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KATE WINSLET is currently on location in Marrakech, Morocco, with Scottish director Gillies Mackinnon, filming an adaptation of Esther Freud's novel Hideous Kinky. The film, which tells of a young mother who begins an affair with a local man, is written by Billy Mackinnon, and marks the first time the filmmaking brothers have collaborated since the award-winning Small Faces.

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Kinky behaviour: Kate Winslet joins Gillies Mackinnon in Marrakech