The DENDY ICON GROUP is one of Australia’s leading independent entertainment companies comprising ICON PRODUCTIONS, ICON FILM DISTRIBUTION, DENDY CINEMAS and ICON FILM FINANCE.
The DENDY ICON GROUP focuses on quality feature films and alternative content within the Australian and New Zealand markets.
The group is owned by Mel Gibson and long-time producing partner Bruce Davey, who are the key principals behind the independent film company Icon Productions. Credits for Icon Productions include critically acclaimed and award-winning titles such as Braveheart, What Women Want, The Passion of the Christ, We Were Soldiers and Apocalypto.
Icon expanded into film distribution in 2002. Drawing on its expertise in script analysis and development, Icon Film Distribution sources content from the world’s most prestigious film festivals, international film-markets and directly from producers. Icon Film is an ‘all rights’ business that distributes content throughout theatrical, home entertainment, ancillary, pay per view, digital and television. The most recent film releases include the Australian feature-length documentaries A Fire Inside and Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra Dance Theatre; the British drama Summerland; the French film Spread Your Wings and the LGBTQI+ film End of the Century from Spain. Visit Icon Film Distibution at iconmovies.com.au.
Icon entered the exhibition business in 2008, acquiring one of Australia’s leading independent cinema chains, Dendy Cinemas. Founded in 1940, Dendy Cinemas now operates 40 screens across NSW, QLD and ACT with a new cinema launching in Southport QLD in early 2022. Dendy Cinemas exhibits the best in quality cinema and alternative content and is the home of the vibrant Dendy Arts program which features Opera, Ballet, and world-class theatre productions from National Theatre Live, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Dendy Cinemas proudly supports the local film festival circuit including Sydney Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, Capital Film Festival and Stronger Than Fiction. Visit Dendy Cinemas at dendy.com.au.
In 2020, Dendy launched its Video-on-Demand platform Dendy Home Cinema to deliver the best of independent and quality cinema to enjoy in the comfort of the home. Visit Dendy Home Cinema at dendyhomecinema.com.au.
The Dendy Icon Group has been supporting Australian independent producers to distribute and exhibit their content for over 20 years. Launched in 2020, ICON FILM FINANCE provides cashflow financing for both film and television production in Australia. With the introduction of Icon Film Finance, the Dendy Icon Group can provide a one-stop destination for the end-to-end facilitation of production financing, distribution, and exhibition. Core to its values is a commitment to support independent Australian producers to tell their stories to the world. Visit Icon Film Finance at iconfilmfinance.com.au.
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