INDIEWIRE – Cinedigm has acquired the North American distribution rights to “The Falling,” the story of a tragedy and a fainting epidemic that hit an English girls’ school in 1969.
Written and directed by Carol Morley (“Dreams Of A Life”), the film stars Maisie Williams, who plays fan-favorite Arya Stark on “Game of Thrones,” and features a spooky soundtrack by Tracey Thorn.
“‘The Falling’ is a mesmerizing psychological drama that delivers a tremendous emotional punch,” said Yolanda Macias, Cinedigm’s Executive Vice President of Acquisitions. “Carol has made an intriguing and unsettling film which has cult status written all over it.”
The film will have a national theatrical, VOD and digital download release beginning late summer 2015.
Ellie is featured in the April 28 issue of the Evening Standard. You can find the scan in our gallery now!
DAILY DEAD – Revealed at Las Vegas’ CinemaCon are release date changes for upcoming films of the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy varieties, as Universal has pushed back the releases of Pacific Rim 2, The Mummy, and Warcraft. Sony and Screen Gems also recently made a change of their own by slightly bumping up the theatrical debut of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:
Initially scheduled to come out on February 19th, 2016, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is now slated to hit theaters a few weeks earlier on February 5th, 2016.
In the film, “the heroine, Liz Bennett (James), is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home but chafes at the stiff social mores of Victorian England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague.”
Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, and Matt Smith star in the horror comedy. James plays Elizabeth Bennett, Riley portrays Mr. Darcy, Heathcote shall play Elizabeth’s sister, and Smith takes on the role of Mr. Collins. Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey, meanwhile, round out the core cast. Among the producers is Natalie Portman, who was once in line to star before departing the project.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is directed by Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down, 17 Again) from a screenplay he wrote with David O. Russell. Along with Craig Gillespie and Mike White, Russell was once attached to direct the adaptation of the 2009 Seth Grahame-Smith horror comedy novel of the same name, itself a parody of Jane Austen’s 1813 classic work of literature, Pride and Prejudice.
EVENING STANDARD – Ageing is proving no problem for actress Ellie Bamber — because she is yet to play a character as old as she is.
The fresh-faced teenager is enjoying playing a string of roles on screen and stage for which she has been cast as younger than her real age of 18.
This week she will start previews playing 14-year-old Dinah in the musical High Society at the Old Vic and she can also be seen as a schoolgirl in Carol Morley’s new movie The Falling. Next year she will star as Lydia Bennet, 16, in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies.
“It’s great. I do have quite a baby face,” she said. “I would love to tackle an older role and have a little bit more depth but I do get to have fun with the roles and I’m quite happy playing young. I quite enjoy being the baby of the cast. It’s fun.”
Bamber grew up in Wokingham, Berkshire, and started acting aged 12. She performed with the London Players’ Theatre, a club dedicated to music hall entertainment, after being spotted in a school play.
Although her breakthrough came in Sir Trevor Nunn’s production of Aspects Of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory five years ago, she said appearing in High Society after a few years away from the stage was “quite challenging”. “It’s learning on the job. But my diction is getting better and I’m singing as well,” she added.
In The Falling she plays “Dreamy Girl” alongside Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams. “Unfortunately my spoken lines were cut out. It happens, but it did hurt a bit,” she said.
But she has a much larger role in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic set in a world overtaken by zombies and starring Lily James, Matt Smith, Sam Riley, Lena Headey and Charles Dance.
She said: “I had such a brilliant time on set with them. It’s very clever but also for a contemporary audience it’s going to be such fun. I think it will attract a younger audience to the book.”
On her role as Lydia, heroine Elizabeth’s reckless sister, she said: “I was absolutely thrilled to be playing such an iconic character.”