Magazine article Screen International

Element, Koch, Colm Meaney Join Culture-Clash Comedy 'Halal Daddy'

Magazine article Screen International

Element, Koch, Colm Meaney Join Culture-Clash Comedy 'Halal Daddy'

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Element Pictures has acquired Irish and UK rights to Halal Daddy, a culture-clash comedy which commenced principal photography in the west of Ireland this week.

Colm Meaney (Con Air) has joined the cast on the Irish-German co-production, which will shoot in and around Sligo for the next five weeks.

Rights to the project have also been acquired in Germany by Koch Media (theatrical) and Telepool (TV) amid strong international interest.

Produced by Hermann Florin for Florin Films and its Irish outlet Benrae Florin Films alongside Ailish McElmeel for Ireland's Deadpan Pictures, the production is supported by the Irish Film Board and Eurimages with Global Screen handling world sales. Peter Rommel of German outfit Rommel Films is co-producer.

The film is directed by Conor McDermottroe (Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne) who co-wrote the script with Mark O'Halloran (Adam & Paul).

Scriptwriter and actor O'Halloran also joins the film's cast which includes Meaney, Nikesh Patel (London Has Fallen), Art Malik (True Lies), Sarah Bolger (In America), Angeline Ball (The Commitments), and Stephen Cromwell (Red Rock).

A contemporary story which nods to a multicultural, modern-day Ireland, Halal Daddy tells the tale of Raghdan Aziz (Patel), whose new home in the West of Ireland provides a welcome change from life with his controlling, Bradford-based Muslim father, Amir. …

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