8 September 2016

FINDING YOUR FEET

By otm

Casting in place for Loncraine’s FINDING YOUR FEET; Timothy Spall,
Celia Imrie and Joanna Lumley join Imelda Staunton

London:
8 September 2016

Cannes
Best Actor Award winner Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie and Joanna
Lumley will join BAFTA award-winner and Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton in
Richard Loncraine’s romantic comedy Finding Your Feet. The
film will shoot in November and December 2016 in London, Twickenham Studios and
on location in Rome, Italy.

Protagonist
Pictures will be selling the film in Toronto, having licensed rights in the UK,
Canada and Australia/New Zealand to Entertainment One (eOne) in Cannes this
year.

Also joining
the cast is veteran film, TV and theatre actor David Hayman, whose long list of
film credits includes The Jackal, Hope and Glory, The Boy in the
Striped Pyjamas
and Macbeth.

When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of forty years
is having an affair with her best friend she seeks refuge in London with her
estranged, older sister Bif. The two could not be more different – Sandra is a
fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at
the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to her dance class,
where gradually she starts finding her
feet… and romance.

In this
hilarious and heart-warming romantic comedy, the colorful group of
defiant and energetic third-agers show Sandra that retirement is in fact only
the beginning, and that divorce might just give her a whole new lease of life
and love.

The
dance sequences in the film will be devised and arranged by renowned
choreographer Ashley Wallen. Ashley
has worked with many leading artists including Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue,
Mariah Carey, Alesha Dixon, Dannii Minogue, Seal, James Morrison, Leona Lewis,
Sugababes, Will Young, Lemar and Dido. His screen credits include Simon
Cowell’s The X Factor for ITV UK and ABC America’s musical comedy
television series Galavant. He has choreographed many award-winning
commercials and was associate choreographer on Madonna’s film WE and choreographer
on Friends With Benefits with Justin Timberlake. Ashley is currently
working on The Greatest Showman
starring Hugh Jackman for 20th Century Fox.

Finding Your Feet was written by Meg Leonard and
Nick Moorcroft (Urban Hymn, St. Trinian’s) and will be produced by John
Sachs and Andrew Berg for Eclipse Films, Nick Moorcoft and Meg Leonard for
Powder Keg Pictures, and James Spring for Fred Films.  Executive Producers
are Richard Whelan and Jay Firestone of Prodigy Pictures.

Star
of both stage and screen, Imelda Staunton won great acclaim for her performance
in Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake (winning
Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival, and Best European Actress, a BAFTA
and also an Oscar nomination). Her other film work includes Nanny McPhee, Maleficent, Sense and
Sensibility
and playing the villain Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter franchise. Most recently
she played Helfina Headon in Matthew Warchus’s Pride, for which she
received a BAFTA nomination and a British Independent Film Award for Best
Supporting Actress.

BAFTA-nominated
Timothy Spall has played key film roles over the years, notably in Mike
Leigh’s Secrets and Lies, as Peter Pettigrew in the Harry
Potter
 series, Albert Pierrepoint in Pierrepoint, Beadle
Bamford in Sweeney Todd: The Demon of Fleet Street, and Winston
Churchill in The King’s Speech. In 2014 he won Best Actor in Cannes
for his portrayal of JMW Turner in Mike Leigh’s biopic Mr. Turner.

Celia
Imrie’s TV career has spanned several decades working with the cream of comedy
talent, including Julie Walters and the late Victoria Wood, in shows such
as Dinnerladies. Her film roles include Highlander, Hilary
and Jackie, Calendar Girls, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 
– and
more recently, the two Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films.

Joanna Lumley
is best known for her portrayal of Patsy Stone in Ab Fab in which she has starred with Jennifer Saunders for 25
years. Her film work includes a Bond, a Dracula, two Pink Panthers and The Wolf of Wall Street: her
documentaries, voice-overs, and television series take up most of the hours
which are not filled up with good causes or sheer indolence.

Richard Loncraine
is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked on both sides of the Atlantic. He
made his mark with Brimstone And Treacle starring Sting in
1982 and The Missionary with Michael Palin and Maggie Smith in
the same year. His subsequent credits include Richard III with
Ian McKellen, Robert Downey Jr. and Annette Bening, Wimbledon with
Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst, Firewall with Harrison Ford
and celebrated HBO movies The Gathering Storm, My House In Umbria and The
Special Relationship.

Key
crew include editor Alex Mackie (Kill Command, Billionnaire Ransom),
production designer Jon Bunker (Croupier, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead), costume
designer Jill Taylor (The Full Monty, My Week with Marilyn), and DOP
Marco Pontecorvo (Game of Thrones, Letters to Juliet, My House in Umbria).

Loncraine,
Leonard and Moorcroft are all represented by Casarotto Ramsey Associates.
Leonard and Moorcroft are also represented by Verve in Los Angeles.

ENDS

Further info:

John Sachs john.sachs@eclipsefilms.co.uk

Andrew Berg andrew.berg@eclipsefilms.co.uk


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