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THE Film Council have finalised their investment of £945,043 in Gurinder Chadha's new film ‘Bend It Like Beckham’, one of the last interim funding decisions made by the Arts Council's Film Panel last year.
Produced by Deepak Nayar, written, directed and produced by Gurinder Chadha ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ is a tender story of two 18 year old Hounslow girls, one Indian and the other English, who dream of playing professional football and learn to bend the rules to get what they want. It is set in the world of humour, affection and girls breaking out of what is expected of them. The story follows the girls as they meet, train and become a great partnership on and off the pitch. Both mothers worry about their girls not being feminine enough, but the girls find their own ways of negotiating the difficult terrain from girlhood to womanhood, to achieving their dreams.
The film is financed by the Film Council, Road Movies Filmproduktion, Roc Media, Hamburg Film Fund, Helkon SK and Future Film Financing with the participation of BSkyB and British Screen Finance.
The film will be distributed in the UK by Helkon SK with international sales being handled by The Sales Co.
Principal photography has started at Shepperton Studios and locations in London. (CD)
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