Tuesday, 22 November 2011

"MY WEEK WITH MARILYN"

Early in the summer of 1956, American film star Marilyn Monroe set foot on British soil for the first time.  On honeymoon with her husband, the celebrated playwright Arthur Miller, Monroe came to England to shoot THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL – the film that famously united her with Sir Laurence Olivier, the British theatre and film legend who directed and co-starred in the film. 

That same summer, 23-year-old Colin Clark set foot on a film set for the first time in his life.  Newly graduated from Oxford, Clark aspired to be a filmmaker and found a job as a lowly production hand on the set of THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL. Forty years later, he recounted his experiences of the six-month shoot in a diary-style memoir entitled The Prince, the Showgirl and Me.  

But one week in Clark’s account was missing.  

It wasn’t until years later that Clark revealed why. In a follow-up memoir entitled My Week with Marilyn, he recounted the true story of one magical week he spent alone with the world’s biggest star… the week he spent with Marilyn.  

By turns comic and poignant, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN offers an uncommonly intimate look at the Hollywood icon, charting the brief, charged connection she forged with a young man who came to understand her better than anyone.  

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN stars Academy Award® nominee Michelle Williams (BLUE VALENTINE, SHUTTER ISLAND, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) as Marilyn Monroe and Tony Award winner Eddie Redmayne (THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, THE GOOD SHEPHERD) as Colin Clark. The film also stars Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh (VALKYRIE, WALLANDER) as Sir Laurence Olivier and Academy Award winner Judi Dench (QUANTUM OF SOLACE, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE) as Dame Sybil Thorndike. They are joined by the very best of British acting talent, including Julia Ormond (TEMPLE GRANDIN, CHE, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON) as Vivien Leigh, Dougray Scott (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II) as Arthur Miller, and Zoe Wanamaker (HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE), Emma Watson (HARRY POTTER series), Toby Jones (FROST/ NIXON, INFAMOUS), Philip Jackson (LITTLE VOICE), Geraldine Somerville (HARRY POTTER series), Derek Jacobi (THE KING’S SPEECH, GOSFORD PARK), Simon Russell Beale (AN IDEAL HUSBAND) and Dominic Cooper (DEVIL’S DOUBLE, AN EDUCATION, MAMMA MIA!).

Simon Curtis’s director credits include the BAFTA and Emmy®-winning, CRANFORD, the International Emmy-winning, A SHORT STAY IN SWITZERLAND, and the Golden Globe nominated FIVE DAYS.  The film is produced by Academy Award and BAFTA winners David Parfitt (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, I CAPTURE THE CASTLE) and Harvey Weinstein (THE KING’S SPEECH, THE GANGS OF NEW YORK, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE).  The screenplay is by Adrian Hodges (TOM AND VIV, THE RUBY IN THE SMOKE, DAVID COPPERFIELD).  It is based on Colin Clark’s diaries, The Prince, The Showgirl and Me and My Week with Marilyn.

The film is produced by Trademark Films and is financed and distributed by The Weinstein Company.  BBC Films and Lipsync Productions also financed the picture.  It was developed in association with the UK Film Council and BBC Films. 



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