“We Need to talk About Kevin” starts filming this week
Production begins this week in Connecticut on the psychological thriller We Need To Talk About Kevin, which is being directed by acclaimed filmmaker Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar) and produced by Jennifer Fox (Michael Clayton, The Informant!), Luc Roeg (Mr. Nice) and Robert Salerno (21 Grams). We Need To Talk About Kevin was written by Ramsay and Rory Kinnear based on the novel by Lionel Shriver. The film stars Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller. Presented by BBC Films and the UK Film Council in association with Footprint Investments LLP, Caemhan Partnership LLP and Lipsync Productions, the film is an Independent / Jennifer Fox production in association with Artina Films and Forward Films. The announcement was made today by Independent, who also holds the international rights to the film.
The film was developed by BBC Films¹ Creative Director Christine Langan (The Damned United, Bright Star) with Paula Jalfon (In The Loop, Closer). Executive producers are Steven Soderbergh, Christine Langan, Paula Jalfon, Christopher Figg, Robert Whitehouse, Michael Robinson, Norman Merry, Lisa Lambert, Tilda Swinton and Lynne Ramsay.
We Need To Talk About Kevin is the story of Eva (Swinton), Franklin (Reilly) and Kevin (Miller), who two days before his sixteenth birthday, goes on a horrific rampage. In the wake of his actions, his mother Eva grapples with her own feelings of grief and responsibility. She confronts the ultimate taboo — Did she ever love her son? And how much of what Kevin did was her fault?
The director of photography is Seamus McGarvey (Academy Award®-nominee for Atonement, The Hours, Nowhere Boy); the editor is Joe Bini (The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, Roman Polanski; Wanted and Desired, Grizzly Man); the production designer is Judy Becker (I¹m Not There, Brokeback Mountain, Infamous); the costume designer is Catherine George (The Messenger, Choke); and casting is by Billy Hopkins (Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, The Visitor, Sex and the City).
Lynne Ramsay first came to recognition with her short film Small Deaths, which was her graduation film at the National Film and Television School in England, and went on to win the Prix du Jury Prize at Cannes in 1996. Followed by Kill the Day (1996) and Gasman (1997), which were awarded the Jury Prizes at Clermont Ferrand and Cannes, respectively, Ramsay quickly became one of the brightest new talents of British cinema. Ramsay’s acclaimed debut feature, Ratcatcher (1999), is a darkly redemptive film set in ’70s strike-bound Glasgow. The film opened the Edinburgh Film Festival, and won its director the 2000 BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for a Best Newcomer in British film. Ramsay’s follow-up film Morvern Callar (2002) – adapted from Alan Warner’s cult novel – is the story of a young supermarket worker (Samantha Morton) who discovers that her boyfriend has committed suicide, and the world that unfolds for her in the aftermath.
Considered an icon for more than twenty years, Tilda Swinton began her career in the 1980s. She performed in several of her friend and mentor Derek Jarman’s films, an innovative and sophisticated filmmaker whom she remained very close to until his death in 1994. She was awarded the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress (1992) at the Venice Film Festival for her performance in Edward II (1991), and the following year achieved international recognition for her performance in Sally Potter’s Orlando (based on Virginia Woolf’s novel). She has been involved in some of the major films from the contemporary world of cinema, working with Danny Boyle (The Beach), Tim Roth (The War Zone), Spike Jonze (Adaptation), Cameron Crowe (Vanilla Sky), Robert Lepage (Possible Worlds), Norman Jewison (The Statement), Francis Lawrence (Constantine), Joel and Ethan Coen (Burn After Reading), David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Bela Tarr (The Man from London), Andrew Adamson (The Chronicles of Narnia) and Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers, Limits of Control). Swinton’s other recent credits include her acclaimed performance in Erick Zonca’s Julia, and her Academy Award®-winning performance in Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton. She can currently be seen on screen in I Am Love (Io Sono L’Amore), directed by Luca Guadagnino.
Academy Award® and multi-Golden Globe nominee John C. Reilly has made an impact in the comedic and dramatic worlds of cinema. He received an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his standout performance as Amos Hart in Chicago, which won the Academy Award® for Best Picture. That same year, Reilly starred in two other films nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards® Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York and Stephen Daldry’s The Hours, making the first time that a single actor had been part of three of the five films in the prestigious category. Reilly also received Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) and Best
Original Song for his performance in Walk Hardy: The Dewey Cox Story. Reilly’s wide array of film credits include Days of Thunder, Shadows and Fog, We’re No Angels, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Hoffa, Georgia, Dolores Claiborne, The River Wild, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, The Good Girl, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers, A Prairie Home Companion, The Aviator, The Perfect Storm and The Thin Red Line.
Ezra Miller has given impressive performances opposite Andy Garcia in City Island and in Antonio Campos’ Afterschool. His other television credits include recurring roles on Californication and Royal Pains.
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