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AFM: Hanway Boards Oliver Parker Comedy ‘Swimming With Men’

HanWay Films has boarded worldwide sales rights to Met Film Production’s comedy “Swimming With Men” with Rob Brydon set to star. Oliver Parker (“Johnny English Reborn”) is set to direct, from a screenplay by Aschlin Ditta. Filming begins in London in spring 2017.

“Swimming With Men,” based on the documentary “Men Who Swim,” which The Scotsman described as “like Spinal Tap in swimming trunks,” sees Brydon’s character, Eric, searching for a way to win back wife Heather by diving into the world of male synchronized swimming.

Brydon was recently seen in “The Trip to Italy” and “The Huntsman.”

Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch of Met Film (“The Great Hip Hop Hoax,” “The Infidel”) will produce “Swimming With Men,” alongside Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance. Paul Webster and Guy Heeley of Shoebox Films serve as executive producers, alongside Ian Dawson, Norman Humphrey and Ben Friedman of Icon Film Distribution, Jonny Persey and Al Morrow of Met Film, Dylan Williams and Erik Pauser of Amp Films and Chris Reed of Freebie Films, Peter Watson and Gabrielle Stewart of HanWay Films. The casting director is Dixie Chassay.

Gabrielle Stewart, managing director of HanWay, said: “Oliver Parker’s ability to combine laughs and touching performances seamlessly with incredibly funny physical comedy should mean anyone who enjoyed ‘Johnny English Reborn’ will love ‘Swimming With Men.’ We are in for another wonderful iconic British comedy.”

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