Jenny Seagrove, John Hannah, Ronan Keating join 'Another Mother's Son'
Second World War drama begins UK shoot; first image revealed.
Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating has joined the ensemble cast of period drama Another Mother’s Son, which also includes Jenny Seagrove, John Hannah, Amanda Abbington, Peter Wight and Susan Hampshire.
Principal photography is underway on the film, which will shoot for six weeks across Somerset and the South West of England.
Another Mother’s Son is set during the Second World War, when the island of Jersey was occupied by the Nazis.
The film is based on the true story of Louisa Gould, who took in an escaped Russian POW and hid him over the course of the war, amid growing tension as it became clear that British wartime leader Winston Churchill would not risk an assault to re-capture the island and the community began to fray under pressures of hunger, occupation and divided loyalty.
BAFTA-winning Chris Menaul (Summer In February) directs a screenplay by Jenny Lecoat.
The film is produced by Bill Kenwright Films, owned by Everton Football Club chairman and West End theatre producer Bill Kenwright, which recently wrapped short The Hope Rooms, starring Andrew Scott (Spectre) and Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones).
Kenwright said: “Another Mother’s Son is a powerful story that celebrates the bravery of one woman, determined to protect a young man’s life against the context of the Nazi occupation of Jersey.
“We are thrilled to have such an accomplished and diverse cast coming together to tell Louisa Gould’s story for the first time on film.”
Seagrove, best known for her role in TV series Judge John Deed, as well as features including Local Hero, will play the principal role of Louisa Gould.
Singer-songwriter Keating, who acted in the stage production of Once and starred in 2013 comedy-drama Goddess, will play Gould’s brother, Harold Le Druillenec (the only British survivor of the Belsen concentration camp).
Hannah, star of The Mummy franchise as well as TV series Damages and Spartacus, also joins the cast alongside Abbington (Sherlock), Hampshire (Monarch of the Glenn) and Peter Wight (Another Year, Babel).
The film also introduces Julian Kostov - soon to be seen in reboot epic Ben-Hur - as the young Russian POW.
Producer is Daniel-Konrad Cooper while executive producers are Steve Potts and Naomi George.