Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Intandem cooks up a little magic with Jadoo

Intandem secures worldwide sales and UK distribution rights for British comedy Jadoo from the producer of Shooting Fish andWaking Ned Devine.

Intandem Films, the London and Los Angeles based international film group, is pleased to announce that it has been appointed as worldwide sales company and UK distribution company for a highly original food comedy entitled Jadoo, which is currently in post production.

Jadoo, which means ‘Magic’ in Hindi, is a British-made film set in Leicester. It is the story of two brothers, Raja and Jagi, both wonderful chefs, who fall out so catastrophically, they tear the fabled family recipe book in half – one brother gets the starters and the other gets the main courses. Setting up rival restaurants on opposite sides of the road, they spend the next twenty years trying to outdo each other.  Unfortunately both brothers can now only cook half of the perfect Indian meal – a fact that drives them both mad. 

A delicious foody-comedy, Jadoo’s secret ingredient is a delightful romantic twist, for it takes the wedding plans of Raja’s daughter – a successful London lawyer, Shalini, – to try and get the brothers talking again as she is determined that together they will cook her a perfect Indian wedding banquet. Can the men bury the hatchet without killing each other?

The film stars Amara Karan (The Darjeeling Limited, St. Trinian’s), Tom Mison (Salmon Fishing In the Yemen, One Day, Parades End), Harish Patel (Run Fatboy Run, Keith Lemon: The Film, Coronation Street), Kulvinder Ghir (Bend it Like Beckham, Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj, Goodness Gracious Me) and celebrity Indian chef and actress Madhur Jaffrey.  Written and directed by Amit Gupta (Resistance), Jadoo was inspired by his experience of growing up in a restaurant in Leicester. It is produced by Richard Holmes (Shooting Fish, Waking Ned Devine, Eden Lake, Resistance), Amanda Faber (Resistance), Isabelle Georgeaux and Nikki Parrott.

The Intandem team has an outstanding track record as an international sales agent for other commercially successful comedies including: Shooting Fish, Heartbreakers and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. It is currently setting up 10 Things I Hate About Life from the producer and director of the highly successful comedy, 10 Things I Hate About You.

In addition to selling the film internationally to major distributors, Intandem will also release the film in the UK through the newly created Intandem Film Distributors (IFD). Robert Mitchell, who is the CEO of IFD also set up one of the most successful film distributors in the UK, Buena Vista UK (part of Walt Disney) and is responsible for some of the highest box office successes ever in the UK including comedies such as When Harry Met Sally and Calendar Girls.

Richard Holmes, Producer of Jadoo explains: "The Jadoo team is delighted to be working with Intandem once again.  From the moment they saw what we were cooking up, they have campaigned relentlessly and with passion to sell and distribute it.  In Gary, Billy, Andrew and Robert there's a delicious smorgasbord of talent, imagination and energy.  Amit Gupta's second film in 24 months is in the best possible hands and we're all rolling up our sleeves to bring his wonderful tale of food-and-family to its customers."

Andrew Brown, Director of Intandem Pictures Ltd says: ““We are delighted to be working with Richard Holmes once again, especially following on from the creative and financial success of Shooting Fish, which grossed over £4m at the UK box office and was the first feature film to repay its grant from the National Lottery. Jadoo is a wonderful, heartfelt and original British comedy for a mass market audience who, we are certain, will be as delighted by its culinary delights as they are by its heart-warming story of family ties and true love!”

Robert Mitchell, CEO of Intandem Film Distribution, adds: “Intandem is delighted to have secured the rights to distribute Jadoo in the UK. We expect the theatrical release to follow the success of other heartwarming comedies in the UK such as Billy Elliot, East is Eastand Bend It Like Beckham, which were all critically acclaimed as well as being hugely successful at the box office, each of them generating in excess of £5million.”

About Intandem Films
Intandem Films plc (www.intandemfilms.com) is a London based international
film company. It specialises in raising finance for commercial feature films and selling them to distributors around the world. In June, it established Intandem Film Distributors to release films in cinemas in the UK. The Company earns fees for arranging the financing for the films' production and generates commission typically at the rate of 15% on all sales secured and 30% fees from the net cinema revenues in UK distribution.

Intandem closely manages the risk associated with the film industry and does not invest in films from its own resources. Its highest profile film to date was How To Lose Friends and Alienate People starring Simon Pegg, Jeff Bridges and Megan Fox - for which Intandem raised the finance and sold the film to distributors such as Paramount, Warners and MGM.

It is currently closing the financing on eight feature films with total budgets in excess of $100m, the first of which is expected to be 10 Things I Hate About Life, from the producer and director of 10 Things I Hate About You which grossed over $60m for Disney.

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