Monday, June 29, 2020

Olivia Colman and Colin Firth Join Period Drama From NORMAL PEOPLE Scribe

Olivia Colman Colin Firth To Star In Period Drama Mothering Sunday

Oscar winners Olivia Colman ("The Favourite") and Colin Firth ("The King's Speech") have joined the cast of the British period drama "Mothering Sunday". The film will be directed by Eva Husson ("Girls of the Sun") from a script by Alice Birch ("Succession", "Normal People") based on Graham Swift's acclaimed novel.

Set over a day in 1924 England, the film follows Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young), a maid in the Niven household, who takes the day off to celebrate Mothering Sunday while Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Firth and Colman) attend a lunch to celebrate the engagement of their neighbor's only remaining son, Paul (Josh O'Connor), to Emma Hobday. The Nivens have lost their own sons to the war and rejoice at the prospect of an engagement. Jane rejoices at her freedom on an unseasonably hot, beautiful spring day. But, she has no mother to go to.

For almost seven years she has – joyfully and without shame – been Paul's lover. Like the Nivens, Paul belongs to England's old money aristocracy, whereas Jane was orphaned at birth. With the house conveniently empty, they can finally meet in Paul's bedroom for the first time. Today will be their last as lovers. It is also the day that will mark the beginning of Jane’s transformation as the story unfolds through the hours of clandestine passion.

Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley's Number 9 Films ("Carol") will produce with financing from Film4 and Ingenious. Here's what Karlse and Wooley had to say about the project:
"The combination of the Alice Birch screenplay Eva's direction and the incredible source material of Graham Swift's novel, and this amazing cast make the prospect of Mothering Sunday a producers dream! We are very happy to have put this team together. But we were enabled to create this outstanding combination of talent with the full support of Daniel Battsek, Julia Oh and the Film4 group. We hope that we will repay their confidence in us by delivering an inspiring post COVID movie for a truly cinematic experience. The added support of the BFI on this project is invaluable to us."


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