Prize-winning film director Joe Wright in Yemen [Archives:2007/1064/Local News]

July 2 2007

SANA'A, June 30 ) Prize-winning British director Joe Wright is currently visiting Yemen. He is spending three weeks in the country, visiting the mountains, the coast, and Hadhramaut, and he will be on the lookout for possible locations for his next film, part of which might be set in Yemen.

Joe Wright has agreed to attend a screening of his prize-winning film Pride & Prejudice, which was shown in the recent European Film Festival. The screening organized by the British Council in Yemen, will be open to the public at 1900 on Wednesday 4 July in the Yemeni Cultural Centre. The Director will give a presentation of the film and there will also be a discussion after the screening in which he will answer any questions from the audience.

Elizabeth White, Director of the British Council in Yemen, said, it is a great opportunity to have Joe Wright with us and for Yemen to be looked upon as a possibility for film locations by international filmmakers. It is about time for the world to see the unique geographical and cultural beauty of this country.

In addition, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, the director will be meeting his Yemeni counterparts, a group of film directors, to talk about his experience in filmmaking and for them to share with him issues and concerns of the fledgling Yemeni film industry.

Joe Wright has just completed his latest film “Atonement” which is based on the book by Ian McEwan. The film was chosen to open the Venice Film Festival 2007.