05 Mar 20
We are pleased to announce that we will be releasing Jerry Rothwell's The Reason I Jump into UK cinemas this year. A release date is still to be announced.
Based on the internationally best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, and translated by acclaimed British novelist David Mitchell, The Reason I Jump is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of non-speaking autistic people from around the world.
The film received its World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival this year, where it won the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award.
Jerry Rothwell's previous work includes How to Change the World, which Picturehouse Entertainment released in 2015, along with Sour Grapes, Donor Unknown, Heavy Load, and Deep Water.
The acquisition was negotiated by Clare Binns and Paul Ridd of Picturehouse Entertainment with Vesna Cudic of MetFilm Sales following the Sundance Film Festival.
Clare Binns, Joint Managing Director of Picturehouse Entertainment said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be releasing this remarkable and important film. This is an utterly unique and groundbreaking film providing an incredible insight into the world of autism. But the film is so much more than that as audiences will soon see."
Vesna Cudic, Head of Sales at MetFilm Sales said: "We are thrilled to be partnering up with Picturehouse whose passion and ambition for this film matches our own."
The film is produced by Jeremy Dear (Narcoworld), Stevie Lee (Frank) and Al Morrow (Last Breath). Executive producers are Stewart le Maréchal, Jonny Persey and Peter Webber; Lizzie Francke for the BFI; Jody Allen, Paul G. Allen, Rocky Collins, Jannat Gargi, Ruth Johnston and Carole Tomko for Vulcan Productions.
The Reason I Jump is presented by the BFI which supported the film with funds from the National Lottery funding, and is an Ideas Room, MetFilm, Vulcan Productions and Runaway Fridge production.
Stay tuned for more information.