“It’s a Wonderful Afterlife” goes to The Sundance Film Festival
Programmers announced on Monday 21st December that her film would be added to the original slate of films that have already been confirmed. The world premiere will screen outside of the competition during the festival, which takes place in Park City, Utah from January 21 until January 31.
Talking about the festival, Gurinder said: “I am delighted to premiere my film at Sundance having had such a long and happy relationship with the festival. Since it is the festival for independent filmmakers, I feel especially pleased because “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife” is a truly independent British-Indian co-production.”
“It’s a Wonderful Afterlife” is a supernatural comedy, which follows the story of a frantic Indian mother (Shabana Azmi) whose obsession with finding a partner for her overweight daughter takes her into the world of serial murder. The star cast also includes Goldy Notay, Sally Hawkins, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Zoe Wanamaker and Jimi Mistry.
It will release in cinemas across the UK in April 2010.
About Bend it Films:Since founded in 2001 by Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges, Bend It Films has gone on to produce the internationally acclaimed and box office successes, Bend it Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice. Bend It Films was established to develop and produce a slate of distinctive British comedies that have worldwide box office appeal. It's a Wonderful Afterlife headlines this current exciting slate, with three further films currently in development.
About The Indian Film Company:The Indian Film Company (the 'Company') is a specialist film investment company which was admitted to trading on the AIM market in June 2007 and raised GBP 55 million in order to invest in a diverse portfolio of Indian films targeted at the Indian audiences across varying genre, language and budgets. The Company is managed by Film Investment Managers (Mauritius) Ltd., which is jointly and equally owned by Viacom Inc. and BK Media Mauritius PVT. BK Media Mauritius PVT is owned by Raghav Bahl, the founder and controlling shareholder of Network 18.
About HanWay Films:Leading British independent HanWay Films was founded in 1998 and quickly established itself as a respected international sales, distribution and marketing company, delivering a diverse range of high-profile, quality films for worldwide distribution. The company arranges financing, sales and distribution for films from Jeremy Thomas’ Recorded Picture Company (RPC) as well as third-party producers and directors. HanWay Films' current slate includes Jon Amiel’s Creation starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly’ from Recorded Picture Company, Gurinder Chadha’s It’s A Wonderful Afterlife, Scott Hicks' The Boys Are Back starring Clive Owen, from Tiger Aspect, Danis Tanovic’s Triage starring Colin Farrell, and Harry Brown starring Michael Caine, which is being produced by Matthew Vaughn's MARV Films. The company also manages extensive film collections, including libraries by the BFI, Merchant Ivory, Peter Weir, Wim Wenders as well as the RPC and HanWay Libraries.