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De Niro’s Tribeca on-demand films premiere on Virgin, iTunes, PlayStation and Xbox

Movies from the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival – curated by Robert De Niro – will be shown on-demand in the UK via Virgin, iTunes, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The pay-per-view venture by Tribeca Film will bring Greetings From Tim Buckley and Fresh Meat from this year’s festival in New York, along with three more UK premieres.

Robert De Niro, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, said: “American audiences have really enjoyed being able to participate in the Festival experience, not just in New York but from all over the country. We are looking forward to bringing these films to homes across the UK.”

De Niro’s Tribeca on-demand films premiere on Virgin, iTunes, PlayStation and Xbox
Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots in Greetings From Tim Buckley

Tribeca Film was launched in 2010 to give film-makers a platform beyond the festival, and this is its first extension beyond North America.

Cindy Rose, executive director of digital entertainment at Virgin Media said: “Tribeca shares our passion for championing independent film and new talent so we’re thrilled to be bringing a taste of what they have to offer to our customers. 

“As the only UK TV partner, we’re proud to be able to share some of the hottest new films never seen before in the UK with all our TV customers.” 

The first six films are:

  • Greetings From Tim Buckley: When young Jeff Buckley (Penn Badgley (‘Gossip Girl’)) is asked to participate in a tribute concert for his late musician father Tim, music opens his eyes to the artistic legacy that he is destined to follow.
  • Fresh Meat: After a poorly executed escape from the police, a gang of dysfunctional criminals flees to the suburbs and gets more than it bargained for when it crash lands in the garage of an upper-class Maori family whose refined palates have developed a taste for human flesh.
  • Monogamy: Increasingly anxious about his impending marriage, bored wedding photographer Theo is hired by clients to clandestinely snap voyeuristic photos of them as they go about their days. Things go smoothly until a sexy exhibitionist leads him into an all-consuming obsession.
  • Rubberneck: Scientist Paul continues to lust after his beautiful co-worker Danielle after a weekend fling, but once she starts dating another scientist at their lab, his infatuation quickly turns into obsession
  • Supporting Characters: Best friends Nick and Darryl are hired to salvage a botched comedy from a manic director gone AWOL. What starts as a simple job quickly sends their relationships – with their significant others and each other – reeling.
  • The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia: A shocking, eccentric and often moving year-in-the-life documentary about the White Family of Boone County, West Virginia, where shoot-outs, robberies, gas-huffing, drug dealing, pill popping, and tap-dancing are all part of a day.

They will be followed by an expanding library of independent films the critically acclaimed and Academy Award-nominated War Witch;  Bob Byington’s Somebody Up There Likes Me, produced by and starring Nick Offerman; and the documentary How to Make Money Selling Drugs.

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