Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke to star in Let Me Count the Ways
by Kaleem Aftab
- Swedish filmmaker Björn Runge is to direct the first movie from Bankside Films’ in-house development slate
The Wife director Björn Runge will direct Emilia Clarke in Let Me Count the Ways, written by BAFTA winner Paula Milne. Clarke stars as Elizabeth Barrett, in the true story about the love affair between poet Barrett and playwright Robert Browning. The title comes from the world-famous poem How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways, written by Barrett and often read today at weddings.
Set in the mid-19th century, affluent Londoner Barrett has gained worldwide fame and recognition for her poetry. However, fragile and weakened by a mysterious illness, she lives as a virtual recluse in a darkened upstairs room on Wimpole Street, London. She is reliant on Laudanum to relieve her night terrors, which is administered by her protective, widowed father, Edward. When young buck Browning comes into Barrett’s life, Edward is determined to keep them apart, and the men battle over her.
The British-produced film is being staged by Damian Jones, of DJ Films (Goodbye Christopher Robin, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, The Lady in the Van, Belle, The Iron Lady), and Bankside Films. This is the second collaboration between Jones and Bankside, following their enormous success with the aforementioned Belle by Amma Asante.
Jones said of the project: “This film is a classic love story that delivers something entirely unexpected and relevant in today’s world, and I am excited to be embarking on this journey with an outstanding team of people.”
Bankside Films has also secured the international sales rights to the film and will be introducing it to buyers for the first time at the imminent Cannes Film Festival. Bankside’s Stephen Kelliher said: “We are thrilled to be able to bring this most compelling of love stories to the world, and to be able to do so with such a talented team of people both in front of and behind the camera is a privilege.”
Based in London, Bankside Films is a leading international sales and production company that can also access production finance through its British sister company Head Gear Films. The company seeks to produce, finance and distribute distinctive films of quality for release across all media.
Damian Jones of DJ films is one of Britain’s most prolific film producers. Aside from the films mentioned above, Jones’ other current projects include Michael Winterbottom’s Greed and Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ Monday. He also has movies in the pipeline with Alice Lowe, John Morton, Tim Firth and Sophia Al Maria.
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