StudioCanal and Somerset House Celebrate the Release of ‘Carol’ with Saul Leiter Photography Display: THROUGH A LENS: SAUL LEITER AND CAROL
STUDIOCANAL and Somerset House have announced a photography display in celebration of the release of Todd Haynes’ CAROL, which opens in cinemas on 27th November, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
Showcasing the stunning photography of Saul Leiter (1923 – 2013) alongside specially selected stills from the film, “Through A Lens: Saul Leiter and Carol” was installed on Thursday, 19th November and will remain on public display at Somerset House until 10th January 2016.
Leiter’s glancing yet intimate street photography was a key inspiration to CAROL’s Director, Todd Haynes, and Cinematographer, Ed Lachman, when researching the look and feel of the film.
Leiter made an enormous and unique contribution to photography with a highly prolific period in New York City in the 1940s and 50s. His abstracted forms and radically innovative compositions have a painterly quality that stands out among the work of his New York School contemporaries. Well-known for his color work, Leiter’s earliest black and white photographs also show an extraordinary affinity for the medium. His distinctive imagery stems from his profound and touching response to the dynamic street life of New York City.
Curated by Zelda Cheatle, the exhibition will be located in The Great Arch Hall. With close proximity to the River Thames the contemporary space is an impressive entrance point to Somerset House, formerly the entrance for the Navy Commissioner’s Barges.
CAROL IS OUT IN CINEMAS ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27
About the film
Set against the glamourous backdrop of 1950s New York, CAROL is an achingly beautiful depiction of love against the odds.
CAROL tells of a young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens.
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel, The Price of Salt and adapted by Emmy nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, CAROL stars Academy Award®- winner Cate Blanchett, Academy Award®- nominee Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Sarah Paulson.
CAROL is produced by Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley of Number 9 Films alongside Christine Vachon of Killer Films. CAROL was developed by Film4 who also co-financed the film and is produced in association with Larkhark Films Limited, for STUDIOCANAL, Hanway Films, Goldcrest, Dirty Films, InFilm. Executive Producers are Tessa Ross, Dorothy Berwin, Thorsten Schumacher and Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Danny Perkins and Cate Blanchett, Andrew Upton, Robert Jolliffe, and is co-produced by Gwen Bialic.
STUDIOCANAL will release CAROL in cinemas nationwide on 27th November, 2015.
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STUDIOCANAL is a subsidiary of the CANAL+ Group. It is one of Europe’s leading companies in the market for co-production, acquisition, distribution of international feature films and TV series. STUDIOCANAL is the only studio operating simultaneously in the three main European territories - France, the United Kingdom and Germany - as well as in Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important libraries in the world, with more than 5,000 international titles.
About Somerset House
A unique part of the London cultural scene, Somerset House is an historic building where surprising and original work comes to life. From its 18th century origins, Somerset House has been a centre for debate and discussion – an intellectual powerhouse for the nation. Somerset House is today a key cultural destination in London in which to experience a broad range of artistic activity, engage with artists, designers and makers and be a part of a major creative forum – an environment that is relaxed, welcoming to all and inspirational to visit while providing a stimulating workplace for the cultural and creative industries.
Since its opening in 2000, Somerset House has built up a distinctive outdoor public programme including Skate, concerts, an open-air film season and a diverse range of temporary exhibitions throughout the site focusing on contemporary culture, with an extensive learning programme attached.
We are now home to the biggest community of creative organisations in central London including the The Courtauld Gallery and Institute of Art, King’s College London Cultural Institute and over 100 other creative businesses. We currently attract approximately 2.5 million visitors every year.
Zelda Cheatle, Curator
Zelda Cheatle has worked in photography since graduating, in the Print Room of the Photographers Gallery before opening her own gallery, exhibiting the maestros and the emerging talent of the medium. Since then, Zelda has helped create John Kobal Foundation (now Taylor Wessing at National Portrait Gallery), established The Photography Fund, as Portfolio Manager and continued to curate and publish.
Zelda is a consultant on multiple projects including National Maritime Museum, is on the board of the Koestler Trust and their Arts Committee and an active member of the Academy for World Photography Organisation. She also curates and speaks on photography internationally.