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Afm: Hanway Boards Oliver Parker Comedy ‘Swimming With Men’

3 November 2016 9:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

HanWay Films has boarded worldwide sales rights to Met Film Production’s comedy “Swimming With Men” with Rob Brydon set to star. Oliver Parker (“Johnny English Reborn”) is set to direct, from a screenplay by Aschlin Ditta. Filming begins in London in spring 2017.

“Swimming With Men,” based on the documentary “Men Who Swim,” which The Scotsman described as “like Spinal Tap in swimming trunks,” sees Brydon’s character, Eric, searching for a way to win back wife Heather by diving into the world of male synchronized swimming.

Brydon was recently seen in “The Trip to Italy” and “The Huntsman.”

Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch of Met Film (“The Great Hip Hop Hoax,” “The Infidel”) will produce “Swimming With Men,” alongside Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance. Paul Webster and Guy Heeley of Shoebox Films serve as executive producers, alongside Ian Dawson, Norman Humphrey and Ben Friedman of Icon Film Distribution, »

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HanWay boards Rob Brydon-starring synchronised swimming comedy

3 November 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film is inspired by male synchronised swimming doc Men Who Swim; Icon takes UK rights.

HanWay Films has acquired world sales rights for Swimming With Men, which stars Rob Brydon as a man who joins a synchronised swimming team in a bid to win back his estranged wife.

The comedy is based on a screenplay by Aschlin Ditta inspired by the acclaimed documentary Men Who Swim. Oliver Parker (Johnny English Reborn) is directing.

Icon Film Distribution has already snapped up UK and Ireland distribution rights.

Oliver Parker’s ability to combine laughs and touching performances seamlessly with incredibly funny physical comedy, should mean anyone who enjoyed Johnny English Reborn will love Swimming With Men,” said HanWay managing director Gabrielle Stewart referring to the director’s 2011 picture.

The production is due to start shooting in London in Spring 2017.

Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch of Met Film are lead producing alongside Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance.

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Rob Brydon Dives Into ‘Swimming With Men’

3 November 2016 8:36 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Rob Brydon has boarded new comedy Swimming With Men, which HanWay Films will be shopping to buyers at the American Film Market this week. The film, based on the acclaimed documentary Men Who Swim, is directed by Johnny English Reborn helmer Oliver Parker from a screenplay by Aschlin Ditta. Story sees Brydon's character, Eric, search for a way to win back wife Heather by diving into a world of male synchronized swimming. Icon Film Distribution will be handling UK and Irish… »

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Dad's Army review

3 February 2016 10:13 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The new take on Dad's Army gives a standout role to Toby Jones. Here's our review of the new comedy.

Don't panic! Oliver Parker's big screen version of classic British sitcom Dad's Army (48 years old this year) is remarkably faithful to Jimmy Perry and David Croft's much-loved original and by no means the travesty that some had feared. It benefits chiefly from a note-perfect cast and a warm glow of reverential nostalgia that pervades the entire project, but it's slightly let down by a meandering script and the playing-it-safe comedy moments tend to generate amused smiles rather than out-and-out laughter.

Set in 1944, in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea, the film stars Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, the leader of an elderly platoon of the Home Guard that comprises Oxford-educated Sergeant Wilson (Bill Nighy), doddery Private Godfrey (Michael Gambon), excitable Lance Corporal Jones (Tom Courtenay »

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27 British films to look out for in 2016

7 January 2016 1:54 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Cheer on local talent with these potentially great UK films from 2016, including drama, comedy, action, horror, fantasy & more…

While Batman Vs Superman, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse and other mega franchises are expected to dominate cinemas in 2016, let’s hear it for the films below. None are sequels, few have titanic budgets, all of them are British and each of them has the potential to be great.

2016 looks to be a particularly strong year for UK crime drama, with Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Adam Smith’s Trespass Against Us and Michael Apted’s Unlocked on their way. Military thrillers are also well represented this year, with Gavin Hood’s Eye In The Sky, Fernando Coimbra’s Sand Castle, and Simon West’s Stratton incoming. There’s also comedy, fantasy, drama, horror and even a musical waiting for you below.

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