EXCLUSIVE: Fresh off her second BAFTA win last night for British drama Help out† kill eve and the last duel star Jodie Comer has found her next project in the form of a feature film The end we start fromwhich will be a hot pack at the Cannes market next week.
Set amid an environmental crisis in which London is engulfed by floods, the feminist survival story centers on a young family torn apart in the chaos. Comer plays a mother who tries to find a way home with her newborn child and navigates the most challenging and apocalyptic start to motherhood.
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Adapted from Megan Hunter’s acclaimed novel (the 2017 book was described by the FT reminds me of Cormac McCarthy’s The route), the female-faced project features an exciting mix of emerging and established creatives and producers.
BAFTA winner Mahalia Belo (the long song) will direct from a script by Alice Birch, the playwright and screenwriter who is also a writer and story editor on HBO Smash succession† Producers are Leah Clarke and Adam Ackland of SunnyMarch (the Mauritanian) and Liza Marshall of Hera Pictures (Temple) alongside Sophie Hunter and Amy Jackson (The nest†
Anton and BBC Film will co-finance. Executive producers are Benedict Cumberbatch, Comer, Anton’s Sébastien Raybaud and Cecile Gaget (Greenland), and Eva Yates from BBC Film (after love†
Cecile Gaget launches worldwide sales of the film at Cannes. UTA Independent Film Group will represent sales in the US. Production will start in August.
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SunnyMarch from Anton and Cumberbatch recently announced a development and manufacturing agreement for a range of high-value features, with Anton acquiring a minority stake in SunnyMarch. The end we start from will be the first project under the agreement.
Producers Clarke, Marshall and Ackland stated:The end we start from is very close to our hearts. Megan’s heartbreaking novel, and Alice’s beautiful adaptation, present a story of motherhood, divorce, social and environmental turmoil, and those primal instincts within us that extract moments of joy and inspiration from the chaos. We are incredibly excited to have Mahalia and Jodie lead this talented creative team in creating what we know will be a resonant, immersive film.”
Belo is best known for C4 drama Ellenfor which she won a BAFTA, BBC and Netflix’s Requiem and BBCs the long songfor which she was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Director.
Playwright and screenwriter Birch wrote the screenplay for William Oldroyd’s critical hit Lady Macbeth and has written on succession† Normal people and the upcoming Sally Rooney adaptation Conversations with friends† She is showrunner of the upcoming Amazon/Annapurna series Dead Ringers starring Rachel Weisz.
Birch is represented by UTA, United Agents and attorney Nelson Davis. Benedict Cumberbatch and SunnyMarch are represented by UTA, Conway van Gelder Grant and attorneys Sloane Offer Weber & Dern.