BBC Films' The Edge Of Love set to open Edinburgh
In The Loop and Bright Star shoot
The Damned United set to roll
An Education wraps
John Maybury's The Edge Of Love, starring Keira Knightley,
Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy and Matthew Rhys, will have its
World Premiere as the Opening Night film for this year's
Edinburgh International Film Festival on 18 June 2008.
drawn love story, telling the story of two feisty, free-spirited
women, Caitlin Thomas and Vera Killick, Vera's husband William
Killick, and the brilliant, charismatic poet Dylan Thomas who
loves both women, The Edge Of Love, produced by Sarah Radclyffe and Rebekah Gilbertson, will open in London on 20 June prior to a
nationwide release from 27 June through Lionsgate.
Currently shooting in London, New York and Washington DC is
Armando Iannucci's razor-sharp political comedy In The Loop,
starring Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini, Chris Addison, Peter
Capaldi, Gina McKee and Steve Coogan (to be seen in Sunshine on
BBC One later this year), and produced by Kevin Loader and Adam
The US President and UK Prime Minister suddenly fancy a
war. But it'll be quick this time. Promise!
The US General
Miller doesn't think so and the British Secretary of State for
International Development, Simon Foster, agrees with him.
after Simon accidentally backs military action on prime-time TV,
he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington DC.
Also shooting in London is Jane Campion's Bright Star. Starring
Ben Whishaw and
Abbie Cornish, this is an intense exploration of the two-year
relationship between the 18-year-old Fanny Brawne and 23-year-old
romantic poet John Keats. Jan Chapman and Caroline Hewitt produce.
Lone Scherfig's An Education, starring Peter Sarsgaard, Carey
Mulligan, Alfred Molina, Rosamund Pike, Cara Seymour, Dominic
Cooper, Olivia Williams and Emma Thompson has just wrapped.
Hornby wrote the script about a 17-year-old girl who meets an
older man in Sixties London. Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey produce, with Odyssey Entertainment handling worldwide sales.
Set to start principal photography in late May is Tom Hooper's
The Damned United, from a screenplay by Peter Morgan, which tells
the passionate and dramatic story of controversial and gifted
football manager Brian Clough and his turbulent 44-day
period in 1974 in charge of Leeds United.
Michael Sheen will
star as Clough. Andy Harries produces with Sony Pictures
Entertainment taking worldwide rights and Screen Yorkshire co-producing.
James Marsh's Man On Wire, which won both the Jury and Audience
awards at this year's Sundance, will open through Icon on 1 August.
A feature-length documentary produced by Wall to Wall in
association with Red Box Films for Discovery Films, BBC and the
UK Film Council, the film is a dramatic retelling of Philippe
Petit's daring, and illegal, scheme to walk the high-wire between
New York's twin towers as they were completing construction in
1974 – the artistic crime of the 20th century. The Works
International are handling world sales.
BBC Films' co-productions set for release later this summer and
early Autumn include Saul Dibb's The Duchess (29 August/Pathé), starring Keira Knightley, Ralph
Fiennes, Hayley Atwell, Charlotte Rampling and Dominic Cooper.
It is a
very contemporary tale of fame, notoriety and the search for
love, based around that female icon of her time, Georgiana,
Duchess of Devonshire. Producers are Michael Kuhn and Gabrielle
Mark Herman's The Boy In Striped Pyjamas (12 September/Disney),
adapted by Herman from the best-selling book by John Boyne, is a
compelling tale about what happens when innocence is confronted
by monstrous evil.
A strong cast includes Vera Falmiga, David
Thewlis, Rupert Friend and Sheila Hancock. David Heyman is the
Julian Jarrold's Brideshead Revisited (3 October/Disney),
starring Ben Whishaw, Matthew Goode and Hayley Atwell with Emma
Thompson and Michael Gambon, is a heartbreaking romantic epic
adapted from Evelyn Waugh's novel, one of the truly great works
of fiction of the 20th century.
Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae and
Kevin Loader are the producers.
BBC Films also has an impressive and varied list of projects in
post production: Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road, based on the celebrated novel by Richard
Yates, re-unites five-time Oscar nominee Kate Winslet and three-time Oscar nominee Leonardo di Caprio for the first time since
the 1997 hit Titanic to
play the leading roles in this heart-rending story of thwarted
passion and the search for fulfilment.
Producers are Marion
Rosenberg, John N Hart, Scott Rudin, Sam Mendes and Bobby Cohen.
James Honeyborne's The Meerkats, the first time BBC Films has
collaborated with the world-renowned BBC Natural History Unit, is a
highly dramatic family story that brings the heart of Africa to
the big screen.
Shot using ground-breaking filmmaking techniques
in one of the harshest places on earth, the Kalahari Desert, the
film is about meerkats growing up, pulling together and beating
the odds. Producers are Joe Oppenheimer and Trevor Ingman.
Three ordinary blokes may hold the fate of the entire world in
their hands when they discover a rift in the space-time continuum
in the gents' of their local pub in Gareth Carrivick's debut
feature FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel).
film stars Chris O'Dowd, Marc Wootton, Dean Lennox Kelly and Anna
Faris – Shaun Of The Dead meets Back To The Future. Producers are
Neil Peplow and Justin Anderson Smith.
John Crowley's follow-up to his acclaimed Berlinale Panorama
title Boy A, Is There Anybody There? stars Michael Caine, David
Morrissey, Anne-Marie Duff and Leslie Phillips.
It is the funny
moving story of a young boy who lives in an old people's home and
strikes up an unexpected friendship with a retired magician.
David Heyman, Mark Turtletaub and Peter Saris produce.
Jamie Thraves' tense psychological thriller Cry Of The Owl is an
adaptation of the classic bestseller by Patricia Highsmith.
tells the story of Robert Forester (Paddy Considine), who moves
to a small New York suburb in an attempt to escape the wreckage
of his recent divorce. But everything changes when he begins to
stalk his neighbour, Jenny Thierolf (Julia Stiles).
Clermont-Tonnerre, Julia Sereny, Jennifer Kawaja, Malte Grunnert and Sytze van der Laan are the producers.
Notes to Editors
Reaffirming the BBC's commitment to the development and
production of feature films, a recent announcement detailed the
re-structuring of BBC Films, the BBC's feature film making arm.
In The Loop: BBC Films and UK Film Council present in association
with Aramid Entertainment an Armando Iannucci film.
An Education: BBC Films presents a Finola Dwyer / Wildgaze Films
Production in association with EndgameEntertainment.
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas: Miramax Films in Association with
BBC Films present a Heyday Films production.
Brideshead Revisited: Miramax Films, the UK Film Council, HanWay
Films and BBC Films present in association with 2 Entertain,
Screen Yorkshire an Ecosse Films Production.
Bright Star: Pathé Productions, Film Finance Corporation
Australia, BBC Films and the UK Film Council present in
association with the New South Wales Film and Television Office
and Hopscotch International.
The Damned United: Columbia Pictures Industries Inc, BBC Films in
association with Screen Yorkshire present a Left Bank Pictures
The Duchess: Pathé Productions and BBC Films present in
association with Pathé Renn Production and BIM Distribuzione, A
Qwerty Films / Magnolia Mae Production.
Eastern Promises: Focus Features in association with BBC Films
present a Kudos production.
The Edge Of Love: Capitol Films and BBC Films present A Sarah
Radclyffe Production, A Rainy Day Films Production, A John
Maybury Film in association with the Wales Creative IP Fund and
Prescience Film Partners 2.
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel: BBC Films and HBO
Films present a Doglamp production.
Is There Anybody There?: BBC Films and Big Beach present a Heyday
Films / Big Beach Production.
Meerkats: The Weinstein Company and BBC Films present.
Cry Of The Owl: BBC Films, MACT Productions and Myriad Pictures
present a Sienna Films and Studio Hamburg International
Revolutionary Road: DreamWorks Pictures presents in association
with BBC Films, an Evamere Entertainment, Neal Street production.
Man On Wire: Discovery Films, BBC, The UK Film Council present a
Wall To Wall Production in association with Red Box Films.