Deadpan Pictures have announced that Halal Daddy, directed by Conor McDermottroe, will premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival. Co-written by Sligo native McDermottroe and Viva screenwriter Mark O’Halloran, Halal Daddy. The cast includes Nikesh Patel (Indian Summers, London Has Fallen) who stars as lead Raghdan, Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hell On Wheels), Art Malik (True Lies, Sex and The City 2), Sarah Bolger (In America, The Spiderwick Chronicles), Deirdre O Kane (Noble, Intermission, Moone Boy), Paul Tylak (The Secret of Kells, Stew, Father Ted) and David Kross (The Reader, War Horse).
McDermottroe was also surrounded by a stellar production crew whilst filming Halal Daddy, including 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, 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?
Halal Daddy is a fish out of water story about a loveable outsider, who must decide to embrace or defy his culture in the name of fitting in.
Director and Co-Writer Conor McDermottroe says “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”
Halal Daddy is produced by Ailish McElmeel for Deadpan Pictures (Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, Nowhere Fast, Burning Wishes) in Ireland and Hermann Florin for Benrae Florin Film Ireland and Florin Film (Hanni & Nanni, I’m off Then, Swansong: The Story of Occi Byrne, Outriders) in Germany. The film is co-financed by the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann with support from Eurimages. Element Pictures Distribution has Irish and UK rights.
Halal Daddy opens in Irish cinemas on 30th June.