Bulldog Film Distribution Unveil The Trailer, Poster And Photo Set For Craig Roberts’ ETERNAL BEAUTY Ahead Of October Release
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY CRAIG ROBERTS
STARRING SALLY HAWKINS, ALICE LOWE, BILLIE PIPER, MORFYDD CLARK with PENELOPE WILTON and DAVID THEWLIS
RELEASED IN UK/IRELAND CINEMAS ON 2 OCTOBER 2020
Bulldog Film Distribution are proud to announce the release of Craig Roberts’ ETERNAL BEAUTY in cinemas and on demand from Friday 2 October 2020. An inventive, emotional romantic-drama, ETERNAL BEAUTY features a stand-out, BIFA-nominated performance from Academy Award Nominee and Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water, Paddington 1 & 2, Blue Jasmine, Happy-Go-Lucky) supported by a stellar cast including Billie Piper (Yerma, Penny Dreadful, Doctor Who), David Thewlis (Fargo, Wonder Woman, Harry Potter), Morfydd Clark (St Maud, The Personal History of David Copperfield), Alice Lowe (Prevenge, Sightseers), Penelope Wilton (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Downton Abbey), Bob Pugh (Master and Commander) and Paul Hilton (Lady Macbeth).
ETERNAL BEAUTY is written and directed by Craig Roberts and produced by Adrian Bate of Cliff Edge Pictures. The executive producers are Mary Burke (BFI), Adam Partridge (Ffilm Cymru Wales), Pip Broughton (Cliff Edge), Meroë Candy (Wellcome), Paul Higgins (Dragon). The film is financed by the BFI and Ffilm Cymru Wales (both awarding funds from the National Lottery), Welsh Government and Wellcome. The film was shot on film by director of photography Kit Fraser (Under The Shadow, Possum) and features an original score by Michael Price (Just Jim, Sherlock, The Inbetweeners 2).
When Jane (Sally Hawkins) is dumped at the altar she has a breakdown and spirals into a chaotic world, where love (both real and imagined) and family relationships collide with both touching and humorous consequences.
ETERNAL BEAUTY is the second directorial feature from Craig Roberts after his debut Just Jim, which was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru award. As an actor Craig’s breakout role was in Richard Ayoade’s Submarine, playing the role of protagonist ‘Oliver Tate’ alongside Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine, and winning Craig the BAFTA Cymru Best Actor Award and the London Critics Circle Film Award for Young British Performer of the Year. His film credits as an actor also include Tolkien, Kill Your Friends, 22 Jump Street and Amazon’s Red Oaks.
Shot in and around writer/director Craig Robert’s native South Wales, the inspiration for the character of Jane at the heart of ETERNAL BEAUTY came from people Craig was close to when growing up. He explains “The character came fully formed. I just kind of knew those people, to be honest. In most movies that I’ve seen that tackle mental health or mental health issues, the protagonists are always the victim, or they’re deranged and possessed and it’s a horror film. I wanted to flip it. I’d rarely seen it where you’re like, ‘Oh, wait, she’s the normal one; everyone else is the one that’s not normal.’ I wanted to take this psychological element of it, and go, ‘this maybe isn’t a weakness. Maybe it’s a superpower.’”
Craig Roberts’ unique screen portrayal of schizophrenia, a much-misunderstood condition was also informed by medical specialists he consulted with on the script. The reality we see through Jane’s eyes is a different vivid reality, heightened in the film by the stylized palette, camera work and intoxicating score - a reality that the film celebrates is as valid as anybody else’s and treats it with dignity, humour and affection.
Sally Hawkins gives a compelling performance playing the character of Jane. Craig Roberts had worked with Sally previously in a couple of films as an actor, and she was his only choice for the role which he wrote for her. She recalls her reaction to the character on reading the script: “I remember just opening the first couple of pages, and I was so moved by it. I felt, ‘I just know her. I recognise her. And I’m incredibly moved by her, by everything she’s trying to communicate to survive, to get by.’ It was such a unique way of seeing it, like someone is inside her head, who understood that character and every sinew of her being... There’s a real compassion in the way Craig sees her. There’s a real love. And a real wisdom. It’s not demonstrated. It’s not patronised. It’s not sentimental at any stage. It’s all stripped bare of that. There’s a lot to learn with seeing people who have been seen in a weak position previously, or compartmentalised. But you can’t compartmentalise her. You can’t predict her. And that is just a joy to play. She’s completely, terrifyingly, unpredictable.”
One of the UK's most respected and acclaimed actresses, Sally Hawkins starred in Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water in 2017 and received Best Actress nominations from the Academy Awards, BAFTA and Golden Globes. Earlier the same year she starred opposite Ethan Hawke in director Aisling Walsh's Maudie, the story of Nova Scotian folk artist Maud Lewis. She is perhaps best known for playing Mrs Brown in Paul King's Paddington and Paddington 2 alongside Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant. In 2013 Sally starred opposite Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, for which she received Best Supporting Actress nominations from the Academy Awards, BAFTA and Golden Globes. She went on to win an Empire Award for her critically acclaimed performance. Sally additionally won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the playful Poppy in Mike Leigh's Happy Go Lucky.
The UK/Ireland distribution deal was negotiated by Bankside Films.
95 minutes / Cert TBC / Released by Bulldog Film Distribution
ETERNAL BEAUTY IS RELEASED ON OCTOBER 2
About Bulldog Film Distribution
Bulldog Film Distribution is a fully independent film distributor releasing films across all platforms in the UK & Ireland since 2014. The company’s catalogue features a wide range of high-quality films including Margin Call, Night Train To Lisbon, Lizzie, Support The Girls, Gwen, Possum, Marjorie Prime, I Am Not A Serial Killer and The Survivalist. Most recently Bulldog released Jeffrey McHale’s Showgirls documentary You Don’t Nomi and as well as Eternal Beauty their forthcoming schedule includes Rene Van Pannevis Tallinn-award-winning debut feature Looted, starring Charley Palmer Rothwell, Thomas Turgoose and Morgane Polanski.
About Cliff Edge Pictures
Based in Cardiff Cliff Edge Pictures was born from the collaboration between Craig Roberts, Adrian Bate and Pip Broughton on Craig’s first theatrical feature film JUST JIM. The company is in development with the BBC on a forthcoming TV series written by Craig and is also in development on Craig’s next film as writer and Director CATCH MORE FLIES WITH HONEY.
About the BFI
The BFI Film Fund invests over £30 million of National Lottery funding a year into developing and supporting filmmakers with diverse, bold and distinctive projects, that have a cultural relevance or progressive ideas, and which reflect people from different backgrounds, as well as a range of activities to increase the opportunities for audiences to enjoy them.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, BFI funds across features and talent development are open and are processing applications and awarding funds as quickly as possible.
The BFI has supported three films due to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this year: Ammonite, written and directed by Francis Lee and starring Saorise Ronan and Kate Winslet will enjoy a Gala Presentation; Limbo written and directed by Ben Sharrock; and Wildfire written and directed by Cathy Brady, both premiering in the Discovery Strand.
Also on the BFI slate are After Love written and directed by Aleem Khan, selected for Critics’ Week at Cannes Film Festival; Sundance World Documentary Audience winner The Reason I Jump from Jerry Rothwell; Aneil Karia’s Sundance World Dramatic Competition title Surge which won Ben Whishaw an Audience Award for Acting; Herself directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Clare Dunne which world premiered at Sundance; Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You and Jessica Hausner’s Little Joe which both premiered in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, where the latter was awarded the Best Actress prize for Emily Beecham.
Upcoming releases include The Roads Not Taken directed by Sally Potter and starring Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning and Salma Hayek which premiered at the Berlinale; Saint Maud, the debut feature from Rose Glass and Rocks from award-winning director Sarah Gavron and producer Faye Ward, which both premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; the award-winning debut feature Lynn + Lucy directed by Fyza Boulifa; and Eternal Beauty, written and directed by Craig Roberts.
Currently in prep, production (hiatus) or post are Ali & Ava directed by Clio Barnard starring Adeel Aktar and Claire Rushbrook; The Souvenir – Part II directed by Joanna Hogg starring Tilda Swinton and Richard Ayoade; True Things About Me, directed by Harry Wootliff and starring Ruth Wilson; Benediction, written and directed by Terence Davies and starring Jack Lowden; Pirates, the feature directorial debut from Reggie Yates; Censor directed by Prano Bailey-Bond starring Niamh Algar; Chasing Chaplin from three-time BAFTA nominees Peter Middleton and James Spinney; Supernova, directed by Harry Macqueen starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci; and Triangle of Sadness, Ruben Östlund’s English-language debut, starring Woody Harrelson.
The BFI is the UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image. It is a distributor of National Lottery funding and a cultural and education charity that:
- Curates and presents the greatest international public programme of world cinema for audiences; in cinemas, at festivals and online
- Cares for the BFI National Archive – the most significant film and television archive in the world
- Actively seeks out and supports the next generation of filmmakers
- Works with Government and industry to make the UK the most creatively exciting and prosperous place to make film internationally
Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Josh Berger CBE.
About Ffilm Cymru Wales
Ffilm Cymru Wales is the development agency for Welsh film. We are dedicated to advancing and sustaining a strong film industry for Wales; one that we can all be proud to call our own. We do this by providing funding and training to emerging and established Welsh filmmakers, offering exciting cinematic experiences to audiences across Wales, engaging people of all ages and abilities in creative learning, and developing new skills and career paths for people through a range of training programmes.
Recent credits include Dream Horse, Eternal Beauty, Six Minutes to Midnight, Censor, Ray & Liz, and I Am Not a Witch.
About The National Lottery
Thanks to National Lottery players, up to £600 million of funding has been made available to support communities across the UK during the Coronavirus crisis.
The National Lottery is playing a critical role in supporting people, projects and communities during these challenging times.
By playing The National Lottery, you are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combatting the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the UK.
About Welsh Government
Welsh Government is committed to growing the Film and Television sector in Wales and launched Creative Wales to build on the success of the sector. Creative Wales supports through funding, skills and talent development, and investment in infrastructure for both home grown and inward investment productions. Its Wales Screen service offers practical assistance to all productions with crew, locations and facilities.
About Bankside Films
Founded in London in 2007, Bankside Films is a leading international sales company providing worldwide distribution, executive producing and financing services to independent producers globally. The company also manages an in-house development and production slate, originating its own projects as well as partnering with filmmakers to commission and develop new material. Bankside Films also enjoys a close relationship with its sister company, Head Gear Films, a leading financier of global content whilst maintaining relationships with a broad range of international financiers. The company is driven by a passion for storytelling which challenges the status quo.
Bankside Films prides itself on working with unique and distinctive cinematic voices capable of delivering exciting new stories for worldwide audiences. Emerging filmmakers are intrinsic to the company’s ethos and we continue to champion them whilst remaining a key partner for more established directors and producers.
Recent successes include BELLE by Amma Asante, sold globally to Searchlight Pictures, CARGO by Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling, sold globally to Netflix, Sundance title THE HOLE IN THE GROUND by first time director Lee Cronin, which has been acquired by A24 in the US, ORDINARY LOVE by Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa, sold internationally to Focus Features and domestically to Bleecker Street, IN FABRIC by Peter Strickland, sold domestically to A24 and ETERNAL BEAUTY written and directed by Craig Roberts and starring Sally Hawkins.
In the documentary space, the company is drawn to broad appeal, human stories which can perform in the traditional theatrical space as well as on worldwide streaming services. Our approach to selling documentaries mirror that of fictional features and our relationships with buyers of documentary films are second to none.