Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   September 24, 2020

VARIETYIFC Films has nabbed Chad Hartigan’s “Little Fish,” a love story set in a post-pandemic world that will have an eerie resonance when viewed in light of the coronavirus crisis.

The deal is for North American rights. IFC, which has remained active during COVID-19, releasing films such as “The Nest” and “The Trip to Greece,” will debut the picture on Feb. 5, 2021. “Little Fish” stars Olivia Cooke (“Ready Player One”), Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken”), Raúl Castillo (HBO’s “Looking”), and French singer-songwriter Soko. “Little Fish” boasts a screenplay by Mattson Tomlin based on a short story by Aja Gabel.

According to the official log line, “Little Fish” unfolds in a world where a pandemic has broken out. The disease causes its victims to lose their memories. Newlyweds Emma (Cooke) and Jude (O’Connell) have to grapple with this painful new reality. After Jude contracts the disease, the young couple struggles to hold onto the memory of their romance.

“Chad Hartigan’s prescient and deeply felt love story blew us away on every level,” said Arianna Bocco, EVP of acquisitions and productions at IFC Films. “The stellar performances and gorgeous cinematography complement Chad’s unique and beautiful vision. This is the love story for this moment – bring tissues.”

Hartigan is best known for directing “This is Martin Bonner,” which won Best of NEXT Audience Award as well as the John Cassavetes Award at the Film independent Spirit Awards. He also directed “Morris From America,” which won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. “Little Fish” was expected to debut at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. However, the annual film gathering was upended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement, Hartigan said he was happy to land at an indie distributor like IFC, citing the company’s penchant for backing unconventional films.

“’From ‘Me and You and Everyone We Know’ to ‘Hunger,’ IFC has released countless films that have inspired and shaped me over the years and as the challenges of 2020 have proven again, they remain one of the most adept and adaptable distribution companies in the business,” he said. “I can think of no better partner to bring this pandemic love story to audiences.”

The deal for the film was negotiated by Bocco for IFC with CAA Media Finance representing the filmmakers. Sony Pictures’ Stage 6 Films has rights to the film outside of the U.S.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   September 24, 2020

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Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   September 15, 2020

Pixie (Olivia Cooke) wants to avenge her mother’s death by masterminding a heist, but her plans go awry and she finds herself on the run with two young men (Ben Hardy, Daryl McCormack) who are way out of their depth being chased across the Wild Irish countryside by… deadly gangster priests. She has to pit her wits against everyone, taking on the patriarchy to claim the right to shape her own life.

The film opens in UK cinemas October 23rd

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   September 12, 2020

OLIVIA COOKE had no concerns about taking the leading role in a film populated almost entirely by men. She plays the title character in director Barnaby Thompson’s belly-laughinducing black comedy Pixie, which opens on October 23.

‘Ever since I started work, it’s been a bit of a boys’ club,’ said the 26year-old from Royton, who attended the Oldham Theatre Workshop from the age of eight. There are three other, much smaller, female roles, but that’s it. Cooke was not fazed. ‘I’ve inherently just been able to combat that quite easily,’ she told me, ‘to the point where the director, Barnaby, said to me: “You’re a bit scary, Olivia.” And I was like: “OK.” ’ She snorted. ‘Boys are easy to get onside a lot of the time.’ Olivia plays Pixie, a young woman on the lam in Ireland pursued by a host of characters who wish her ill. They include

Alec Baldwin as a drug kingpin who does double duty as a Catholic priest; Colm Meaney as her gangster stepfather; Dylan Moran as a cocaine dealer; plus youngsters Fra Fee, Chris Walley and Rory Fleck Byrne.

Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor in Bohemian Rhapsody) and Daryl McCormack are the unfortunate lads Pixie takes on the road with her. Earlier, one of them warns that she’ll ‘take a Kalashnikov to your heart’.

Cooke laughed when I mentioned that line, but Pixie’s got more of the femme fatale about her than she might like to admit.

Director Thompson, who made the film using a screenplay written by his son, Preston, said the actress was blessed with an ‘endearing cheekiness’. And it’s true; there’s an energy about her that comes across on screen.

Thompson added that while cast and crew were based in Belfast for two months, Cooke acted as a sort of concierge for the ensemble, sussing out ‘hotspots’ (her term) where they could hang out and socialise after filming.

‘That’s a reputation, isn’t it?’ she quipped. ‘We were all a away from home . . . it’s nice to break bread at the end of the day. I think maybe, much like my character, I have to find a bit of lightness wherever I can.’

I’ve watched Cooke over the years, on TV (The Secret Of Crickley Hall, Bates Motel, Vanity Fair) and in films (Ready Player One). But she’s at her best here, enjoying being two steps ahead of the blokes.

She puts her comic touch d down to her upbringing in the North West. ‘All my best friends, who I grew up with, are so funny; and they’re a little bit older than me; so I feel like I copied their personality a and made it my own as well.’

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   September 11, 2020

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTERSaban Films is closing in on a North American distribution deal for Pixie, a comedy thriller that stars Olivia Cooke and Alec Baldwin.

Pixie also stars Ben Hardy, Daryl McCormack and Colm Meaney, with Barnaby Thompson directing from a script by Preston Thompson (Kids in Love). The pic centers on a character played by Cooke who wants to avenge her mother’s death by masterminding a heist.

Her plans go awry and she finds herself on the run across the wild Irish countryside with two young men, played by Hardy and McCormack, who are in over their own heads and being chased by a psychotic hitman and a gang of gun-toting priests. Pixie has to pit her wits against everyone, taking on the patriarchy to claim the right to shape her own life.

James Clayton is producing Pixie with Peter Touche, while Samantha Allwinton executive produces.

Jonathan Saba and Bill Bromiley negotiated the deal for Saban Films, along with Endeavor Content working on behalf of the filmmakers.

Endeavor Content is also handling international sales. Paramount Pictures is releasing Pixie in the UK and Ireland.