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CONOR MCDERMOTTROE’S HALAL DADDY TO BE RELEASED IN IRISH CINEMAS JUNE 30TH BY ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION

Element Pictures Distribution is delighted to announce, that Conor McDermottroe’s HALAL DADDY will hit Irish cinemas on June 30th.  Co-written by Sligo native McDermottroe and Viva screenwriter Mark O’Halloran, Halal Daddy boasts a superb cast, including Nikesh Patel (Indian Summers, London Has Fallen) who stars as lead Raghdan, Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hell On Wheels), Art Malik (True Lies, Sex and The City 2), Sarah Bolger (In America, The Spiderwick Chronicles), Deirdre O Kane (Noble, Intermission), Paul Tylak (The Secret of Kells, Father Ted) and David Kross (The Reader, War Horse).

McDermottroe was also surrounded by a stellar production crew whilst filming HALAL DADDY, including Director of Photography Mel Griffith (Ricky: Three’s A Crowd), Production Designer Conor Dennison (A Dark Song) and Costume Designer Kerry Gooding (Game of Thrones).

Raghdan Aziz, a young man of British-Indian Muslim heritage, is happy in his new home on the west coast of Ireland. This beach-fronted retreat is the perfect getaway from his controlling father. He has escaped the burden of his legacy and discovered a new sense of community. Living with his adoring aunt and uncle, Raghdan hangs out with his surf buddies Derek and Neville and has mapped out a future with girlfriend, Maeve Logan.

On Raghdan’s 21st birthday, his father Amir arrives from England with the gift of a run-down meat factory. How will Raghdan cope with this poisoned chalice of a present – a career opportunity that he never wanted?

HALAL DADDY is a fish out of water story about a loveable outsider, who must decide to embrace or defy his culture in the name of fitting in.

HALAL DADDY is produced by Ailish McElmeel for Deadpan Pictures (Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, Burning Wishes, Wide Open Spaces) in Ireland and Hermann Florin for Florin Film (Hanni & Nanni, I’m off Then, Swansong: The Story of Occi Byrne, Outriders) in Germany. The film is co-financed by Eurimages and Koch Media with support from the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann. Element Pictures Distribution has Irish and UK rights. German theatrical rights are handled by Koch Media, while Telepool has television rights in Germany. Global Screen are handling world sales.

HALAL DADDY will be in cinemas nationwide June 30th.

To download trailer please find links below:

Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1JVxu5n5V0

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/217159913

ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION ACQUIRES CULTURE CLASH COMEDY HALAL DADDY CURRENTLY FILMING IN SLIGO

Element Pictures Distribution today announced that it has acquired Irish and UK rights on Irish-German co-production Halal Daddy, a culture clash comedy which started principal photography this week in Sligo.

Hermann Florin of Florin Film (Hanni & NanniI’m off Then, Swansong: The Story of Occi Byrne, Outriders), Germany, with his Irish outlet Benrae Florin Films, Ailish McElmeel of Deadpan Pictures (Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, Burning Wishes, Wide Open Spaces), Ireland, are producing with German co-producer Peter Rommel of Rommel Films (Wetlands, Stopped on Track) with the support of the Irish Film Board and Eurimages with Global Screen, on board as world sales agent.

Halal Daddy is an uplifting, feel good adventure – a contemporary story, celebrating multiculturalism in modern day Ireland. Writer and Director Conor McDermottroe (Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne) is extremely excited about filming his second feature in his hometown of Sligo “I am delighted to be back home near the location of the true events that inspired our film. Halal Daddy is a truly positive warm hearted comedy of multicultural Ireland at it’s best.”

Head of Element Pictures Distribution Audrey Sheils added “We are delighted to be involved with such an exciting and original film which captures the Irish sense of humour perfectly. We look forward to bringing Halal Daddy to cinemas next happy new year and giving audiences a comedy that will make them really laugh out loud.”

A superb cast is in place including Nikesh Patel (Indian Summers, London Has Fallen) who stars as lead Raghdan, Colm Meaney (Con Air, The Snapper), Art Malik (Passage to India, True Lies), Sarah Bolger (The Tudors, In America), Angeline Ball (Shameless, The Commitments) and Stephen Cromwell (Red Rock, The Legend of Longwood). Mark O’Halloran (Garage, Adam and Paul) co-writes and stars.

McDermottroe is surrounded by a stellar production crew with Mel Griffith (Ricky: Three’s A Crowd) on board as Director of Photography, Production Designer is Conor Dennison (A Dark Song) and Kerry Gooding (Game of Thrones) is Costume Designer.

The production will film for 5 weeks in and around Sligo, Ireland. Global Screen have reported very strong international interest – in addition to UK and Irish rights having been acquired by Element Pictures Distribution (Ire), Koch Media (theatrical) and Telepool (TV rights) have boarded in Germany.

Synopsis

Raghdan Aziz’s new home in the West of Ireland seems to be the perfect getaway from his controlling Bradford based Muslim Dad, Amir. He’s adored by his Sligo based uncle and aunt, his surf buddies Derek and Neville think he’s really cool and his girlfriend is much desired Sligonian Maeve Logan, so all is going well for Raghdan. However when Amir lands on his doorstep with a birthday present of a halal meat factory, things go awry for happy-go-lucky Raghdan.

ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION AND STUDIOCANAL ACQUIRE VIVA

Element Pictures Distribution and StudioCanal have acquired all UK and Irish rights to VIVA, the remarkable Irish-Cuban film short-listed in 2016 for Best Foreign Language Film, in a joint distribution venture.

Directed by Paddy Breathnach, written by Mark O’Halloran, starring Jorge Perugorria, Luis Alberto Garcia and Hector Medina and produced by Robert Walpole and Rebecca O’Flanagan of Treasure Entertainment, VIVA is the Havana-based story of young Jesus, who longs to be a glamorous drag queen only to have his dreams take a detour when his estranged and very macho father returns from a long stint in prison.

Irish and UK audiences will have the opportunity to watch VIVA this summer with Element Pictures Distribution overseeing distribution in the Republic of Ireland and StudioCanal overseeing the United Kingdom.

VIVA was released in the United States on April 29 by Magnolia Releasing following triumphant runs in the Telluride and Sundance Film Festival, with continuous praise from critics with The New York Times calling it “Exhilarating…. So much heart you surrender to its charm.”

Commenting on the release, Director Paddy Breathnach said “I’m very happy that Element and StudioCanal are releasing VIVA in Ireland and UK respectively.  They’re great companies and I’m very excited to work with them in bringing VIVA to audiences here in the near future.”

Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures Distribution added “We are big fans of Paddy and are delighted to be working with him, Rob and Rebecca together with our friends at StudioCanal on the release of VIVA in Ireland and the UK.”

Element is a very skilled Irish distributor and the pairing with StudioCanal is brilliant – we couldn’t be happier with the partnership,” adds Charlotte Mickie, president of Mongrel International.  “VIVA continues to thrill us with its continuing success.”

VIVA producers, Rob Walpole and Rebecca O’Flanagan, said “VIVA was such a labour of love and we are thrilled with its reception so far.  We are particularly pleased to be working with Element to bring it to our home territory and are delighted with the partnership with StudioCanal in the UK.”

 VIVA has sold to over 30 territories world-wide including France to ARP, Benelux to Cinemien, Spain to Betta and Germany to Salzgeber.