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Oscar winner Anna Paquin is switching from one period project to another. The “True Blood” star, who will next be seen in Sarah Polley’s “Alias Grace” miniseries on Netflix, has signed on to star in “Tell it to the Bees” alongside Holliday Grainger (“My Cousin Rachel”), Deadline reports. “D.O.A.” director Annabel Jankel will helm the project, an adaptation of Fiona Shaw’s 2009 novel of the same name.
Paquin will portray Dr. Jean Markham, a woman who returns home to run her late father’s medical practice. “When a school-yard scuffle lands young Charlie (newcomer Gregor Selkirk) in her office, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and to tell his secrets to the bees as she once did,” Deadline summarizes. “The friendship between the boy and the doctor brings his mother Lydia (Grainger) into Jean’s world. The women find themselves drawn to one another in a way that Jean recognizes and fears, and which Lydia could never have expected. But in 1950s small-town Britain, the secret won’t stay hidden forever.”
Principal photography has already kicked off in Scotland.
Sisters and collaborators Henrietta Ashworth and Jessica Ashworth (“Dixi,” “Fresh Meat”) wrote the screenplay for “Tell it to the Bees,” which Jankel describes as “an unholy mash-up of 1950s social and magical realism.”
Paquin’s recent projects include “Bellevue,” the Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell-created CBC crime drama centered around the disappearance of a transgender teen. Besides “Alias Grace,” you can catch her next in “The Parting Glass,” a drama following a grieving family as they travel to collect their late sister’s belongings.
Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger to Star in Period Romance from Annabel Jankel was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Motion Picture Capital, BFI and Creative Scotland have announced that filming is now underway on Tell It to the Bees, an adaptation of Fiona Shaw’s critically acclaimed romance novel, which stars Anna Paquin (True Blood) and Holiday Grainger (My Cousin Rachel).
The film is being directed by Annabel Jankel (Live from Abbey Road, Skellig: The Owl Man) and features a supporting cast that includes Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones) Emun Elliot (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Steven Robertson (Doctor Who), Lauren Lyle (Outlander) and newcomer Gregor Selkirk. Here’s the official synopsis…
Dr Jean Markham (Anna Paquin) returns to the town she left as a teenager, to take over her estranged late father’s Gp surgery. When a school-yard scuffle lands Charlie (Gregor Selkirk) in her office, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and tell his secrets to the bees, as she once did. The »
- Gary Collinson
The film is set in 1950s Britain and the “True Blood” star Paquin will play Dr. Jean Markham as she returns to the town she left as a teenager to take over her late father’s medical practice. She finds herself attracted to the mother of a patient, played by Holiday Grainger, prompting a secret romance between the two.
Principal photography on “Tell It The Bees” is now underway in Scotland, and additional cast includes include Kate Dickie (“Game of Thrones”), Emun Elliott (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), Steven Robertson (“T2: Trainspotting”), Lauren Lyle (“Outlander”), and Gregor Selkirk.
- Stewart Clarke
Filming is underway in Scotland on BFI, Creative Scotland backed project.
Anna Paquin has boarded Tell It To The Bees, the BFI and Creative Scotland backed period romance which is now shooting on location in Scotland.
As previously announced, Holliday Grainger will also star in the project and Film Constellation will handle sales.
The story chronicles a lesbian romance in 1950s Britain between a single mother who is dealing with the breakdown of her marriage, played by Grainger, and a doctor, returning to her small hometown to take over her late-father’s practice, played by Paquin.
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The film — based on Fiona Shaw's 2009 novel of the same name — also stars Holliday Grainger (Tulip Fever, Cinderella), Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones), Emun Elliott (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Steven Robertson (T2: Trainspotting), Lauren Lyle (Outlander) and newcomer Gregor Selkirk.
Set in 1950s small-town Britain, Tell It to the Bees chronicles a lesbian romance between a single mother (Grainger) who is »
- Alex Ritman
Principal photography is just getting underway in Scotland on the Annabel Jankel-directed Tell It To The Bees with Anna Paquin boarding to star opposite Holliday Grainger. The period romance is based on British author Fiona Shaw’s novel that Jankel (Max Headroom, D.O.A.) calls “an unholy mash-up of 1950s social and magical realism.” Paquin plays Doctor Jean Markham who returns to her hometown to take over her late father’s practice. When a school-yard scuffle lands young… »
Of course we must applaud the arrival of Jodie Whittaker in the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who (Time for change, G2, 18 July). After all, think of all those young men who took the best female parts in Shakespeare’s day. There’s a lot of redressing to do. Really though, the revolution is not all that great. The Doctor is a shape-changer, so it’s not such a big step to become a sex-changer too. We need something more. Female actors have taken male roles in living memory – think Fiona Shaw as Richard II, though Richard was neither hero nor heroine (perish the word). A performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream I have just witnessed in the new Chester theatre points the way: Lysander is played by a black female actor »
The Hippopotamus, 2017
Directed by John Jencks.
Ted Wallace, a washed up, alcoholic theatre critic, is recruited by his estranged god-daughter to establish if a miracle has occurred at the ancestral home of his oldest friend, leading him on a journey of misadventure…
There aren’t many actors who can take a role tailor-made for Stephen Fry’s prosaic, upper middle class cutting wit and make it their own, but Roger Allam makes the trick work with The Hippopotamus. Adapted from Fry’s 1994 book of the same name, Allam is Ted Wallace, an embittered, middle-aged theatre critic who lives alone inside a bottle most of the time, and makes a living tearing apart poorly made drama. We see such a tirade at the beginning before Ted goes too far, ends up with the sack, and gets »
- Tony Black
Directed by John Jencks (The Fold), the film, based on Stephen Fry’s comedy novel, tells the story of disgraced poet Ted Wallace (Roger Allam) who is summoned to his friends Lord and Lady Loganʼs (Matthew Modine & Fiona Shaw) country manor, Swafford Hall, to investigate a series of unexplained miracle healings.
Unaware that David is using some unorthodox methods, the Logans are set on sharing their son’s gift with the world. With a poet’s passion for the truth, Ted hurries to debunk the miracles and save a young man from a lifetime of embarrassment.
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Director: John Jencks
Stephen Fry is a national treasure in our part of the world and to a certain extent across the globe. What’s less well-known is his output as a novelist, but director John Jencks hopes to redress that with an adaptation of the author’s 1994 comedy.
Roger Allam stars as Ted, a washed-up poet who’d rather spend his time wallowing in a bath off his face on whiskey than interacting with the world around him. He is the hippo of the title, roaming around with an ungainly wit. This behaviour threatens to ruin him once and for all after he gets verbal at the theatre in the process of writing a review for a pretentious show. Dumped by his employers, he is unexpectedly picked up by Jane (Emily Berrington), a terminally »
- Steve Palace
As the Home Entertainment release of The Hippopotamus fast approaches, we have a couple of exclusive clips to share from the movie to share with our readers.
The all-star British cast also includes; Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter), Emily Berrington (The White Queen, The Inbetweeners 2), Tim McInnerny (Notting Hill, Game of Thrones), Geraldine Somerville (Harry Potter, My Week with Marilyn) and Tommy Knight (Victoria). Stranger Things’ Matthew Modine rounds out the cast as Lord Logan.
Directed by John Jencks (The Fold), the film, based on Stephen Fry’s comedy novel, tells the story of disgraced poet Ted Wallace (Roger Allam) who is summoned to his friends Lord and Lady Logan?s (Matthew Modine & Fiona Shaw) country manor, Swafford Hall, to investigate a series of unexplained miracle healings.
Unaware that David is using some unorthodox methods, »
- Paul Heath
Are there such things as miracles? For the slightly wet-behind-the-ears Logan family, who seem positively embalmed in wealth and luxury, there certainly is. Cynical, down-on-his luck theatre critic and former playwright Ted Wallace (Roger Allam), on the other hand, has little time for such claptrap.
The Hippopotamus, directed by John Jencks, is adapted from the 1994 novel by Stephen Fry, and the author’s dry, PG Wodehouse-esque wit is all over this off-the-wall, cheerfully foul-mouthed movie. If it has the air of an old-fashioned Merchant Ivory production - posh people, rolling hills, horses, that kind of thing - then it’s at least served up with a pleasing side order of acidic humour.
It all begins when Ted, who’s never »
Exclusive: Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Robert Pugh and Rebecca Root have joined Keira Knightley and Dominic West for upcoming production Colette, which is set to begin shooting this week in the UK, Hungary and France. Still Alice helmer Wash Westmoreland will direct the project about the French novelist who wrote Gigi and Cheri. He co-wrote the script with the late Richard Glatzer with revisions by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Killer Films' Pamela Koffler and Number 9 Films'… »
Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our semi-regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This weeks line-up features a handful of the latest movie trailers including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Atomic Blonde, Baby Driver, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Hippopotamus, Detroit, Chuck, Drone, The Bad Batch, Beatriz at Dinner and a TV spot for the new The Mist series from Spike.
First revealed at today’s Last Jedi panel at Celebration Orlando, the new trailer marks out first look at the continuation of Rey, Finn, and Poe’s journey, set immediately after the events of 2015′s The Force Awakens
Lorraine Broughton, a top-level spy for MI6, is dispatched to Berlin to take down a ruthless espionage ring that has just killed an undercover agent for reasons unknown. She is ordered to cooperate with Berlin station chief David Percival, »
- Phil Wheat
Louisa Mellor Mar 21, 2017
Spoilers ahead in our review of the final series 3 episode of Inside No. 9, which takes us to the world of modern art…
This review contains spoilers.
Inefficiency. It’s a criticism often levelled at the BBC by a certain species of rapacious vulture who sees the corporation not as the lustrous national gem it is, but as an unjust barrier to the extent to which they’re able to feather their own nests. The BBC is full of waste, they caw. The BBC must be more efficient!
If any of the vultures had the nous to watch BBC Two at 10pm on a Tuesday night for the past few weeks, they’d have been delighted. Well, not delighted. »
Exclusive: Film is an adaptation of Stephen Fry’s novel.
The comedy, which stars Roger Allam (The Lady In The Van), has been gone to Lightyear Entertainment, which has picked up all media rights for North America.
Further deals have been struck for Australia/New Zealand (Rialto Distribution), Scandinavia (Rialto Film Entertainment), Benelux (One 2 See Movies), Airlines (Terry Steiner International), Cis (Russian Report), Eastern Europe (HBO Europe). Truffle reported several more territories are in final negotiations.
Matthew Modine, Fiona Shaw and Tim McInnery also star. The film follows a disgraced poet and journalist who after being fired from his job decides to spend a month at his friend’s country mansion. Upon arriving, he finds out that strange phenomena have been occurring at the mansion and he opts to investigate.
Distribution consultant Martin Myers will oversee the film’s UK release »
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Syfy has renewed its Channel Zero TV show for season three and season four, as well. The "creepypasta" inspired horror anthology series comes from Ep Nick Antosca, who also signed an overall deal with Ucp.The first season of Channel Zero was subtitled "Candle Cove." Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw, Shaun Benson, Natalie Brown, and Luisa D’Oliveira starred in the six episode installment. Channel Zero season two is, "No-End House," starring Amy Forsyth and will premiere on Syfy in October 2017. Read More… »
To celebrate the release of acclaimed dystopia drama The White King starring Game of Thrones‘ Jonathan Pryce, we have an amazing Adventure DVD bundle up for grabs featuring Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Cell, The Colony and Robot Overlords.
Based on the critically acclaimed, award-winning novel by György Dragomán, The White King, set in a fictitious dictatorship, can be described as 1984 meets Empire of the Sun with its startling and “all-too-timely” exploration of what the world would, and could, look like. It also portrays life under an oppressive regime and how this impacts each and every person in different ways.
Djata is a 12-year-old boy coming to grips with his father’s imprisonment by the totalitarian state he calls home. Preyed upon by the secret police and venal dignitaries, Djata and his mother are forced to navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and vicious gangs, making them risk everything to reunite their family. »
- Gary Collinson
MaryAnn’s quick take… This sad mess of a vaguely sci-fi coming-of-age tale seemingly could not be more plugged into current fears, and yet it feels utterly irrelevant. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a big science fiction fan
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
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I really wanted to like The White King, but oh, what a sad mess of a film! This tale — of a boy living in a dictatorship who sees his father dragged away to prison as a dissident and his mother crumbling under the strain of trying to pretend everything is okay — seemingly could not be more plugged into current fears, and yet it feels utterly irrelevant.
- MaryAnn Johanson
Author: Stefan Pape
The paramount obstacle for filmmakers to overcome when introducing the viewer to a whole new world with a new set of rules to comprehend, is to have them invest, emotionally, and engage with the hypothetical narrative at hand, to comfortably inhabit this foreign environment and abide by it. In Alex Helfrecht and Jorg Tittel’s The White King that much is a given, as they build this dystopian near-future with a minimum contrivance, and have us compelled.
Based on Gyorgy Dragoman’s novel, we meet the Fitz family, as Hannah (Agyness Deyn) and husband Peter (Ross Partridge) play freely with their young son Djata (Lorenzo Allchurch). But any such liberation is short-lived, as Peter is taken away by the law enforcement, accused of being a traitor to the brutal, unforgiving dictatorship they live within. Imprisoned and with a slim chance of release, Djata and his mother are »
- Stefan Pape
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