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Film A Street Cat Named Bob

by James Bowen

Screenplay Adapted by Tim John and Directed by Roger Spottiswoode

Joanne Froggatt will play James’s drug key worker Val and Anthony Head will portray James Bowen’s father, called Jack in the film.

British Independent Film Award winner Joanne Froggatt won a Golden Globe and has been nominated 3 times for an EMMY award for her portrayal of Anna in ‘Downton Abbey’. She has recently finished filming the role of the 19th century serial killer May Ann Cotton in the ITV drama series ‘Dark Angel’.

Anthony Head’s extensive career includes Giles in the long running ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as King Uther in ‘Merlin’ (43 episodes) and the Prime Minister in BBC’s ‘Little Britain’. He has appeared in many West End plays and musicals.

Luke Treadaway will play James Bowen and Ruta Gedmintas will play Betty, an animal loving neighbour, in A Street Cat Named Bob. Filming in the UK is scheduled to start late October 2015 for 7 weeks.

It is produced by Shooting Script Films. Executive producers/financiers are Prescience. The director is Roger Spottiswoode.

Based on the International Best Selling Book, A STREET CAT NAMED BOB is a moving and uplifting feel-good true story.

When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas. Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts.

• The book A STREET CAT NAMED BOB was published in the UK in March 2012 and

spent a record 70 consecutive weeks in the Sunday Times Bestseller list, the majority at the number 1 spot.

• The book has now been published in over 30 territories including the USA,

China, and Japan, selling over 5 million copies worldwide.

• It has sold over 1 million copies in the UK alone and over 2 million copies in Germany.

• It was recently named in the top ten teen reads of all time, in the

company of other best-selling books such as J.K Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘The

Hunger Games’.

•In a list of the books with the greatest longevity in the Sunday Times best-seller list in the last 40 years, ASCNB was ranked 23rd and the book with the longest presence in the current decade to date.

Luke Treadaway won the Olivier Award for best actor for his performance in the National Theatre’s production of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’. He has just been seen in Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ (2015) and Sky Drama’s ‘Fortitude’ (2015). He was in 'Clash of the Titans' (2010).

Ruta Gedmintas has just wrapped Season 2 as a regular role in FX's new horror drama THE STRAIN, created by Guillermo del Toro. The critically acclaimed show is based on the book trilogy of the same name by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Season 2 starts UK transmission on Wed 26 August 2015. Ruta has also recently starred in Jane Linfoot's debut feature, THE INCIDENT.

James Bowen quote - “I am incredibly moved that mine and Bob’s story is going to be made into a film. It’s quite surreal really, but Bob is extremely excited, as am I”

The book has been adapted into a screenplay by Tim John – credits include 'Call of the Wild' based on the famous book by Jack London, co-writing ‘The Original Max Headroom Show' and 'Dr Jekyll and Ms Hyde’.

Quote from producer Adam Rolston about the production.

“A Street Cat Named Bob has touched the hearts and lives of millions of readers around the globe. I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing James and Bob’s heartwarming story to the screen, and to be doing so with such a fantastic team”.

James Bowen and Bob the Cat will have cameo appearances in the film. However Bob is not a trained ‘actor’ and an ensemble of ‘Bobs’ have been specially trained in Vancouver by experienced trainers Mark Dumas and Dawn Dumas. Each of them can now perform Bob’s now-famous High Five. The cats will have to perform stunts such as the moment when Bob jumped on a bus to sit with James.

Shooting Script Films Ltd is a new British production company formed by London based producer Adam Rolston. The company is focussing on commercial feature films across a range of genres. 'A Street Cat Named Bob' is Shooting Script Films first feature film project and is an adaptation of the worldwide best-selling book. The company is also developing 'Never Google Heartbreak' based on the very popular book by debut author Emma Garcia, with a screenplay adapted by Rachel Hirons (‘Powder Room’ (2014)

Executive Producers/Financiers - Tim Smith, Paul Brett /‘Prescience’ (The King’s Speech, Song For Marion, The Guard)

Quote from executive producer Tim Smith-

“A STREETCAT NAMED BOB is a particularly exciting project for everyone here at Prescience as this is a unique film. The script is funny, emotional, touching and grounded in reality. Most importantly it is a true story of recovery, commitment and love. The film will be topical, relevant and hugely affecting to millions of cinema-goers in 2016. We could not be prouder to work with these world class film-makers”

Prescience is an integrated media company that focuses on film and television production and financing. Launched in 2004, it has provided over £300m of film finance for more than 60 independent UK and US productions, including multiple Oscar winner The King’s Speech, cult classic The Guard and last year’s highest grossing Independent film, Chef.

Recent Prescience TV projects include eight times Emmy nominated ‘Wolf Hall’, starring Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance and ‘The Dresser’ starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen.

International sales - The Exchange - Brian O’Shea (CEO) (The Last Five Years, The Statistical Probability of Love, Wild Oats)

The director and co-producer is Roger Spottiswoode. This will be his first British film since James Bond 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997). Other credits include 'Turner and Hooch' with Tom Hanks (1989) 'The Sixth Day' (2000) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, 'Ripley Underground' with Barry Pepper, Willem Dafoe, Tom Wilkinson and Jacinda Barrett. 'Shake Hands With the Devil' 2007 the Multi Award winning film starring Roy Dupuis and most recently ‘Midnight Sun’ 2014.

Director of photography is Peter Wunstorf 'Midnight Sun' 2014 'Surveillance' 2009, Bill Pullman and Julia Ormond, and 2 series of Award winning Netflix TV series 'The Killing’.

Music Supervisor is Mark Kirby - (Suite Francaise)

Line Producer is Lorraine Goodman - ‘End Game’ (2006), ‘Silent Witness’.

3 November 2016