"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy

The KCET Cinema Series continued last night with a screening of "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," with Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood. The film, which stared Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas, was a comedy based on the best-selling novel by Paul Torday.

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About the film:

One of Britain's leading fisheries experts (McGregor) is asked to help a wealthy sheik realize his dream of establishing fly fishing in his desert country as a popular sport. A "good will" story ensues between countries. A smash at the Toronto Film Festival.

After the screening, host Pete Hammond led a Q&A with screenwriter Simon Beaufoy. Listen to the podcast of the Q&A in which Beaufoy talks about the challenges of adapting the best selling novel into a screenplay, his initial dislike of fishing, and the trouble of choosing a movie title.

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What did you think about the film?

Pictures taken by KCET's Nadya Zhuravleva.

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