Hathaway, 'Prada' assistant reunite for 'Song One'
FILE - In this Mon., Jan. 20, 2014 file photo, writer and director Kate Barker-Froyland, left, and cast member Anne Hathaway, pose together at the premiere of the film "Song One" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File)
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — After working together on "The Devil Wears Prada," Anne Hathaway has reunited with first-time filmmaker Kate Barker-Froyland for her directorial debut, "Song One," which she also wrote.
Hathaway starred in the 2006 fashion-world comedy, which was directed by David Frankel. Barker-Froyland was Frankel's assistant on the film.
Director Jonathan Demme ("Silence of the Lambs"), with whom Hathaway worked on the 2008 drama "Rachel Getting Married," sent Barker-Froyland's script to the actress. "When he says take a look at something, you take it very seriously," said Hathaway in a recent interview at the Sundance Film Festival, where "Song One" premiered.
In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 photo, from left, composers Johnny Rice and Jenny Lewis, actress Anne Hathaway, director Kate Barker-Froyland and actress Mary Steenburgen of the movie "Song One" pose for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. The film had its premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
"I was so delighted to find that it was written by Kate," Hathaway added. "We had met on 'The Devil Wears Prada' and I was just captivated by her story about the way tragedy can transform you into a better person."
"Song One" focuses on the romance between anthropology student Franny (Hathaway) and folk musician James Forester (Johnny Flynn) after Franny returns home following an accident that's left her brother, Henry, in a coma. James is Henry's musical hero and sparks fly between Franny and James when he visits Henry in the hospital.
The music of "Song One," composed by Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice, plays as much of a role in the film as stars Hathaway, Flynn and Mary Steenburgen. "I was really fascinated by the power of music to connect people," said Barker-Froyland in an interview. "I wanted to explore how music could bring different characters together."