There's a new British period film on the horizon—and better yet, it's a romance. Here's what you should know about Mothering Sunday.
It's got an all-star cast.
The Crown stars Olivia Colman and Josh O'Connor are set to reunite onscreen, joined by Colin Firth and Odessa Young.
Behind the camera, Eva Husson (Girls of the Sun) will direct, and Alice Birch (Normal People, Succession) is writing the screenplay. "It truly felt like the planets aligned when this wonderful screenplay, Mothering Sunday, somehow found its way to me," Husson said in a statement.
"Alice Birch seemed to whisper in my ear, and I felt everything I’d done so far prepared me for this specific story. It was a culmination of all that I am obsessed with in life: writing, sensuality, and pure cinema," Husson added. "I finished the script in tears, not from sadness, but because it cracked me open, like the most honest works do."
The movie is based on a book, set in England in 1924.
The events of Graham Swift's novel take place over the course of one day—the holiday Mothering Sunday. Maid Jane Fairchild (Young) has the day off, as her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Firth and Colman) are attending an event to celebrate the engagement of their neighbors' son, Paul (O’Connor). Jane is an orphan, so has no mother to spend the day with—but she does have Paul, with whom she's been having a years-long secret affair. The story unfolds as they spend their final day together as lovers.
There's no premiere date in sight just yet.
It's still early days for the project, and a timeline has yet to be announced for its release. However, reassuringly, the film is well-suited to production in a pandemic. "The piece wasn’t designed for the moment but as it turns out it is well suited to being shot now," producer Stephen Woolley told Deadline, citing the story's limited scope and setting in "unpopulated environments."
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