‘Two for Joy‘ will be available to watch at Everyman Cinemas and other selected screens from 28th September 2018.
Doctor Who star Billie Piper and Downton Abbey actress Penelope Wilton are joining Sally Hawkins, Alice Lowe and David Thewlis in Craig Roberts’ sophomore feature Eternal Beauty, which is now underway in Wales, UK.
In the romantic drama, The Shape Of Water star Sally Hawkins plays a woman who spirals into a chaotic world after she is left at the altar.
Pic is written and directed by Roberts (Submarine) and produced by Adrian Bate of Cliff Edge Pictures. Executive producers are Mary Burke (BFI), Adam Partridge (Ffilm Cymru Wales), Pip Broughton (Cliff Edge), Meroë Candy (Wellcome) and Paul Higgins (Dragon). Finance comes from BFI, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Welsh Government and Wellcome. DoP is Kit Fraser (Under The Shadow). Bankside Films reps international sales while Endeavor Content and Bankside co-rep domestic.
Producer Adrian Bate of Cliff Edge Pictures said, “Eternal Beauty will surprise and delight. It portrays schizophrenia, a much-misunderstood condition, with dignity, humour and affection. We are so fortunate to have the chance to work with this amazing cast who will inhabit and enhance Craig’s vision and characters. We are very happy to welcome the new cast additions – the brilliant Billie Piper and Penelope Wilton.”
Billie attended the world premiere for ‘Two For Joy’ at Edinburgh Film Festival. 50 HQ photos have been added from the red carpet, this is one of my favourite Billie looks! Thanks to Simply Mandy for some of these! She looks stunning! I’ve also posted a preview review of the film, you can read the full article here!
There are few actors as skilled at capturing the physicality of suffering as Samantha Morton. Making a welcome appearance in this downbeat British drama about a family in crisis, Morton is almost painful to watch, her every movement a dull throb of anguish, as a woman who has descended into a cycle of debilitating depression and anxiety following the death of her husband.
Shot on film, Two For Joy presents a bleak and unflinching account of marginalised lives and, as such, may struggle to assert itself outside of the festival circuit. The quality of performances will be a key selling point as, alongside Morton, Billie Piper and child actor Bella Ramsey also impress.
It was announced that Two For Joy directed by Tom Beard and starring Daniel Mays, Billie Piper, Sam Morton, and others will have its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Film Fest on 23 & 24 June as part of the Best of British Strand.
A powerful coming-of-age drama about a sister and younger brother who must care for their troubled mother (a moving performance by Samantha Morton) as their relationship reaches critical mass. The debut feature of writer-director Tom Beard (director of music videos for FKA twigs and Florence and the Machine), Two for Joy looks at Britain through the eyes of a family in crisis and deals with issues of mental illness, marginalised communities and national identity. Also stars Billie Piper, Daniel Mays, and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones).
Tickets are currently on sale to members and the general public!
UK actress Billie Piper is set to make her feature directorial debut with “anti-rom-com” Rare Beasts. Western Edge Pictures (WEP), whose credits include Alice Lowe’s Prevenge and Vaughan Sivell’s forthcoming Pistorius, will produce.
Piper has written the script for Rare Beasts and she will also star as Mandy, a career-driven single mother, who falls in love with the charming, traditionalist Paul. Western Edge said: “It’s a dark and funny anti-rom-com with a theatrical edge. It’s also a fascinatingly personal comment on the price of modern feminism.”
The film will shoot in London and Spain in September. Sivell produces for Western Edge, in association with 42 (Welcome To The Punch, Watership Down). Executive producers are Sivell, Franki Goodwin, Mike Rattenbury and Will Kane for Western Edge and Josh Varney and Ben Pugh for 42.
The film is being developed by Western Edge Pictures for the Gennaker Group, which also financed Western Edge titles Prevenge and Mr Calzaghe. Gennaker Group have guaranteed cornerstone finance in Rare Beasts.
WEP and Gennaker CEO Vaughan Sivell said: “We’re massively excited about bringing Billie’s wickedly funny and incisive film to the screen. Her relevance and modernity are only outweighed by her charm, talent and riotous sense of fun.”
Piper added: “I have been looking for a home for this film for a long time now, and I’ve definitely found it with Vaughan and WEP. I’m so excited to shoot this year.”
Piper’s credits include Doctor Who, Penny Dreadful and The Secret Diary Of A Call Girl. She also recently earned an Olivier Award for her role in Yerma at the Young Vic, which then transferred Off Broadway.
Western Edge, based in London and Wales, has a slate that also includes Sivell’s documentary Pistorius (now in the final stage of post), as well as Alice Lowe’s next film Time Stalker.
Billie Piper and the cast of Yerma have kick-started Equity’s Safe Space campaign, which was developed following accusations of harassment in the theatre industry.
The campaign is aimed at encouraging members “to have the confidence to challenge inappropriate behaviour and to report it knowing that the union is always there for them”.
As part of the campaign, posters have been distributed that highlight the union’s harassment helpline.
In addition, Equity is calling for a specially created statement to be read out at the beginning of each new rehearsal period, which underpins a company’s commitment to create spaces “free of bullying and harassment”.
The statement reads: “Every single one of us working on this project is entitled to work in a safe space: a space free of fear, a space free of bullying and harassment of any kind. We will work together honouring our differences and celebrating the gifts we each bring to the table.”
It continues: “We will treat one another with politeness and respect at all times and, if we are subjected to or witness bullying and harassment, we will speak out knowing that our voices will be heard and we will be taken seriously. Together we can create a safe space.”
Yerma has recently opened in New York, but had been rehearsing in London.