BBC Films' strong representation at Toronto Festival
The Duchess, Good, Of Time And The City, Is There Anybody There?, Easy Virtue all confirmed
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas set for San Sebastian
Edge Of Darkness, Fish Tank, Tormented and Nativity shoot
BBC Films, the feature film-making arm
of the BBC, will be well represented at this autumn's key
Saul Dibb's The Duchess enjoyed a world premiere last night (3 September)
in London before its North American bow at the Toronto Film
The film, starring Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes,
Hayley Atwell, Charlotte Rampling and Dominic Cooper, is a very
contemporary tale of fame, notoriety and the search for love,
based around that female icon of her time, Georgiana, Duchess of
Producers are Michael Kuhn and Gabrielle Tana. Pathé
will open the film across the UK on 5 September, and handle world
The other BBC Films titles set for Toronto are:
Good, starring Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Steven Mackintosh and Mark Strong, and produced by Miriam Segal. Based on the
acclaimed play by C.P. Taylor, it is the story of an academic in
Thirties Germany whose work and life become enmeshed in the rise of
the Nazis. Lionsgate will release in the UK;
second feature after his acclaimed debut Boy A is Is There Anybody
There?, starring Michael Caine, David Morrissey, Anne-Marie Duff,
Leslie Phillips and Bill Milner – 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, Marc
Turtletaub and Peter Saraf produce. Odyssey Entertainment will
be handling international sales for the film;
Easy Virtue, adapted from Noel Coward's stage comedy about a
knowing older woman and her marriage to a younger man, stars
Jessica Biel, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ben Barnes.
It is produced by Barnaby Thompson, Joe Abrams and James D
Stern. Odyssey is handling international sales, Ealing Studios
International US sales and Pathé will release in the UK on 7
Both Toronto and San Sebastian bound is Terence Davies' Cannes
smash Of Time And The City, both a love song and eulogy to the
director's birthplace – Liverpool.
It is a response to memory,
reflection and the experience of losing a sense of place as
skylines change and time takes its toll.
Sol Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter are the producers, and the film will open in the UK
on 31 October through bfi Distribution.
After its world premiere in London on 11 September, Mark Herman's
The Boy In Striped Pyjamas will screen at San Sebastian.
by Herman from the best-selling book by John Boyne, the film is a
story seen through the eyes of an eight-year-old boy largely
shielded from the reality of the Second World War.
tale follows an unlikely friendship that forms between Bruno, the
son of a Nazi commandant, and Shmuel, a Jewish boy held captive
in a concentration camp. Though the two are separated physically
by a barbed-wire fence, their friendship grows and their lives
become inescapably intertwined.
A strong cast includes David
Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Rupert Friend and Sheila Hancock.
Heyman is the producer. Miramax Films will release through Walt
Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK on 12 September.
Following a European premiere at the recent Locarno Film
Festival, Julian Jarrold's Brideshead Revisited will open across
the UK on 3 October, released by Miramax Films through Walt
Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK.
Starring Ben Whishaw, Matthew
Goode, Hayley Atwell, Emma Thompson and Michael Gambon, the film
is a heartbreaking romantic epic adapted from Evelyn Waugh's
novel, one of the truly great works of fiction of the 20th
Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae and Kevin Loader are the
James Marsh's Man On Wire, which won both the Jury and Audience
awards at this year's Sundance, had a great opening through
Icon on 1 August.
A wow with critics and audiences alike, the
film has taken in excess of £640,000 in the UK and $1,125,000 in
the US so far.
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.
BBC Films' co-productions currently shooting include:
Edge Of Darkness, directed by Martin Campbell and starring Academy Award
winners Mel Gibson and Robert De Niro. Based on the BAFTA Award-winning BBC mini-series of the same name, Edge Of Darkness is
produced by Academy Award winner Graham King and Michael Wearing and developed by BBC Films. The film is an emotionally-charged
thriller set at the intersection of politics and big business. A
policeman tries to discover why his daughter was killed against a
backdrop of an intense national security alert;
Nativity starring Martin Freeman, Ashley Jensen, Jason Watkins and Marc Wootton and produced by Nick Jones – a heart-warming
tale of how nothing can get in the way of the true spirit of
Jon Wright's directorial debut Tormented, starring
Alex Pettyfer, April Pearson, Larissa Wilson, Mary Nighy and
Dimitri Leonidas, and produced by Arvind Ethan David, Tracy
Brimm, Kate Myers and Cavan Ash – a witty and shocking tale of a
bullied teenager who comes back from the dead to take his revenge
on his tormentors;
Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, the follow up to
her Oscar-winning short Wasp and her Cannes award-winning Red
Road, starring Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Katie
Jarvis, Rebecca Griffiths and Harry Treadaway and produced by
Kees Kasander – the story of Mia, a volatile and trouble prone 15-year-old, and her mother, who one hot day brings home a stranger
who promises to change everything and bring love into their
BBC Films also has an impressive and varied list of projects in
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 DiCaprio, for the first time
since the 1997 all-time box office hit and Oscar-winning Titanic,
to play the leading roles in this heart-rending story of thwarted
passion and the search for fulfilment. Producers are John N
Hart, Scott Rudin, Sam Mendes and Bobby Cohen.
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
Tandy. 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. But,
after Simon accidentally backs military action on prime-time TV,
he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington, DC.
Jane Campion's Bright Star stars Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw (seen on BBC One in Criminal Justice), 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. Pathé will release in the
UK, and handle world sales.
Lone Scherfig's An Education, starring Peter Sarsgaard, Carey
Mulligan, Alfred Molina, Rosamund Pike, Cara Seymour, Dominic
Cooper, Olivia Williams and Emma Thompson. Nick 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
Gareth Carrivick's debut feature Frequently Asked Questions About
Time Travel, in which 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. The 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.
Michael Sheen stars as Clough in Peter Morgan's screenplay The
Damned United, directed by Tom Hooper. The film tells
the passionate and dramatic story of controversial and gifted
football manager Brian Clough and his turbulent 44-day
period in 1974 as manager of Leeds United. An impressive
supporting cast features Tim Spall, Colm Meaney and Jim Broadbent.
Andy Harries produces with Sony Pictures Entertainment taking
worldwide rights and Screen Yorkshire co-producing.
Notes to Editors
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.
Easy Virtue: Ealing Studios in association with Endgame
Entertainment, Odyssey Entertainment, and BBC Films present a
Fragile Film in association with Joe Abrams Productions and
Edge Of Darkness: Co-produced by Graham King Productions and BBC
An Education: BBC Films presents a Finola Dwyer/Wildgaze Films
Production in association with EndgameEntertainment.
Fish Tank: BBC Films and the UK Film Council in association with
Limelight present a Kees Kasander production.
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel: BBC Films and HBO
Films present a Doglamp production.
Good: Aramid Entertainment presents a Good Films Production, in
co-production with Miromar Entertainment and Laurin
Entertainment. In association with Lipsync Productions LLP, Mixer
Productions Brazil, 120db Films and BBC Films.
In The Loop: BBC Films and UK Film Council present in association
with Aramid Entertainment an Armando Iannucci film.
Is There Anybody There?: BBC Films and Big Beach present a Heyday
Films/Big Beach Production.
Man On Wire: Discovery Films, BBC, The UK Film Council present a
Wall To Wall Production in association with Red Box Films.
Nativity: BBC Films and Screen West Midlands present in
association with Limelight, a Mirrorball Films Production of a
Debbie Isitt film.
Of Time And The City: Northwest Vision and Media & Digital
Departures presents in association with the Liverpool Culture
Company and BBC Films a Hurricane Films Production.
Revolutionary Road: DreamWorks Pictures presents in association
with BBC Films, an Evamere Entertainment, BBC Films, Neal Street
Tormented: BBC Films, Screen West Midlands and Slingshot present
a Forward Films/Slingshot production.