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UK producer / distributor, AX1 Films has acquired all UK and Irish rights to HONEYDRIPPER, the exciting new film from John Sayles.

Regarded by many as one of the ‘founding fathers’ of American independent cinema, the director of such classics as “Return of the Secaucus Seven”, “Matewan”, “Eight Men Out”, “City of Hope”, “Lone Star” and “Silver City”, acclaimed writer, director and actor John Sayles returns with HONEYDRIPPER, his latest film, that continues his extraordinary examination of the complexities and shifting identities of American sub-cultures. Based on "Keeping Time" - his own short story, with his customary understated intelligence, Sayles uses the rhythms of the citizens of Harmony, Alabama to immerse the audience into the world of the Jim Crow south. It’s a fable about the birth of rock n’ roll - a quintessentially American subject, but with a fidelity to time and temperament that is unusual in an American director.

HONEYDRIPPER features an all-star cast that includes Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Stacy Keach, Mary Steenburgen, Yaya DaCosta and Sean Patrick Thomas; as well as such notable musicians as Keb’ Mo’ and Dr. Mable John. It also introduces a major new talent, Gary Clark Jr. who makes his electrifying film debut as Sonny.

The film won the Best Screenplay award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in 2007 and will be released by AX1 across the UK and Ireland on 9th May 2008.