Irish screwball wedding comedy ‘Happy Ever Afters’ is to be released on DVD throughout Europe in territories such as the UK, Ireland, Italy and Germany. Furthermore, IFC has purchased all of the U.S. rights for the film.
The feature will be released to rent or buy on DVD across Ireland by Buena Vista on July 23rd following a release in the UK through Verve on July 19th. Moving across Europe, Lucky Red will theatrically release ‘Happy Ever Afters’ in Italy on August 27th, and Senator will follow with the German theatrical release on September 16th. Capping an intensive period of global sales, producers Newgrange Pictures have also announced that independent U.S. distributor IFC has negotiated the purchase of all U.S. rights to the film. Sales agreements for the film have now been concluded in 20 international territories.
The film’s plot sees Freddie, played by Tom Riley (Lost in Austen, St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold), and Maura, played by Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky, An Education), getting married, just not to each other. While Freddie is entering his second marriage with the neurotic Sophie, played by IFTA nominee Jade Yourell (Waiting for Dublin, The Longest Day), Maura's is more concerned with her pockets than her heart in marrying ‘Doctors’ star, Ariyon Bakare’s Wilson.
Then, when the two wedding parties end up at the same reception venue, the illusion of wedded bliss looks set to collapse on top of the newly-weds and their guests. The film's stellar Irish cast includes IFTA nominees Simon Delaney (Zonad) and Ger Ryan (A Love Divided) alongside Tina Kelleher (The Clinic), Deirdre Molloy (Adam and Paul), Tomas O'Suilleabhain (Trouble with Sex) and Stanley Townsend (Hilde).
Written & directed by Stephen Burke (No Tears) in his feature film debut the film is produced by Lesley McKimm (Executive producer, Whistleblower).