The Match Factory will introduce the project at EFM London, February 2014 – The Bureau Film Company, the BFI, Film4 and Creative England are delighted to announce that principal photography will commence on new British film, 45 YEARS, in Spring 2014.
The film follows Kate Mercer in the five days leading up to her forty-fifth wedding anniversary. The planning for the party is going well, but then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.
Writer director Andrew Haigh adapted the screenplay from a short story by the prize winning poet David Constantine. 45 YEARS marks the first screen union of Charlotte Rampling (Melancholia, Swimming Pool), and Tom Courtenay (Last Orders, Quartet), two of Britain’s best, and most loved acting talents.
Produced by Tristan Goligher, 45 YEARS is the second feature film in which director Andrew Haigh and The Bureau Film Company collaborate. Haigh and Goligher’s previous film, Weekend, became a breakout success after winning the Emerging Visions Audience Award at SXSW where it premiered. Weekend went on to win numerous awards including Breakthrough British Filmmaker, for Haigh, at the London Critics Circle Film Awards and a BIFA for Best Achievment In Production.
Since then Haigh has directed and exec produced the new, and highly anticipated, HBO show Looking.
The film continues a busy spell for London’s The Bureau and sister company the Paris based Le Bureau. Last year the companies co-produced Roger Michell’s Le Weekend with Free Range Films, and are currently in post-production with Potboiler for Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts, as well as Alain Choquart’s Ladygrey starring Peter Sarsgaard, Emily Mortimer, Jérémie Rénier and Liam Cunningham which just wrapped in South-Africa.
Tristan Goligher commented “Andrew first showed me the short story, that has become 45 Years, in 2008 when we were making a short film together. Back then it was but a dream that we could one day bring together such an incredible cast, to tell the story of two people facing their life’s choices head on. We now have the chance to make that a reality.”
Richard Holmes, Senior Film Executive at Creative England adds: “The film team at Creative England are proud to be supporting 45 Years. Everything we do is motivated by a desire to support the brightest and best, and Andrew Haigh and Tristan Goligher are certainly two shining stars who with Weekend have already proved they can make film gems of the highest quality. 45 Years is one of the first films to be supported by the Creative England Production Fund whose key aim is to help filmmakers from outside London tell stories rooted in the English regions and beyond. We will be announcing more exciting projects that we have funded soon.”
Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund said: “Weekend was a striking debut which really lingered in the mind, and the script and scenario for 45 Years has a similar effect – original and surprising, yet unnervingly recognisable. Andrew is a significant emerging voice in British cinema.”
Tessa Ross, Controller of Film and Drama, Channel 4 said: “Weekend instantly marked Andrew out as a huge new talent, so we’re incredibly excited to be working with him on 45 Years – a beautifully realised exploration of marriage, love and the choices that shape our lives. It is testament to Andrew’s writing and vision that he’s attracted two of our most exceptional actors, Charlotte and Tom, to play the leads – we can’t wait to work with him, Tristan and all of our partners to realise this very special film.”
The film has been financed by the BFI Film Fund, Film4, and Creative England. The Match Factory will handle international sales.