By: Jeremy Kay

EXCLUSIVE: The edgy distributor has picked up Canadian rights to Justin Tipping's coming-of-age drama and winner of the best cinematography in a US narrative feature prize at Tribeca.

July 28, 2016 - D Films will open Kicks theatrically in September after securing rights from Visit Films. Focus World holds US rights.

Tipping makes his feature directorial debut and is regarded as one of the independent and festival space’s hot emerging talents after his Student Academy 2012 bronze medal- winning short Nani and Swimming In Air earned plaudits.

Kicks tells the story of a 15-year-old boy who enlists a friend to undertake a dangerous mission through Oakland, California, to recover his stolen Air Jordans sneakers.

Kicks is an accomplished first feature and will resonate with Canadian film lovers,” said Michael Robson, senior vice-president of acquisitions and business development for D Films. “The film boasts breakout performances from a mostly unknown cast and is a perfect complement to D Films’ roster of titles.”

Robson brokered the acquisition with Ryan Kampe of Visit Films.

The D Films release slate include the polarising, oddball Sundance buddy movie Swiss Army Man starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, as well as Natalie Portman’s directorial debut A Tale Of Love And Darkness, and Oasis documentary Supersonic.


New Feature Film From the Academy Award® Winning Producers of AMY Features Never Before Seen Footage of the Gallagher Brothers

April 19, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario – It was announced today that D Films Corp. have acquired exclusive Canadian rights in all media to the Untitled Oasis Documentary, currently in post-production. Helmed by award winning director Mat Whitecross, the film was co-produced by the team who recently won the Oscar® for the hugely successful documentary AMY.

Formed in Manchester in 1991, Oasis has sold in excess of 70 million records and was a force of the 1990s Britpop movement. Despite years of volatility and in-fighting, Oasis have had eight UK number-one singles and eight UK number-one albums, won fifteen NME Awards, nine Q Awards, four MTV Europe Music Awards and six Brit Awards, including one in 2007 for Outstanding Contribution to Music and one for the Best Album of the Last 30 Years as voted by BBC Radio 2 listeners; they have been nominated for three Grammy Awards. 

“We are thrilled to be bringing the story of one of the most iconic bands of our time to the big screen,” said Michael Robson, SVP Acquisitions and Business Development for D Films. “Mat’s experience with and passion for the genre promise to tell the band’s story in a way that will captivate new fans while meeting the high expectations of the long-time lovers of Oasis.”

The deal was negotiated by Michael Robson for D Films and Nada Cirjanic at Independent Film Company.