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Champagne ‘Doc story sells in North America and beyond – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Sparkling wine: the history of champagne, Frank Mannion’s feature-length documentary on the popular drink landed key chords in the territory.

Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has acquired North America and is planning an August 13 release, Britbox has acquired UK (excluding film rights), Smile Entertainment has Scandinavia (with Fidalgo in Norway) and Rialto will release the film in 50 theaters in Australia and New Zealand, while Canal + has acquired France and Poland. Swipe Films manages the sales rights and will release the photo in UK cinemas on June 25.

The doc introduces Stephen Fry and a host of personalities from the champagne world, including: Taittinger President Vitalie Taittinger, Bollinger President Etienne Bizot, Dom Perignon winemaker Vincent Chaperon Nicholas Soames, Winston Churchill’s grandson, the authors Oz Clarke, Don and Petie Kladstrup, and the Queen’s winemaker, Tony Laithwaite.

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The film was shot in France, England, New York and Los Angeles, and filmmakers were given access to locations such as the Queen’s Vineyard in Windsor Great Park. The producers are Oxana Popkova and Frank Mannion. Charlie Emseis edited.

The film was funded by Kasiyan Knockbeg Enterprises, CBS 1A1 Motion Picture Fund, Carlow Castle Films and Hangman London. Swipe Films manages the film’s worldwide sales (while Vision Films co-sold the French and Polish rights). The North American deal was negotiated by Tony Piantedosi, vice president of acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures.

“Frank’s film is beautifully shot, well documented, and most importantly a great time, full of fun anecdotes and exotic places to quench the thirst of a large integrated audience. We look forward to bringing the film to North American audiences, ”said Tony Piantedosi.

Frank Mannion of Swipe Films added, “Working with these amazing distributors is a dream come true. The film is a love letter to the joys and pleasures of champagne. We were fortunate to be able to shoot during the lockdown because the champagne producers were classified as essential workers. Hopefully audiences around the world will find the film to be a great vintage, immerse themselves in the world of champagne, and toast better things to come in 2021.

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