BBC Films' The Edge Of Love to open Edinburgh film festival

MUMBAI: BBC Films has announced that John Maybury‘s film The Edge Of Love, starring Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy and Matthew Rhys, will have its World Premiere as the Opening Night film for this year‘s Edinburgh International Film Festival on 18 June 2008.

A love story, telling the story of two feisty, free-spirited women, Caitlin Thomas and Vera Killick, Vera‘s husband William Killick, and the brilliant, charismatic poet Dylan Thomas who loves both women, The Edge Of Love, produced by Sarah Radclyffeand Rebekah Gilbertson, will open in London on 20 June.

BBC Films has also announced that currently shooting in London, New York and Washington DC is Armando Iannucci‘s political comedy In The Loop, starring Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini, Chris Addison, Peter Capaldi, Gina McKee and Steve Coogan.

Also shooting in London is Jane Campion‘s Bright Star. Starring Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish, this is an exploration of the two-year relationship between the 18-year-old Fanny Brawne and 23-year-old romantic poet John Keats.

Lone Scherfig‘s An Education, starring Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina, Rosamund Pike and Emma Thompson, has just wrapped.

Nick Hornby wrote the script about a 17-year-old girl who meets an older man in Sixties London. Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey are going to produce, with Odyssey Entertainment handling worldwide sales.

Set to start principal photography in late May is Tom Hooper‘s The Damned United, from a screenplay by Peter Morgan, which tells the passionate and dramatic story of controversial and gifted football manager Brian Clough and his turbulent 44-day period in 1974 in charge of Leeds United.

Michael Sheen will star as Clough. Andy Harries produces with Sony Pictures Entertainment taking worldwide rights and Screen Yorkshire co-producing.

BBC Films‘ co-productions set for release later this summer and early Autumn include Saul Dibb‘s The Duchess starring Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Hayley Atwell, Charlotte Rampling and Dominic Cooper.

It is a contemporary tale of fame, notoriety and the search for love, based around that female icon of her time, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Producers are Michael Kuhn and Gabrielle Tana.

Mark Herman‘s The Boy In Striped Pyjamas which is a co-production with Disney has been adapted by Herman from the best-selling book by John Boyne. This is a tale about what happens when innocence is confronted by monstrous evil. The cast includes Vera Falmiga and David Thewlis.

BBC Films also has a list of projects in post production. The most anticipated one is Sam Mendes‘ Revolutionary Road, based on the novel by Richard Yates. This re-unites five-time Oscar nominee Kate Winslet and three-time Oscar nominee Leonardo di Caprio for the first time since Titanic to play the leading roles in this story of thwarted passion and the search for fulfilment.

Jamie Thraves‘ psychological thriller Cry Of The Owl is an adaptation of the classic bestseller by Patricia Highsmith. It tells the story of Robert Forester (Paddy Considine), who moves to a small New York suburb in an attempt to escape the wreckage of his recent divorce. But everything changes when he begins to stalk his neighbour, Jenny Thierolf (Julia Stiles).

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