EXCLUSIVE: Filming has commenced on The Time Of Their Lives, also starring Franco Nero and Joely Richardson; Sir Tim Rice to oversee the soundtrack.
Shoot is underway in France on road-trip-comedy The Time Of Their Lives, starring Golden Globe-winner Dame Joan Collins (Dynasty) and BAFTA-winner Pauline Collins, OBE (Shirley Valentine).
In writer-director Roger Goldby’s (Call The Midwife) feature, a former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins), who is determined to gatecrash her ex-lover’s funeral, escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a downtrodden English housewife trapped in an unhappy marriage.
Franco Nero (Django Unchained) will play Alberto, a famous and eccentric Italian painter. Alberto becomes entangled with the two ladies and inspired by their madness, joins their road trip and, in turn, becomes part of an uneasy love triangle between Helen and Priscilla, who both vie for his attentions.
The main cast are joined by Joely Richardson (101 Dalmatians) and Ronald Pickup (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) while US agent Harry Schneider will be played by Michael Brandon (Captain America).
Filming commenced this week on the French island of ÎIe de Ré, before the shoot moves to the UK where it will chart the leading characters’ chaotic road trip via Portsmouth and Bournemouth and then on to various London locations.
The film is being produced by Sarah Sulick for Bright Pictures (Honeytrap) and Azim Bolkiah for Daryl Prince Productions (Dark Places) and is being filmed on location in Ile de Re, Dorset and London.
Three-time Oscar winner Sir Tim Rice (The Lion King), who will executive produce and oversee the film’s original score, said: “One of the aspects of this film that particularly appeals to me, as a former student at La Sorbonne in Paris, is the planned use of several wonderful French pop hits from the 60s, by artistes such as Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan, Jacques Dutronc and Francoise Hardy.”
Executive producers include Charles Bray (Graphic Demo Films), Sir Tim Rice,Laurie Holden (“The Walking Dead”), Jason Haigh-Ellery (Big Finish Productions), Roger Goldby, Joan Collins, Percy Gibson, Stuart Piper (Cole Kitchenn), Jonathan Shalit (ROAR Group), Mateen Bolkiah (DPP), Amy Gardner (Finite Films), Patrick Fischer and David Gilbery (Creativity) & Phil Hunt and Compton Ross (Head Gear).
Co-producers are John Hubbard and Ros Hubbard and French production services provided by Polaris (Christophe Mazodier) and Arts Premiers (Charles Paviot).
Financiers for the film include a private EIS fund via Bright Pictures plus additional investment from Daryl Prince Productions and Creativity Capital. Gap finance is being provided by Augustin Capital in consultation with Graphic Demo Films with Head Gear cashflowing the UK film tax relief.
Legals for Bright Pics, Augustin and Head Gear have been provided by Lee and Thompson with legals by Archerfield Partners for DPP. European Film Bonds are the completion guarantor.
Fortissimo Films is on board for international sales.
Goldby’s first feature The Waiting Room, starring Anne Marie Duff and Ralf Little, debuted at Edinburgh in 2007 and was sold to Lionsgate, IFC and eOne, among others.