K5 International has acquired international rights to the Ruby Film & Television production Toast, which is currently in post.

The company will be showing footage here at AFM.

Philippe Hellman’s UGC PH has already acquired French-speaking rights to the film.

Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore star in the story based on iconic British food writer Nigel Slater’s memoir of his boyhood.

Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) wrote the script and SJ Clarkson directs. Faye Ward produces. Executive producers are Alison Owen, Paul Trijbits and Nicole Finnan for Ruby and Jamie Laurenson for the BBC.

K5’s new Sales and Marketing chief Carl Clifton said: “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to work on this film and, of course, with SJ and the fantastic team at Ruby. Toast is shaping up to be a truly delicious treat and K5 is thrilled to be selling it.”

“Nigel’s story goes straight to the heart of our international passion for food,” added Ward. “It’s a truly British story of our most loved chef, which we know will travel. We’re delighted that it is being taken out across the world by K5.”

The project’s backers include Screen WestMidlands, the BBC, Lipsync and Cutting Edge.