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Gooder & Thompson Partner And Launch
Cornerstone Denial Headlines Projects

Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder, Cornerstone Films
Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder have partnered to form Cornerstone Films, a new production-finance and sales company with offices in London and Los Angeles. The company will represent and curate a diversified slate of films of enduring quality for the international marketplace, ranging from commercial, wide release movies, to talent-driven films from world-renowned filmmakers.

Cornerstone commences sales at Cannes on Mick Jackson's Denial, starring Hilary Swank alongside Tom Wilkinson. The film is based on Deborah E. Lipstadt's acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier and adapted for the screen by BAFTA & Academy AwardR nominated writer, David Hare.

Mark Gooder said: "I have long admired Alison as one of the leading specialists in film sales and I'm thrilled to be able to bring my complimentary set of skills to this new partnership. We have a shared, strong belief in the continued importance of quality theatrically driven material to drive the independent film model."

Alison Thompson also commented: "Mark and I share similar tastes and ambitions and with our combined experiences, we look forward to creating a brand new voice in the film community. At the same time, we are thrilled to be embarking on this adventure with two of the industry's leading producers, Potboiler and X Filme, both of whom have fantastic track records in producing the kind of films we aim to present to the market."

Focusing on building long-term relationships with global producing partners, Cornerstone will be offering creative and marketplace support early in the production process. As part of that approach, it will collaborate closely with Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood's London-based Potboiler Films, and Berlin-based X Filme, run by Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott, with both production companies providing up to two films a year for financing and sales through the new company.

Thompson will fold her existing Sunray slate into Cornerstone Films, bringing over Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy; and Vincent Perez's Alone In Berlin, starring Emma Thompson, Daniel Bruhl, and Brendan Gleeson.

Amy has been selected to screen in this year's Official Selection in Cannes in the Midnight section and is the latest film from the multiple BAFTA-winning team behind the acclaimed Senna.

About Mark Gooder
Gooder began his career in Australia and in 2000 established a stand-alone distribution company for Academy Award winning producer/director Mel Gibson and his partner Bruce Davey under their Icon banner. Gooder quickly built a reputation as an executive with impeccable taste and strong commercial foresight. In 2006, he moved to Los Angeles to oversee the Icon group of companies including an international sales arm, territorial distribution in the UK/Australia and Icon Productions. In 2012 Mark moved to The Weinstein Company as President of Acquisitions where he oversaw all film acquisitions. In aggregate, Gooder has acquired and/or distributed some of the most successful independent films ever made including: 12 Years A Slave, Amelie, The Passion Of The Christ, Bend It Like Beckham, The Blair Witch Project, In Bruges, The Iron Lady, La Vie En Rose, Paranormal Activity, Philomena, The Queen, Once, and Slumdog Millionaire.

About Alison Thompson
Thompson's career in International Film Sales spans three decades during which she has consistently delivered films that have garnered commercial and critical success. Thompson spent 8 years as Co-President of Universal owned Focus Features International ('FFI'), running its international arm. FFI distributed up to 10 titles annually, approximately half of which were produced and financed by Focus Features and the remaining half, sourced mainly by Thompson, came from third party partners around the globe. Thompson began her career in film sales at The Sales Company and in 2000 she headed to Pathe Pictures International. During her career, Thompson has worked with many leading producers and filmmakers on titles including: Blue Jasmine, Brokeback Mountain, Burn After Reading, Cloud Atlas, The Constant Gardener, The Crying Game, Girl With A Pearl Earring, Land And Freedom, The Motorcycle Diaries and most recently, Mike Leigh's acclaimed Mr. Turner.

Image of Deborah E. Lipstadt courtesy Emory University
 
 

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