New pooch on the block, Smurf wins Palm Dog award
The release of a new British comedy film could herald a new arrival into the celebrity dog world, newsrt.com reports.
With the star of ‘The Artist’ Uggie retiring from films to spend more time on his dog bed, a new pooch has taken Hollywood by storm; Smurf, the canine star of new Brit flick ‘Sightseers’.
Smurf has already made waves in the acting world, being crowned the winner of this year’s Palm Dog award, the Cannes prize given to the best canine performance in a feature film. The prize, which has previously been awarded to Uggie, sees the winning pooch awarded with a collar emblazoned with the accolade.
Recalling the work he did with Smurf, ‘Sightseers’ director Ben Wheatley told heraldscotland.com: “He was a great dog. Cheerful, never complained.
“He had two lovely friends that came with him, helpers, who talked to him a lot. We came away from Cannes with a prize, which is what we all dreamed of. Hopefully he’ll go on to get his own show. He’s writing something.”
The film, released on 30th November, tells the story of a Midlands couple – Chris and Tina – who head out for a caravan holiday in the north of England. Originally shunned by TV channels for being too dark, writers Alice Lowe and Chris Oram sought the help of Edgar Wright, famous for his work on ‘Spaced’, ‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘Scott Pilgrim vs The World’.
With Wright on board as executive producer, the film went ahead and now looks set to make stars of its cast, most notably Smurf, who may be adding to his list of awards at the Moet British Film Awards in December, where ‘Sightseers’ has been nominated for Best Film.