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 & Nanni, I’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.
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.