Two Clips from Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

September 7, 2011

We are pleased to present two new clips for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

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Clip 2


A romantic, contemporary fable, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN is the tale of government employee Dr Alfred, or Fred, Jones (Ewan McGregor), a rather introverted scientist at the Department of Fisheries and Agriculture. Trudging along in his day job, with his marriage stagnating, his world is suddenly thrown into turmoil when he’s drawn into a scheme hatched by a fly fishing-obsessed Yemeni Sheikh (Amr Waked) who dreams of achieving the
seemingly impossible — introducing salmon to the wadis of the Yemen.

When the British government, desperate for a good news story in the area, gets wind of the Sheikh’s plan, the Prime Minister’s fearsome spokesperson, Patricia Maxwell (Kristin Scott Thomas), seizes on the idea — it’s a good news story that will deflect attention away from the government’s latest blunder. She appoints Fred to oversee the project, which pleases him not at all. For a logical, rather stuffy scientist like Fred, the idea of introducing salmon to the Yemen is one step short of madness.

Fred, however, is eventually won over by the charismatic Sheikh and his mystical worldview, while he also begins to fall for the Sheikh’s representative, Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt), a gentle and engaging English beauty who joins on him his journey into the Yemen. When Fred is drawn into helping Harriet try and fix the troubles in her life, he learns to cast off his deep-set cynicism. With Emily’s encouragement and support, Fred then rises to the Sheikh’s eccentric challenge, and embarks upon a journey of self-discovery and late-blooming love.

Starring Ewan McGregor (The Ghost), Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) and Kristin Scott Thomas (Nowhere Boy), SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN is directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules), produced by Paul Webster (Brighton Rock, Atonement), and is adapted for the screen by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) from Paul Torday’s critically acclaimed bestselling novel. SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN is produced by Paul Webster and co-produced by Nicky Kentish-Barnes. Director of Photography is Terry Stacey (In Her Shoes); Production Design is
by Michael Carlin (Last King of Scotland); Costume Design by Julian Day (Brighton Rock) and the Editor is Lisa Gunning (Nowhere Boy). The score is composed by Oscar winner Dario Marianelli. The film is Executive Produced by Jamie Laurenson (BBC Films), Stephen Garrett and Paula Jalfon (Kudos), Zygi Kamasa (Lionsgate UK) and Guy Avshalom (Lionsgate UK).