Principal Photography has commenced in the UK on Emily – a writer-director debut for Frances O’Connor, who tells Emily Brontë’s origin story.
Emma Mackey (Sex Education, Death on the Nile), nominated today for a BAFTA for Female Performance in a Comedy Program (for Netflix’s show ‘Sex Education’), leads a cast of vibrant young British talent including previously announced Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk, Voyagers). Joining the cast are Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Invisible Man, The Haunting of Hill House), Alexandra Dowling (The Musketeers), Amelia Gething (The Spanish Princess), as well as BAFTA nominee Gemma Jones (Ammonite, Rocketman) and Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty).
From a self-penned script, double Golden Globe nominee O’Connor imagines a transformative, inspiring, and exhilarating journey to womanhood of one of the world’s most famous, enigmatic and passionate writers, author of the seminal Wuthering Heights.
Frances O’Connor says, “Emily Brontë’s writing is steeped in such passion, feeling, violence, and fierce intelligence – that I’ve always yearned to know who she really was. Emily is about a rebel and misfit, a young woman daring to form herself, to embrace her true nature, despite the consequences. And, in creating an imagined life for her, I hope Emily Brontë will live again!
Our film will brim with energy – intimately capturing the emotional intensity and adrenaline of youth, with all its messy honesty, heartbreak, humour and fearlessness; matched by the scale of our stunning locations.”
Tim Haslam, Embankment, says; “Frances’ storytelling is a breath of fresh air – attracting highly dynamic actors; each performing highly engaging characters, each provocative and just a touch dangerous; certainly, modern and spirited.”
Produced by David Barron (Harry Potter franchise, Cinderella, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and Piers Tempest (Military Wives, Ordinary Love, The Wife) with Robert Connolly and Robert Patterson of Arenamedia (The Dry, Paper Planes). Funding is from Ingenious Media, with Peter Touche as an Executive Producer, and from Spitfire Audio Holdings, The Post Republic and Tempo.
Embankment, who is executive producing and arranging financing, has sold multiple territories including UK to Warner Bros. and European territories France, Germany, and Switzerland are acquired by Wild Bunch, as well as Italy and Spain through their subsidiaries BIM and Vertigo, Portugal (Nos), Benelux (Cineart), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Greece (Spentzos), Israel (United King), Middle East (Front Row), South Africa (Filmfinity), ANZ (Madman).
Heads of Department include Academy Award winning Costume Designer Michael O’Connor (Ammonite, All is True, The Duchess, Jane Eyre), Director of Photography Nanu Segal (Old Boys, The Levelling), Production Designer Steve Summersgill (A Hidden Life, The Hunger Games saga, Aladdin, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Cloud Atlas), Emmy nominated Casting Director Fiona Weir (Last Letter From Your Lover, Ammonite, The Duke, Judy, My Cousin Rachel, Brooklyn, Room, Suffragette), BAFTA nominated Hair & Make-Up designer Lucy Cain (Killing Eve) and Editor Sam Sneade (Sexy Beast, Birth).
Embankment’s slate currently includes Florian Zeller’s feature The Father, which won 2 Academy Awards® (Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay) and 2 BAFTA Awards. The company recently launched international sales on Golda starring Helen Mirren, and is currently selling and executive producing Florian Zeller’s second feature, The Son, starring Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern.
About Tempo Productions
Jo Bamford and Piers Tempest’s Tempo Productions have produced over 20 films, recent credits include The Wife starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, Military Wives staring Kristen Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan, Ordinary Love starring Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville, Driven starring Jason Sudeikis and Lee Pace and Churchill starring Brain Cox to name but a few. Current films in Production include Unwelcome starring Hannah John-Kamen and Douglas Booth. www.tempoproductions.net
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