A “JDIFFerent” perspective on the first half of the film festival…

This is a guest post by Irish arts (distinct lack of theatre writing though) blogger Mick McGovern, who deposits his thoughts at amawaster.blogspot.com.

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I love the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. In between darting between cinemas and screens, queueing, Q&As and helping with market research (I studied sociology and statistics once upon a time so I have a compulsive need to fill out questionnaires and forms), I even managed to watch some films during the first half of the festival.
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And the award for worst title of 2012 goes to…

Swedish film-maker Lasse Hallström hasn’t made a movie I’ve been remotely interested in since 1999′s The Cider House Rules. A quick look at his IMDB reveals he is, to put it crudely, a director of “women’s pictures” – Dear John, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, Casanova, The Shipping News? Blugh.

But his big release for 2012 actually looks interesting, and dare I say it, kinda watchable… Infinitely more watchable if I were a 50-year-old woman, but hey.

Aside from the cast -Kristin Scott Thomas, Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt – the one thing that is going to catch audience’s attention is its atrocious title.

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

Seriously?

By way of explanation the screenplay, by Slumdog Millionaire scribe Simon Beaufoy, is based on a novel of the same name by Paul Torday. Studios don’t really tend to change the name of adaptations from books for fear of upsetting fans of the original work. But in this case they really should have considered it as it’s reaaaalllly lame.

Anyway, despite the fact no one calls The Republic of Yemen “THE Yemen”, I’m sure there’s some logic to it. It received its premiere at TIFF and got very positive reviews.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is simultaneously released in UK/US on March 9th. Trailer was released last month and is below. Warning – it contains uplifting soft rock.