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Salmon Fishing In The Yemen: UK film premiere

by Entertainment Reporters 2012

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen - UK film premiere: High Street Kensington, Odeon

The Odeon at High Street Kensington hosted the UK film premiere of ‘Salmon Fishing In The Yemen’ on Tuesday 10 March, 2012.

Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas and Amr Waked star in this British rom-com-drama, directed by Lasse Hallstrom; Simon Beaufoy wrote the screenplay as an adaptation of Paul Torday’s novel of the same name.

It tells a tale of a British Government fisheries expert (McGregor) – who has Asperger’s syndrome – being convinced into introducing salmon into the wadis of the Yemen, by a fishing-obsessed Arab Sheik. The Sheik’s love for fishing is borne of his belief that fishing brings him closer to God, and hence he wished to bring the same feeling to his people.

Despite finding the idea of introducing salmon to the Yemen unfeasible, McGregor’s character, Fred Jones, is convinced when the Prime Minister’s press secretary (played by Scott Thomas) spins the idea as a “good will” Anglo-Arab story, to detract from the events in Afghanistan.

As times passes, Jones becomes more involved and in love with the project – and in love with the Sheik’s assistant, Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (played by Blunt). The film is a journey of self-discovery and love.

How did the audience find the film? Were they filled with feelings of positivity and renewal of hope after watching? And, more importantly, did they spot any red carpet stars?

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