It was announced today that production has begun on The Island Between Tides in Prince Rupert, BC. The supernatural thriller is written and directed by Andrew Holmes (Dolph) and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Austin Andrews (Julie and the Phantoms).
The feature film, based on Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie’s gothic bedtime story Mary Rose, stars Paloma Kwiatkowski (Riot Girls), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy), David Mazouz (Gotham), Camille Sullivan (Hunter Hunter), and Golden Globe nominee Adam Beach (The Power of the Dog). XYZ Films is handling North American sales.
The Island Between Tides takes place in the coastal wilds on the Alaskan border andcentres on Lily (Kwiatkowski), a young woman who follows a mysterious melody onto a remote tidal island. When she crosses back over at the next low tide, she emerges into a world where decades have passed. She is unharmed but not unaltered.
The Island Between Tides is the first feature adaptation of the forgotten ghost story Mary Rose, which The New York Times likened to a “more mature” reworking of Barrie’s more famous Peter Pan. Mary Rose has a rich Hollywood backstory: Alfred Hitchcock saw the play during its original run in the 1920s, and became obsessed with the property. He acquired the rights from Paramount in the early 1960s and attached Tippi Hedren to play Mary Rose, only to have Universal kibosh the production out of fears that a ghost story would be a box office failure. In his last years, Hitchcock told his biographer that his life’s greatest regret was not bringing Mary Rose to the big screen. In a final twist, the rights to Mary Rose were acquired in 2000 by Tippi Hedren’s daughter, Melanie Griffith and her husband Antonio Banderas. Ultimately, that project was also shelved.
The film is produced by Flicker Theory, Famous Red Car, and Mad Samurai Productions, written, directed and produced by Andrew Holmes and Austin Andrews, produced by Matthew Cervi and Josh Huculiak, co-produced by Morgana Wyllie and Amber Ripley, and executive produced by Darren Benning, James Tocher, Michael Shepard and Adam Scorgie.
The Island Between Tides is the very first film to shoot in the northern Canadian port city of Prince Rupert and was made possible through the support of Telefilm Canada.
Paloma Kwiatkowski is represented by Carrie Wheeler Entertainment Group and Industry Entertainment. Donal Logue is repped by United Talent Agency, Kipperman Management, and RLG, LLP. David Mazouz is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency, Untitled Entertainment and Jackoway, Austen, Tyerman. Adam Beach is repped by Red Management.
About XYZ Films
XYZ Films is a producer, financier, and distributor founded by Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer and Aram Tertzakian in 2008 that has recently expanded into talent management, working with a global roster of filmmakers. Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, the company has had a standout run of releases, with six movies reaching #1 on Netflix (including recent productions Stowaway starring Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette, and Synchronic starring Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan) and several titles reaching #1 on TVOD charts (including films The Silencing and Alone). Since its inception, it has produced such genre hits as The Raid franchise from Gareth Evans, Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation, Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy, and Macon Blair’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore.
About Flicker Theory
Led by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Austin Andrews, Flicker Theory is a feature film production company dedicated to telling character-focused stories through a global lens. Past productions include the South African co-production Lord Jones is Dead, and the Tribeca Film Festival official selection Kite Circuit.
About Famous Red Car
Famous Red Car is a feature film production company currently concentrated on developing films for a global audience. Founded in 2018 by Andrew Holmes, Famous Red Car has partnered with Eldon Road Productions to finance and produce over a dozen feature projects including Universal’s Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo and the much anticipated Bisping, the inspiring story of UFC World Champion Michael Bisping. Currently in post-production is the Untitled Phil Heath documentary, executive produced by Dwyane Johnson and Seven Bucks.
About Mad Samurai Productions
Founded in 2006 by Genie and Leo award winning producer Matthew Cervi, Mad Samurai Productions develops and produces dynamic independent feature films and television, with a focus on smart genre fare within Canada and through international co-productions. The company has developed and produced the features The Colony, Cruel & Unusual, most recently Juggernaut and has numerous projects being developed, packaged, and financed in its slate.