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“Viceroy’s House” has found a U.S. home. IFC acquired the U.S. rights to the period drama from “Bend It Like Beckham” director Gurinder Chadha at the Cannes market, The Hollywood Reporter writes. The film is currently playing in the UK, but no word on a U.S. release date yet.
Written by Moira Buffini (“Harlots”) and frequent Chadha collaborator Paul Mayeda Berges, “Viceroy’s House” is set during the 1947 Partition — when India’s independence led to the bloody division of its territory. “Downton Abbey’s” Hugh Bonneville portrays the viceroy, Lord Louis Mountbatten, and Gillian Anderson (“The Fall,” “The X-Files”) plays his wife, Lady Edwina Mountbatten. Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter” franchise), Simon Callow (“Outlander”), Manish Dayal (“Halt and Catch Fire”), Huma Qureshi (“Jolly Llb 2”), and Om Puri (“The Hundred-Foot Journey”) round out the rest of the cast. The film made its world premiere at the Berlinale in February.
“Bhaji on the Beach,” “Bride & Prejudice,” and “Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging” are among Chadha’s directing credits. Next, she will helm the WWII-set “Song for a Spy.” Penned by Farrukh Dhondy (“Exitz”), the film is set in France and Germany and centers on a female Indian spy.
Chadha is also developing projects for TV via her production company, Bend It TV. She has said she is interested in “great content that is effortlessly diverse” — no matter the medium. “My brand has always had a global reach and represents British storytelling, but from a diverse perspective,” she explained. Chadha recently donated her entire working archive to the British Film Institute’s National Archive.
Cannes Update: Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy’s House” Gets U.S. Distribution was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Gurinder Chadha is branching out into television. The “Bend It Like Beckham” director’s TV production company, Bend It TV, will receive 25 percent backing from FremantleMedia, Variety writes. Bend It TV aims to develop “upscale scripted content” as well as non-scripted content and other entertainment formats. According to the source, the deal stemmed from Fremantle drama chief Sarah Doole’s efforts to expand the company’s number of scripted series.
Planning to use the medium to tell “stories on a big scale,” Chadha believes working in TV will allow her to share her work globally. “The audience now picks and chooses because of the [different] platforms,” she emphasized. “For someone like me who has always been trying to tell different kinds of stories, finally an audience can have access to them. That is the most exciting thing for a filmmaker like me, someone who wants to tell stories about people on the margins, or hidden histories and voices, and bringing them to the fore.”
Although she is best known as a film director, Variety reveals that Chadha began her career on Channel 4’s “The Media Show” in the UK and is happy to return to her roots. “In my experience of late, television is much more open and responsive these days than the British film industry at getting those stories out there, getting them produced, made, and on screens,” she observed.
Describing her approach to storytelling — in any medium — Chadha said she is interested in “great content that is effortlessly diverse.” Expanding on that idea, she added, “My brand has always had a global reach and represents British storytelling, but from a diverse perspective.”
According to Variety, Chadha is especially excited to work with Fremantle due to its inclusion of women like Doole and CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz in senior leadership roles. “I am working with bright, intelligent women at the top of their game, and we have a shorthand. When I pitch a story or idea they get it, so it allows me to be more productive,” Chadha explained.
The respect is mutual. Frot-Coutaz commented, “Gurinder is a phenomenal storyteller and a real auteur; I’m thrilled to be working with her. When we set out to build our scripted business, at the top of my list was working with and supporting the best creative talent in the world, and this new partnership truly exemplifies that goal.”
Chadha made her feature directorial debut with 1993’s “Bhaji on the Beach.” “I was the first Indian woman to direct a feature film in Britain,” she said of the experience, “and now I’m still the only Asian woman directing feature films in the British film industry. That shows how hard it is to get out there.”
Since “Bhaji,” Chadha has directed “Bend It Like Beckham,” “Bride & Prejudice,” the short film “Quais de Seine,” “Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging,” and “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife.” Her latest film, “Viceroy’s House,” is set during the 1947 Partition — when India’s independence led to the bloody division of its territory. It is currently playing in the UK.
Next, Chadha will helm “Song for a Spy,” about a female Indian World War II spy. She recently donated her entire working archive to the British Film Institute’s National Archive.
Gurinder Chadha Moves to TV with FremantleMedia-Backed Bend It TV was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
British director Gurinder Chadha, best known for movies like “Bend It Like Beckham” and “Viceroy’s House,” is accelerating her drive into television production with the backing of global production giant FremantleMedia.
FremantleMedia, which has been expanding its scripted slate under drama chief Sarah Doole, will take a 25% stake in Chadha’s television production company Bend It TV, which is focusing on upscale scripted content.
FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz said: “Gurinder is a phenomenal storyteller and a real auteur; I’m thrilled to be working with her. When we set out to build our scripted business, at the top of my list was working with and supporting the best creative talent in the world, and this new partnership truly exemplifies that goal.”
Chadha, who was awarded an OBE for services to the British film industry in 2006, has directed films such as “Bend It Like Beckham” (2003), “Bride and Prejudice” (2004) and “Angus, Thongs »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
6 March 2017 2:37 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The BFI helped produced the Punjabi-British filmmaker's breakthrough, the 1989 documentary I'm British but.... Since then, Chadha has directed features such as 1993's BAFTA-nominated Bhaji on the Beach and Bend It Like Beckham, which smashed box-office records for a British film in 2002, alongside titles such as Bride and Prejudice (2004), Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008) and It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010).
She was awarded an Order of the British Empire award in 2006 for »
- Alex Ritman
To begin at the very end, the closing credits of “Viceroy’s House” bear a detailed dedication to a woman who survived the devastating upheaval of the 1947 Partition of India, was forced to trek a vast distance from her home to the newly founded Muslim republic of Pakistan, and was finally reunited with her eventual husband in a refugee camp. The woman in question, it turns out, is director Gurinder Chadha’s grandmother, and her story is evidently a remarkable one — so one can’t help but wish that Chadha had elected to tell it directly in this stiff historical dramatization of events leading to the Partition. Instead, “Viceroy’s House” clumsily merges a waxworks biographical study of Lord Louis and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, the last Viceroy and Vicereine appointed to oversee the British handover of India, with a passionless Romeo-and-Juliet romance between two of their servants caught in the fray. »
- Guy Lodge
12 February 2017 3:46 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Twenty-four years after she burst on the scene with Bhaji on the Beach and 15 years after she introduced the world to Keira Knightley with Bend it Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha heads to Berlin to showcase her latest film, Viceroy's House.
Set in the final days of British colonial rule in India, the historical drama focuses on Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville, of course) as he prepares for the deadly partition in 1947 that would see a country divided and a new nation, Pakistan, created.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Chadha discussed offering a different viewpoint on Mountbatten's legacy, working with the late, great »
- Alex Ritman
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