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Visit French Affair at the Bastille Festival, Circular Quay Sydney on Saturday July 14th from 10am to 10pm and Sunday July 15th from 10am to 5pm.

Dany Boon

Dany Boon

 

Dany Boon Movie

If you’ve seen the fabulous movie, Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, you’ve seen popular French comedian and filmmaker, Dany Boon at his finest.

Born Daniel Hamidou, in 1966 to an Algerian Kabyle father and a French mother from the north of France, up until the age of 12, Dany spoke very little French.  The Chtimi dialect of Picard (Langue d'oïl) was the language spoken at home.

Taking inspiration from the American TV series, Daniel Boon, he created the stage name of Dany Boon.

He started his career dubbing cartoons and performing as a mime in the street. In 1992, he was given his first break as a comedian by French television personality Patrick Sébastien, who invited him on his show. He then began to achieve notoriety with his sketches and his one-man shows before being offered several roles in movies. The film Joyeux Noël made it on the international scene in 2005 and Dany was able to use his Chtimi accent to play the role of Ponchel.

Boon is deeply attached to his native region, Nord-Pas-De-Calais. In 2003, he made a whole show in the local dialect of ch'ti. Despite the use of dialectal language, 600,000 copies of the DVD (which included French subtitles) were sold, making it the best-selling one-man show DVD in France. 

In February 2008, he released a film Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis. The comedy based on prejudices held about the region, was co-written and directed by Dany and he also starred in the movie. This hilarious, heartfelt film went on to break French box-office records and within just 23 weeks, it had been seen by 20.5 million people.

In 2008, Dany Boon was the highest-paid actor in European film history, netting 26 million euro. 

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