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Frears set to roll with Tamara Drewe

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Frears set to roll with Tamara Drewe

British director Stephen Frears will begin shooting his next film Tamara Drewe on September 21 at Pinewood Studios and UK locations.

Moira Buffini has adapted Tamara Drewe from Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel and Saturday Guardian comic strip, which is a contemporary version of the Thomas Hardy classic Far From The Madding Crowd where a shy, unattractive country girl transforms herself into a sultry femme fatale.

Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace [+see also:
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) will play the title role and the film also features Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia! [+see also:
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), Roger Allam (The Wind that Shakes the Barley [+see also:
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), Luke Evans (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll) and Bill Camp (Public Enemies).

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Alison Owen (The Other Boleyn Girl [+see also:
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) and Tracey Seaward (The Constant Gardener [+see also:
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) are producing for Ruby Films, with Paul Trijbits, Sharon Harel, Scott Rudin and Christine Langan of BBC Films as Executive Producers. WestEnd Films are handling worldwide sales and co-financing with the support of UK Film Council’s Development and Premiere Funds and BBC Films, who developed the project with Ruby Films.

Frears said, “I’ve loved Posy Simmonds’ work for a long time. I’ve got a tremendous cast and crew. Tamara Drewe is a terrific story. Fingers crossed, we can do it justice.”

Cinematographer Ben Davis (Stardust), editor Mick Audsley (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), production designer Alan Macdonald (Chéri [+see also:
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interview: Stephen Frears
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]
), costume designer Consolata Boyle (The Queen [+see also:
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]
) and composer Alexander Desplat (Coco Before Chanel [+see also:
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]
) have signed up for the film.

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