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Starfield unites Under the Bombs team in London

Screen Daily 12 December 2012

Quartet behind 2007 road move shot against backdrop of 2006 Lebanese War reunites for comedy, provisionally entitled London Haram.

UK producer Paul Raphael is reuniting with Lebanese director Philippe Aractingi and actor Georges Khabbaz for an English-language comedy set in London, provisionally entitled London Haram. The trio previously collaborated on Under the Bombs, the tragicomic road movie shot against the backdrop of the 2006 Lebanese war, which won the Muhr Award for Best Actress and Best Film in DIFF in 2007.

Maya Hariri of Paris-based Rhamsa Productions, who boarded Under the Bombs at the post-production stage, financing the completion of the film, is also co-producing.

“Khabbaz is a sort of Roberto Benigni, Rowan Atkinson of the Middle East – he’s a great comedian,” said Raphael. “Under the Bombs was his first straight role… the film was such a great experience that …

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Pablo Trapero to direct Working Title’s crime drama Six Suspects

Screen Daily 29 Oct 2012.

Pablo Trapero is on board Paul Raphael and Working Title’s India-set crime drama adapted from Vikas Swarup’s novel by John Hodge.

Argentine Pablo Trapero, director of Carancho and Lion’s Den, is newly attached to Working Title-Starfield Productions crime-drama Six Suspects, the producers have confirmed to Screen.

The film will be Trapero’s first entirely English-language feature. Trainspotting and The Beach writer John Hodge has adapted Vikas Swarup’s novel in which six guests at a party are accused of killing the son of an Indian cabinet minister. Swarup famously wrote the novel Q & A, which went on to become Danny Boyle’s smash hit Slumdog Millionaire. Starfield’s Paul Raphael told Screen that he anticipates the production getting under way in India next autumn. He produces with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. BBC Films has backed development and will also partially finance …

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