Cineflix Rights to distribute Last King of The Cross
True crime drama based on John Ibrahim's autobiography is produced by Mark Fennessy's new indie Helium.
Distributor Cineflix Rights has partnered with Mark Fennessy’s recently launched Helium Pictures to bring upcoming Paramount+ true crime Last King of The Cross to audiences worldwide.
Inspired by John Ibrahim’s autobiography of the same name, the series is written by writer/director Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wolf Creek, The Duel), who will also direct.
The 10×60 min series centres around two immigrant brothers, Sam and John Ibrahim—one worshipped by his father and the other scorned— who organise the street but lose each other across their ascent to power. The series tracks John Ibrahim’s rise from a poverty-stricken immigrant with no education, no money, and no prospects, to Australia’s most infamous nightclub mogul in Sydney’s Kings Cross.
James Durie, Head of Scripted, Cineflix Rights said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Mark and Helium on Last King of The Cross—a truly authentic depiction of gangster life, set against the backdrop of one of the most iconic locations on the planet. Based around classic themes of family bonds being tested, criminal empire-building, and corruption which echo some of the most successful movies and TV shows of recent years, we believe it has huge potential with international audiences.”
Mark Fennessy, Helium Founder added: “John Ibrahim’s story is an incredible tale of the violence and brutality behind the infamous Kings Cross of the 1990s. But the soul and foundation of Last King of The Cross lies within its rich characters and their relationships, and, in particular, two immigrant brothers with a fractured sense of identity, culture and family – who are forced to the limits as they find out that blood is thicker than water, but you can drown in both. I am looking forward to working with Cineflix Rights to share this amazing tale with viewers around the world.”