EXCLUSIVE: After making a splash at Sundance with his first narrative feature Kneecap, which Sony Pictures Classics swooped on ahead of its Thursday night premiere, filmmaker Rich Peppiatt has signed with Anonymous Content and WME.
Based on a true story, the critically acclaimed NEXT section title, which has drawn huge audience response out of the Utah festival, follows the anarchic Belfast rap trio of the same name as they become unlikely figureheads of a civil rights movement to save their mother tongue. In addition to Kneecap members Liam Óg Ó hAnnaidh, Naoise Ó Cairealláin and JJ Ó Dochartaigh, who portray themselves, the film stars Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender. Pic is the first Irish-language title ever to touch down at Sundance.
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A writer, director, and producer working across film, TV and commercials, Peppiatt’s first feature documentary, One Rogue Reporter, was nominated for Best Independent Feature at the 2014 National Film Awards, and was acquired by Netflix. His writing for TV has won him accolades including a RTS Scotland Award and a BAFTA Scotland. Previously, he helmed the short film Grounded, which was long-listed for the 2020 Academy Awards. At present, he continues to work with leading agencies and production companies while developing the portfolio of Naughty Step, the production company he co-founded in 2014.
Peppiatt will continue to be represented in the UK by longtime agent Michele Milburn of MMB Creative.
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