Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, has announced having secured the North American rights for the unsettling psychological thriller Cordelia from Great Point Media, who owns worldwide distribution rights outside the UK. Directed by Adrian Shergold (Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman) who co-wrote it in collaboration with the film’s protagonist, Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Lotus Eaters, Black Medicine), the film cast also features Johnny Flynn (Emma, Operation Mincemeat, Stardust), Joel Fry (Yesterday, In The Earth, “Game of Thrones”), Michael Gambon (“The Singing Detective,” The Harry Potter Saga) and Catherine McCormack (Braveheart, Spy Game, 28 Weeks Later).
Having previously released in the U.K., the film garnered critical acclaim, most notably for its depiction of complex, traumatized characters and a reality-twisting narrative.
The film centers on Cordelia (Campbell-Hughes), a young woman staying in London with her identical twin sister. After meeting her mysterious and alluring upstairs neighbor Frank (Flynn), she immediately becomes suspicious of his true motives. With her sister out of town for the weekend, angst-ridden Cordelia finds herself all alone and consumed by a host of fears. She begins to unravel and sunders under the weight of past traumas the more Frank attempts to worm his way into her life.
“Cordelia feels betrayed,” said Shergold. “She’s a survivor… but that brings guilt… reality begins to blur…. What is real and what is not? Paranoia sets in, but because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean you’re wrong.”
“Reminiscent of great classic 1960s British psychological Horror with a modern female hand, Cordelia’s London is preserved, sumptuous and rich,” said Campbell-Hughes. “It’s a joy to share this rare gem that we manifested to an international audience of Cinema lovers.”
“Cordelia is the kind of thriller that instantly intrigues thanks to a well-crafted atmosphere of paranoia and stunning lead performances by Antonia Campbell Hughes and Johnny Flynn,” said Screen Media in a statement. “We know this one will grip audiences and won’t let go until the credits roll.”
Screen Media is aiming for a day-and-date release this May and to whet your appetite we’ll leave you with the official UK trailer for the film.