Sligo to host Irish Premiere of Halal Daddy – 27th June 2017

Element Pictures Distribution and Western Development Commission are bringing a very special event to Sligo this June – the Irish Premiere of HALAL DADDY, the hotly anticipated new culture clash comedy written and directed by Sligo native Conor McDermottroe (Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne).

Shot on location in Sligo town and county, HALAL DADDY is a culture clash comedy about a halal meat factory in the west of Ireland, and a young man’s attempts to escape his domineering father and regain the affection of his sweetheart. Starring Nikesh Patel (London Has Fallen, Indian Summers) as the proverbial fish out of water, HALAL DADDY also features Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hell On Wheels) as the protagonist’s suspicious in-law, Art Malik (True Lies, Sex and The City 2) as his controlling father, and Sarah Bolger (In America, The Spiderwick Chronicles) as his feisty girlfriend. The cast is joined by Deirdre O’Kane  (Noble, Intermission), Paul Tylak (The Secret of Kells, Father Ted), and David Kross (The Reader, War Horse). HALAL DADDY is co-written by Mark O’Halloran (Viva, Adam and Paul), who also plays Omar in the film.

Conor McDermottroe will attend the premiere alongside stars of the movie Nikesh Patel and Art Malik.

“HALAL DADDY is a film rooted in Sligo,” said director and writer Conor McDermottroe. “In the late 1990’s I remember coming home for a couple of days and having a pint in the local pub. Some guys that I knew were in there celebrating. One of them lifted a pint of Guinness. I asked him what they were so happy about. He said the local meat exporters were going to re-open. He turned to me and said, ‘We’re going halal’. I looked in this guy’s face and I knew he hadn’t a clue what halal was! He was holding on to his job and was happy regardless.“

Ian Branningan, CEO of the Western Development Commission Ireland said  “HALAL DADDY is a film that infuses the backdrop of the west of Ireland and Sligo in a particularly compelling way. As such it extends the cultural story that has always made this region one of such interest to global film-makers. The WDC is proud to support this Irish premiere and welcomes the cinematic community and friends to Sligo.”

The screening will take place in the Omniplex Sligo on Tuesday 27th June, following hot on the heels of the world premiere at the renowned Edinburgh International Film Festival. HALAL DADDY is a Florin Film, Benrae Florin Films and Deadpan Pictures production and was supported by the Irish Film Board and Eurimages.

HALAL DADDY will be in cinemas on 30th June, Cert 15A

About Halal Daddy

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?

Can he resolve differences with Maeve’s uppity father, Martin? Can he heal the growing rift between himself and Maeve and overcome a potential love rival in the form of Jasper? What happens when the community, that had accepted him as one of its own, turns against him?

HALAL DADDY is a fish out of water story about a loveable outsider faced with a unique set of needs, wants and desires. This culture clash comedy explores integration in a multicultural world and the universal challenge we all face at some point in our lives. When bridges crumble between ourselves and our parents or partners, will we have the fortitude to rebuild them?


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