Production commences on Andy Goddard's Six Minutes to Midnight
by Kaleem Aftab
- Eddie Izzard, Judi Dench, Carla Juri and Jim Broadbent star in the drama, which is shooting for six weeks in various locations across Wales
Principal photography has commenced on Six Minutes to Midnight in various locations across Wales, UK. It is being directed by Andy Goddard (Downton Abbey), and was written by Celyn Jones (Keepers), Eddie Izzard (who also stars) and Goddard himself.
Based on true events, the action takes place during the summer of 1939, when, despite the storm clouds forming across Europe, Thomas Miller (Izzard) accepts a controversial role teaching English to the daughters of high-ranking Nazis at the Augusta-Victoria College, Bexhill-on-Sea – a finishing school on the south coast of England. Under the watchful eye of their headmistress, Miss Rocholl (Judi Dench), and her devout assistant Ilse Keller (Carla Juri), the girls continue to learn deportment, Shakespeare, fitness and how to be a faithful member of Hitler's League of German Girls.
When the body of a former teacher is discovered, it leaves Thomas running from the police with the threat of being hanged for murder. It is six minutes to midnight, and can Thomas exonerate himself in time and save the hearts and minds of his students from the grip of Hitler?
Director Goddard commented: "The Anglo-German crossover in our story will see the very best in British on-screen craft allied with the brightest young acting talent from Europe. This dynamic cuts to the very core of the storytelling; our need to hold hands across cultural borders is as relevant today as it was in 1939."
Izzard added: "It is a much-overused word in the movie business, but for me, starting filming on Six Minutes to Midnight, a film I have wanted to make for ten years, is definitely very exciting. And to start our shoot only 30 minutes from where I used to go to school at Oakley House in Swansea is a wonderful added bonus.”
Financed by Motion Picture Capital, the Welsh Government, Ffilm Cymru Wales and West Madison Entertainment, Six Minutes to Midnight is being produced by Sean Marley, Andy Evans and Ade Shannon of Mad as Birds, with Sarah Townsend producing for Ella Communications and Laure Vaysse for REP6, making it an all-UK production. Lionsgate International is selling the worldwide rights, and Lionsgate UK will be releasing the film in the United Kingdom. Eddie Izzard, Celyn Jones and Trevor Beattie will serve as executive producers, alongside Deepak Nayar and Emil Elmér of Motion Picture Capital, Pauline Burt and Adam Partridge of Ffilm Cymru Wales, Zygi Kamasa and Emma Berkofsky of Lionsgate UK, and Christina Papagjika and Matt Salloway of West Madison Entertainment.
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