The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers Comes to US TV

Residents of the US who have DirecTv, Dish Network or AT& U-verse, this is your lucky month!  The ShortsHD channel "is devoting September to the fantastical and futuristic with a collection of the best sci-fi short films on the planet."  One of those films just happens to be the award-winning film that Rupert Friend and Tom co-wrote and starred in, The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers.  The film stars the two as brothers who attempt to take their own lives every day, and are watched over by their frustrated Fairy Godmother, played by Keira Knightley.  Shorts HD can be found on channel 568 (DIRECTV), channel 375 (Dish Network) and channel 1789 (AT&T U-Verse).

CBS Films Closes US Distribution Deal for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

According to, CBS FIlms has closed a deal, beating out as many as 6 other interested parties, for US distribution rights to Tom's new film Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

"The deal has closed, and CBS Films has acquired U.S. rights to Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Sources close to the buyer say it’s the $4 million that the sellers asked for, while sources close to the seller say it’s $5 million. Summit got the deal to that level. What’s clear is this is a healthy deal."

That is excellent news to those of us in the US who are very keen to see this film!!

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Conquers Toronto

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Conquers Toronto

More stellar audience reaction to the film via Twitter:

jcwlo Jennifer Lo   Salmon Fishing in the Yemen was an incredibly inspiring movie about love, faith and constance. East meets West. #TIFF

Lindor Lindsay Doran   Salmon Fishing in the Yemen was very enjoyable! Funny & dramatic in perfect balance. Got a great seat, too! #RushLineSuccess

georgepren George Prentice   Just attended the world premiere of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. What? Take my word. It's a beautiful smart romantic film.


Some journalists have been posted their reviews as well, but are a little more mixed than the audience reaction:

This reviewer loved it:

"If I were to tell you what Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is about, I might lose your interest. Suffice to say that it is one of the most surprising, refreshing, smart romantic comedies in quite some time"


Variety not so much, though Tom does get a mention:

"As Fred and Harriet grow closer -- to the extent they agree to address one another on first-name terms -- whatever passion they feel is complicated by the fact he has an independent-minded wife (Rachael Sterling) and she has a military b.f. (Tom Mison) missing in the field. Granted, love is undeniably more interesting that talk of "migratory salmonids," but romance doesn't necessarily follow from their respective circumstances."


Screen Daily thinks it's a crowd pleaser:

"A preposterous pipe dream nourishes an unlikely romance in Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, a handsome, undemanding adaptation of the bestselling Paul Torday novel. The combination of broad comedy and syrupy romance may be more of an audience pleaser than a critical favourite but stars Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor display a pleasing chemistry that lends some charm to an uneven piece."


Lots of lovely photos from the premiere and after party can be found here on Getty.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Premieres At Toronto International Film Festival

Tom's new film Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, directed by Lasse Hallstrom and also starring Emily Blunt, Ewan Mcgregor, Kristen Scott Thomas and Amr Waked, had it's world premiere today at the Toronto International Film festival.  Photos of some of the stars can be found at Getty Images - none of Tom so far (we don't know if he attended or not).

Some audience members have been tweeting their initial reactions to the movie:

Leslie James   Raucous applause and loud cheers from the audience here at the Princess Of Wales Theatre for SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN.

David Mitchell   A beautiful film and sentimental political hit and love story at TIFF: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen!
Drafted Top Prospect   Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - odd name, FANTASTIC movie! Best of so far!!
FLARE Magazine   Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor's Salmon Fishing in the Yemen a crowd fave! Very funny love story