The company acquired theatrical, digital and broadcast rights to the Sundance Film Festival award-winner Film starring Ben Whishaw.




FilmRise has announced the acquisition of North American theatrical, digital and broadcast rights to "Surge",  the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury award-winner.  "Surge" is Aneil Karia’s (“The Long Goodbye”, “Top Boy”) feature directorial debuts and is starring Golden Globe and Emmy award-winningBen Whishaw(“Skyfall,” “A Very English Scandal,” “I’m Not Here,” “The Lobster”).

Set over a 24-hour period in London, the thriller follows aman (Whishaw) who goes on a bold and reckless journey of self-liberation. The film had its worldwide premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where Ben Whishaw won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting and its international premiere at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama Section.

Danny Fisher, President and CEO at FilmRise comments, “Ben Whishaw’s standout performance in this new must-watch indie thriller is a great and exciting addition to our expanding library of films featuring award-winning performances by one of the best actors of his generation.”

The deal was negotiated by Katie Carroll, Manager, Independent Film Acquisition at FilmRise and George Hamilton, Head of Sales at Protagonist Pictures.  Says Hamilton “Ben gives a tour de force performance in Aneil’s powerhouse debut, and we are thrilled that FilmRise will be bringing ‘Surge’ to North American audiences.”