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Top British screen stars lined up for author's new film

PUBLISHED: 16:19 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:52 12 August 2010

AN AUTHOR who chronicled the last recession is looking to have his latest film made with a top notch cast. Hanif Kureishi, who grew up in Bromley, has written a new film called Weekend, and the producers are lining up stars Bill Nighy and Lindsay Duncan

AN AUTHOR who chronicled the last recession is looking to have his latest film made with a top notch cast.

Hanif Kureishi, who grew up in Bromley, has written a new film called Weekend, and the producers are lining up stars Bill Nighy and Lindsay Duncan to play the lead roles.

The creative team behind the project - director Roger Michell, Kevin Loader and Kureishi - is the same trio behind 2003 film The Mother and 2006's Venus, which starred Peter O'Toole.

Weekend is about a couple whose marriage comes under close scrutiny when they go away for a weekend.

Meanwhile, Kureishi was due to begin his 11-day stint as one of jury members of the Cannes Film Festival yesterday.

President of the jury will be French actress Isabelle Huppert who starred in the controversial film The Piano Teacher, which centred on a sado-masochistic music teacher who lived with her mother.

Films in the competition include Quentin Tarantino's World War II action flick Inglourious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt, and Ang Lee's Talking Woodstock which is a comedic take on the legendary concert with Emile Hirsch.

Heavyweight directors with films showing at the annual festival include Pedro Almodovar, Jane Campion, Ken Loach, Michael Haneke and Park Chan-wook.

It looks set to be a busy year for Kureishi as he takes on the job of directing his play The Black Album at the National Theatre in July until October.

Set in 1989, the play is about an Asian boy from Kent whose radical Muslim friends try to steer him away from the decadence of the West.

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