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Principal Photography Begins On Set of 'Normal People' Starring Liam Neeson & Lesley Manville
10 Jul 2018 : Nathan Griffin
Filming has begun on the set of Out of Orbit & Canderblinks Film's ‘Normal People’ in Belfast.

Based on the script of celebrated playwright Owen McCafferty, the film is being directed by ‘Good Vibrations’ duo, Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn.

As reported by IFTN back in April, Oscar nominated actors Liam Neeson (‘Taken’, ‘Batman Begins’, Schindler’s List’) & Lesley Manville (‘Phantom Thread’, ‘Six Degrees of Seperation’) will lead the cast.

‘Normal People’ is being produced by Canderblink Film's David Holmes, Out of Orbit Productions’ BAFTA winning producer Brian J. Falconer, and Piers Tempest of Tempo Productions.

‘Normal People’ follows characters, Joan and Tom, who have been married for many years. There is an ease to their relationship which only comes from spending a life time together and a depth of love which expresses itself through tenderness and humour in equal part. When Joan is unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as they are faced with the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen if something were to happen to her. ‘Normal People’ is a story about love, survival and the epic questions life throws at each and every one of us.

CAA, which arranged financing for the film, represents its domestic distribution rights, with Bankside Films handling sales throughout the rest of the world.

Natascha Wharton for the BFI, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Head Gear Films and Stephen Kelliher for Bankside Films will serve as Executive Producers. Head Gear Films, Northern Ireland Screen and the BFI, which is supporting the film with National Lottery funding, are the film’s financiers. Additional finance is provided by Christopher Reynolds, Newcastle upon Tyne based investment vehicle CR67 Limited.

Speaking ahead of principal photography beginning, Producer Brian J. Falconer said:

“Normal People is a project that is very close to all our hearts and working with Lisa, Glenn, Owen and David has been a constant inspiration to me. Bankside Films, Head Gear Films, Northern Ireland Screen and the BFI have been wonderfully supportive throughout and we could not wish for better partners in making this dream project become a reality” 

Speaking about the project, Stephen Kelliher of Bankside Films added:

“We were immediately captivated by this beautiful love story which is sure to resonate with audiences around the world. We are thrilled to be bringing it to the screen with such a distinguished team both in front of and behind the camera”.

Liam Neeson is represented by CAA, Lesley Manville by Artist Rights Group, Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn by Independent Talent and Owen McCafferty by The Agency (London) Ltd.




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