IgnitionBritish writer and director Connor O’Hara’s feature debut, has been acquired by Signature Entertainment for the UK and Ireland.
The film, produced by Mark Foligno (The King’s Speech, The Moon) and Jamie Gamache, was inspired by O’Hara’s short film Infinite with 1917 to direct George MacKay, which was also produced by Gamache under the Lowkey Films banner he established with O’Hara.
Ignition follows Sid (George Somner, Sex education), who devises a plan to make his last summer unforgettable after receiving a terminal diagnosis. Reunited with his childhood friends in their hometown, he assigns each a category and asks them to find a memory that reflects that word and their friendship. After collecting the items, they meet at the end of the week and make a fire together to burn the items they have collected in a ritual that Sid says will make it last forever.
Alongside Netflix’s success Sex educationwhere he plays Joe. Somner’s other credits include Deadline This will hurt and Paramount Crawl, while he also has to participate The Hunger Games prequel The ballad about songbirds and snakes.
“We are delighted to have made such a brilliant UK debut Ignitiona deeply moving and important film that we look forward to bringing to audiences in early 2023,” said Signature Director of Acquisitions and Development Elizabeth Williams, who brokered the deal with Evelyn Xing of Carnaby International.
“I’m incredibly excited to collaborate with Signature on my first feature, Kindling,” added O’Hara. “Signature showed an innate care and understanding of the personal aspects of the film. I can’t wait to release the film together.