Golf in the Kingdom, is adapted from Michael Murphy’s 1972 classic novel, the best-selling work of fiction ever written about the game of golf, with millions of readers in many languages.
En route to India in 1956 in search of enlightenment, a young American philosophy student – Michael Murphy – takes a Scottish detour to the “Links of Burningbush.” Seeking to enjoy one last round before giving up his beloved game, he is unexpectedly paired with the mysterious and mischievous golf pro – Shivas Irons. A wild adventure on and off the links ensues, where Murphy’s perception of golf and life are indelibly changed. Out of this transformation the two forge a deep and unbreakable bond of camaraderie.
David O’Hara – Shivas Irons
Mason Gamble – Michael Murphy
Malcolm MacDowell – Julian Lange
Frances Fisher – Eve Greene
Tony Curran – Adam Greene
Julian Sands – Peter McNaughton
Joanne Whalley – Agatha McNaughton
Jim Turner – Balie MacIver
Catherine Kellner – Martha McKie
Directed by Susan Streitfeld
Produced by Mindy Affrime
Adapted from the novel by Michael Murphy
Executive Producer – George Stephanopoulos
Consulting Producer – Jonathan Dana
Co-Executive Producers - Frances Fisher and Catherine Kellner
Who’s Who on the Creative Team
Dame Evelyn Glennie and Ian Dean – Orignial Music Composers
Roger Guyett- Visual Consultant- Star Trek, Pirates of the Carribean
Jerry Ross – Sound Supervisor- Awakenings, O’ Brother Where Art Thou.
Maxine Gervais – Colorist – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book of Eli
John Byrne – Artist- his paintings hang in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Kathryn Himoff – Editor- Pollock, Appaloosa
Arturo D. Smith – Director of Photography – Silence Becomes You
The film was shot primarily on location at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Bandon, Oregon. The Post Production was produced at Warner Bros Sound and MPI, WB’s Motion Picture Editing.
GOLF DIGEST MAGAZINE
The largest golf publication, Golf Digest is preparing a special section/trubute to Golf In The Kingdom the Movie. This 10 page insert will be ready when the film is released in 2011.
GOLF IN THE KINGDOM, THE NOVEL, PENGUIN RE-RELEASE
The book, Golf In The Kingdom, is the largest selling golf novel ever written. The Publisher, Penguin, is readying the re-release of the book, with photos and commentary from the movie.
Since 1980, Mindy has been in the film business as an independent producer. It all started when she fell in love with Tillie Olsen’s book, Tell Me a Riddle, while at Washington University.
Tell Me a Riddle was her first production. It was on this film that she honed her entrepreneurial skills. The film received high praise and was distributed around the world.
Her desire to make independent provocative films led her to running Thom Mount and Roland Joffe Company’s in Hollywood and eventually to producing Susan Streitfeld’s Female Perversions, starring Tilda Swinton in 1995.
Mindy then joined Michael Murphy and created a partnership to produce an adaptation of his best selling book, Golf in the Kingdom.
An avid golfer, who loves the walk, Mindy has spent her last 6 years managing the film’s development and production. She raised 100% of the money from individual investors and in 2009 the film was shot at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
Now that the film is finished and being well received, it is her job as manager of GOLF IN THE KINGDOM LLC, the owner of the film to sell the film worldwide. She is excited by the prospects, the merchandise; the foreign markets… the DVD sales. The sky is the limit!
Michael Murphy is the co-founder and chairman of the world famous, Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. and the author of the best selling book, Golf in the Kingdom.
Turning 80 years old this year, Mike is the author of both fiction and non-fiction books that explore evidence for extraordinary human capacities. During his forty-year involvement in the human potential movement, he and his work have been profiled in the New Yorker and featured in many magazines and journals worldwide. After graduating from Stanford University, he did graduate work there in philosophy, practiced meditation at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in South India in 1956 and 1957, and co-founded Esalen in 1962. Murphy is author of The Future of the Body, The Life We Are Given (with George Leonard), In the Zone: Transcendent Experience in Sports (with Rhea White), The Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation (with Steven Donovan), God and The Evolving Universe (with James Redfield and Sylvia Timbers), and four novels Golf in the Kingdom, The Kingdom of Shivas Irons, Jacob Atabet, and An End to Ordinary History.
Golf In The Kingdom is Mike’s first book adapted to the silver screen. As a novice at filmmaking, he is in total awe of its collaborative process. He is delighted with the film and grateful for Susan and Mindy for keeping him involved him step by step.
George is an independent producer and entertainment lawyer with an impressive resume.
George worked on Saturday Night Live spin-off movies Wayne’s World, Wayne’s World 2 and Coneheads, as well as Lassie: Best Friends are Forever in 1995 (Paramount) and Lassie in 2005 (The Weinstein Company) starring Peter O’Toole, Samantha Morton and Peter Dinklage.
His background at SNL and interest in comedy in general lead him to produce Second City’s Buzzkill starring Daniel Raymont (Harvest, ThevGood Heart) and Krysten Ritter (She’s Out of My League, Confessions of A Shopaholic, What Happens in Vegas) and Falling * Star starring Adam Pascal of Rent fame and Tovah Feldshuh.
George is also in active development on a female Tin Cup story set in Crete, Greece called Swing Away. He credits Michael Murphy’s book Golf in the Kingdom as the inspiration for the story. Having read many other popular golf books George knew by comparison that Golf in the Kingdom was not your typical book, and therefore was not going to be your typical film. George understood the making of Golf in the Kingdom would be an experience of a lifetime (especially given that it was to be filmed in his home state of Oregon) so he introduced himself to Mindy and Susan and proceeded to lend his time and talents to the realization of the film and remains an active EP and member of the LLC.
He also considers Golf in the Kingdom a comedy of sorts, as Michael Murphy is found of saying “golf is ridiculously difficult” and George’s short game is proof of that.
Susan Streitfeld has achieved the seemingly impossible dream, which has thwarted so many others…bringing Michael Murphy’s best-seller Golf in the Kingdom to the silver screen. Combining her expertise with actors, her love of the word and her painterly eye, Golf in the Kingdom is a visual love poem to those who play the game of golf and like her, those who do not.
Weaving a peripatetic path through several disciplines – Susan initially trained in painting at Syracuse University, before detouring to Mexico, where she fell in love with Latin American Literature, which shifted her artistic eye and directed her imagination to excavate deeper roots. She returned to complete a degree in filmmaking at NYU Film School before embarking for Hollywood, where she made an unexpected transition to theatre. Collaborating with John Cassavetes, she directed the world premiere of East/West Game, his highly personal serio-comic view of art, integrity and the business of Hollywood. With this wind at her back, her career took another turn when she joined Triad Artists, first as a script analyst and then as a talent agent, championing the ground-breaking rise of the independent film, guiding clients Daniel Day Lewis, Ed Harris, Danny Glover, Gregory Peck and Colin Firth into seminal independent films.
Teaming up with Mindy Affrime to make Female Perversions (1996), the writer/director cast Tilda Swinton in her first Hollywood film. From its debut in Sundance’s Dramatic Competition to the recent showing at The Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul, the film continues to stretch its long legs. Her 30 minute short, The Summer of My Deflowering commissioned by German Arts station WDR, bowed at an erotic film festival at The Museum of Modern Art NYC in 2000.
In 2001 she joined Mindy and Michael to help develop a script for Golf in the Kingdom. Embarking on the ‘longest and slowest game ever played,’ she admits she is leashed to a turtle, and very happy to have had the nine years it took to make this complex book into a simple film.