Thunderbird Releasing

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Thunderbird Releasing
Industry Film distributor
FoundedLondon, UK (2002)
HeadquartersShoreditch, London, UK
Key people
Edward Fletcher, Managing Director;
ProductsThunderbird Releasing
Owner Thunderbird Entertainment

Thunderbird Releasing is a London-based all-rights film distribution company, with a division in Canada, specialising in arthouse, independent and world cinema. Established as Soda Pictures in 2002 by Eve Gabereau and Edward Fletcher, the company releases 25+ films a year and has a library of over 300 titles.


They have released such groundbreaking films as Fatih Akin’s Head-On, Tran Ahn Hung’s Norwegian Wood , Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy, Meek’s Cutoff and Night Moves , Christian Petzold’s Barbara and Phoenix both starring Nina Hoss, from Saudi Arabia Wadjda, Brazilian award-winner The Second Mother, Icelandic breakout hit Rams, French thriller Disorder starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger and the Oscar-nominated documentary Finding Vivian Maier, as well as on the Canadian side Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club , Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise and the Western Slow West starring Michael Fassbender. Upcoming they have the critically acclaimed Cannes competitors Paterson and Toni Erdmann, Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion starring Cynthia Nixon and directed by Terence Davies, and the documentary David Lynch: The Art Life.

<i>Head-On</i> (film) 2004 film by Fatih Akın

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Norwegian Wood is a 2010 Japanese romantic drama film directed by Tran Anh Hung, based on Haruki Murakami's novel of the same name. The film was released in Japan on 11 December 2010.

<i>Only Lovers Left Alive</i> 2013 film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch

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Thunderbird Releasing is part of the Thunderbird Entertainment Group, a film and television production company based in Vancouver with additional offices in Toronto and Los Angeles and who are behind the Netflix Original series Beat Bugs and Executive Producers of Blade Runner 2049 starring Ryan Gosling.

Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. formerly Thunderbird Entertainment is a Canadian and American expanded multiplatform media production, distribution and rights management company based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. Thunderbird has a catalogue of more than 400 hours of Canadian and US television content, including series such as the CBC comedy Kim's Convenience, Some Assembly Required, Zigby, Zixx, Mr. Young, Endgame, Da Vinci's Inquest, and Intelligence, and Somewhere Between. It became a publicly traded company as of November 2, 2018

Beat Bugs is an Australian-Canadian animated children's television series, created by Josh Wakely, and produced for Netflix by Grace: A Storytelling Company and Thunderbird Entertainment. The series is centered around five young anthropomorphised insects who live in an overgrown suburban backyard and learn life lessons while having adventures. Wakely acquired worldwide rights from Sony/ATV Music Publishing to a catalogue of music by the Beatles to feature in the series. The program features versions of songs by the popular rock group, performed by contemporary recording artists and interwoven into the narrative.

<i>Blade Runner 2049</i> 2017 science-fiction sequel film by Denis Villeneuve

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Theatrical releases


TitleDirector(s)CastTheatrical release date
Vita and Virginia (2018) Chanya Button Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini 5 July
High Life (2018) Claire Denis Robert Pattinson, Mia Goth, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin 10 May
Sorry Angel (2018) Christophe Honoré Vincent Lacoste, Pierre Deladonchamps, Denis Podalydès 22 March
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Sara Colangelo Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal 8 February
Burning (2018) Lee Chang-dong Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yuen, Jun Jong-seo1 February


TitleDirector(s)CastTheatrical release date
Shoplifters Hirokazu Kore-eda Sakura Ando, Lily Franky 23 November
The Gospel According to André (2017) Kate Novack André Leon Talley 28 September
The Seagull Michael Mayer Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss 7 September
The Heiresses Marcelo Martinessi Ana Brun10 August
Racer and the Jailbird (2017) Michaël R. Roskam Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos 13 July
Redoubtable (2017) Michel Hazanavicius Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo 11 May
Never Steady, Never Still (2017) Kathleen Hepburn Shirley Henderson, Théodore Pellerin, Nicholas Campbell 20 April
Sweet Country (2017) Warwick Thorton Hamilton Morris, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Thomas M. Wright9 March
Walk With Me (2017) Max Pugh, Marc James Francis Thich Nhat Hanh, Benedict Cumberbatch (narrated by)5 January


TitleDirector(s)CastTheatrical release date
The Man Who Invented Christmas Bharat Nalluri Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce 1 December
Thelma Joachim Trier Eili Harboe 3 November
Brimstone (2016) Martin Koolhoven Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Kit Harington 29 September
Una (2016) Benedict Andrews Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed 1 September
Dark Night (2016)Tim Sutton18 August
Land of Mine (2015) Martin Zandvliet 4 August
David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)John Nguyen David Lynch 14 July
Tommy's Honour (2016) Jason Connery Jack Lowden, Ophelia Lovibond, Sam Neill, Peter Mullan 7 July
A Man Called Ove (2016) Hannes Holm 30 June
My Life As A Courgette (2016)Claude Barras2 June
I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) Feng Xiaogang Fan Bingbing 26 May
The Transfiguration (2016)Michael O'Shea21 April
A Quiet Passion (2016) Terence Davies Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine 7 April
The Age of Shadows (2016) Kim Jee-woon Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo, Han Ji-min, Shin Sung-rok, Shingo Tsurumi 24 March
Sweet Dreams (2016) Marco Bellocchio Bérénice Bejo, Valerio Mastandrea 24 February
Toni Erdmann (2016) Maren Ade Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Lucy Russell 3 February


TitleDirectorsCastTheatrical release date
Paterson Jim Jarmusch Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani 25 November
Phantom Boy (2015)Jean-Loup Felliciolli, Alain Gagnol21 October
Southside With You Richard Tanne Parker Sawyers, Tika Sumpter 30 September
The Lovers and the Despot Ross Adam, Robert Cannan23 September
The 9th Life of Louis Drax Alexander Aja Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul 2 September
The Childhood of A Leader (2015) Brady Corbet Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin, Yolande Moreau, Robert Pattinson, Tom Sweet19 August
Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015) Stig Björkman Ingrid Bergman 12 August
Up For Love Laurent Tirard Jean Dujardin, Virginie Efira 5 August
Remainder (2015) Omer Fast Tom Sturridge, Cush Jumbo, Ed Speleers, Arsher Ali 24 June
Long Way North (2015)Rémi Chayé17 June
Louder Than Bombs (2015) Joachim Trier Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Ryan, David Strathairn, Devin Druid 22 April
Disorder (2015) Alice Winocour Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger 25 March
The Here After (2015) Magnus von Horn Ulrik Munther 11 March
Rams (2015) Grímur Hakonarson 5 February
Innocence of Memories (2015) Grant Gee 29 January
Breakdown Jonnie Malachi Craig Fairbrass 15 January


TitleDirectorsCastTheatrical release date
The Forbidden Room Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson11 December
Tell Spring Not To Come This YearSaeed Taji Farouky, Michael McEvoy
Zarafa (2012)Jean-Christophe Lie, Remi Bezancon
By Our SelvesAndrew Kötting Toby Jones
Just Jim Craig Roberts Craig Roberts, Emile Hirsch
The Second Mother Anna Muylaert Regina Casé 4 September
National Gallery (2014) Frederic Wiseman 9 January
The Turning (2013)Ensemble Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto 6 February
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014) David Zellner Rinko Kikuchi 20 February
Difret (2014)Zeresenay MehariMeron Getnet, Tizita Hagere6 March
The Face of an Angel (2014) Michael Winterbottom Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne 27 March
Altman Ron Mann 3 April
Jauja (2014) Lisandro Alonso Viggo Mortensen 10 April
Phoenix (2014) Christian Petzold Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld 8 May
The Goob (2014)Guy MyhillLiam Walpole. Sienna Guillory, Sean Harris 29 May
Shooting for Socrates (2014)James Erskine5 June
Natural Resistance (2014) Jonathan Nossiter 19 June
That Sugar Film (2014) Damon Gameau Damon Gameau, Stephen Fry, Hugh Jackman 26 June
Still the Water (2014) Naomi Kawase Nijirô Murakami, Jun Yoshinaga3 July
The Reunion (2013) Anna Odell 10 July
The Wonders (2014) Alice Rohrwacher Alba Rohrwacher, Monica Bellucci, Sam Louwyck17 July
Gemma Bovery (2014) Anne Fontaine Gemma Arterton, Fabrice Luchini, Jason Flemyng 21 August


TitleDirectorsCastTheatrical release date
Teenage (2013) Matt Wolf 24 January
Journal de France (2012) Raymond Depardon, Claudine Nougaret31 January
The Patrol (2013) Tom Petch 7 February
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) Jim Jarmusch Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, John Hurt 21 February
Half of a Yellow Sun (2013) Biyi Bandele Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, John Boyega 11 April
Looking for Light: Jane BownLuke Dodd, Michael Whyte25 April
Ilo Ilo (2013) Anthony Chen Yann Yann Yeo, Tian Wen Chen 2 May
American Interior Gruff Rhys Gruff Rhys 9 May
Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist James Erskine 16 May
Omar (2013) Hany Abu-Assad Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany 30 May
For No Good Reason (2012)Charlie Paul Ralph Steadman, Johnny Depp 30 May
PULP: A Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets Florian Habicht PULP 6 June
Camille Claudel 1915 (2013) Bruno Dumont Juliette Binoche 20 June
Finding Vivian Maier (2013)John Maloof, Charlie Siskel18 July
The Police Officer's Wife (2013) Philip Gröning Alexandra Finder, David Zimmerschied22 August
Night Moves (2013) Kelly Reichardt Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Peter Sarsgaard 29 August
Watermark (2013) Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky 5 September
A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (2013) Ben Rivers, Ben Russell 12 September
Down by Law (R/I) (1986) Jim Jarmusch Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni 12 September
Violette (2013) Martin Provost Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Gourmet 3 October
My Name is Hmmm... (2013) Agnès b. Douglas Gordon 17 October
Sacro GRA (2013) Gianfranco Rosi 7 November
Electricity Bryn Higgins Agyness Deyn, Christian Cooke, Paul Anderson 5 December
Kon-Tiki (2012) Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Joachim Rønning 19 December

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