During initial summer runs in the New York and Los Angeles areas, the film was held over in Forest Hills, NY, and Orange County, CA, for the Fourth of July weekend. “Traditionally this is a very difficult summer weekend for any small film to remain in theaters,” stated Paul D. Hancock, President and Chief Executive Officer of the 31-year old, Southern California-based entertainment company. After the US run is complete, Red Roses and Petrol will move onward to London and Dublin.
Based on a successful Irish play by acclaimed writer Joseph O’Connor, and directed by Tamar Simon Hoffs, the darkly comedic drama offers a tour-de-force showcase for McDowell as Enda Doyle, a university librarian, poet, and rascal who is the flawed patriarch of a dysfunctional family struggling to come to terms with his death and with one another. As the family gathers in Dublin for Enda’s wake, Red Roses and Petrol explores the dynamics of familial relationships with sharp humor and surprising turns.
McDowell’s body of work spans more than 40 years of cinematic and television achievements, including the classic A Clockwork Orange, as well as current hits “Heroes” on NBC and “Entourage” on HBO. Enthusiastic about Red Roses and Petrol, McDowell has done interviews for the New York Times syndicate, the New York Daily News, and TV Guide, among others. Additional cast members include former Miss Ireland Olivia Tracey, Heather Juergensen (Kissing Jessica Stein), and Max Beesley (BBC’s “Hotel Babylon”).
The film has garnered awards from the Avignon Film Festival in France and the Boston Irish Film Festival as well as being selected for the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival circuit. It features music from the popular Irish-American band Flogging Molly and Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles.
“We’re delighted that audiences are embracing the heart of Red Roses and Petrol, and that word-of-mouth is catching on. We expect the film to continue to establish World Wide as a significant presence in the specialty film marketplace, as we will soon be announcing further acquisitions,” Hancock also stated.
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