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'Stag' party is heading for US and Australia


A still from 'The Stag' starring Amy Huberman

A still from 'The Stag' starring Amy Huberman

A still from 'The Stag' starring Amy Huberman

Irish comedy 'The Stag', starring Amy Huberman and 'Sherlock' actor Andrew Scott, has landed major distribution deals in North America and Australia.

The movie, which will be renamed 'Bachelor Weekend' to cater to US audiences, is to be screened as part of the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) in New York this in April.

The festival was established by Robert De Niro and 'Meet the Parents' producer Jane Rosenthal in 2003 and has a reputation for showing daring and alternative films.

Producer of 'The Stag' Rebecca O'Flanagan said she was thrilled the film made the TFF cut. "Obviously we're over the moon about going to Tribeca, it's a fantastic festival to be part of and a great confidence boost," she told the Irish Independent.

"They had to change the title so American audiences would understand what it was about. A 'stag do' doesn't have the same meaning in the States."

'Bachelor Weekend' will be distributed across North America by the festival's distribution company Tribeca Film, while Umbrella Entertainment will look after the film in Australia and New Zealand.

"We are delighted with the reaction and reception the film has received," Ms O'Flanagan said.

"Audiences are responding really well to it."

The film follows a fastidious groom-to-be and his friends as they venture into the wild west of Ireland for an unforgettable stag weekend.

This Sunday, the film will be screened as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival's closing gala.

Most of the cast, including Scott, Brian Gleeson and 'Chocolat' star Hugh O'Conor will attend the screening.

"It's the first time playing to an Irish audience so we're feeling a bit nervous and a bit excited," Ms O'Flanagan said. "I'm sure they will get more of the Irish nuances than international audiences."

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