Nine years after her death, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother is the subject of much competition in the film world.
After she was portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech, Queen Elizabeth will be played by Olivia Colman in Hyde Park on Hudson, about George VI’s 1939 visit to President Franklin Roosevelt in New York.
The actress, 37, who appeared in Peep Show, is not concerned about comparisons with Bonham Carter. “Our performances are going to be so very different that it would be pointless to compare the two,” she says.
In Madonna’s film about the 1936 Edward VIII abdication crisis, W.E., Queen Elizabeth will be played by Natalie Dormer.
Here’s the first UK poster for the next Studio Ghibli picture, Arrietty. It has been adapted from Mary Norton‘s The Borrowers by Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa and director Hiromasa Yonebayashi. As you’d expect, it looks wonderful.
And it will sound pretty good too – note that the UK dubbed version will feature a different (and indeed, preferable) voice cast to the US iteration. We in blighty will get Saoirse Ronan, Olivia Colman, Mark Strong and Phyllida Law.
Oh, and somebody the poster calls Tom Holland. I wonder if they mean Tom Hollander? Because Tom Holland, writer-director Fright Night and Child’s Play seems like an odd match. Oops typo.
UPDATE: A subsequent press release refers to “newcomer Tom Holland”, so that settles that.
Anyway, a good cast. The US get Bridgit Mendler, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett – none of whom exactly seem to match the setting or tone so well. Score one to Optimum, the UK distributors.
Having said all of that, I’ll still opt for a subtitled version, personally.
The film will go on release on July 29th, though Picture House Cinemas will be screening it as their Kid’s Club in the 23rd. Adults will need to have a kid with them, but there’s a lot of Little Bleeders with families, I know.
Let’s score Optimum another point for getting the film out this year. US audiences will be waiting until February 2012. If I were in the States I’d start shopping for a multi-region Blu-ray player now.
I have updated the gallery with photos from the recent British Academy Television Craft Awards click the picture to see them
Exile (cert. 15) will be released as a two-disc DVD (£19.99) by FremantleMedia Enterprises on 13th June 2011.
Exile, new BBC drama starring John Simm (Life on Mars, State of Play), Olivia Colman (Peep Show, Green Wing), Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge, Iris) and Clare Goose (The Bill, Waking the Dead) is on UK DVD from Monday.
“Superbly written” and featuring “uniformly excellent” (The Sunday Telegraph) performances by a top-notch cast, Exile is both a “taut psychological thriller” (The Guardian) and an intimate, moving portrayal of a father and son’s relationship that will keep viewers hooked throughout
The new two-disc DVD edition of the series features an in depth making-of documentary. Here’s a short behind-the-scenes montage from this extended extra feature…
Sam Jones from Cult labs has been kind enough to send me this clip from Exile which also includes a lovely interview with her about her role in the miniseries. Olivia is amazing in this so don’t forget to pre-order it on DVD
The amazing Exile is coming to DVD on June 13th in the UK and can now be pre-ordered from all good UK distributers if you get it from the link below you will help to support this site:
King George VI, aka Bertie, and Queen Elizabeth are to be the focus on the big screen again after the Oscar and Bafta success of The King’s Speech.
Samuel West and Olivia Colman are in negotiations to portray the couple on a visit to President Franklin Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt — the first time a reigning British monarch had ever set foot on U.S. soil.
It was the dawning of what has become the special relationship.
Bertie and his Queen did the formal state visit to Washington with much pomp and ceremony, but then the President invited the royals for an informal get-together over hot dogs, smoked turkey, beer and soft drinks at the Roosevelts’ family home, Springwood, in Hyde Park, upstate New York.
The two couples dined casually on the front porch, and the following day they had a picnic.
The film’s called Hyde Park On Hudson, and will star Bill Murray as Roosevelt. It’s based on a radio play by Richard Nelson and was developed into a feature film by Film4 and Focus Features.
Director Roger Michell and producer Kevin Loader have had the movie in mind for some time. The film-makers told me about their plans for Hyde Park On Hudson several years ago, when they were shooting Venus with Peter O’Toole and Jodie Whittaker.
So, to be fair, they’re not just jumping on the King’s Speech bandwagon.
Indeed, the meeting of the Roosevelts and the Windsors is only part of the story.
The film will also explore Roosevelt’s ‘intimate friendship’ with his cousin Margaret Suckley, whom FDR affectionately called ‘Daisy’. Laura Linney is in the final stages of discussions about portraying Daisy in the film, which will begin shooting in July on locations in the UK (not the U.S.). Location scouts are looking for suitably splendid mansions with plenty of grounds to replicate the Roosevelt estate near Poughkeepsie.
‘We’re working to secure a brilliant cast,’ producer Loader told me.
Ms Colman is shooting a second series of BBC comedy Rev, and the hope is she’ll be available for Hyde Park On Hudson. She gives one of the year’s best screen performances so far opposite Peter Mullan in Paddy Considine’s movie Tyrannosaur.
Can you remember when you first read the script what attracted you to the role?
I loved the fact that my character was left behind to care for her father, missed out on stuff but always managed to be positive. She wasn’t one of life’s doormats and I don’t enjoy playing doormats really, so I liked the fact that she’d had a bit of a tough time but she was still sparky, ballsy and quite funny.
Had you worked with Danny Brocklehurst before or Paul Abbott?
No, I was familiar with Danny’s work but I hadn’t worked with him before. He’d come on set occasionally; he was such a warm presence to have about. He wasn’t remotely awkward about anything – he was a really easy writer to have around.
There are some really funny moments. Various members of the crew and cast who have had various members of their families’ suffer from Alzheimer’s were saying that sometimes the funniest stuff comes out. You have to laugh at some point – if you’re caring for people like that you have got to find humour – and that’s exactly what Danny managed to do in his writing.
Do you have any personal experience of Alzheimer’s?
No, not directly. My mum, who is retired, was a nurse and she specialised in geriatric care and some of her patients had Alzheimer’s but I’ve never had any relatives who have had it. I know friends whose parents have had it but not me – not yet anyway.
Can you tell us a little bit about your character?
Nancy was 16 when her big brother left and at that point their father was lucid and fine – albeit distraught as everything was going a bit wrong.
She probably did further education but maybe had to leave at some point or straight afterwards. She was at a college local to home as she was probably aware that their Dad was lonely, she couldn’t exactly leave him like her brother had.
It then became clear that he wasn’t himself, she was staying in to look after him, at which point the snowball effect happened and she was stuck. She seems to be a very uncomplaining person, she’s pretty cool and quite a tough cookie.
How would you describe her relationship with Tom when he comes back? Is she angry or resentful?
A bit, but not that much really. She’s eager to jump if he complains about anything. He doesn’t seem to realise that it was much harder for her to leave, he was 16 and she was younger.
But they slip straight back in to getting on very well and it’s kind of sad, you wonder where could they be if that whole episode hadn’t happened or if there had never been any lies. They could have been equally looking after their father and it’s sad to imagine where they’d be if things had turned out differently.
When times were good at home and their mum was alive they probably got on very well and laughed a lot.
How was it to work with Jim and with John? Had you worked with them before?
I’d worked with Jim on Hot Fuzz before, but I’d never worked with John, although I think I’ve probably seen everything he’s ever been in. I was really excited to find out that John and I really did get on very well, we swapped funny videos of our kids and just had a ball really.
Are there any moments that spring to mind from filming? You did a scene in the supermarket when Jim takes a turn, how was that to shoot?
That was quite fun. I had to just fall back on a crash mat – nothing terribly dramatic. Jim struggling in the bath was funny – poor Jim, having to go under water. We laughed a lot at things on set.
How long were you filming for?
Not that long, I was up and down to Manchester no more than three nights on the trot at the time. The weirdest thing with Claire Goose, who I loved, was that her mum and my mum were best friends at school – small world!
I took board games on set as Jim loves board games – Chronology was our favourite, although Jim’s a bit too good, he can win in one go!
Source: bbc.co.uk – Exile press release
TWENTY Twelve star Hugh Bonneville has struck TV gold – with a second series for the cult Olympics comedy.
The “mockumentary” on BBC4 sees him deal with bungling bureaucrats and a string of foul-ups as the London Games’ fictional head of deliverance.
Speaking as his Ian Fletcher persona, Hugh, 47, said: “Damage has already been done to our department by letting BBC cameras in.
“I don’t want it to go on, but upstairs do. So that’s all good.”
The new series will see Hugh face crises like an Algerian demand for an Olympic village mosque and how to give value for money when there’s none left.