Cherie Blair CBE, QC, takes Executive Producer role on THE ROCK PILE
19 June 2019
Cherie Blair has come onboard as Executive Producer on THE ROCK PILE. In her role as Executive Producer, Cherie is actively advancing THE ROCK PILE on the world stage and this will be her first EP role on a film.
Cherie Blair and her husband, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, have dedicated much of their time to promoting peace in the Middle East since leaving office. Cherie Blair commented: “Given my own Foundation's work in Israel and Palestine, and Tony's work on the Middle East Peace Process, we are deeply aware of the human cost of the conflict and the benefit of bringing stories about the reality on the ground to a global audience. Stories like THE ROCK PILE can alter people's understanding, foster engagement and ultimately trigger action for change.”
Directed by John Deery (Conspiracy of Silence) and written by David McBrayer (Beat the Drum), the film will be produced by Deery for Joejack Entertainment, McBrayer for Z Productions LLC and Haim Mecklberg for 2-Teams Productions (Sand Storm). The other executive producers are Charles Moore (Lady In The Van), Gabriela Christian-Hare (Jackie & Ryan), Rick McCallum (A United Kingdom), Mark Foligno (The King’s Speech) and David Yelland, a former Editor of The (London) Sun and Deputy Editor of the New York Post.
Deery said: “I am delighted Cherie has come aboard as EP. Her knowledge of the region and her ability to harness support for the project have been invaluable. THE ROCK PILE goes to the very heart of one of the world’s most intractable and emotive of struggles – the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I have been fortunate to surround myself with some great talent to help bring my vision to the screen for this timely and important film.”
Full press release available here.
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Hugh Bonneville (Paddington, Downton Abbey), Hope Davis (American Splendor, Synecdoche, New York) and Alan Ritchson (Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) are attached to star in THE ROCK PILE.
Directed by John Deery (Conspiracy of Silence) and written by David McBrayer (Beat the Drum), the film will be produced by Deery for Joejack Entertainment, McBrayer for Z Productions LLC and Haim Mecklberg for 2-Teams Productions (Sand Storm). The film is being produced with the support of the Jerusalem Film Fund and the Palestinian community.
THE ROCK PILE tells the story of British journalist, Bob Hastings, a Time Magazine war correspondent. Following traumatic events both at home and in the Middle East, Bob is reassigned to Jerusalem. In this divided city he finds his own redemption and a sense of reconciliation when he uncovers a story of three young boys of different faiths who are brought together through soccer. A twist of fate is set to change all their lives forever.
The film will shoot on location in Israel and New York.