Maria Nation, Tim John
| 7.4/10 |
18 November 2016 (USA)
Stage 6 Films
| A Street Cat Named Bob
by James Bowen|
Bob the Cat
Charlie Fink, David Hirschfelder
Luke Treadaway, Joanne Froggatt, Ruta Gedmintas, Anthony Head, Caroline Goodall
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, Cat movies, Dramas
A Street Cat Named Bob is a 2016 British family comedy-drama film directed by Roger Spottiswoode and written by Tim John and Maria Nation. It is based on the book of same name by James Bowen. The film stars Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head and Bob the Cat as himself. The film premiered in London, England on 3 November 2016, followed by a general release the next day on 4 November 2016.
A Street Cat Named Bob (film) Wikipedia
Homeless and a recovering drug addict, James Bowen (Luke Treadaway) is running low on his luck. He’s given a last chance to turn his life around by his support worker, Val (Joanne Froggatt), who helps him to finally be given his own flat to live in. As James attempts to build a life and future for himself by busking in Covent Garden, he struggles to gain any traction as the London crowd passes him by. Whilst in the bath one day, he hears a break-in and finds a ginger cat in his kitchen eating the corn flakes. Thinking it belongs to a neighbour, he sets out to find the owner but with no luck concluding that it must be a stray. Over the next few days, the cat continues to linger on the estate, and James discovers an infected wound on the animal’s leg. He takes the cat to be treated by a charity vet and from that point onwards, the two lives become entwined.Bob as himself.
Luke Treadaway as James Bowen
Ruta Gedmintas as Betty, Bowen's animal loving neighbour and James' love interest.
Joanne Froggatt as Val, Bowen's drug support worker.
Anthony Head as Nigel Bowen, Bowen's father.
Caroline Goodall as Mary
On 24 August 2015 it was announced that Roger Spottiswoode would direct a film based on the book A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen, while Tim John scripted the film. Adam Rolston would produce the film through his Shooting Script Films. The Exchange sold the film's international rights. Maria Nation also wrote the script.
Principal photography on the film began on 25 October 2015 in London, at Twickenham Film Studios and on location in Covent Garden. Filming wrapped up on 6 December 2015.
Due to Bowen's world-famous books based around Bob, it is as of yet unknown if Sony Pictures and Bowen will make the follow-up film adaptation of The World According to Bob. But some believe there's a potential chance it could happen.