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Two releases for Isle of Man Film 28 November 2007

Isle of Man Film production, Who Gets the Dog? will get its premiere screening this weekend when it is broadcast on ITV1 at 9pm on Sunday 2nd December. Who Gets the Dog?

Shot in the Island last year and produced by Island-regulars Company Pictures, the 90 minute comedy drama starring Kevin Whately, (Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Lewis) Alison Steadman, (The Dinner Party, Gavin and Stacey) Stephen Mangan, (Green Wing, Confetti) and Emma Pierson (Hotel Babylon, Talk to Me) tells the story of married couple Jack and Jenny. When their marriage of 27 years hits rock bottom, they soon find themselves at the mercy of two avaricious divorce lawyers, who flirt outrageously and engage themselves in a unique wager to achieve their own mercenary and lustful ambitions. But Jack and Jenny are not the only losers in the divorce - their daughter Claire is distraught about the break up, and she soon hatches a scheme to get her mum and dad back together.

Minister for the Department of Trade and Industry, David Cretney said ‘I’m looking forward to watching Who Gets the Dog this weekend – I hear it has been getting good reviews and is a further example of the quality productions that Isle of Man Film have been targeting.’

Chromophobia Meanwhile, Chromophobia is also premiering in the UK on the 14th December. Filmed on the Island in 2004, it closed the Cannes Film Festival in 2005 and has a quality British cast including Kristen Scott Thomas, Ralph Fiennes, Damien Lewis and Rhys Ifans. Penelope Cruz also stars in the film, directed by Martha Fiennes and described as a darkly comic urban drama. A synopsis follows:

‘What do you do when your wife can’t tell the difference between a shrink and a shop, your eight year old son may have psychological problems and his gay godfather lying half-beaten to death in hospital? Your boss is drawing you into a scam which could cost you your career, your father expects more of you than you can deliver and your stepmothers bond with her dogs is your best role model of a loving relationship. And what could the secrets of a prostitute, dug up by her social worker, possibly have to do with you? Every family has secrets. These are the dilemmas of Marcus Aylesbury.

From director Martha Fiennes and with an all-star British cast, Chromophobia is a darkly comedic drama set in contemporary London, where money, beauty and success have replaced traditional values of honesty and friendship as the cornerstones of life.’

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