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Edinburgh Film Festival marks Premiere for ‘Halal Daddy’ from Sligo Director Conor McDermottroe
01 Jun 2017 : Katie McNeice
The Deadpan Pictures project joins the line-up of Irish titles screening at the festival which is now in its 71st year. McDermottroe co-write the project with ‘Viva’ writer Mark O’Halloran.

Producers are Ailish McElmeel (Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope) of Deadpan Pictures and Hermann Florin (Hanni & Nanni) of Benrae Florin Film Ireland and Florin Film in Germany.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from June 21st-July 2nd and will also see ‘Maudie’ (Aisling Walsh), ‘The Farthest’ (Emer Reynolds), ‘Pilgrimage’ (Brendan Muldowney), ‘It’s Not Yet Dark’ (Frankie Fenton) and ‘The King’s Choice’ (Eric Poppe).

The ‘Halal Daddy’ cast includes Nikesh Patel (Indian Summers), Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Art Malik (True Lies), Sarah Bolger (In America), Deirdre O’Kane (Noble), Paul Tylak (The Secret of Kells) and David Kross (The Reader).

Crew meanwhile is composed of 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 (Patel), 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?

Conor McDermottroe, Director & Co-Writer:
“I am delighted and thrilled to be premiering ‘Halal Daddy’ at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Edinburgh holds a special place for me. I have fond memories of the festival over the years. Returning there on the 26th of June, to open ‘Halal Daddy’, is just fantastic”

Ailish McElmeel, Producer, Deadpan Pictures:
“We’re honoured to premiere at the world’s oldest and continually running film festival, the prestigious Edinburgh International Film Festival. Given the warmth and charm of ‘Halal Daddy’ we feel it will play very well to local Edinburgh Audiences and industry a like.”

‘Halal Daddy’ releases to Irish cinemas on June 30th.

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