MEDIA RELEASE: Cineflix Rights and HELIUM take Last King of The Cross worldwide 

February 09, 2022

Cineflix Rights and HELIUM take Last King of The Cross worldwide 

Cineflix Rights is partnering with Mark Fennessy’s recently launched indie Helium Pictures to bring thrilling new Australian true crime drama Last King of The Cross to audiences worldwide. 

Last King of The Cross (10×60’) which has been greenlit by streaming service Paramount+ in Australia, is an operatic story of 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. An elevated serialised drama, Last King of The Cross 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: a mini-Atlantic City, barely half a mile long with every form of criminality on offer.

Inspired by John Ibrahim’s best-selling autobiography Last King of The Cross, the series is written by multi award-winning writer/director Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wolf Creek, The Duel), who will also direct.

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.”


For more information, contact Mark Ogle at OH Communications (for Cineflix Rights): / +44 (0) 7789 981561

About Cineflix Rights 

Cineflix Rights is the UK’s largest independent TV content distributor for broadcasters and streamers worldwide with a catalogue of premium scripted series and movies as well as high quality factual programming from some of the world’s most creative producers.  

Our growing scripted slate includes the International Emmy®-winning Israeli espionage series Tehran for Apple TV+; Irvine Welsh’s Crime, the acclaimed author’s riveting adaptation of his best-selling novel for BritBox; French thriller Rebecca, an Official Selection at Séries Mania 2021; Acorn TV’s cozy crime procedural Whitstable Pearl; award-winning Israeli police corruption series Manayek; supernatural cult sensation Wynonna Earp; Berlinale Series 2020 Official Selection Happily Married; and Icelandic political drama The Minister. These sit alongside multiple seasons of the highly rated hit Coroner, International Emmy®-winner Marcella, and the Séries Mania-winning An Ordinary Woman.   

Established in 2002, Cineflix Rights is based in London, and is part of the Cineflix Media group of companies. 


Established by Mark Fennessy in 2021, HELIUM is a bold new creator and producer of premium scripted and factual content for all networks, platforms and mediums – with the company’s initial slate including the highly anticipated drama series inspired by John Ibrahim’s bestselling book Last King of the Cross for Paramount+, the feature film 6 Festivals also for Paramount+, and the crime thriller series Sex and Thugs and Rock n Roll – a joint venture with Richard Lowenstein and his company GHOST. Comprising Helium Picturesthe boutique Helium Studiosand the independent music label Helium Records – HELIUM specialises in the creation of innovative, authentic and compelling content, whilst redefining the boundaries between music and pictures.