Magazine article Screen International

From Homeland to Highlands

Magazine article Screen International

From Homeland to Highlands

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Damian Lewis took a break from Homeland to come to Cannes to promote The Silent Storm, in which he will star opposite Andrea Riseborough.

Corinna Villari-McFarlane writes and directs the feature, which will shoot on the Isle of Mull in Scotland from late June.

The Silent Storm follows the story of an overbearing husband and his wife, who meet a young delinquent. Villari-McFarlane says her script is influenced by anything from Carl Jung to Celtic myths: "It is a strong, simple story with universal emotions.

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The Silent Storm

"The main thing was to get great actors who come to it for the right reasons and who have real depth," the writer-director told Screen on Tuesday.

Lewis was her first choice but she thought his schedule would be busy; thankfully Homeland is on hiatus this summer, which allows him time to shoot in Scotland.

Lewis says he was drawn to the script because "it is an intimate character piece. I loved it and it's not just bleak, gritty British reality, it has scale and it also has hope. …

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