2018 Film

Daniel Mays joins the cast of ‘Two for Joy’

Daniel Mays announced today that he has joined the cast of Tom Beard’s feature film directorial debut  “Two for Joy“.  Daniel portrays Lias and joins previously announced cast Billie Piper, Samantha Morton, Emilia Jones, Bella Ramsey, and Badger Skelton.

Two For Joy is a British drama that explores heart breaking themes with immense humanity and sympathy, to deliver an insightful and poignant impact,” Blonde To Black Pictures told Screen.

“For the past few years we’ve been steadily working with Tom Beard towards realising his debut feature, mentoring and watching him grow as a writer and director. We undertook development of the film after co-producing his last short Rags with Michael Wiggs of Size 9 Productions.”

Writer-director Tom Beard added: “Two For Joy encompasses my professional development over the last six years. In that time I have worked closely with young people who have been through the care system with the drama therapy charity The Big House. This has given me a unique perspective on issues affecting them, issues that I hope to offer up an unbiased and profound representation of in this film.”

Filming has been ongoing in Southwest England.

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Daniel Mays joins the cast of “Swimming with Men”

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Photo courtesy of HanWay Films

It was announced today that Daniel Mays has joined the cast of Oliver Parker’s (Dad’s Army) new comedy film “Swimming with Men”.

Oliver Parker’s synchronized-swimming comedy “Swimming With Men,” which stars Rob Brydon (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”), has rounded out its cast, with “Downton Abbey’s” Jim Carter, “Sherlock’s” Rupert Graves and “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’s” Jane Horrocks among those boarding the film. HanWay Films is selling the pic.

The cast also includes Adeel Akhtar, Daniel Mays, Charlotte Riley, Thomas Turgoose, and Nathaniel Parker. Principal photography started Tuesday in London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The film tells the story of a man suffering a mid-life crisis (Brydon) who finds new meaning to his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronized swimming team.

Synopsis:
SWIMMING WITH MEN is a heart-warming comedy about a man in the throes of a mid-life crisis who finds meaning in the most unlikely of places: an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team.

At the heart of the story is Eric, a 40-something stuck in a rut. With his marriage in tatters and his life generally going to pieces, Eric finds unexpected refuge in the company of a motley crew of middle-aged, slightly saggy men, who meet up once a week at the local municipal pool literally and figuratively to tread water together.

Eric slowly realizes that there’s strength in numbers, and that if this unlikely band of misfits can become a real team they might just have a shot at winning the Unofficial Male Synch-Swimming World Championships – and maybe even at turning their lives around.

Oliver Parker, Director of Swimming with Men said:

It’s a real privilege to be working with a British ensemble of such high calibre – and to chuck them in the pool.

Gabrielle Stewart, Managing Director of HanWay Films said:
SWIMMING WITH MEN has the DNA of some of our most beloved British comedies, from THE FULL MONTY to CALENDAR GIRLS. If just half of the fun we have seen in practice in the pool these last few weeks translates onto the screen, we are in for another British comedy classic treat. Good luck in the pool everyone!

 Based on the Dylan Williams’ 2010 documentary “Men Who Swim,” the film is written by Aschlin Ditta. It is produced by Stewart le Marechal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch for Met Film and Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance, in association with Amp Film. Paul Webster and Guy Heeley of Shoebox Films will serve as executive producers.

Icon Film Distribution will release “Swimming With Men” in the U.K. and Ireland in 2018. Worldwide sales are handled by HanWay. It has already sold to Icon for Australia, Alamode in Germany and Sun Distribution Group for Spain and Latin America.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting new project!

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