Principal photography has commenced on Geoffrey's Sax drama Frankie and Alice, starring Halle Berry and Stellan Skarsgard in the lead roles. Produced by Toronto-based Access Motion Pictures, the project will makes its first market appearance at the AFM through Cinesavvy, Access' partner sales company, which is handling world rights.

Set against the backdrop of early 1970s Los Angeles, Berry plays Frankie, an exotic dancer whose life is turned upside down by a diagnosis of multiple personality disorder. As her symptoms increase she is confronted by a terrifying inner demon: Alice, a violent, white racist personality who is determined to destroy her. Skarsgard plays the physician struggling to save Frankie from herself.

Sax, whose previous credits include the $100m-grossing White Noise and the BBC telefilm Tipping The Velvet, directs a screenplay by Mary King, Marko King and Jonathan Watters. Berry is producing alongside Hassain Zaidi, Simon DeKaric, Vincent Cirrincione. Shawn Williamson of Bright Light Pictures is executive producer. Thomas Sigel (The Usual Suspects, X2, The Brothers Grimm) is director of photography.

Photography continues in Vancouver through mid-December.