Hope Gap Annette Bening Josh O Connor

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Annette Bening and Josh O’Connor in ‘Hope Gap’

Screen can reveal the first look at Josh O’Connor, Annette Bening and Bill Nighy in William Nicholson’s family drama Hope Gap for Origin Pictures. 

Principal photography wrapped on the project earlier this month after shooting for five weeks in the eponymous Hope Gap in Seaford, Sussex as well as in Leeds and Doncaster.

Hope Gap is Nicholson’s second feature as a director after 1997’s Firelight with Sophie Marceau. He was Oscar-nominated for his screenplays for Gladiator and Shadowlands and his further writing credits include Breathe and Everest.  

O’Connor, whose breakout role was in God’s Own Country, in will play Jamie, the son of a married couple played by Bening and Nighy, who are breaking up after 29 years of marriage.


Source: Origin Pictures/Robert Viglasky

Bill Nighy in ‘Hope Gap’

Hope Gap tracks the unravelling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief, anger and resolution.

David M Thompson of Origin Pictures produces with Sarada McDermott. Hope Gap is financed by Screen Yorkshire, Sampsonic Media, Creative Media and LipSync. Exec producers include Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire, Nicolas D. Sampson and Arno Hazebroek for Sampsonic Media, Gavin Poolman, Alex Tate and Peter Gould for CMI, Norman Merry and Peter Hampden for LipSync.

Protagonist is handling international sales with North American sales co-repped by CAA and Protagonist.  

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