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First Look Photo Of Kristen Stewart Released As Principal Photography Begins On Pablo Larraín’s Princess Diana Feature SPENCER

27 January 2021

‘SPENCER is a dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at a pivotal turning point in her life.’ – Kristen Stewart

Principal photography has begun on SPENCER, which focuses on one weekend in the life of Princess Diana, as she spends the Christmas holiday with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, and decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles. Filming will take place in Germany and the UK and an autumn 2021 launch is anticipated. 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of Diana’s death.

December, 1991: The Prince and Princess of Wales’ marriage has long since grown cold. Though rumours of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at Sandringham Estate. There's eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. This year, things will be a whole lot different.

Kristen Stewart (Personal Shopper, Clouds of Sils Maria) is Princess Diana. Cast members joining Stewart include BAFTA Award nominee Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner, The Party), Academy Award nominee Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water, Paddington) and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Prometheus).

SPENCER is directed by Pablo Larraín (Jackie, Neruda) and written by Steven Knight (Locke, Peaky Blinders and Academy Award nominee for Dirty Pretty Things). The film is produced by Juan de Dios Larraín (Jackie, A Fantastic Woman, Gloria) for Fabula Films, Jonas Dornbach and Janine Jackowski (Toni Erdmann, A Fantastic Woman) for Komplizen Film and BAFTA award winner and Academy award nominee Paul Webster (Anna Karenina, Atonement) for Shoebox Films.

"SPENCER is a dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at a pivotal turning point in her life. It is a physical assertion of the sum of her parts, which starts with her given name; Spencer. It is a harrowing effort for her to return to herself, as Diana strives to hold onto what the name Spencer means to her." - Kristen Stewart

"We are extremely grateful for the support of our distributors worldwide, our partners and funders who have shown tremendous commitment to us in these extraordinary times.  With Kristen Stewart, Steven Knight and the rest of our fantastic team both in front and behind the camera we are bringing SPENCER to the world. It is an independently produced film made for the big screen about an iconic woman’s own declaration of independence. We couldn’t be more excited!" - Producers Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Juan de Dios Larraín, Paul Webster, Pablo Larraín



Larraín’s creative team includes Director of Photography Claire Mathon (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran (Academy award-winner for Little Women and Anna Karenina), Make Up and Hair Designer Wakana Yoshihara (Murder On The Orient Express, High Rise) and Guy Hendrix Dyas (Academy Award nominee for Passengers and Inception) is the Production Designer. Composing the original score is Academy Award, BAFTA and Grammy Award nominee, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood (You Were Never Really Here, Phantom Thread).

Executive producers are Tom Quinn, Jeff Deutchman and Christina Zisa for NEON and Michael Bloom, Maria Zuckerman and Ryan Heller for Topic Studios.

FilmNation Entertainment handled international sales with all key territories selling out of the Cannes virtual market. The CAA Media Finance group sold to NEON and Topic Studios to distribute in the United States, STXinternational will distribute the film in the UK, France, Italy and Benelux and DCM will distribute in Germany. Other territories sold include: Australia/NZ (Roadshow), Latin America, Spain and Portugal (Sun), South Korea (Green Narae), Japan (Tohokushina), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Canada (Elevation), CIS/Baltics (Central Partnership), Eastern Europe (Forum), Middle East (Italia), Singapore (Shaw), Greece/Cyprus (Spentzos), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), India/Pakistan (Impact Films India), Israel (Lev), Turkey (FilmArti), South Africa (Empire), Taiwan (Moviecloud) and Thailand (M Pictures).

Spencer is supported by the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board (FFA), Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and HessenFilm und Medien.

About Komplizen Film
Komplizen Film
was founded in 1999 by Janine Jackowski and Maren Ade during their studies at the Munich Academy for Film and Television. In 2010, they were joined by Jonas Dornbach as managing director and producer. Komplizen Film develops arthouse feature films and international co-productions for the cinema and high quality TV series. We seek out projects that have a special regional and cultural character, projects that encourage us to think beyond boundaries. We appreciate cinematic scripts and directors that exhibit a unique signature style. We believe in building long-term relationships with directors and production partners.

Komplizen Film was awarded the Premio Raimondo Rezzonico 2019 - Best Producer Award of the Locarno Film Festival and the DEFA Foundation Prize for Outstanding Achievements in German Film 2015.

Filmography includes: Exile (Visar Morina), Skylines (Dennis Schanz), The Space Between the Lines (Vanessa Jopp), Giraffe (Anna Sofie Hartmann), The Fever (Maya Da-Rin), The Whistlers (Corneliu Porumboiu), O Beautiful Night (Xaver Böhm), Synonyms (Nadav Lapid), A Tale Of Three Sisters (Emin Alper) A Kasha (Hajooj Kuka), I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians (Radu Jude),   Western (Valeska Grisebach), Una Mujer Fantástica (Sebastián Lelio), Scarred Hearts (Radu Jude), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade), Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes), Hedi Schneider Is Stuck (Sonja Heiss), Love Island (Jasmila Zbanic), Lies (Vanessa Jopp), Superegos (Benjamin Heisenberg), Redemption (Miguel Gomes), Tanta Agua (Ana Guevara & Leticia Jorge), The Dead And The Living (Barbara Albert), Tabu (Miguel Gomes), Sleeping Sickness (Ulrich Köhler), Everyone Else (Maren Ade),  The Noise In My Head (Vincent Pluss),  Hotel Very Welcome (Sonja Heiss), The Forest For The Trees (Maren Ade), Karma Cowboy (Sonja Heiss). 

About Fabula Films
is the most prolific film production company in Latin America, best known for A Fantastic Woman, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2018. Founded in 2004 by Juan de Dios Larraín (producer) and Pablo Larraín (director/producer), its work spans over film, television, advertising and production services. They have produced more than 27 films, 800 commercials and three TV series.

Fabula’s first English language film, Jackie, directed by Pablo Larraín, was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Natalie Portman. Larraín also directed The Club, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlinale 2015; No nominated for an Academy Award in 2013, and awarded Best Film at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at the Cannes Film Festival 2012 and Ema, Larraín’s latest film, 

About Shoebox Films
is the dynamic film production company run by the award-winning team of producers Paul Webster (Atonement, Eastern Promises, Radioactive) and Guy Heeley (Locke, Hummingbird) and director Joe Wright (Atonement,  Darkest Hour and the forthcoming Cyrano). Between them, the Shoebox team have been responsible for many of the UK’s most commercially and critically successful films. We work with established talent but also are dedicated to supporting emerging talent such as Jessica Swale (Summerland), Francis Lee (God’s Own Country) and Zeina Durra (Luxor).

Since 2011, Shoebox has produced five movies with the Oscar nominated writer/director Steven Knight including Hummingbird and the acclaimed Locke, starring Tom Hardy. 2021 will see Spencer directed by Pablo Larrain go before the cameras as well as the completion of Joe Wright’s latest Cyrano.

About ErosSTX International
ErosSTX International
, a division of Eros STX Global Corporation, is a full-service international film distribution and financing company with direct distribution of both Hollywood and Bollywood content in India, the UK, Ireland and the Middle East. Headquartered in London, the company has formalized an unrivalled network of key output deals with the major market leaders in 25 territories with a reach covering over 150 countries around the world. Embracing the unique opportunities in the international marketplace, the company recently closed an innovative and dynamic distribution output partnership with Amazon in the UK, France and Italy.

STXinternational’s successes include distributing both STXfilms’ productions and third party acquisitions, working with filmmakers including Ridley Scott, Guy Ritchie and Michael Mann, as well as producing partners like Imperative/30West, Thunder Road, Black Label Media, Miramax, and Scott Free.  In addition, STXinternational recently entered into an exclusive, multi-year international distribution output deal with leading independent production powerhouse, Black Bear Pictures. The STXinternational film slate includes: global box office hit Hustlers, the Bad Moms franchise, the upcoming Greenland starring Gerard Butler, The Mauritanian starring Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim and Benedict Cumberbatch, Untitled Guy Ritchie Project directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jason Statham, Devotion directed by JD Dillard and starring Glen Powell and Jonathan Majors, and Cop Shop directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Gerard Butler.

About NEON
In just over three years, NEON has garnered 12 Academy Award® nominations, 5 wins, including Best Picture, and has grossed over $150M at the box office. The company continues to push boundaries and take creative risks on bold cinema such as Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, which made history winning four Academy Awards®, becoming the first non-English-language film to claim Best Picture. The film, which also unanimously won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, has amassed over $53M at the domestic box office and broke multiple records including highest per screen average of the year and highest per screen average for a foreign language film of all time. NEON has amassed a library of over 50 films with noteworthy releases including: Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov’s award-winning and record-breaking Honeyland, which is the first non-fiction feature to land Academy Award® nominations for Best Documentary and Best International Feature Film in the same year; Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11, 2019's highest grossing documentary with a worldwide gross of $16M; Tim Wardle's Three Identical Strangers, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling which surpassed $13M at the box office; and Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, which garnered multiple Academy Award® nominations, one win for Allison Janney and amassed over $30M in domestic box office.

The company has several projects in various stages of development and production, including Pablo Larraín’s Spencer starring Kristen Stewart; Ben Wheatley's Horror Film In The Earth which will make its World Premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival; and The Painter and the Thief narrative remake.  NEON continues to be an impressive force, with recent acquisitions such as:  Andrei Konchalovsky’s Dear Comrades!, Russia’s Academy Award Submission; Venice's Grand Jury Prize Winner Michel Franco's New Order; Night of Kings, Philippe Lacôte’s Ivory Coast Oscar Submission; Pig, starring Nicolas Cage; Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria with Tilda Swinton; the upcoming documentary Gunda directed by Victor Kossakovsky and executive produced by Joaquin Phoenix; and Robert Machoian’s powerful thriller The Killing of Two Lovers.  Recent releases include: Francis Lee’s romantic drama Ammonite starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan; Alex’s Gibney’s documentary Totally Under Control;  Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor; Justin Simien’s Bad Hair; Max Barbakow’s sought after Palm Springs starring Andy Samberg, which NEON acquired with Hulu; Amy Seimtz’s SXSW critical sensation She Dies Tomorrow; Josephine Decker’s Shirley starring Elisabeth Moss; Matt Wolf’s highly acclaimed Sundance documentary Spaceship EarthThe Painter and the Thief directed by Benjamin Ree; and the critically acclaimed Cannes hit Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes® and Independent Spirit Awards.

After their successful collaboration on I, Tonya in January 2018, 30WEST (Dan Friedkin's and Micah Green's strategic venture) partnered with NEON's Tom Quinn (Founder & CEO) and Tim League (Co-Founder) to become majority investors in the company.

About Topic Studios
Topic Studios, the award-winning entertainment studio from First Look Media, develops, finances and produces provocative and entertaining content for all platforms including theatrical, streaming, television and podcasts. From Academy Award® winning films (Spotlight); to documentaries (The Fight, co-released with Magnolia Pictures and Mucho Mucho Amor on Netflix); to television (the Film Independent Spirit Award® nominated docu-series Love Fraud and the Emmy Award® winning and Peabody Award® nominated “16 Shots,” both on Showtime, and the Emmy Award® nominated Losers on Netflix); and pioneering podcasts (the return of Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu on Warner Media Podcast Network, Missing Richard Simmons, the Peabody Award® nominated Running from COPSAnthem written by John Cameron Mitchell & Bryan Weller, featuring Glenn Close, Cynthia Erivo and Patti LuPone; and the IDA Award® winning investigative podcast, Somebody, with iHeartMedia). Films from Topic Studios include Michael Angelo Covino’s The Climb (Sony Pictures Classics); Euros Lyn’s Dream Horse, starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis (with Bleecker Street); and The Nowhere Inn written by and starring Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) and Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent).

Topic Studios kicked off 2020 with seven projects at the Sundance Film Festival, including awards contenders The Fight and A Thousand Cuts. Upcoming projects from the studio includeThe Mauritanian, a political drama directed by Kevin Macdonald and starring Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tahar Rahim and Shailene Woodley (STXfilms);  Daniel Antebi’s NYC-set pandemic comedy God’s Time, produced by Watch This Ready, The Climb’s filmmaker shingle with whom the Topic Studios has a first-look deal; and a film exploring the connection between Chinatown restaurants and the rise of punk music produced by and starring Golden Globe® winner Awkwafina. Topic Studios is also ramping up its scripted television division, having set up two premium dramas arising from their previous first-look deal with Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip), including the adult thriller Savannah with PKM Productions for Amazon Studios; and is developing an English-language adaptation of the critically acclaimed Israeli HOT comedy, Nehama, among other projects. Topic Studios also recently signed a first-look deal across all media with The Population, the independent production company formed by producers Mynette Louie, Mollye Asher, and Derek Nguyen. In podcasting, Topic Studios recently released The Messenger on Audible Plus and has partnered with Zachary Quinto’s Before the Door Pictures, Vespucci Group, Spoke Media and writer Rafael Moraes to develop Secret Court, a scripted podcast series based on the story of a clandestine purge of gay students from the Harvard class of 1920. 

About DCM
DCM was founded in 2008 by Dario Suter, Christoph Daniel and Marc Schmidheiny. When in 2010 Joel Brandeis joined the three partners - who gave the company its name - DCM became a Swiss quartet. Every year we release 10 to 12 movies in German and Swiss theatres, which consist of international purchases as well as our national and international original productions. Our team is built like a creative agency with specialized departments for all marketing, press and sales activities. The combination of big data knowledge, well-grown relationships to theatres and media power stands for campaigns with high coverage. Reaching exactly the right target group with efficient campaigns is the goal of every release. Our passion is to inspire the audience with outstanding content.

About FilmNation Entertainment
FilmNation Entertainment
is a leading producer, financier and distributor of independent films, television, theatre, audio and new media. Since being founded in 2008, FilmNation has grown organically from its roots in independent film by leveraging its bold creative taste and experience entertaining global audiences. FilmNation has worked with many of the world's most renowned filmmakers and storytellers including Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick, Sofia Coppola, Pedro Almodóvar, Rian Johnson, Julie Taymor, Armando Iannucci, Emerald Fennell and Denis Villeneuve.

Consistently ranked as one of the highest-grossing independent international film distributors, FilmNation has intensified its focus on content creation in recent years, bringing to life award-winning box office hits that include Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival starring Amy Adams and Kumail Nanjiani’s and Emily V. Gordon’s The Big Sick. FilmNation sold and internationally distributed four-time Academy Award®-winner The King’s Speech starring Colin Firth, Pedro Almodovar’s Dolor Y Gloria starring Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and Lenny Abrahamson’s Room for which Brie Larson garnered the Academy Award® for Best Actress.

Recent FilmNation productions include Greyhound starring Tom Hanks, Sean Durkin’s The Nest starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon, Dominic Cooke’s The Courier starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel Brosnahan, Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman starring Carey Mulligan, Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History Of David Copperfield starring Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton and Hugh Laurie, Lisa Joy’s Reminiscence starring Hugh Jackman, Damian Szifron’s Misanthrope starring Shailene Woodley, and The Good House starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver.

The independent studio kicked off its release of high-profile global television projects with Derek Cianfrance’s Emmy Award winning I Know This Much Is True starring Mark Ruffalo on HBO. The company announced in early 2019 the launch of its UK-based television production company with Nordic Entertainment Group. The company has broadened its platform with strategic investments into other storytelling arenas, including theatrical productions of 10 Tony winning musical The Band’s Visit and the West End’s critically acclaimed True West. The company made its foray into the audio space with podcast Hyper-Thetical and Murder on the Towpath for Luminary and continues to build its audio slate and digital content.

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