Jewish World Cup winner
by: Ben Morris - Last updated: 2006-06-22
England's current success in the World Cup could see a rush release for a new British film about a Jewish boy and the World Cup of 1966.
Sixty Six, which stars Helena Bonham Carter as a Jewish mother and Catherine Tate as a Jewish auntie, tells the story of a boy whose Barmitzvah coincides with the World Cup final between England and Germany of 1966, and the dilemma it poses to his family and to him, as to how the day should be celebrated.
Originally set for an April release, the film was then rumoured to be released this month, but executives at production company Working Title then opted for an October release date instead.
Working Title, home to such British hits as Four Weddings And A Funeral, and Notting Hill, was co-founded by Eric Fellner, whose own son recently celebrated his own Barmitzvah.
According to an insider, "It would be great to release the film sooner rather than later, as everyone has really gone World Cup crazy, and if England get through to the final, then Sixty Six could be the hit British film of the year."
Sneak previews of the film, directed by Paul Weiland (who made several episodes of the Mr Bean TV series), have been well received.
One preview described the film as "a wonderful mix of nostalgia, comedy and pathos" and particularly praised the performances from Bonham Carter and Tate, as well as newcomer Gregg Sulkin who plays Barmitzvah boy Bernie.