Lenny Abrahamson’s THE LITTLE STRANGER, based on Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel, will be released in UK cinemas nationwide on 21st September 2018.
Having watched the film, Sarah Waters commented:
“The moment THE LITTLE STRANGER finished, I wanted to watch it again. The product of a perfect combination of things - genius direction, a great script, masterly acting, lush cinematography - it's a complex, poignant, terrifically unsettling film. I couldn't wish for a better adaptation of the novel.”
The film 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 darkly mysterious drama adapted for the big screen by BAFTA nominee Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl).
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 disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.
The film is directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Oscar nominated for Room); 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; Nathan Nugent (Room) Editor; and the Music is by Stephen Rennicks (Room).
THE LITTLE STRANGER is a Pathé, Film4, Irish Film Board and Ingenious presentation of a Potboiler Production in association with Element Films. The film was developed by Film4 with Potboiler and Element Films.
Pathé will distribute the film in the UK, France and Switzerland; and Focus Features acquired the film from Pathe International for distribution throughout the rest of the world.
Running time: 1hour 52 minutes
Certificate: 12A TBC
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Pathé are delighted to launch the UK trailer and new images from Pedro Almodóvar’s next feature film PARALLEL MOTHERS, starring his long-time collaborators Penélope Cruz, Rossy de Palma and Julieta Serrano as well as Milena Smit, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón and Israel Elejalde. Parallel Mothers will be released on 28 January 2022 in cinemas across the UK. PARALLEL MOTHERS is Almodóvar’s 22nd feature film and tomorrow will screen as the Closing Night selection of the 59th New York Film Festival. The film had its World Premiere as the opening night film at this year’s Venice International Film Festival. The film received an enthusiastic response from the critics, and Penélope Cruz won the Best Actress Award for her performance. Two women, Janis and Ana, meet in a hospital where they are about to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, has no regrets and is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared and repentant. Janis tries to encourage her as they move like sleepwalkers through the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between them, which by chance will develop and complicate, changing their lives in a decisive way. 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, PAIN AND GLORY and most recently THE HUMAN VOICE. For further information please contact organic. Abi Fiedler / email@example.com / +44 (0) 781 663 1916 Katy Sharp-Watson / firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0) 789 133 6136
London, 22 September 2020 Following its critically acclaimed World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Pathé is delighted to announce that Sony Pictures Classics has acquired THE DUKE for distribution in multiple territories including the US, Latin America and Scandinavia. All other world territories had been sold by Pathe International prior to the Venice Film Festival. Directed by Roger Michell from a script by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, the comedy drama stars Oscar-winners Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren and tells the delightful and moving true story of a man 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 agreed to provide television for free to the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge – a startling revelation of how a good man set out to change the world and in so doing saved his son and his marriage. Pathé will release the film in the UK, France and Switzerland. Other sales already announced include: Australia (Transmission), Benelux (Paradiso), Canada/Germany/Spain (eOne), China (Huanxi), Czech Republic (AQS), Former Yugoslavia (MCF), Israel (Forum), Italy (BIM), Japan (Phantom), Middle East (Front Row) and Poland (Monolith). 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. For further information please contact: Sophie Glover - Pathé UK / Sophie.email@example.com www.pathe.co.uk Nicki Foster – Premier / Nicki.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
LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions have travelled over the rainbow and landed in Cannes to partner on their 8th collaboration in the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to the highly-anticipated Judy Garland movie Judy, directed by Tony nominee and two-time Olivier winner Rupert Goold (King Charles III) and starring Academy Award winner and three-time Academy Award nominee Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Cold Mountain and Chicago). Ms Zellweger is joined by a terrific ensemble cast that includes Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story), Jessie Buckley (Beast) and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter). 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. 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.” The acquisition was jointly announced today by Mickey Liddell of LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions co-founders Howard Cohen & Eric d’Arbeloff: “Judy Garland remains one of the quintessential legends of stage and screen and this chapter of her life is particularly riveting” said Cohen, d’Arbeloff and Liddell. “From the incredible early footage that we saw in Cannes, Renee delivers a remarkable performance. As the first feature film about Judy Garland, we believe Judy will be event movie going for a broad audience and we are thrilled that our enthusiasm and ambition for the film made the difference in acquiring such a hotly pursued Cannes title. We could not be more excited to be partnering again TO DISTRIBUTE this film in the United States.” Principal photography wrapped two weeks ago and Judy is scheduled for completion and delivery in 2019. The film is directed from a script by Tom Edge (The Crown) based on the stage play End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter. It is a Pathé, BBC Films and Ingenious Media presentation of a Calamity Films Production. BAFTA winner David Livingstone produces for Calamity and Executive Producers include Cameron McCracken for Pathé, Rose Garnett for BBC Films and Andrea Scarso for Ingenious. Pathé is distributing Judy in the U.K., France and Switzerland and has handled international sales throughout the rest of the world. LD and Roadside have partnered on a successful run of films which include critical and commercial successes. The companies have creatively collaborated on releasing and producing films such as I Can Only Imagine, which became the top independent film of the last year, and Albert Nobbs and Biutiful, which garnered Roadside and LD five Academy Award® nominations, including recognition for Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Foreign Film. In the negotiation with Pathe, LD Entertainment was represented by Liddell; Roadside Attractions by Cohen; and Pathe by McCracken.
London, 19th March 2018 Principal photography begins today on JUDY, based on the true story of Judy Garland’s final concerts in London. Renée Zellweger, Academy Award winner and three times Academy Award nominee (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Cold Mountain and Chicago), plays Judy Garland. Cast members joining Zellweger include Jessie Buckley (War and Peace), Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story) and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter). 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) for Calamity Films. Goold’s creative team includes Director of Photography Ole Bratt Birkeland (The Crown), Musical Director Matt Dunkley (Black Swan), Editor Melanie Oliver (Les Miserables), Costume Designer Jany Temime (Harry Potter), Make Up and Hair Designer Jeremy Woodhead (Doctor Strange) and Production Designer Kave Quinn (Far from the Madding Crowd). 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; gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. Will she have the strength to go on? Featuring some of her best-known songs, including the timeless classic ‘Over the Rainbow’, JUDY celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”. JUDY is a Pathé, BBC Films and Ingenious Media presentation of a Calamity Films Production. Executive Producers are Cameron McCracken for Pathé, Rose Garnett for BBC Films and Andrea Scarso for Ingenious. Laurence Myers, Lee Dean, Aaron Levene, Charles Diamond, Ellis Goodman and Hilary Williams will also receive Executive Producer credits. Pathé will distribute the film in the UK, France and Switzerland and will handle sales throughout the rest of the world. For further information contact: Annabel Hutton/Nicki Foster/Ellen Steers, Premier Firstname.email@example.com / 020 7292 8330 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/JudyGarlandFilm/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JudyGarlandFilm/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JudyGarlandFilm/ 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 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 CALAMITY FILMS Calamity Films is an independent film and television production company set up by David Livingstone in 2010. Their first feature was PRIDE (2014) directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Stephen Beresford. The film received 7 BIFA nominations, winning Best British Film, three BAFTA nominations, including Best British Film, and a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Film. David won a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Producer alongside writer Stephen Beresford. Calamity currently has projects in development with Studio Canal, Lionsgate, Sky, EOne, BFI and BBC Films. David Livingstone was previously President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution at both Universal Pictures International and Working Title Films. During his career in London and Los Angeles, he has been responsible for the worldwide marketing, advertising, publicity and promotional strategy for over 100 films. BBC FILMS BBC Films is at the forefront of independent filmmaking in the UK, developing and co-producing around twelve films a year. In 2015 BBC Films was awarded the Michael Balcon BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. Rose Garnett is the Director of BBC Films. Recent releases include the BAFTA and Oscar nominated Victoria & Abdul starring Judi Dench, William Oldroyd's Lady Macbeth, which was nominated for 2 BAFTA Awards including Best British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, Thomas Napper's Jawbone, also nominated for a BAFTA in the Outstanding Debut category, Andy Serkis' directorial debut Breathe starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy and the documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami. Idris Elba's directorial debut Yardie and The Happy Prince, written, directed by and starring Rupert Everett, both world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and had their European premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival and will open in the UK later this year via Studiocanal and Lionsgate. Current and upcoming releases include Studiocanal’s The Mercy, directed by James Marsh and featuring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, Lionsgate's On Chesil Beach starring Saoirse Ronan coming to cinemas in June, Apostasy, directed by first time filmmaker Daniel Kokotajlo and eOne's The Children Act featuring Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci due out in August. Currently in post-production are Chiwetel Ejiofor’s untitled directorial debut based on the novel The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Peter Strickland’s ghost story In Fabric starring Oscar nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Out of Blue directed by Carol Morley and starring Patricia Clarkson, The White Crow directed by Ralph Fiennes, Denmark starring Rafe Spall, Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Stan & Ollie starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, The Aftermath with Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård, VS. starring Screen’s Star of Tomorrow, Connor Swindells and Iciar Bollain’s Yuli written by Paul Laverty. bbc.co.uk/bbcfilms Twitter @BBCFilms INGENIOUS For 18 years, Ingenious has been at the forefront of investing in the UK’s creative economy and in that time has raised and deployed over £9 billion. In the last decade, Ingenious has been involved in the production of a diverse and glittering slate of films, including the multi-award winning Life of Pi, Avatar (the highest grossing film of all time), Oscar®-nominated films Carol and Brooklyn, five films in the long-running X-Men franchise, the highly successful Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, breakout British hits including Suffragette and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as well as acclaimed television programmes The Fall, Dr. Foster and The Honourable Woman, among many others. Currently in post-production are Baltasar Kormákur’s Adrift, starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, and Three Seconds, from Andrea Di Stefano starring Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike and Clive Owen.
Pedro Almodóvar’s upcoming film Parallel Mothers will open this year’s Venice Film Festival. 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. For press information please contact Sophie Glover: Tel: + 44 7917 045 875 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 LITTLE STRANGER
THE GUARDIAN'S PETER BRADSHAW GIVES THE LITTLE STRANGER 4 STARS The haunts of childhood are revisited in this oppressively macabre ghost story, set in the miserable austerity of late-40s Britain and in some ways a metaphor for the nation’s complex sense of sacrificial loss. Screenwriter Lucinda Coxon has adapted the 2009 novel by Sarah Waters and Lenny Abrahamson directs, bringing to it the sense of enclosing dread and claustrophobic dysfunction familiar from his previous picture, the abduction-abuse nightmare Room. The Little Stranger is fluently made and really well acted, particularly by Ruth Wilson, though maybe a bit too constrained by period-movie prestige to be properly scary. Domhnall Gleeson plays Faraday, a young Warwickshire country doctor: first name unmentioned, second name perhaps an allusion to the famous scientist, given his belief in electric-current massage for pain-relief and his non-belief in ghosts. He has a ramrod-straight bearing, a clipped moustache and equally clipped manner of speaking, very different from the relaxed, worldly manner of his fellow medics. Gleeson’s performance suggests he’s affecting a severe professionalism to cover up his lowly origins. It’s the summer of 1948 and Faraday finds himself back in the village where he grew up, and one of his very first house-calls is to the grand mansion that fascinated him as a boy, Hundreds Hall. A maidservant there, Betty (Liv Hill) has stomach pains, but Faraday’s no-nonsense examination reveals them to be exaggerated or invented. A female-hysteric case of nerves, as often airily diagnosed by the male profession of the day – or something darker, weirder? At the same time, Faraday makes the acquaintance of the family. The notional master of the house is Rod Ayres (Will Poulter), a former RAF pilot badly burned in combat, who now has depression, and is grumpily obsessed with the way the house is deteriorating and the Labour government’s punitive death duties. His mother, Mrs Ayres, is in situ: enigmatic, reserved, disquieting and played by Charlotte Rampling. But the real boss is Rod’s hardworking sister, Caroline, outstandingly played by Wilson. She is friendly and unselfconsciously careless of her appearance in ways that will seem eccentric as she grows older, an English countrywoman of the sort imagined by Nancy Mitford. But all three seem to be going slowly mad in their own ways, driven to the brink by something in the house itself. Faraday’s own secret is that his late mother was a maid at Hundreds Hall and he has come to think of this strange, dilapidated place and its strange, dilapidated family as exemplars of prewar innocence: a bizarre version of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead. And as his friendship with Caroline blossoms into a nervous, protective romance, there is the thrill of a romantic or sexual conquest over his own humble beginnings. But there is something else. Faraday is obsessed with the memory of attending a party there as a child, breaking an ornate picture frame and being caught in the act by Rod and Caroline’s adored sister Suki – who later died of diphtheria at eight years old. Has Faraday’s remembered transgression and present-day quasi-haunting accelerated a supernatural crisis? Abrahamson shows how the awful tensions and rigidities of the English class system create the right atmosphere of denial – they incubate the horror. A stratum of society that holds on to the past is ripe for haunting. There is an excruciating scene in which Faraday is invited to an evening drinks party there (black tie, naturally) and the other attendees have to be periodically reminded that he is there as a guest, an equal, and no one is ill. But then there is a grisly incident, a moment of nightmarish horror in which Faraday’s qualifications turn out to be vital. It is at an event like this that poor Rod, unable or unwilling to leave his chaotic room, reveals himself to be paralysed with fear at what the house contains. Wilson’s Caroline is the beating heart of the film and she is superb, not least in a scene at a local dance, where she is thrilled to recognise a female friend from wartime and dances extravagantly with her – to Faraday’s chagrin – hinting at a sexual identity she has concealed from everyone, especially herself. And all the time, the sinister presence in the house grows, like mould on the walls. An elegant, sinister tale of the uncanny, with its own streak of pathos.
THE GREAT ESCAPER
PATHÉ ANNOUNCES ‘THE GREAT ESCAPER’ STARRING MICHAEL CAINE & GLENDA JACKSON London, 19th February 2021 Pathé today announced that they will be presenting a new feature film, THE GREAT ESCAPER, at this year’s Berlin Film Market. Inspired by true events, the film will tell the story of Bernard Jordan’s escape from his care home to attend the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings in France. The film is set to star two time Oscar winner and six time nominee, Sir Michael Caine (The Quiet American, The Cider House Rules, Hannah and Her Sisters, Educating Rita, Sleuth and Alfie) and two time Oscar winner and four time nominee, Glenda Jackson (Hedda, A Touch of Class, Sunday Bloody Sunday and Women In Love). In the summer of 2014 - the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings - octogenarian Bernard Jordan (Michael Caine) made global headlines. He’d staged a “great escape” from his care home to join fellow war veterans on a beach in Normandy, commemorating their fallen comrades. It was a story that captured the imagination of the world - Bernie seemed to embody the defiant, “can-do” spirit of a generation that was fast disappearing. But of course, it wasn’t the whole story. It was the story we all tell ourselves to make war and old age bearable. The bitter-sweet script explores the reality with wit and a very big heart. Bernie’s adventure, spanning a mere 48 hours, also marked the culmination of his 60-year marriage to Irene (Glenda Jackson) - the story celebrates their love without sentimentality and with an eye to the lessons we might all learn from the Greatest Generation. The film will be directed by BAFTA nominee Oliver Parker (An Ideal Husband) from a script by BAFTA nominee William Ivory (Made in Dagenham) and is scheduled to start principal photography in June this year. Parker commented: ‘No one can resist a script that makes people both laugh and cry – I loved Billy’s writing and the story itself, so inspirational and so moving, seemed to speak to our times and our need for heroes on a human scale, whether people like Bernard Jordan or our doctors and nurses. And now to have Michael and Glenda - two iconic actors - agree to honour this story with their brilliance, it’s the cherry on the cake!’ The film will be produced by BAFTA nominees Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae (Nowhere Boy) and is an Ecosse Films production for Pathe, BBC Film and Ingenious Media. Executive Producers are Cameron McCracken and Jenny Borgars for Pathé; Rose Garnett for BBC Film; and Andrea Scarso for Ingenious. Pathé will distribute the film in the UK, France and Switzerland and will handle sales throughout the rest of the world. Caine is represented by ICM and Management 42 and Jackson is represented by Lionel Larner. For further information contact: Sophie Glover, Head of Publicity, Pathé UK Sophie.email@example.com / 020 7462 4415 ABOUT PATHÉ Pathé has offices 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 and distributed by Pathé range from The Queen to Slumdog Millionaire and from Philomena to Selma. Pathe’s most recent production is Roger Michell’s THE DUKE, starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren, which premiered to critical acclaim at the 2020 Venice Film Festival. In recent years, Pathé’s productions have won 17 BAFTAs (70 nominations) and 14 Oscars (50 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 @patheuk BBC FILM BBC Film supports invigorating and imaginative filmmaking. Firmly established at the forefront of UK film, and fuelled by its public service remit, BBC Film has an ambitious slate including many of the most exciting filmmakers working today. We find, nurture and develop new talent and collaborate with some of the industry's most revered writers and directors. We work with diverse partners to bring our films to the widest possible audiences in the UK and worldwide. ABOUT ECOSSE Ecosse Films is a long-standing award-winning film company whose successes include Mrs Brown featuring an Oscar nominated Judi Dench, Becoming Jane starring Anne Hathaway, the BAFTA nominated Nowhere Boy and Andrea Arnold's mould-breaking Wuthering Heights. http://www.ecossefilms.com/ ABOUT INGENIOUS 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 has been involved in the production of a diverse slate of films, including the Academy Award® winning Judy, Life of Pi, Avatar, Selma, Academy Award® nominated Carol, Brooklyn and At Eternity’s Gate, 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 Military Wives, Blinded by the Light, Suffragette and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, as well as acclaimed television programmes such as The Fall, Dr. Foster and Watership Down. Titles currently on release or coming soon include The Secrets We Keep, Honest Thief, War with Grandpa, Breaking News in Yuba County, Pixie, Dream Horse and Voyagers. The 2020 Venice Film Festival included the premieres of Ingenious funded Roger Michell’s The Duke and Mona Fastvold’s The World to Come, which is currently on release in the US through Bleecker St.