Friday, 6th August - SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN begins principal photography today and will shoot on location for nine weeks in London, Scotland and Morocco. SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN is financed by BBC Films, UK Film Council, Lionsgate UK. Lionsgate is handling international sales.
Starring Ewan McGregor (The Ghost), Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) and Kristin Scott Thomas (Nowhere Boy), SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN will be directed by Lasse Hallstrm (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules) and produced by Paul Webster (Brighton Rock, Atonement). It has been adapted by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) from Paul Tordays critically acclaimed bestselling novel.
Romantic fable SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN follows government scientist Dr Alfred Jones (McGregor) as a fly fishing-obsessed Sheikh (Amr Waked) tasks him with the seemingly impossible introducing salmon to the wadis of the Yemen. With the British government desperate for a good news story in the area, the Prime Ministers fearsome spokesperson, Patricia Maxwell (Kristin Scott Thomas), seizes on the idea and makes Fred responsible for the success of the project. Finally won over by the charismatic Sheikh, Fred also begins to fall for his representative Harriet (Emily Blunt). Casting off his deep-set cynicism, Fred rises to the Sheikhs eccentric challenge, to go on a journey of self discovery and late blooming love.
Producer Paul Webster said Im delighted were bringing this much-loved story to the big screen. Paul Torday (book) and Simon Beaufoy (screenplay) are two of the finest comic writers in Britain today and SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN will follow in the grand tradition of British comedies.
SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN is produced by Paul Webster and co-produced by Nicky Kentish Barnes. Director of Photography is Terry Stacey (In Her Shoes); Production Design is by Michael Carlin (Last King of Scotland); Costume Design by Julian Day (Brighton Rock) and the Editor is Lisa Gunning (Nowhere Boy). The film is Executive Produced by Jamie Laurenson (BBC Films), Zygi Kamasa (Lionsgate UK) and Guy Avshalom (Lionsgate UK)
Christine Langan, Creative Director, BBC Films comments Salmon Fishing is a unique and ambitious piece with an inspirational message for our times, and BBC Films is proud to be working with such an illustrious team
Zygi Kamasa, CEO - Lionsgate UK concludes Partnering with such acclaimed, multi-award winning talents such as Paul Webster, Lasse Hallstrom and Simon Beaufoy alongside the gifted actors on board is such a fantastic opportunity for Lionsgate. We are thrilled to be involved with such an utterly charming and individual project.
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Added On Friday, 26 November 2010