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Picturehouse Entertainment Acquires UK Distribution Rights from MetFilm Sales for Jerry Rothwell’s THE REASON I JUMP



Picturehouse Entertainment is pleased to be releasing Jerry Rothwell’s THE REASON I JUMP into UK cinemas in 2020. A release date is to be announced.

Based on the internationally best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, and translated by acclaimed British novelist David Mitchell, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of non-speaking autistic people from around the world.

The film received its World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival this year, where it won the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award. 

Jerry Rothwell’s previous work includes How to Change the World, which Picturehouse Entertainment released in 2015, along with Sour Grapes, Donor Unknown, Heavy Load, and Deep Water.

The acquisition was negotiated by Clare Binns and Paul Ridd of Picturehouse Entertainment with Vesna Cudic of MetFilm Sales following the Sundance Film Festival. 

Clare Binns, Joint Managing Director of Picturehouse Entertainment said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be releasing this remarkable and important film. This is an utterly unique and groundbreaking film providing an incredible insight into the world of autism. But the film is so much more than that as audiences will soon see.”

Vesna Cudic, Head of Sales at MetFilm Sales said: “We are thrilled to be partnering up with Picturehouse whose passion and ambition for this film matches our own."

The film is produced by Jeremy Dear (Narcoworld), Stevie Lee (Frank) and Al Morrow (Last Breath). Executive producers are Stewart le Maréchal, Jonny Persey and Peter Webber; Lizzie Francke for the BFI;  Jody Allen, Paul G. Allen, Rocky Collins, Jannat Gargi, Ruth Johnston and Carole Tomko for Vulcan Productions.

THE REASON I JUMP is presented by the BFI which supported the film with funds from the National Lottery funding,  and is an Ideas Room, MetFilm, Vulcan Productions and Runaway Fridge production.


Upcoming Picturehouse Entertainment titles include Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang in cinemas on 28 February, Johannes Nyholm’s Koko Di Koko Da on 27 March, Alice Winocour’s Proxima on 17 April, Quentin Dupieux’s Deerskin and Ira Sachs’ Frankie.

Further press information about Picturehouse Entertainment:

Elizabeth Taylor, Publicity and Communications Manager


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About Picturehouse Entertainment

Picturehouse Entertainment is the distribution arm of Picturehouse Cinemas, the owner and operator of 25 Picturehouse Cinemas and programmer for a further 40 UK venues. As champions of distinct cinematic voices and outstanding new feature films, Picturehouse Entertainment is renowned for delivering innovative and award-winning release campaigns from theatrical to home entertainment.

Previous Picturehouse Entertainment releases have encompassed a wide range of films including Lost In London, A Ghost Story, God's Own Country, The Party, Custody, First Reformed, Nothing Like A Dame and The Wife. 2019 saw the release of the outstanding BAFTA and Academy Award-nominated Capernaum from Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, Out of Blue from visionary director Carol Morley, Benedikt Erlingsson’s wry Icelandic drama Woman At War, Sophie Hyde's adaptation of Emma Jane Unsworth's acclaimed book Animals, Peter Webber's reggae documentary Inna de Yard, Shola Amoo's hypnotic new film The Last Tree, the award-winning Monos directed by Alejandro Landes and Mirrah Foulkes's debut feature Judy & Punch. Justin Kurzel's stunning new film True History of the Kelly Gang will arrive in cinemas on 28 February.

About MetFilm Sales


MetFilm Sales specializes in sales of high-end documentary features and series.  The slate includes Sundance 2020 Audience Award Winner The Reason I Jump  Sundance & Berlinale 2019 title Shooting The Mafia, Tribeca 2019 competition entry Leftover Women, Emmy 2019 nominated The Oslo Diaries, and a streaming hit of 2019, Last Breath. Upcoming titles are the HBO/BBC production The Mystery of DB Cooper, and the BFI Doc Society supported Fashion Reimagined.  Part of MetFilm group, MetFilm Sales was set up in 2017, and is run by Vesna Cudic, who joined Met Film from Dogwoof, where she headed their international sales arm since its inception in 2011 until 2017.


About Vulcan Productions


Vulcan Productions believes that storytelling can change the world. The company produces and distributes content that informs, inspires, and activates audiences – putting stories to work with far-reaching impact campaigns that advance new policies, shift individual behaviors, and contribute to significant institutional change. Its team includes both expert producers and seasoned impact strategists and movement builders. Leveraging platforms ranging from film and television to XR and other emerging media, Vulcan Productions’ content and campaigns are at the center of some of society’s most pressing challenges.


Vulcan Productions films include The Reason I Jump, Ghost Fleet, The Cold Blue, Netflix Original: The Ivory Game, the Sundance Special Jury Award-winner STEP, News & Documentary Emmy®-nominated Going to War, Girl Rising, Racing Extinction, the Academy Award®-nominated Body Team 12, and emerging media works including Ghost Fleet VR, X-Ray Fashion, Drop in the Ocean, and Guardians of the Kingdom. Films currently in production tell searing, eye-opening stories on issues including climate change, ocean health, public health, humanitarian disasters, criminal justice reform, and more. Follow Vulcan Productions ( on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


About the BFI


The BFI Film Fund invests over £50 million of National Lottery funding a year into developing and supporting filmmakers with diverse, bold and distinctive projects, that have a cultural relevance or progressive ideas, and which reflect people from different backgrounds, as well as a range of activities to increase the opportunities for audiences to enjoy them.


The BFI slate includes Berlinale Competition title The Roads Not Taken by Sally Potter; Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You and Jessica Hausner’s Little Joe which both premiered in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival, where the latter was awarded the Best Actress prize for Emily Beecham; Sundance World Documentary Audience winner The Reason I Jump from Jerry Rothwell; Aneil Karia’s Sundance World Dramatic Competition title Surge which won Ben Whishaw an Audience Award for Acting; and Herself directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Clare Dunne which world premiered at Sundance.


Upcoming releases include Philippa Lowthorpe’s Misbehaviour starring Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha Raw and Jessie Buckley; Saint Maud, the debut feature from Rose Glass, and Rocks from award-winning director Sarah Gavron and producer Faye Ward, which both premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.


Currently in prep, production or post are Chasing Chaplin from three-time BAFTA nominees Peter Middleton and James Spinney; Ammonite, directed by Francis Lee starring Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet; and Supernova, directed by Harry Macqueen starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci.


The BFI is the UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image. It is a distributor of National Lottery funding and a cultural charity that:


• Curates and presents the greatest international public programme of world cinema for audiences; in cinemas, at festivals and online

• Cares for the BFI National Archive – the most significant film and television archive in the world

• Actively seeks out and supports the next generation of filmmakers

• Works with Government and industry to make the UK the most creatively exciting and prosperous place to make film internationally


Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Josh Berger CBE.

About MetFilm Production

Founded in 2007, by producer Jonny Persey, MetFilm Production is an independent production company making high-quality fiction and documentary films for theatrical audiences worldwide. Together with our sister companies, MetFilm Sales and MetFilm School, we provide a synergistic environment for both established and emerging talent. Films in post-production and to be released in 2020 are fiction film 23 Walks starring Alison Steadman and Dave Johns and documentary The Reason I Jump funded by Vulcan and the BFI. Other recent releases include thriller documentary Last Breath, comedy Swimming with Men, starring Rob Brydon and directed by Oliver Parker, documentary Sour Grapes and the award-winning How to Change the World, which premiered at Hot Docs and Sundance respectively. Previous films include hit comedy The Infidel starring Omid Djalili, Grierson-winner Deep Water, French Film starring Hugh Bonneville, Sarah Gavron’s Village at The End of the World, Jeanie Finlay’s The Great Hip Hop Hoax and BAFTA-winning short September by Esther May Campbell.

About The Ideas Room

The Ideas Room was founded in 2014 by producer Jeremy Dear to make factual content across a range of genres, developing and producing for networks like PBS, Travel Channel and Science Channel. In 2016 it became a single purpose vehicle for the production of The Reason I Jump.

About Runaway Fridge

Runaway Fridge is a London based film and television production company that has built a reputation for discovering new writing talent and bringing high-end, authored drama to the small screen. Recent productions include Frank, The Dog Thrower, and The Making of a Lady.



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