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Richard Curtis swaps Notting Hill for Brazil

Richard Curtis may have gracefully bowed out of the directing game with his swan song, About Time, but don’t go thinking that our local boy has retired from show biz altogether. His latest adaptation, Trash, is based on an Andy Mulligan novel about corruption in Brazil, and while the directorial reigns were handed to Stephen Daldry, the whole production saw the Londoners decamp to the slums of Rio for the best part of a year. The movie is almost entirely in Portuguese (the only English spoken is uttered by Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen), the stars of the piece were found with the help of Fernando Meirelles, director of City of God, and the British engine drivers of the project professed to love the whole thing. And it seems that swapping the rarefied streets of the Hill for the favela pays; the film has been nominated for a BAFTA.

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