Darby, Hawkins Join Kiwi “Love Birds”

Actor/comedian Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”) and award-winning British actress Sally Hawkins (“Happy-Go-Lucky”) have teamed for the bitter-sweet New Zealand romantic comedy “Love Birds” for Icon Entertainment International.

Darby plays an ordinary guy whose long-term girlfriend has just left him. When a shelduck (a native large goose-like duck) crash lands into his life, he’s forced to nurse it back to health and sees the errors of his own approach to life. Hawkins plays a sassy animal specialist with whom he forms a romantic bond.

Bryan Brown, Emily Barclay, Craig Hall and Dave Fane also star. Paul Murphy directs from a script by Nick Ward who previously worked together on the highly successful “Second Hand Wedding”. Matthew Metcalfe and Alan Harris (“Dean Spanley”) will produce.

Filming kicked off in Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday and will run through until mid-May. Icon will release the film in the UK, Australia and New Zealand sometime next year.