Maureen Lipman, Stephen Mangam and Elliot Levey are among the UK acting talent cast for Jan Schuette's adaptation of Leon de Winter's best-selling novel Supertex - An Hour In Paradise which has now gone into production.

'I have always been amazed at the wealth of talent available in Britain. You can always find new faces and highly talented actors who can both play and enrich any character or role,' says Schuette.whose previous films included Bye Bye America and Fat World (Fette Welt).

Supertex - An Hour In Paradise centres on Max Breslauer, the son of a successful Amsterdam textile industrialist, who tries to sever all emotional ties with his father and from everything that his father stands for - but at the same time longs for his father's acceptance. Max's inner conflict is further evident in his love for two extremely different women.

Schuette's film marks the first production from Haig Balian's outfit HaleBob Film, co-produced with distributor Tobis Studio Canal's production arm StudioCanal Produktion, Schuette's own company Novoskop Film, the Netherlands' Minerva Film and broadcasters WDR / ARTE and ARTE France Cinema.

Shooting will continue at locations in Amsterdam, North Rhine-Westphalia, Casablanca and Tel Aviv until December 17, with a theatrical release planned in Germany by Tobis StudioCanal in autumn 2003.