With 2018 just around the corner, we take a look back at some of Starline’s 2017 highlights

With a raft of fresh and exciting, fact-driven titles snapped up by Starline for worldwide distribution, 2017 has been a great year for docs! Among the stand-outs are WHY IS THERE ANYTHING INSTEAD OF NOTHING, Patrick O’Shea’s beautiful portrait of Irish American artist and maverick visionary, Tighe O’Donoghue/Ross, whose paintings, prints and sculptures can be seen all over the world, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, The British Museum in London and The Bibliothèque in Paris.

Artist, Tighe O’Donoghue/Ross in front of one of his works.

Public Enemy frontman, Chuck D, in mid-flow

Starline was also thrilled to scoop global rights on upcoming Hip-Hop doc, BORN IN NEW YORK, RAISED IN PARIS, with a host of top artists like Chuck D, Kery James, Menelik and Mokobe, exploring black empowerment through the story of rap music, from humble origins in the Bronx, to global phenomenon and biggest market outside the USA, France.

Meanwhile, truth is definitely stranger than fiction in Dave Evans’s extraordinary MY GRANDFATHER THE SPY, lifting the lid on family secrets to reveal a deadly world of espionage, cover-ups and murder. And there are more Cold War rumbles in CUBAN SOUL, as legendary actor/ singer, David Soul battles Soviet bureaucracy to restore Ernest Hemingway’s car in Havana.

David Soul in “Cuban Soul”.

Oscar Wilde, one of the seminal figures whose romantic life is explored in “Ireland’s Greatest Loves”

Amid the thrills, Starline still found room for romance with IRELAND’S GREATEST LOVES, a six-part docudrama series coming soon, bringing to life the Emerald Isle’s most enduring tales of the heart, from the passions of “Pirate Queen” Grace O’Malley, to Oscar Wilde’s scandalous affair with Lord Alfred Douglas.

Starline enjoyed an active year on the panel circuit, with Co-founder Carey Fitzgerald chairing a lively debate at Galway Film Fleadh with RTE Head of Drama Jane Gogan, Director General TG4 Alan Esslemont, RLJ Entertainment MD Shane Murphy, MD Network Television Ireland Derry O’Brien and President TV & Digital Content Film, Greg Phillips on the blurred lines between film and TV, while curating masterclasses on production, distribution and delivery at WacArts Weekender and IndieCork, with contributors including producer Julie Baines of Dan Films, Elizabeth Williams of Signature Entertainment, director, Paddy O’Shea and Schedule 2 MD, Rebecca Hawkes.

Carey Fitzgerald with Rebecca Hawkes and Paddy O’Shea at IndieCork

“On Golden Pond”, one of several Oscar nominated gems in the Classic Film Collection of ITV Global

Starline’s Director of Acquisitions, Piers Nightingale, was called upon as industry expert for The Edinburgh Film Festival Talent Lab, meeting and advising upcoming producers on selected projects, and for Met Film School, where he joined a panel in appraising pitches. At the same time, between handling global TV & VOD on the ITV Global's Classic Film Collection, including the extensive libraries of Rank, Korda and ITC, Director of Worldwide Distribution, Julie Delaney has been leading the sales at the worldwide film and TV markets as well her targeted sales trips around the world, while Starline Managing Director, Ronald de Neef, has been busy developing some exciting co-productions, which we look forward to announcing in 2018!

Finally, it was with sadness that Starline bid farewell to a legend: George A Romero, who passed away earlier in the year. His landmark zombie classic, Dawn of the Dead, which Starline has had the honour of selling, continues to enthral horror hungry fans around the world.

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