Based on a successful Irish play by acclaimed writer Joseph O’Conner, 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. Unfolding amidst a haze of cigarette smoke and uneaten food, as his family gathers in Dublin for his wake, Red Roses and Petrol explores the emotional dynamics of familial relationships with sharp humor and surprising turns.
McDowell’s body of work encompasses more than forty years of cinematic achievements, including such classic films as A Clockwork Orange, O Lucky Man!, If…. and Time After Time. He can currently be seen as a regular guest star on NBC’s “Heroes” and HBO’s “Entourage.” The film’s soundtrack features music from the popular Irish American band Flogging Molly and Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles.
“As our next theatrical release, we expect Red Roses and Petrol to continue to establish World Wide as a significant presence in the specialty film marketplace, and we will soon be announcing further acquisitions as well,” Hancock said.
Red Roses and Petrol will be opening this fall in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, London and Dublin. The film recently had a research screening at the Century Theatres in Orange County, CA, receiving strong positive feedback from its first general public audience.
“We believe the film has crossover appeal akin to My Big, Fat Greek Wedding because of its universal theme of the unresolved conflicts between parents and their adult children,” Hancock noted, “and we will be waging an intensive publicity and promotional campaign to initially target specific interest groups and build advance awareness through both viral internet techniques and more traditional methods.”
Red Roses and Petrol has garnered awards from the Avignon Film Festival, the Boston Irish Film Festival, the Newport Beach Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival.
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