Rare Beasts, the directorial debut of British stage and screen actress Billie Piper is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week, which has unveiled its lineup of nine first works, four of them from female filmmakers.
Produced by Vaughan Sivell of Western Edge Pictures in association with Moffen Media Limited, “Rare Beasts” is “a completely unhinged comedy,” section chief Giona Nazzaro said.
Piper plays Mandy, a struggling young writer and mother who comes from a dysfunctional family and falls upon a troubled man played by Leo Bill (Peterloo). The high-caliber cast of Brits also includes Lily James (Downton Abbey) and David Thewlis, best known as Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter film series.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions picked up the comedy drama, directed by Craig Roberts.
Eternal Beauty, the upcoming comedy drama starring Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water, Paddington), has landed a major multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.
The film — written and directed by Craig Roberts in his second feature behind the camera — also stars Alice Lowe (Prevenge, Sightseers), David Thewlis (Wonder Woman, The Theory of Everything), Billie Piper (Doctor Who) and Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey). It was shot on location in Wales.
At the center of Eternal Beauty is Jane, a woman who, after being dumped at the altar, has a breakdown and spirals into a chaotic world, where love and family relationships collide with both touching and humorous consequences.
BAFTA has today confirmed a number of nominees, presenters and other attendees for this Sunday’s Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall.
Nominees confirmed to date include (in alphabetical order):
Alex Jennings, Alex Macqueen, Anthony McPartlin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billie Piper, Bob Mortimer, Bobby Berk, Chance Perdomo, Charlie Brooker, Daisy May Cooper, David Mitchell, David Nicholls, Declan Donnelly, Dermot O’Leary, Fiona Shaw, Grayson Perry, Helen Worth, Huw Edwards, Jack Thorne, Jamie Demetriou, Jesse Armstrong, Jessica Hynes, Jodie Comer, Julia Davis, Keeley Hawes, Kim Bodnia, Kirsty Young, Lee Mack, Lennie James, Lesley Manville, Louis Theroux, Lucian Msamati, Lucy Worsley, Michael McIntyre, Monica Dolan, Nasser Hussain, Patrick Kielty, Paul Whitehouse, Peter Mullen, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Piers Morgan, Rachel Parris, Russell T Davies, Ruth Wilson, Stephen Frears, Stephen Graham, Steve Pemberton.
Me and Johnny have known each other for a very long time, through mutual friends and living in northwest London. I met him via an acting friend, Harry Treadaway, while we were making [the TV series] Penny Dreadful; that was maybe six years ago.
I suppose it can be difficult sometimes for me to approach men, but because our friend circle is made up of quite a few actors, it wasn’t hard with Johnny. And besides, he has had his own experience of fame with his band Tribes, so us getting together wasn’t a big, threatening exchange for him. It wasn’t one world meeting another.
We’ve been together for two years now. Our daughter, Tallulah, was born just four months ago. Yes, the pregnancy was a surprise, but at no point did I think Johnny wasn’t going to be able to handle it. I’d seen him with my boys [Winston, 10, and Eugene, 7, with her ex-husband, the actor Laurence Fox — Piper and Fox have joint custody], and Johnny was great. I knew that he was a stand-up, good guy. Since Tallulah was born, I’ve felt a real calm about everything. It’s been wonderful.
As some of you have noticed the Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Doctor Who captures have been deleted from the gallery, this is because i’m currently re-capping both shows in HD. I have the first update of many for you, captures from the first four episode of Secret Diary series one! More coming soon but for now enjoy! 🙂
443 HD captures of Billie in Two For Joy have been added to the gallery, so happy to finally see her work with Samantha Morton! If you’ve been following us on twitter over the last week you will see that sadly we lost the main site due to a script problem, I’ve got the main page back up but I’m still working on the pages, so please bear with me while I redo them! 🙂