Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, and Christopher Eccleston are set to star in the British comedic drama Song for Marion. The story has Stamp playing a grumpy retiree who reluctantly joins a local choir at the urging of his wife Marion (Regrave). There he learns valuable life lessons through “musical self discovery”. I know that synopses that are from press releases don’t always do the best job of conveying the tone of a film, and so I hope Song for Marion isn’t as saccharine as it sounds. Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton) will direct from his own screenplay.
Hit the jump to check out the press release and feel doubtful about this movie.
VANESSA REDGRAVE, TERENCE STAMP, GEMMA ARTERTON AND CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON TO STAR IN SONG FOR MARION
Principal photography to commence on 18th July 2011
London, 2011 – ‘Steel Mill Pictures and Coolmore Productions are delighted to announce principal photography on feature film Song for Marion.
Shooting in the North East of England, primarily in County Durham, Song for Marion is written and to be directed by Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton, The Cottage, Cherry Tree Lane).
The superb British cast is made up of Academy Award Winner VANESSA REDGRAVE (Julia, Atonement, Howard’s End), cinema legend TERENCE STAMP (Billy Budd, The Limey, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), GEMMA ARTERTON (Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia, Tamara Drewe) and CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON (Shallow Grave, Elizabeth, Doctor Who).
Song for Marion is a London-set comedic drama, about grumpy pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp) who is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) to join a highly unconventional local choir. At odds with his son James (Christopher Eccleston) it is left to choir director Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton) to try and persuade Arthur that he can learn to embrace life. Arthur must confront the undercurrents of his own grumbling persona as he embarks on a hilarious, life-affirming journey of musical self discovery.
Director Paul Andrew Williams comments “Song for Marion is a story which is not only incredibly personal to me, but to many families and generations around the world. To see it brought to life by such an incredible and dynamic cast is not only massively exciting but also totally nerve racking!”
Producer Ken Marshall added “With Song for Marion we have the chance to make a hilarious, joyous, yet poignant film that will hopefully move audiences to both laughter and tears. We took our time with this project as we knew we had to get the casting right to do it justice, we are thrilled with the cast we have secured and are looking forward to the start of the shoot.”
Song for Marion is also being produced in partnership with Egoli Tossell Film and Film House Germany.