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Wednesday, 25 April, 2001, 12:28 GMT 13:28 UK
NI screenplay opens Dublin film festival
Scene from Wild About Harry
Actor James Nesbitt plays the lead role.
The Dublin film festival has opened with a movie written by the Northern Ireland novelist Colin Bateman.

Wild about Harry is Bateman's first screenplay for the big screen.

The County Down man's bestselling book Divorcing Jack was made into a film several years ago but the novelist has abandoned his normal medium for his latest offering.

The movie is a comedy about the trials and tribulations of a celebrity chef and stars Belfast-born James Nesbitt.

Novelist Colin Bateman
Novelist Colin Bateman is a former journalist
Bateman joined moviegoers at Monday night's premiere and said: "You sit at home and you write the thing and then you hear an actor do it, they really do bring it to life, they are amazing."

Irish actor, Brendan Gleeson, who has specialised in the playing hard-bitten villains including the notorious Irish gangster Martin Cahill, also has a role in the movie.

He said it was very different doing comedy.

"You can go and play a baddie and that's ok but you never know what's going to make people laugh and what's going to make you look completely ridiculous.

"It is a cliche but it's tough doing comedy."

As well as Divorcing Jack, Bateman's other novels include the newly published Shooting Sean, Empire State, Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men and Muhammed Maguire.

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