Cliff Edge Pictures Announce that Craig Roberts’ ETERNAL BEAUTY Starring Oscar Nominee Sally Hawkins Begins Shooting In Wales
NEW CAST BILLIE PIPER AND PENELOPE WILTON JOIN DAVID THEWLIS & ALICE LOWE
Craig Robert’s ETERNAL BEAUTY starring Sally Hawkins is now in production in Wales. The shoot is five weeks and will take place in, and around, Cardiff, Newport and Port Talbot.
Academy Award Nominee and Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water, Paddington 1 & 2, Submarine, Blue Jasmine, Happy-Go-Lucky) stars alongside Alice Lowe (Prevenge, Adult Life Skills, Sightseers), Billie Piper (Yerma, Penny Dreadful and Doctor Who), Penelope Wilton (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Downton Abbey, Shaun of the Dead) and David Thewlis (Fargo, Wonder Woman, The Theory of Everything, Harry Potter). Other cast members include Bob Pugh (Master and Commander), Rob Aramayo (Game of Thrones), Morfydd Clark (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and Paul Hilton (Lady Macbeth).
ETERNAL BEAUTY is Written and Directed by Craig Roberts and Produced by Adrian Bate of Cliff Edge Pictures. The Executive Producers are Mary Burke (BFI), Adam Partridge (Ffilm Cymru Wales), Pip Broughton (Cliff Edge), Meroë Candy (Wellcome), Paul Higgins (Dragon).The film is financed by; the BFI (awarding funds from the National Lottery), Ffilm Cymru Wales, Welsh Government and Wellcome. The director of photography is Kit Fraser (Under The Shadow).
ETERNAL BEAUTY will be Roberts’ second directorial feature after 2015’s Just Jim, which was nominated for a BAFTA Wales award, and the first for his production company Cliff Edge Pictures. Roberts is also set to star in the forthcoming Tolkien biography, and has numerous acting credits including Kill Your Friends, 22 Jump Street, Submarine and Amazon’s Red Oaks.
When Jane (Sally Hawkins) is dumped at the altar she has a breakdown and spirals into a chaotic world, where love (both real and imagined) and family relationships collide with both touching and humorous consequences.
Bankside Films exclusively represents foreign sales rights for the film, while Endeavour Content and Bankside Films co-represent domestic sales rights.
Producer Adrian Bate of Cliff Edge Pictures says “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.”
ABOUT CLIFF EDGE PICTURES
Cliff Edge Pictures was formed 3 years ago after Craig’s well received first film JUST JIM. The Company intends to support, develop and produce film & television projects that are creatively vibrant and startlingly original.
The first project on the Cliff Edge slate is Roberts' highly anticipated second feature film, ETERNAL BEAUTY. Penned by Roberts, ETERNAL BEAUTY will be set and filmed in his native Wales. They are currently working on a slate of projects for 2019 and beyond.
ABOUT FFILM CYMRU WALES
Ffilm Cymru Wales advances the development of a creative, innovative, and inclusive film culture. Through funding, training and professional advice, we support emerging and established filmmaking talent to reach new audiences, explore new ideas to maximise the value of film, and engage with the educational and economic benefits that film brings to the rich culture of Wales.
ABOUT BANKSIDE FILMS
Based in London, Bankside Films is a leading international sales and production company which can also access production finance through its sister company Head Gear Films. The company seeks to produce, finance and distribute distinctive films of quality for release in all media.
Most recently, Bankside have enjoyed success with Silas Howard’s A KID LIKE JAKE starring Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Priyanka Chopra, Ann Dowd and Octavia Spencer, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The company is also in postproduction on Peter Strickland’s IN FABRIC (with Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Gwendoline Christie, Julian Barratt and Hayley Squires), Rowan Athale’s STRANGE BUT TRUE (with Amy Ryan, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley, Blythe Danner, Brian Cox and Greg Kinnear), and Lee Cronin’s THE HOLE IN THE GROUND.
Bankside have also worked on Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling’s CARGO, which is about to be released worldwide by Netflix, Amma Assante’s BELLE, FREEHELD with Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, Peter Chelsom’s HECTOR & THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS and John Michael McDonagh’s WAR ON EVERYONE.
Wellcome exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. We’re a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. We support scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imaginations and spark debate.
The BFI Film Fund supports world-class UK filmmaking from talent and film development, through to production and audience development across exhibition, distribution and international sales. With over £50 million of National Lottery funding to invest each year, the BFI is the UK's largest public investor in film.
Highly anticipated films backed by the BFI include Cold War which received its World Premiere In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival winning the Best Director prize for filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski; Chris Martin’s Under the Wire which receives its World Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest; Wash Westmoreland’s Colette, Idris Elba’s Yardie which premiered at Sundance; Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir; Jim Hosking’s An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn which premiered at Sundance; Sean McAllister’s A Northern Soul which will open this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest; Jason Barker’s A Deal with the Universe which premiered at the BFI Flare LGBTQ+ Festival; Tinge Krishnan’s Been So Long; Haifaa Al-Mansour’s Mary Shelley and Daniel Kokotajlo’s Apostasy which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; Neil Biswas’s Darkness Visible; Gabrielle Brady’s Island of the Hungry Ghosts; Deborah Haywood’s Pin Cushion which opened the Critics’ Week at Venice; Saul Dibb’s Journey’s End; Steve McLean’s Postcards from London and Matthew Jones’ The Man from Mo’ Wax.
Films in prep, production and post include Sacha Polak’s Dirty God; Tom Harper’s Wild Rose; Annabel Jankel’s Tell it to the Bees; Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s Chaplin; the Chris Morris Untitled Project; Claire Denis’s High Life; Mike Leigh’s Peterloo; Chino Moya’s Undergods; Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s Normal People; Scott Graham’s Born to Run; Amma Asante’s Where Hands Touch; Sean McAllister’s A Northern Soul; Carol Morley’s Out of Blue; Craig Roberts’ Eternal Beauty; Tim Travers Hawkins’s XY Chelsea; William McGregor’s Gwen; Thomas Clay’s Fanny Lye Deliver’d; Peter Strickland’s In Fabric; Brian Welsh’s Beats; Ian Cunningham’s Irene’s Ghost; and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind.
Recent releases include Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete (World Premiere, Venice Film Festival); Michael Pearce’s Beast; Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country (World Cinema Dramatic - Directing Award, Sundance 2017/Michael Powell Award, Edinburgh International Film Festival); Aardman Animations’ Early Man, directed by Nick Park; Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here (Best Screenplay and Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival 2017); Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not A Witch (BAFTA award /World Premiere, Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2017); Clio Barnard’s Dark River; Paddy Considine’s Journeyman; Lucy Cohen’s Kingdom of Us (Grierson Best Documentary Award); Sky Neal and Kate McLarnon’s Even When I Fall; Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake (Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival, 2016/BAFTA award); Andrea Arnold’s American Honey (Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival, 2016); Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster (Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival, 2015); Andy Serkis’s Breathe; Peter Mackie Burns’s Daphne (Best Performance - British Feature Film, Edinburgh International Film Festival); and Sophie Fiennes’s Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.
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