45 Years, an upcoming drama co-funded by Creative England and starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay has been acquired for UK distribution by Curzon. The deal was secured by Match Factory at Cannes, shortly after the film wrapped its six week location shoot in Norfolk. Helmed by Brit director Andrew Haigh (Weekend, HBO'sLooking), 45 Years is one of the first completed projects to be supported through Creative England's Production Funding, an incentive designed to help non-London based filmmakers tell stories set in or around the English regions.
The film follows Kate Mercer (Rampling) in the five days leading up to her forty-fifth wedding anniversary. Party plans are going well, until a letter arrives for her husband (Courtenay) informing him that the body of his first love has been found frozen in the ice glaciers of the Swiss Alps. As their wedding celebrations get closer, the couple's relationship starts to drift further apart, leaving their future uncertain. Utopia star Geraldine James and Doll & Em 's Dolly Wells co-star in the production, with writer/director Haigh working from a script adapted from a short story by the Award winning poet David Constantine.
Available to both emerging talent and already established filmmakers, the Creative England Production Fund aims to support innovative feature films with budgets of up to £1.5 million, with preference given to those that display a strong regional voice. Alongside Creative England, 45 Years was also financed by Film4 and The BFI Film Fund and co-developed by Film4 and BFI. It's the second time Haigh has collaborated with producer Tristan Goligher and The Bureau Film Company, with his first featureWeekend taking home the Emerging Visions Audience Award at SXSW and the Breakthrough British Filmmaker Award the the London Critics Circle Film Awards.
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