Lesley Manville, James Norton, Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson to star in Hampstead
by Naman Ramachandran
- CANNES 2016: Principal photography to commence 22 May on location in Hampstead
UPDATE (13 May 2016): Ecosse Films will commence principal photography on Hampstead on 22 May, on location in Hampstead and in Central London, it was announced at the Cannes Film Market on Friday. In addition to the previously announced lead cast, the production has added some heavy hitters. Joining the cast are Lesley Manville, BAFTA-nominated for Mike Leigh’s Another Year [+see also:
interview: Mike Leigh
film profile], James Norton, BAFTA-nominated for television’s Happy Valley, Jason Watkins, BAFTA-winner for The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries and veteran Simon Callow, BAFTA-nominated for Four Weddings and a Funeral and A Room With a View.
Renowned American actress Diane Keaton and acclaimed Irish actor Brendan Gleeson are attached to star in Hampstead, to be directed by British director Joel Hopkins, winner of the BAFTA’s Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer for his debut feature Jump Tomorrow. The script is by Robert Festinger, Oscar nominated for In The Bedroom. Set in the London suburb of Hampstead, an upscale neighbourhood bordering the huge Hampstead Heath, the film will follow Keaton who plays an American widow who is a bit out of sorts. Looking out of her window at the Heath one day, she spots a dishevelled man (Gleeson) by a dilapidated hut. He has been waging a lone battle against property developers who have been trying to evict him and Keaton takes up his cause.
Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae are producing for the UK’s Ecosse Films (A Royal Night Out [+see also:
film profile]). Cornerstone Films is handling international sales and will present the project to potential buyers at the upcoming American Film Market (4-11 November). The film is fully financed by the UK’s Motion Picture Capital.
Pre-production is expected to begin in early 2016 and filming will be on location in Hampstead.
Experienced executives Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder formed Cornerstone Films ahead of Cannes 2015, with offices in London and Los Angeles. Their slate includes Mick Jackson’s Denial [+see also:
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film profile], starring Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl, and Gleeson.