“Kneecap,” the raucous comedy biopic about the Irish rap group and co-starring Michael Fassbender, has been picked up Sony Pictures Classics, which has acquired all rights to the title for North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Middle East.
The film, the debut feature of director Rich Peppiatt and the first Irish-language feature to play Sundance, premiered on Thursday night at the Prospector Square Theater to critical acclaim, after which the band played a set at the after-party at The Cabin on Main Street. The three-piece also brought along an armoured Northern Irish police van for a stunt ahead of the first screening (in 2022, they unveiled a controversial mural of a similar van on fire in Ireland).
And, the first set of film reviews are in too..
“The humour is particular, and it’s not of the ‘Daily Mail reader’ variety but if bad ketamine trips, terrorist jokes, and bum cheeks stencilled with ‘Brits Out’ are your bag, Kneecap is just the film for you…Love them/it or loath them/it, the point of Kneecap is that they genuinely don’t care — take them as they are. For many, that’s too much. For many more, though, it will just make them all the more appealing.
-Screen Daily –
“Kneecap is an audacious film that completely obliterates the expectations of the musical biopic genre, all while being just as silly and weird as the media that lampoons it. It’s an act of pure delinquency that miraculously also inspires.”
– The Wrap –
“A sharp and well-made comedy…all three members of Kneecap give grounded, clever performances as characters close enough to their own stories.”
– Indie Wire –
“It is a film that isn’t afraid to bare its ass to make its message about music and the language that makes it heard.”
– Collider –
“Clearly destined for cult status…Sundance has never seen anything like this immersion in acidic Northern humour”
– The Irish Times ★★★★ –
“There music is so sick… they are so high energy and so hilarious… do not miss this film.”
– Naz Parez – Rotten Tomatoes / E! Entertainment (Tik Tok) –
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