April 29, 2014 - 15:16 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Terence Davies's movie version of Scottish author Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 classic novel Sunset Song has begun its location shoot in Scotland, The Hollywood Reporter said.
Billed as an intimate epic, Davies's much-anticipated film stars Agyness Deyn (Pusher), Peter Mullan (War Horse) and Kevin Guthrie (Sunshine On Leith). The novel is widely regarded as one of the most important works in Scottish literature. Sunset Song was adapted for television in 1971 by BBC Scotland but has never been made into a film.
The story is set in the early 20thCentury in north-east Scotland during a time of great social upheaval and unrest. Deyn plays a young woman coming of age as her family is beset by tragedy. The distant rumblings of World War One brings some of the worst aspects of the modern world to this remote rural community.
Sol Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter's Liverpool-based production banner Hurricane Films, IRIS Productions and SellOutPictures are mounting the project for the big screen.
Fortissimo Films is handling the international distribution rights for the film and will be shopping it to buyers in Cannes next month.
The film shoot began in New Zealand to capture the March harvest season followed by interior work at Filmland in Luxembourg.
The UK-Luxembourg co-production is financed by Luxembourg Film Fund, the British Film Institute's film fund, Creative Scotland, BBC Scotland and private equity.
The film is being produced by Boulter and Papadopoulos, together with Nicolas Steil from IRIS Productions and Bob Last of SellOutPictures. Lizzie Francke is the BFI Film Fund executive on the project.
Papadopoulos said: "With Terence’s distinctive style, and themes that are as relevant today as they were in the early 20thCentury, we’re confident Sunset Song will resonate with audiences the world over."
BFI Film Fund chief Ben Roberts described Davies as "one of our finest filmmakers, whose visually stunning and emotionally penetrating films have opened the eyes, hearts and minds of audiences around the world."
Added Roberts: "We are excited beyond belief by how he is working with the landscape and bringing his long-cherished Sunset Song to the big screen, supporting our fifth film with Scottish roots after Under The Skin, Sunshine On Leith, The Angels’ Share and For Those In Peril.
The project got a boost last year after Hurricane Films got Working Title co-chairman Tim Bevan on board as part of the 2013 mentor set-up administered by independent charity organization Nesta (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).
Bevan, one of the UK's biggest producer names, whose credits include Les Miserables, Atonement and Love, Actually, provided support in areas of project development and production for Hurricane Films through the mentoring process, focusing on the banner's next two features, Sunset Song and A Quiet Passion.