Following her well-received segments in the horror anthology films Southbound and XX, Roxanne Benjamin is making her feature-length debut with Body at Brighton Rock, a new survival thriller that's been acquired by Magnet Releasing.

Body At Brighton Rock is expected to be released later this year, and we'll be sure to keep you updated when more news is announced. In the meantime, we have the official press release below with additional details:

Press Release: NEW YORK, NY (JANUARY 29, 2018) – Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today that they have acquired worldwide rights to survival thriller BODY AT BRIGHTON ROCK from Soapbox Films and Protostar Pictures, based off an original screenplay by acclaimed writer and director Roxanne Benjamin (XX, SOUTHBOUND). The feature debut from Benjamin stars Karina Fontes as an inexperienced park ranger who must spend the night guarding a potential crime scene on a remote mountain trail.

Produced by Christopher Alender, Benjamin, and David A. Smith, the film will be released later this year, with sales starting at next month’s EFM.

“Roxanne has written a truly inventive, edge-of-your-seat script with BODY AT BRIGHTON ROCK,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “When we read it, we leapt at the opportunity to work with her again.”

Producer Christopher Alender, CEO of Soapbox Films, commented on the acquisition saying, “Roxanne Benjamin is one of the most exciting new filmmakers out there. Her quirky, smart, and often retro instincts mesh perfectly with the elevated genre we are producing here at Soapbox Films. We are extremely proud of BODY AT BRIGHTON ROCK, our third feature film collaboration with Roxanne.”

“The Magnolia/Magnet team released the first film I ever produced, and I couldn’t be happier to reunite with them for my first full feature as a director,” said Benjamin.

Written and directed by Roxanne Benjamin, BODY AT BRIGHTON ROCK is produced by Christopher Alender and David A. Smith for Soapbox Films (XX, SOUTHBOUND, SYNCHRONICITY) and Benjamin for Protostar Pictures, with Chris Harding as co-producer. The supporting cast includes Casey Adams (BLINDSPOTTING, XX), Emily Althaus (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), John Getz (BLOOD SIMPLE, THE FLY, ZODIAC), Matt Peters (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), Miranda Bailey (DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL) and Susan Burke (SOUTHBOUND).

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden and Magnolia EVP Dori Begley with the producers. Magnolia Head of International Sales Lorna Lee Sagebiel-Torres will be representing the film at EFM. All international rights are available.

Roxanne Benjamin is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker well-known in the genre world for producing films like Sundance Midnight hits V/H/S and V/H/S/2. She made her directorial debut in the anthology SOUTHBOUND, which world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. She was last in the director’s chair for DON'T FALL, part of Magnet Releasing’s all-women-helmed horror anthology XX, which premiered at Sundance in the Midnight section last year. She also served double duty on XX, co-writing and producing the segment THE BIRTHDAY PARTY for musician-turned-director Annie Clark aka St. Vincent.


Magnet is the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, specializing in films from the vanguard of horror, action, comedy and Asian cinema, and the home of genre classics like Tomas Alfredson’s LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, Takeshi Miike's 13 ASSASSINS, Christopher Smith's BLACK DEATH, Ti West's THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, Andre Ovredal's TROLLHUNTER, Gareth Edward's MONSTERS, Neil Marshall's sword and sandals bloodbath CENTURION, and Tony Jaa's ONG BAK trilogy to name a few. Recent releases include the terrifying V/H/S and ABCS OF DEATH anthologies, Xan Cassavettes' stylish vampire film KISS OF THE DAMNED, Ti West's THE SACRAMENT, Israeli thriller BIG BAD WOLVESBen Wheatley’s dystopian thriller HIGH-RISE, Nicolas Pesce’s genre-defying THE EYES OF MY MOTHER, all-female-helmed horror anthology film XX, and legendary director Takashi Miike’s 100th film BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL.


Soapbox Films is a feature film and branded content production studio located in Burbank, California. Passionate about independent filmmaking, we strive to create elevated horror, thriller, and science-fiction films that are fresh, intelligent, diverse, and thought-provoking.

Filmmaker Roxanne Benjamin (photo via IMDb):

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