Monday 12 December 2011

Filming for Summer In February is about to start


A true tale of love, liberty and scandal amongst the Edwardian artists’ colony in Cornwall

London, 12th December 2011: Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double) stars as AJ (later Sir Alfred) Munnings, with Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as Gilbert Evans and Ophelia Lovibond (Mr Popper’s Penguins) as Florence Carter-Wood in CrossDay/Apart Films’ love story SUMMER IN FEBRUARY, which is scheduled to commence principal photography in January 2012.

Adapted from his own novel by Jonathan Smith, SUMMER IN FEBRUARY, which also stars Hattie Morahan (The Bank Job) as impressionist painter (Dame) Laura Knight, will be directed by Christopher Menaul (Prime Suspect) and produced by CrossDay’s Pippa Cross and Janette Day (Vanity Fair) and Apart Films’ Jeremy Cowdrey, with Bob Benton and Dan Stevens as executive producers.
The Newlyn School of artists flourished at the beginning of the 20th Century and the film focuses on the wild and bohemian Lamorna Group, which included Alfred Munnings and Laura and Harold Knight. The incendiary anti-Modernist Munnings, now regarded as one of Britain’s most sought-after artists, is at the centre of the complex love triangle, involving aspiring artist Florence Carter-Wood and Gilbert Evans, the land agent in charge of the Lamorna Valley estate. True – and deeply moving – the story is played out against the timeless beauty of the Cornish coast, in the approaching shadow of The Great War.
Find out more at the official website.

CrossDay Productions
Pippa Cross and Janette Day have worked together for 20 years, running Granada Film, and since 2003, independent production company CrossDay. Their films have gained numerous nominations for major awards and won two Academy awards, 8 BAFTAs, the Golden Bear at the Berlinale and the audience award at Sundance. Production highlights include “My Left Foot” and “The Field”, the much loved “Jack and Sarah”, Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of Nick Leeson in “Rogue Trader”, BIFA award-winner “The House of Mirth”, BAFTA award winning “Longitude” for C4, Paul Greengrass’s groundbreaking “Bloody Sunday”, “Vanity Fair” starring Reese Witherspoon, and recent commercial hit “Chalet Girl”. Pippa served as a Board member of the UK Film Council for its final two years of operation and is on the advisory committee of the British Independent Film Awards.

Apart Films
Jeremy Cowdrey was a stockbroker for 20 years with James Capel and then Cazenove, where he was a partner of the firm. Having worked on the development of SUMMER IN FEBRUARY as a film for some time, he has joined forces with CrossDay Productions to bring the project to fruition.

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