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LONDON — Paramount Pictures International, the overseas releasing operation for Paramount, has said “We Want Sex” in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, snapping up the Nigel Cole-directed British comedy for the trio of territories.
PPI has secured the distribution rights to Cole’s movie which stars Sally Hawkins and a glittering support cast including Andrea Riseborough, Bob Hoskins, Daniel Mays, Geraldine James, Jaime Winstone, Kenneth Cranham, Miranda Richardson, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Rosamund Pike, Rupert Graves and Richard Schiff.
The movie details the story of Rita O’Grady (Hawkins), the catalyst for the 1968 Ford Dagenham strike by 187 sewing machinists which led to the advent of the Equal Pay Act.
Penned by Billy Ivory, the movie is produced by Number 9 Films’ Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen.
It is backed by BBC Films, the U.K. Film Council’s Premiere Fund, BMS Finance and Lip Sync Productions with HanWay Films handling worldwide sales.
PPI president Andrew Cripps said: “The screenplay was smart, witty and moving in all the right proportions and we are thrilled to be bringing this to the marketplace in 2010.”
Hanway has also sealed deals with ARP in France and Lucky Red in Italy for the picture.
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