With Parallel Mothers Pedro Almodóvar returns, in his words, to the feminine universe, to motherhood and to family.
The film stars Penelope Cruz, Milena Smit and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón playing the story’s three mothers, and Israel Elejalde in the lead male role. The cast is completed by Julieta Serrano and Rossy de Palma.
Produced by El Deseo, with the participation of RTVE and Netflix.
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Gurinder Chadha’s VICEROY’S HOUSE will be released in UK cinemas on 3rd March 2017. The film tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India and its release will coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of India and the founding of Pakistan. Pathe is today launching the very first trailer and poster in support of the film’s release. The British cast is led by Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Paddington) as Lord Mountbatten; Gillian Anderson (The X Files, The Fall) as his wife, Lady Mountbatten; Lily Travers (Kingsman) as their daughter, Pamela; and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Quartet) and Simon Callow (A Room With A View, Four Weddings and a Funeral) as key civil servants. The Indian and Pakistani cast is led by Manish Dayal (The Hundred Foot Journey), Huma Qureshi (Gangs of Wasseypur) and Om Puri (The Hundred Foot Journey, East Is East). The roles of the principal political leaders are played by Tanveer Ghani (Nehru), Denzil Smith (Jinnah) and Neeraj Kabi (Gandhi). It is a story that is deeply personal to Gurinder, whose own family was caught up in the tragic events that unfolded as the Raj came to an end. Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end. For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. The film’s story unfolds within that great House. Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife and daughter; downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite - Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi - converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision was taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan. It was a decision whose consequences reverberate to this day. The film examines these events through the prism of a marriage - that of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten - and a romance - that between a young Hindu servant, Jeet, and his intended Muslim bride, Aalia. The young lovers find themselves caught up in the seismic end of Empire, in conflict with the Mountbattens and with their own communities, but never ever giving up hope. VICEROY’S HOUSE is a film that is both epic and intimate, with an inspirational message that celebrates tolerance. Many of the events depicted are either unknown or forgotten, but all have strong contemporary relevance in terms of lessons to be learnt concerning the politics of division and fear, the origins of religious extremism, and our moral responsibility towards migrants fleeing violence for a better life. VICEROY’S HOUSE is directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend it like Beckham) with a screenplay by Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges and Moira Buffini, and is produced by Deepak Nayar (Bend it like Beckham, The End of Violence, Buena Vista Social Club), Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges. The film is executive produced by Pathé’s Cameron McCracken, Reliance’s Shibasish Sarkar, BBC Films' Christine Langan, the BFI’s Natascha Wharton and Ingenious Media’s Tim O’Shea. The film is a Pathé, Reliance, BBC Films, Ingenious and BFI presentation of a Bend It Films/Deepak Nayar Production in association with the FilmVast and Filmgate Films. VICEROY’S HOUSE opens on 3 March 2017 Running time: 1hr 46 mins Certificate: 12A Trailer can be found here: DOWNLOAD: http://video.thinkjam.com/video/pathe/Viceroys_House/trailer_1080p_3march.zip YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id_ZyNdvXKQ Images can be downloaded on: www.image.net Twitter www.twitter.com/ViceroysHouse #ViceroysHouse Facebook www.facebook.com/ViceroysHouseFilm Website www.ViceroysHouse.co.uk For further press information please contact Freuds: Kerry McGlone / Emma Welby T: +44 (0) 20 3003 6413 firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com For online press enquiries: Emily Darling Tel: + 44 20 7324 0088 firstname.lastname@example.org
On behalf of Pathé, we are delighted to share the brand new UK trailer and poster for THE DUKE. Starring Academy Award winners Jim Broadbent (Iris) and Helen Mirren (The Queen), this uplifting dramatic comedy has been directed by Bafta winner Roger Michell (Notting Hill) from a screenplay by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. The film had its World Premiere at last year’s Venice Film Festival where it was received to critical acclaim. The film will be released nationwide in UK cinemas Spring 2022 THE DUKE is a moving true story that celebrates a man who was determined to live a meaningful life. Set in 1961, it follows the story of Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first, and remains the only, theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton proceeded to send ransom notes declaring that he would only return the painting on the condition that the government invest more in care for the elderly, specifically bringing attention to his long running campaign for pensioners to receive free television. What happened next is the stuff of legends…only 50 years later did the full story emerge and it was revealed that Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage - how and why he used the Duke to achieve this, is a wonderfully uplifting tale that will be seen on film for the first time. THE DUKE is a Pathé, Ingenious Media and Screen Yorkshire presentation of a Neon Films Production. Nicky Bentham is the Producer and the Executive Producers are Cameron McCracken and Jenny Borgars for Pathé, Andrea Scarso for Ingenious Media, Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire, Peter Scarf and Christopher Bunton. THE DUKE Official Social Channels Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/TheDukeFilmUK/ Twitter URL: www.twitter.com/TheDukeFilmUK/ Instagram URL: www.instagram.com/TheDukeFilmUK Hashtags: #TheDuke, #TheDukeFilm Pathé UK Official Social Channels Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/PatheUK/ Twitter URL: www.twitter.com/PatheUK/ Instagram URL: www.instagram.com/PatheUK PRESS CONTACTS PRINT & BROADCAST Premier PR Nicki Foster: Nicki.Foster@premiercomms.com Simon Bell: Simon.Bell@premiercomms.com Harriet Gilholm: Harriet.Gilholm@premiercomms.com ONLINE DDA PR Megan Dobson: Megan.Dobson@DDApr.com
THE HUMAN VOICE
Pathé are delighted to announce that the new short film, THE HUMAN VOICE, directed by Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar and starring Tilda Swinton, will be launched on 19 May 2021 at a special Event Screening in cinemas across the UK. The film will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with Almodóvar and Swinton hosted by film critic Mark Kermode. THE HUMAN VOICE is Almodóvar’s first work in the English language and had its World Premiere to critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival last year. Madness and melancholy intersect to thrilling effect as Almodóvar reimagines Jean Cocteau’s short play The Human Voice for an era in which isolation has become a way of life. Laws of desire become the rules of the game as Tilda Swinton’s unnamed woman paces and panics in a glorious Technicolor apartment where décor offers a window into her state of mind. A short, sharp shot of distilled Almodóvar: passion, emotion, heartbreak, wit, and melodrama exquisitely bound up in a tale for our times. Writer/Director Pedro Almodóvar is one of Spain’s most celebrated filmmakers with numerous accolades to his name including an Academy Award®, four BAFTAs, numerous Goyas and over 100 further wins and nominations. His credits include WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, VOLVER and most recently PAIN AND GLORY.
Trailer and Poster released for MISBEHAVIOUR. YOUTUBE TRAILER LINK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUa0Mtdv1HQ&feature=emb_logo TRAILER DOWNLOAD LINK https://wetransfer.com/downloads/9761f767d581158f624eb5c77a66bdc320191218121615/12d707 RELEASED ON 13 MARCH 2020 IN THE UK DIRECTED BY Philippa Lowthorpe STARRING Keira Knightley ● Gugu Mbatha-Raw ● Jessie Buckley Greg Kinnear ● Lesley Manville ● Keeley Hawes ● Rhys Ifans ● Phyllis Logan The film is directed by BAFTA winner Philippa Lowthorpe (Three Girls) and stars Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Greg Kinnear, Lesley Manville, Keeley Hawes, Rhys Ifans and Phyllis Logan. A politically relevant, inspirational true story, the film skilfully combines humour with drama to celebrate all women, however they choose to navigate a male-dominated world: In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head. The film was written by Rebecca Frayn and Gaby Chiappe, and produced by Suzanne Mackie and Sarah Jane Wheale. MISBEHAVIOUR is a Pathé, Ingenious Media, BBC Films, BFI presentation of a Left Bank Pictures production. UK cinema release date: 13 March 2020 Running time: 1 hour 46 minutes Certificate: 12A For images please go to: https://panther4.dmsukltd.com/ For press information, please contact: Nicki Foster / Oliver Lavery / Simon Bell / Harriet Gilholm Tel: + 44 20 7292 8330 / Email: Firstname.email@example.com
London, 28 July 2020 British comedy-drama THE DUKE will have its World Premiere at the 2020 Venice Film Festival. The film stars Academy Award winners Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren and other cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Matthew Goode and Anna Maxwell Martin. The film was directed by BAFTA Award Winner Roger Michell from a script by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. The film is a moving true story that celebrates a man who was determined to live a meaningful life: In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly - he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge - Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage - how and why he used the Duke to achieve that is a wonderfully uplifting tale. As the world grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic, THE DUKE is a timely exploration of the need to recognise that we are all connected, that the health of each depends on the health of all. THE DUKE is a Pathé, Ingenious Media and Screen Yorkshire presentation of a Neon Films Production. Nicky Bentham is the Producer and the Executive Producers are Cameron McCracken and Jenny Borgars for Pathé, Andrea Scarso for Ingenious Media, Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire, Peter Scarf and Christopher Bunton. Pathé will release the film in the UK in Spring 2021 and will also distribute the film in France and Switzerland as well as manage sales for the rest of the world. For further information contact: Premier: Ellen Steers firstname.lastname@example.org Emma Eliades email@example.com Pathe: Sophie Glover firstname.lastname@example.org ABOUT PATHÉ Pathé operates as a film studio in France, the UK, the Netherlands and Switzerland. It is involved in all aspects of filmmaking, from development and production through to international sales, distribution and exhibition. Films produced/distributed by Pathé range from The Queen to Slumdog Millionaire and from Philomena to Selma. In recent years Pathé’s productions have won 17 BAFTAs (70 nominations) and 14 Oscars (50 nominations), most recently the Best Actress Oscar and BAFTA for Renee Zellweger in Judy. Pathé International handles the international marketing and sales of Pathé’s own productions and also acquires third party films for worldwide representation. As one of Europe’s leading sales agents, Pathé International has a significant presence at all major film markets and festivals. www.pathe.co.uk @patheuk ABOUT INGENIOUS MEDIA For 22 years, Ingenious Media has been at the forefront of investing in the global creative economy and in that time has raised and deployed over $10 billion. Ingenious Media has been involved in the production of a diverse slate of films, including the award-winning Judy, Life of Pi, Avatar, Oscar-nominated Carol, Brooklyn and Selma, five films in the successful X-Men franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, breakout British hits Suffragette and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, as well as acclaimed television programmes such as The Fall, Dr. Foster and The Honourable Woman. ABOUT SCREEN YORKSHIRE Screen Yorkshire champions the film, TV, games and digital industries in Yorkshire and the Humber, UK. Its aim is to secure and support the very best projects, companies and individuals, helping to make the region one of the most sought-after destinations for production in the UK. Screen Yorkshire delivers the Film Office services for Yorkshire & Humber and has been leading the development of the Yorkshire Screen Hub, supported by the BFI’s National Cluster Growth Fund using National Lottery funding to support the development and growth of the Yorkshire screen sector. Screen Yorkshire offers production financing through its Yorkshire Content Fund. Credits include: The Duke, Ali & Ava, All Creatures Great and Small, Official Secrets, Hope Gap, Ackley Bridge, Dark River, Yardie, Ghost Stories, Stardog & Turbocat, Journeyman, Dad’s Army, Swallows and Amazons, Testament of Youth, ’71, National Treasure, The Great Train Robbery, Peaky Blinders, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and Hank Zipzer. Screen Yorkshire also works with ScreenSkills, NFTS and the BFI to develop regional and UK wide talent by devising and delivering industry schemes www.screenyorkshire.co.uk @screenyorkshire
THE LITTLE STRANGER
July 6th 2017 marks the commencement of principal photography in the UK of the feature film THE LITTLE STRANGER, based on Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel. The film is directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Oscar nominated for Best Director for Room) and stars Domhnall Gleeson (Brooklyn) as Dr Faraday; Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (The Affair) as Caroline Ayres; BAFTA winner Will Poulter (The Revenant) as Roderick Ayres; and Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) as Mrs Ayres. THE LITTLE STRANGER is a chilling ghost story written by BAFTA nominee Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl) adapted from Sarah Waters’ novel of the same name. THE LITTLE STRANGER tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants - mother, son and daughter - are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how terrifyingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own. The film is produced by Gail Egan (The Constant Gardener), Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Ed Guiney (Room); and executive produced by Cameron McCracken for Pathé, Daniel Battsek for Film4, Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures, Celine Haddad for the Irish Film Board and Tim O’Shea for Ingenious. Director of Photography is Ole Birkeland (The Crown), with costumes by Steven Noble (BAFTA nominee for The Theory of Everything) and hair and make-up by Sian Grigg (Oscar nominee for The Revenant). Simon Elliott (The Iron Lady and BAFTA TV winner for Bleak House) is Production Designer. Pathé will distribute the film in the UK, France and Switzerland. Focus Features acquired the film from Pathé International for distribution throughout the rest of the world. Focus will release the film domestically and Universal Pictures International will distribute THE LITTLE STRANGER in non-Pathé territories. THE LITTLE STRANGER is a Focus Features, Pathé, Film4 presentation in association with Ingenious Media and the Irish Film Board, of a Potboiler production, in association with Element Pictures. The film was developed by Film4 with Potboiler. For Further information; Premier Jonathan Rutter / Eugene O’Connor / Ellen Steers email@example.com / +44 (0)20 7292 8330 POTBOILER Potboiler Productions is a leading UK independent film and television production company headed and run by Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood. Driven by a passion for producing unique and bold international-scale projects and for working with exceptional talent in front of and behind the camera, their productions include; the John le Carré thriller The Constant Gardener, directed by Fernando Meirelles, starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz who won an Academy Award for her role in the film and Kevin Macdonald’s The Last King of Scotland, which won an Oscar for Forest Whitaker, as well as the critically acclaimed A Most Wanted Man, directed by Anton Corbijn and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams, A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet, Susanna White’s Our Kind of Traitor, starring Ewan McGregor and David Simon’s ground-breaking Iraq-set mini-series Generation Kill for HBO. Most recently, Potboiler has produced Final Portrait, written and directed by Stanley Tucci, starring Geoffrey Rush and Woman Walks Ahead, written by Steven Knight, directed by Susanna White and starring Jessica Chastain. ELEMENT PICTURES Element Pictures is headed by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in Dublin and London, encompassing film and television production, distribution, and exhibition. Recent productions include Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer, winner of Best Screenplay at this year’s Cannes Film Festival; Lenny Abrahamson's Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award-winning Room and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, winner of the Jury Prize at the 68th Cannes Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay. Currently in post-production are Lanthimos’ new film The Favourite, starring Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz and Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience, starring Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz and Alessandro Nivola. Previous productions include all of Lenny Abrahamson's films (Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did and Frank) as well as Darren Thornton's A Date For Mad Mary, John Michael McDonagh's The Guard and James Marsh's Shadowdancer. PATHÉ Pathé operates as a fully integrated film studio in France, the UK, the Netherlands and Switzerland. It is involved in all aspects of filmmaking, from development and production through to international sales, distribution and exhibition. Films produced/distributed by Pathé range from The Queen to Slumdog Millionaire and from Philomena to Selma. In recent years Pathé’s productions have won 15 BAFTAs (66 nominations) and 13 Oscars (46 nominations). Pathé International handles the international marketing and sales of Pathé’s own productions and also acquires third party films for worldwide representation. As one of Europe’s leading sales agents, Pathé International has a significant presence at all major film markets and festivals. www.pathe.co.uk Twitter @patheuk FILM4 Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, whether new or established. Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award®-winners such as Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary Amy, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Chris Morris’s Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, David Mackenzie’s Starred Up and Yann Demange’s ’71. Film4’s recent releases include Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Todd Haynes’ Carol, Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster and Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years. Forthcoming releases include Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete, Clio Barnard’s Dark River, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch, John Cameron Mitchell’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties, Michael Pearce’s Beast, Paddy Considine’s Journeyman, Toby MacDonald’s Old Boys, Benedict Andrews’ Una and Baltasar Kormákur’s The Oath. Films in production include Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, Bart Layton’s American Animals, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, Steve McQueen’s Widows, Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family, Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience, Garth Davis’s Mary Magdalene and Asif Kapadia’s Maradona. For further information please visit www.film4productions.com. IRISH FILM BOARD Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry, investing in talent, creativity and enterprise. Recent successes include the Academy Award nominated films Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley and Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and the Golden Globe-nominated Sing Street, directed by John Carney. Forthcoming projects include Nora Twoomey’s The Breadwinner and The Killing of a Sacred Deer by Yorgos Lanthimos. The IFB also supports and promotes the Irish screen industries at major international markets and festivals, promotes inward investment, the use of Ireland as a location for international production. The agency provides a strategic vision for industry training through Screen Training Ireland. INGENIOUS For more than 18 years, investors have chosen Ingenious to manage their funds. In that time, we have raised and deployed over £9 billion across our media, real estate and infrastructure operating divisions, including in excess of £1 billion in enterprise investment scheme (EIS) qualifying investments and over £1.3 billion in business relief (BR) qualifying investments. Our philosophy is clear: we help investors find simple solutions to complex problems, while managing their money conservatively. We create value for our clients by identifying, funding and managing compelling investment opportunities. FOCUS FEATURES Focus Features (www.focusfeatures.com) acquires and produces specialty films for the global market, and holds a library of iconic movies from fearless filmmakers. Current and upcoming domestic releases from Focus include Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, winner of the Best Director award at the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival; the breakneck action-thriller Atomic Blonde, directed by David Leitch and starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy; Victoria & Abdul, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench as Queen Victoria; Darkest Hour, directed by Joe Wright and starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill; the untitled Entebbe project, a gripping political thriller directed by José Padilha and starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl; Jason Reitman’s new comedy Tully, starring Charlize Theron and written by Diablo Cody; and the untitled new film from Paul Thomas Anderson starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Focus Features is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. 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Penélope Cruz is joined by Aitana Sánchez Gijón (The Machinist) and Milena Smit (Cross The Line) as the leads in Pedro Almodóvar’s upcoming feature Madres Paralelas (Parallel Mothers). The trio will play three mothers in the Madrid-set film, which is produced by Agustín Almodóvar and Esther García through their El Deseo banner. Shooting is set to start at the end of March. Israel Elejalde (Magical Girl) - playing the main male character - as well as Julieta Serrano (Pain & Glory) and Rossy De Palma, have also joined the cast.
Decca announced today that Renee Zellweger has recorded two new duets that will be included on the soundtrack album for the feature film JUDY: ‘Get Happy’ with Sam Smith; and ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ with Rufus Wainwright. The soundtrack album will be released globally on 27th September. In the film, Zellweger plays the legendary entertainer, Judy Garland. JUDY is the first feature film to be made about Garland and is set to open in UK cinemas on 2nd October. Long-time Judy Garland fan and fellow Academy Award winner, Sam Smith, said: “When I was 17 years old I did a project on Judy Garland for my Film Studies A-Level. I was immediately immersed into the magic of Judy and her incredibly brave and triumphant story. She has remained as one of the icons of my life. She was one of the bravest humans out there and her vulnerability and honesty in her art still gives me goose bumps like it did the first time. It was truly an honour to sing with Renée. Nobody could have played Judy as well as Renée, and it is a career highlight for me to be singing with her, and in some small way, with Judy. I hope everyone loves the film as much as I did.” Rufus Wainwright, a self-professed Judy Garland superfan said: “Judy Garland has been a constant force in my life. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was one of the pyramids of culture that I gazed at as a small child. It’s nice to come back and observe her again in the film and through this wonderful duet with Renee, her performance is astounding in a film that focuses on the love and the generosity that Judy always had for the world around her. It reminds me of how unique her life and art were." Zellweger herself sings all of the songs performed in the film. The Academy Award winner and three times Academy Award nominee (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Cold Mountain and Chicago) is joined in the film by amongst others Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose, Chernobyl), Finn Wittrock (Unbroken, The Big Short) and Rufus Sewell (TV’s The Man in the High Castle and Victoria). Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in THE WIZARD OF OZ, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. And yet Judy is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood; and gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”. JUDY is directed by Tony nominee and two times Olivier winner Rupert Goold (King Charles III). The film is based on a script written by Tom Edge (The Crown) and is produced by BAFTA winner David Livingstone (Pride). JUDY is a Pathe, BBC Films and Ingenious Media Presentation of a Calamity Films Production. For further information contact: Nicki Foster/Simon Bell/Harriet Gilholm, Premier Judyfilm@premiercomms.com / 020 7292 8330 Online: Sophia Dryden, Feref SophiaDryden@feref.com / 020 7292 6308
London, 05 November 2019 Fionn Whitehead has joined Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren on the cast of Pathé’s art heist comedy-drama The Duke, to be directed by Roger Michell. The film will be presented to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market (AFM, November 6-13), and will shoot in January 2020 in Yorkshire and London. Set in 1961, the story follows a 60-year-old taxi driver, played by Broadbent, who steals Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from London’s National Gallery. Mirren plays his wife with Whitehead as his son, as Bunton attempts to change the world and save his marriage via the theft. Pathé will distribute the film in the UK, France and Switzerland, and will handle sales for the rest of the world. Nicky Bentham is producing the film for Neon Pictures. Executive producers are Cameron McCracken and Jenny Borgars for Pathé; Andrea Scarso for Ingenious Media; and Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire. Whitehead was named a Screen Star of Tomorrow in 2016, ahead of his breakthrough role leading Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. He has since led Charlie Brooker’s interactive Black Mirror episode Bandersnatch and has upcoming roles in thriller Don’t Tell A Soul and sci-fi Voyagers. For further information contact: Sophie Glover, Head of Publicity, Pathé UK Sophie.firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7462 4415 ABOUT PATHÉ Pathé operates as a fully integrated film studio in France, the UK, the Netherlands and Switzerland. It is involved in all aspects of filmmaking, from development and production through to international sales, distribution and exhibition. Films produced/distributed by Pathé range from The Queen to Slumdog Millionaire and from Philomena to Selma. In recent years Pathé’s productions have won 16 BAFTAs (66 nominations) and 13 Oscars (46 nominations). Pathé International handles the international marketing and sales of Pathé’s own productions and also acquires third party films for worldwide representation. As one of Europe’s leading sales agents, Pathé International has a significant presence at all major film markets and festivals. www.pathe.co.uk Twitter @patheuk