Thousand Oaks, CA August 10, 2009- monterey media inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of Endgame, a political thriller based upon the top secret and real-life negotiations that led to the end of apartheid in South Africa and the release of Nelson Mandela, for theatrical and home video distribution.
Directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point) and starring an international cast that stars William Hurt (Damages, Kiss of the Spider Woman), Jonny Lee Miller (MASTERPIECE's Emma, Eli Stone, Trainspotting), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dirty Pretty Things, American Gangster) Derek Jacobi (Gosford Park) and Clarke Peters (The Wire), Endgame tells the extraordinary little-known story of the secret meetings that took place in England at a time when civil war in South Africa seemed inevitable. In the end -against a backdrop of terrorism, spying, blackmail, and escalating unrest - seemingly intractable enemies forged a bond of trust and friendship that led to a peaceful resolution and the ultimate release of Nelson Mandela.
In an unprecedented arrangement, and to kick off the theatrical release, MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY will broadcast on Sunday, October 25, 2009 on PBS and have a simultaneous theatrical event opening.
"Endgame is an important but little-known piece of history with a very timely message: If peace could be brokered in South Africa, then peace is possible anywhere in the world," says MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton. "monterey and MASTERPIECE share the same goal for Endgame, which is to find the widest possible audience for this film." monterey will open Endgame, which screened at this year's Sundance Film Festival in the prestigious "Premiere" category, in select U.S. theaters beginning Friday, October 30. "We're proud and excited to be partnering with MASTERPIECE and PBS on Endgame," says CFO and Managing Partner of monterey media Jere Rae-Mansfield. "The combined television broadcast and theatrical distribution will certainly raise its profile and make Endgame accessible to millions of viewers."
The reconciliation strategy depicted in Endgame has become a template for peace negotiations in other trouble spots around the world, including Northern Ireland and currently with Hamas ("Islamic Resistance Movement").
Endgame is a Daybreak Pictures production presented by Channel 4, Target Entertainment Group and MASTERPIECE. It is adapted by Paula Milne from the book The Fall of Apartheid by Robert Harvey. The producers are Hal Vogel and David Aukin. The executive producers are Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE, Liza Marshall for Channel 4, Arwel Rees for Tinopolis and Ian Jones and Alison Rayson for Target.
For more information about the film please visit: www.montereymedia.com
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