Which British film directors can be relied upon to really pull in the crowds? Seasoned film-goers might put
"It is unashamedly young and fun and all about fabulous holidays with your girlfriends and falling in love," said Pasquini. "It's about them discovering true love, but it is also a love triangle as they have both met this same amazing guy."
Their first StreetDance film, which told the story of a creative collision between a group of hip-hop dancers and a ballet troupe, was the highest-grossing independent British film of its year, eventually bringing in pounds 11.8m. To date it is still the only non-US 3D film to open at no 1 position at the British box office.
"I was very surprised by the reaction to StreetDance," said Giwa. "It was one of those films you know everyone is going to compare to American films, because they have done this kind of thing so well so many times before. But we did it in a very British way, and in 3D, and it was our first film. So although I was very surprised it resonated in such a way with so many British kids, I think they can see themselves in it."
Another part of the commercial success of StreetDance, Giwa suspects, was that the screenplay, written by
The fact that business partners Pasquini and Giwa remain the unsung heroes of the British film industry, quietly making more from their audiences than critical film successes such as Philomena, The Iron Lady,
"We are in a very curious scenario at the moment," said Giwa. "We are getting scripts sent directly to us from everywhere. But we haven't put ourselves out there."
Pasquini said: "We met when we were both working for different production companies, making commercials. Max was a director and I was a PA and a runner. A good 20 years ago now we teamed up to make a video, but we always knew we wanted to move towards making feature films."
Pasquini's love of musicals is the result of her childhood habit of watching
The success of StreetDance and its sequel, which together grossed more than the rival US Step Up franchises, meant that in 2012 the directors were asked to make a film for the Cultural Olympiad, alongside
When they cast Arterton in her screen debut for their new musical Walking on Sunshine, they did not realise she had a famous sister. "I was talking to Hannah at the casting and I thought she totally got what the film was all about. And she was so sweet and genuine," said Giwa. "I rang up Dania and said we had found our leading lady." The decision to cast
The musical, set in Puglia,
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