BFI Distribution has acquired new British comedy All My Friends Hate Me for release in the UK and Ireland in 2022. The deal was finalised just ahead of the film’s UK premiere screening at the 65th BFI London Film Festival during the weekend.

Directed by Andrew Gaynord (The Characters (Netflix)), his feature debut, All My Friends Hate Me is a dark comedy about social paranoia written by Tom Palmer and leading cast member Tom Stourton and produced by Tom Palmer for Totally Tom Films and Ravanburn Films. 

It’s Pete’s birthday and the old gang from college are throwing a party. But his head begins to spin as one by one his friends slowly turn against him. He can’t work it out: is he being punished? Is he paranoid? Or is this all part of some sick joke?

The ensemble cast comprises Tom Stourton as Pete, with Georgina Campbell, Joshua McGuire, Antonia Clarke, Charly Clive, Dustin Demri-Burns, Graham Dickson, Kieran Hodgson and Christopher Fairbank.

WME Independent handled the sale with BFI Acquisitions Manager Laura Dos Santos. The film has already been acquired for North America by Super Ltd.

“We absolutely loved the ambition on display in Andrew Gaynord’s brilliant debut feature when we saw it at Tribeca,” says Stuart Brown, BFI Head of Programme and Acquisitions. “It treads a fine line between black comedy and unsettling psychological drama, and pulls it off in style thanks to an abundance of young British talent in front of and behind the camera.”  

“We couldn’t be more proud to be partnered with the BFI for our UK release,” says Tom Palmer, producer and co-writer. “Aside from their affiliation with the London Film Festival, which has done wonders for bringing cinema back to life, we are big fans of titles they’ve previously distributed. Films like Bait and After Love prove there’s a serious commercial appetite for bold, original British film.”

BFI Distribution’s recent acquisitions for forthcoming UK and Ireland release include La Mif and Rebel Dykes.