Australian streaming service Stan will be announcing a new slate of originals and theatrical releases over the coming weeks – and Relic is their first.
Stan has acquired the Australian streaming rights to the acclaimed horror film, the feature debut from Japanese-Australian director Natalie Erika James and boasting Jake Gyllenhaal among its producers.
Starring Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin and Bella Heathcote, Relic tells the story of Edna (Nevin), an elderly and widowed matriarch who goes missing, and her daughter Kay (Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Heathcote) who must travel to their remote family home in the Melbourne countryside to find her. Soon after her return, they start to discover a sinister presence haunting the house and taking control of Edna. Relic also serves as a metaphor for the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.
The film earned highly positive reviews from its Sundance Film Festival premiere early this year and, at the time of writing, holds a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
“I’ve been absolutely thrilled to be working with Stan to share Relic with Australian audiences as a Stan Original Film,” Natalie Erika James, co-writer and director, said in a statement. “Having made the film with an Aussie team in and around Melbourne, it means so much to launch on ‘home turf’ at the same time as our U.S. release.”
Said Nick Forward, Chief Content Officer at Stan: “Natalie Erika James’ extraordinary film Relic adds to our growing lineup of original productions with the world’s best writers, creative artists and directors. The Australian screen industry has experienced a challenging year, however, we are excited about a fresh lineup of Stan originals that is bigger than ever and working with the Australian production industry as we bounce back stronger than before.”
Relic premieres on Stan on July 10, the same date that IFC Films releases it in select theaters and VOD in the U.S.
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