Friday, August 22, 2014

Lady Chatterley's Lover

Holliday Grainger and Richard Madden are set to star in Jed Mercurio’s adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover for BBC One.
The 90-minute drama which will be directed by Mercurio to air on BBC One as part of its ambitious season of classic 20th century literature next year.
Holliday Grainger (represented by Troika) will play Lady Chatterley with James Norton as her war-wounded husband Sir Clifford Chatterley. Holliday played Estella in the film adaptation of Great Expectations and will shortly be seen in The Riot Club, the film adaptation of the West End play Posh, and as an ugly sister in Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella.
Game of Thrones star Richard Madden (also represented by Troika) will play gamekeeper Oliver Mellors. He has also recently wrapped on Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella in which he plays Prince Charming.

Jed Mercurio, writer and director, says: “I'm hugely flattered that such a fabulously talented young cast will bring these iconic roles to life.”

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, an early-20th-century tale of love across class boundaries, tells the legendary and romantic story of Lady Chatterley’s affair with her gamekeeper. With its original 1928 edition censored in Britain for over 30 years after it was written, Lady Chatterley’s Lover is one of the most sexually pioneering novels of the 20th century.

Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One, said “I'm very proud that BBC One continues to be a place for the very best of new British talent.”

The drama will form part of  BBC One’s season of classic 20th century literature will also include Adrian Hodges' adaptation of LP Hartley’s The Go-Between, Ben Vanstone’s adaptation of Laurie Lee’s memoir Cider With Rosie and J B Priestley’s classic play An Inspector Calls.

Lady Chatterley's Lover will begin shooting on location in Wales this October to transmit in 2015 on BBC One.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Go-Between

13 year old Jack Hollington from Liverpool is set to star in the title role of the new BBC adaptation of LP Hartley's classic novel The Go-Between.

The Go-Between follows Leo Colston, who as an elderly man pieces together his childhood memories after finding his diary from 1900, which he wrote when he was 13 years old. A nostalgic tale about lost innocence, The Go-Between paints beautiful pictures of British life, humanity and social hierarchy at the beginning of the 20th century.

Jack (represented by CAM) attends classes at Southport’s  So Talented! Academy of  Performing Arts. He appeared in the Christmas episode of Doctor Who in 2013, and has a number of stage roles under his belt including playing Nathan in The Full Monty in the West End. Last year he filmed his first feature film role in The Devil's Harvest.

Joanna Vanderham and Ben Batt star as Marian and Ted, the star-crossed lovers, alongside Stephen Campbell Moore as Trimingham, Lesley Manville as Mrs Maudsley, and Jack Cutmore-Scott.

12 year old Samuel Joslin (represented by Curtis Brown) has also been cast in The Go-Between as Leo's schoolfriend Marcus Maudsley. Samuel played Thomas, the middle son in the family at the centre of Juan Antonio Bayona's feature film The Impossible and has recently filmed the lead role of Jonathan in Warner Bros' forthcoming feature Paddington Bear, set for release later this year.

The  90-minute adaptation is part of BBC One’s season of classic 20th century literature which will also include Jed Mercurio’s adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Ben Vanstone’s adaptation of Laurie Lee’s novel Cider With Rosie and JB Priestley’s classic play, An Inspector Calls.

Adapted by Adrian Hodges, The Go-Between will be directed by BAFTA Award-winner Pete Travis and will commence filming shortly to air in 2015.

Friday, August 8, 2014

X Plus Y

Asa Butterfield stars as Nathan, a teenage maths prodigy who struggles with people, not least his mother, Julie (played by Sally Hawkins), but finds comfort in numbers.

Mentored by unconventional and anarchic teacher Mr Humphreys (Rafe Spall), Nathan’s talents win him a place representing GB at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

When the team go to train in Taiwan, headed up by squad leader Richard (Eddie Marsan), Nathan is faced with unexpected challenges - not least his new and unfamiliar feelings for his Chinese counterpart...

Newcomer Jo Yang who went to school in West London before returning to study in Beiijing plays the beautiful Zhang Mei.

Edward Baker-Close, who appeared in Channel 4 drama Southcliffe plays the younger Nathan.

The rest of the young cast includes Wizards and Aliens star Percelle Ascott, Screenterrier rising star Alexa Davies, Alex Lawther who played Young Turing in the Imitation Game, Jake Davies, who can currently be seen in Leave to Remain, and newcomer Suraj Rattu (represented by Robert Kelly Associates) who can also be seen in indie feature Honeycomb Lodge.

From suburban England to bustling Taipei and back again, this original and heartwarming film tracks the funny, complex relationship Nathan has with his mentor who ends up learning more from Nathan than he could ever teach him. Ultimately this is Nathan’s journey to embrace the irrational nature of love.

Directed by BAFTA winning documentary maker Morgan Matthews, the film is produced by BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning David Thompson (Mandela) and Laura Hastings-Smith (Hunger, Chatroom), and written by award-winning playwright James Graham (This House, The Whiskey Taster).

X Plus Y was filmed on location in Sheffield, Cambridge and Taiwan.

Check out the trailer below:

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