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Thesp to attend bow of Quixote retelling

PARIS — British thesp Colin Firth (“Bridget Jones’ Diary”) will be in Los Angeles on Wednesday for a screening of his “Donovan Quick,” a quirky, modern retelling of the Don Quixote story, presented by BBC Films and BAFTA-LA.

Firth plays the title character who opposes the mighty Windmill Transport Company when it takes over the local trains and buses and leaves his mentally disabled friend Sandy (beautifully played by David Brown, who is himself mentally disabled) unable to get to his vocational center.

After the screening, originally skedded for Sept. 12 last year, Firth will answer questions about the pic which has been an audience pleaser at fests from Chicago to Cairo. American distribution rights are available.

“I have rarely been so proud of anything as I am of this film,” Firth said. “It is utterly unique.”

Made by the tiny independent British company, Making Waves, with BBC Films, “Donovan Quick” is the debut feature of director David Blair, with a screenplay by newcomer Donna Franceschild, who grew up in Bellflower, CA, and worked her way through UCLA waiting tables before moving to the U.K.

The screening will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, in The Chaplin Theater (Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood).

To add your name to the guest list or to request an interview please contact Rebecca Segal at BBC Worldwide, 1818 840 9770, ext. 204.

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