Studiocanal has taken over the sales and distribution rights for Romulus Films’ back catalog, which includes more than 40 films.
On the list are John Huston’s African Queen, Moulin Rouge and Beat the devil, Laurence Olivier BAFTA Laureate Richard III, By Philip Leacock See you in Londonand Oscar winner by Jack Clayton Room at the top.
Romulus is still owned by its founders, the Woolf family, who have been working in British cinema since the 1920s when they produced Alfred Hitchcock’s first films and founded the Rank organization with J Arthur Rank. In 1948, following the untimely death of their father and seeking to establish their independence after working for Rank, brothers John and James Woolf founded independent film distributors and production companies Romulus and Remus Films.
In the 1960s and 1970s, they produced a number of films in partnership with studios, including Oliver! And two films based on the books of Frederick Forsyth The day of the jackal and The Odessa file. The company continues to produce, under the direction of founder John’s son, Jonathan.
The deal was made by the UK director of home entertainment and the Studiocanal library, John Rodden, and film consultant Nick Varley, on behalf of Romulus Films.