Toronto Film Festival, and is set to make its U.S. bow on Thursday at the Fantastic Fest.
The film’s ensemble cast includes Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hayley Squires, Leo Bill, Julian Barrett, Steve Oram and Gwendoline Christie. In Fabric tells the story of a lonely woman, played by Jean-Baptiste who visits a London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life.
She’s fitted with a perfect, dark red gown that unleashes a malevolent curse and unstoppable evil, threatening everyone that comes into its path.
“I’m very excited to have In Fabric distributed by A24. I love the films they’ve put out and their fearless approach to successfully finding an audience. In Fabric is in safe and loving hands with A24,” Strickland said Tuesday in a statement.
Bankside Films negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. In Fabric is produced by Andy Starke, who also worked with Strickland on The Duke of Burgundy, and is executive produced by Rose Garnett, Lizzie Francke, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Stephen Kelliher, Hilary Davis, Andrew Boswell, Ben Wheatley, and Ian Benson.
The film was financed by BFI Film Fund, BBC Films, Head Gear Films, Metrol Technology and Twickenham Studios. Peter Strickland is represented by Ian Benson at The Agency and David Kopple at CAA.