Kino Lorber acquires US rights for HELMUT NEWTON: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Kino Lorber acquires U.S. rights for Gero von Boehm’s
on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birthday

An official selection of the recent Tribeca Film Festival, the new documentary on the the daring and provocative art and fashion photographer will release July 24 on the Kino Marquee Virtual Cinema Platform


New York, July 2, 2020 - Kino Lorber announces that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights for HELMUT NEWTON: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. The film, directed by Gero von Boehm, will have its virtual theatrical release on Friday, July 24 through its Kino Marquee virtual cinema platform that now helps support more than 400 art house theaters and organizations.

As one of the great masters of image making and photography, Helmut Newton made a name for himself exploring and elevating the female form through his striking photographs, imbuing fashion photography with narrative depth and giving context to his subjects by creating stylized, dreamlike scenes that were provocative, bold and controversial, questioning whether the women in his photos were treated as powerful feminist subjects or as erotic sexual objects - or in most cases, both. “If a photographer says he is not a voyeur, he is an idiot,” he once said. The film is an eye-popping romp through five decades filled with treasure troves of rare home videos, behind-the-scenes archival footage, and countless beautiful photographs that track his beginnings in Berlin to eventual cult icon and image maker. His reputation persists today even after his death in a car crash in 2004 in LA. Candid interviews in the film include star subjects Grace Jones, Charlotte Rampling, Isabella Rossellini, Marianne Faithfull and Hanna Shygulla, fashion icons Anna Wintour, Claudia Schiffer, Nadja Auermann, and wife and creative partner June Newton (known as Alice Springs from her photography) - all of whom share their intimate thoughts on his life and legacy. 2020 would’ve marked his 100th birthday.

HELMUT NEWTON: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL was negotiated by Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell and MK2 Head of Sales Fionnuala Jamison.

Wendy Lidell, Kino Lorber SVP of Theatrical Distribution and Acquisitions said, “The late great Helmut Newton pushed the envelope of fashion photography to its breaking point. Gero von Boehn’s enticing new documentary provides new and revelatory insights into his work from many of the brilliant women he worked with. Bad boy or visionary? We will let the American public decide.”

HELMUT NEWTON: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL will be virtually released to theaters on July 24 through Kino Marquee and will be available for streaming on and home video in September.

Gero von Boehm
Born in Hanover, Germany in 1954, Gero von Boehm is a director, journalist, and radio and television presenter. Since 1982, he directed more than 100 documentaries for ARD, ZDF, ARTE, France 3, RAI, and Sundance Channel, and received awards in Germany and abroad.

Kino Lorber
With a library of over 2,800 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years. In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases. With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Carlotta USA, Adopt Films, Greenwich Entertainment, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct to consumer channels, as well as direct digital distribution through over 40 OTT services including all major TVOD and SVOD platforms. In 2019, the company launched its new art house digital channel Kino Now which features over 1000 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kino Marquee initiative was launched in 2020 pioneering "virtual theatrical" releases of art house films with revenue shares that allows audiences to support almost 400 local independent theaters.