Magazine article Screen International

Bankside Boards Gillian Armstrong's the Great and Amma Asante's Belle

Magazine article Screen International

Bankside Boards Gillian Armstrong's the Great and Amma Asante's Belle

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Annette Benning to star in irreverent comedy inspired by the life of Catherine The Great; Damian Jones producing period-drama Belle about a mixed race woman in 18th century London high society.

UK sales outfit Bankside Films is bringing two hot new films to EFM: Gillian Armstrong's irreverent comedy The Great, starring Annette Bening [pictured] and period-drama Belle from writer-director Amma Asante and The Iron Lady producer Damian Jones.

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Belle

Irreverent comedy The Great is inspired by the life of 18th century Russian empress, Catherine The Great. Marian Macgowan of Macgowan Films and Marco Mehlitz of Lago Films produce from a screenplay by Tony McNamara. Shoot is scheduled to get underway September 2012. Icon has picked up rights in Australia/New Zealand. …

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