Posted by Elise on May 21st, 2020

Deadline – In-demand young talents Emma Mackey (Sex Education), Joe Alwyn (The Favourite), Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk) and Emily Beecham (Cruella) will star in Emily, Golden Globe-nominated actress Frances O’Connor’s (Mansfield Park) directorial debut about the early life of Wuthering Heights author Emily Brontë.

Mackey, star of Netflix smash Sex Education and Fox’s upcoming Death On The Nile, will star as Emily. Harriet and The Favourite actor Alwyn will play Brontë’s conflicted lover. Whitehead, well known for Dunkirk and Emmy-winner Bandersnatch, plays Branwell Brontë, Emily’s inspiring but self-destructive brother, and Cannes 2019’s Best Actress winner Emily Beecham (Little Joe) completes the quartet as sibling writer Charlotte Brontë.

Embankment will handle world sales on the project, which is slated to shoot in Yorkshire, UK, in Q1, 2021. The firm will be selling from now and during the upcoming Cannes virtual market. From a self-penned script, O’Connor imagines the transformative, exhilarating, and uplifting journey to womanhood of a rebel and a misfit, one of the world’s most famous, enigmatic, and provocative writers who died too soon at the age of 30.

Producers are Harry Potter producer David Barron, Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford’s Tempo Productions (The Wife) with Robert Connolly and Robert Patterson of Arenamedia (Paper Planes). O’Connor said: “Emily Brontë’s work and words are full of passion, feeling, violence, and fierce intelligence. In creating an imagined life for Emily, she will live again for our audience. Her story is about a young woman daring to form herself, to embrace her true nature, despite the consequences. “Emily” is, in fact, a love letter to women today, especially young women, a calling to them to challenge themselves to connect with their authentic voice and potential. I am so excited to work with such a thrilling, talented, young cast; luminous, intelligent, and spirited.

Harry PotterCinderella and The Legend Of Tarzan producer Barron commented, “We are going to produce a movie of significant ambition – for audiences to enjoy and celebrate the scale of Emily Bronte’s own magnificent imagination.Embankment’s Tim Haslam added: “We really admire Frances’ expertise for combining highly refreshing and emotional storytelling with detailed research and nuanced observation and we celebrate her as a new voice of cinema”.

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Posted by Elise on February 21st, 2020

L’Officiel — […] Contrary to what one might think when hearing her voice in Sex Education, Mackey was born and raised in Sarthe, France with a French father and an English mother, creating a bilingual and bicultural universe. “My British family is full of big music lovers who are very into the theatre,” the actress says of how her childhood has shaped her. “As a child, I played characters I saw in media; I dressed up. [Acting] has always been a part of me and my education. My dream as a teenager was the Royal Shakespeare Company. I went there at 16 for the first time to see a production of Much Ado About Nothing with my parents, and I said to myself, ‘That’s what I want.’ But it took my education at the University of Leeds, to study literature, before I understood that it was possible to make a career out of it. In the first semester, I staged a play, and then I met people who had the same passion and I started auditioning.

On Sex Education, Mackey encounters this same collaborative spirit on set, in a very rural setting in the Wye Valley between Wales and England: “[During shooting] We lived in a bubble: we saw each other, we worked very hard every day on a campus, and it lasted four months,” she says. “The chemistry you see on the screen comes from that environment. A troupe where everyone adores and supports each other, it is an opportunity of a lifetime.

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Though it’s a creative challenge, Mackey loves the ambivalence of her character. “This season is a little darker and more in-depth. We see everyone growing up, becoming emancipated and I find it beautiful, sometimes even heartbreaking,” she says. “It broke my heart to shoot certain scenes between Maeve and her mother, but it’s a challenge that I love. I live for that.” The success of Sex Education is due in part to how it highlights a range of identities (sexual, societal, and otherwise) without condemnation, but with humor and honesty. Taking a page from the legendary Nobody’s Perfect, one could say that Sex Education demonstrates that perfect sexuality does not exist. With an air of lightness, the show is able to speak to a Gen-Z audience who sees themselves directly in the characters, but also to many more. “We created singular characters but it is nevertheless a tool,” Mackey adds. “We are not there to tell a specific true story, but instead to give a point of support to open discussion on sexuality.

Radically changing the scene, a few months after finishing the second season and taking some much needed time off at home in London, Mackey found herself in Agatha Christie’s luxurious but lethal world alongside a star-studded cast in Egypt. But she has not fully adjusted to her newfound success and is still stunned by this experience: “During these two surreal months, I woke up in the morning as if on a spring: it was a joy from start to finish.” Branagh, a filmmaker, actor, and theater connoisseur, always identifies actors with unparalleled flair. An excellent sign to him was seeing the passion Mackey had for Shakespeare.

Being guided and instructed by him, to create my character and to refine it in a very technical and fairly conservatory way, it was extraordinary,” Mackey says of her experience working with Branagh. “For Jacqueline, I took voice and choreography lessons. There was a fantastic atmosphere, very sensual with magnificent costumes and lighting. Even if I was a bit the ‘baby’ of the group, I felt like a grown woman for the first time in this film.” At only 24, Mackey has had a truly impressive year in the spotlight, and we can’t wait to see where her star will lead her.

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Posted by Elise on February 20th, 2020

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Posted by Elise on February 10th, 2020

Variety – Eric and Oatcake are coming back for more “Sex Education.”

Netflix has renewed the critically acclaimed high school dramedy for a third season. The news was announced by the streamer via a video on its U.K. Twitter account.

The series centers on teenager Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield), an inexperienced, socially awkward high-school student who lives with his sex-therapist mother (Gillian Anderson). Otis is a reluctant expert on sex but comes to realize he can use his knowledge to gain status at Moordale High School, teaming up with bad-girl Maeve (Emma Mackey) to set up an underground sex-therapy clinic for fellow students.

Season 2 begins with Otis embarking on his first romantic relationship with Ola (Patricia Allison), however, a spate of uncontrollable erections, coupled with the fact that his mother is sleeping with Ola’s father Jakob (Mikael Persbrandt), threatens to derail the fledgling romance.

Meanwhile, Otis’s best friend Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) deals with the fallout of his wild sexual encounter with Adam (Connor Swindells), the son of school headmaster Groff (Alistair Petrie), from season 1.

Eric and Adam, I wonder what is in store for these two cherubs? Well, I suppose you’ll have to find out in season 3, won’t you,” teases Petrie in the tongue-in-cheek video announcing the renewal.

In addition to Anderson, Butterfield, Mackey etc., “Sex Education” stars Aimee-Lou Wood, Kedar Williams-Stirling, and Tanya Reynolds. The show was created by Laurie Nunn who executive produces alongside Jamie Campbell. The U.K.’s Eleven is the production company behind the show. “Sex Education” is also exec produced by Ben Taylor, and co-executive produced by Sian Robins-Grace.

According to Netflix, season 1 of “Sex Education” was among its most popular originals at the time, garnering 40 million member views worldwide within the first four weeks of its release.

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