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03/05/01
Al's Lads Grabs Cannes Attention
- US film distributor impressed by new low-budget Brit-flick

AMERICAN movies may be big business at this year's Cannes, but movie moguls are touting a new low-budget British comedy drama for blockbuster success.

Industry insiders are currently going ape over US director Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan MacGregor. But, despite a low-turnout of British movies at the festival, the premiere of Al's Lads, a film about three Liverpool boys, has been turning a few heads, including those of distributor giant, Miramax.

The film, directed by Richard Standeven and featuring Royle Family stars Ricky Tomlinson and Ralf Little, centres on three youths who board a ship to America and, while there, rob gangster Al Capone of his riches before heading back home. Standeven shot much of the film on location in Liverpool's back streets. "We had to create the feel of New York and Chicago in the 1920s," he said.

Earlier this week Monty Python cartoonist and Cannes judge Terry Gilliam put Britain's poor showing at the festival down to a lack of talent. But, if reports are anything to go by, the response to Al's Lads paints a different picture. "We have very high hopes for the film. The reaction has been marvellous," said producer Peter Barnes







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