Principal photography wraps on UK shoot of Hope Gap
by Kaleem Aftab
- Writer-director William Nicholson’s drama stars Annette Bening, Bill Nighy and Josh O’Connor
Principal photography has wrapped on the family drama Hope Gap [+see also:
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Hope Gap is financed by Screen Yorkshire, Sampsonic Media and Creative Media (CMI), with LipSync on board as a production partner. It is being produced by David M Thompson and Sarada McDermott. Executive producers include Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire, Nicolas D Sampson and Arno Hazebroek for Sampsonic Media, Gavin Poolman, Alex Tate and Peter Gould for CMI, and Norman Merry and Peter Hampden for LipSync. LipSync Post is also on board to complete full post-production.
Nicholson is best known as the Oscar-nominated writer of Gladiator and Shadowlands. His other writing credits include Breathe [+see also:
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Nicholson said: “Ever since Shadowlands, I’ve been obsessed by the collision of love and pain: Hope Gap is the most intense, most painful and most loving story I’ve ever told.”
Producer David Thompson, of Origin Pictures, added: “Bill has written a truly moving and witty script, and we could not have asked for a stronger cast. I am delighted that Annette, Bill and Josh are going to star in what is sure to be a really powerful, distinctive and captivating film. We’re very pleased to have the support of Screen Yorkshire, Sampsonic, CMI and LipSync to bring this project to the screen.”
The director of photography is Anna Valdez-Hanks, the editor Pia di Ciaula, the production designer Simon Rogers, the costume designer Suzanne Cave and the make-up designer Melanie Lenihan.
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