SCREEN – Emily Mortimer (The Party, Shutter Island) and Grace Van Patten (The Meyerowitz Stories) have finished shooting Good Posture, the directorial debut of UK filmmaker and actress Dolly Wells.
Wells, who also wrote the screenplay, is known for her roles in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Black Mountain Poets.
London-based AMP International is handling sales on her debut feature as a director. Producers are Maggie Monteith for Dignity Film Finance and Talland Films with Jamie Adams (Black Mountain Poets) for Twenty Dollar Pictures. Chris Reed of Freebie Films acts as executive producer.
Monteith, Adams and Reed also recently wrapped Tom Cullen’s directorial debut Pink Wall, which AMP is selling as well.
Principal Photography wrapped in Brooklyn, New York. Also starring are Timm Sharp (Enlightened), Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls), John Early (Search Party) and Nat Wolff (Paper Towns). The film also features cameos from authors Zadie Smith, Martin Amis and Jonathan Ames.
Good Posture follows a young girl (Van Patten) who is placed into the care of family friends after her widower father moves to Paris with his young, new girlfriend. Under the roof of a famed author (Mortimer), the girl struggles for motivation until one day she decides to make a documentary about her new host.
Dolly Wells commented: “I am wildly grateful to Jamie for encouraging me to write and direct something. It has been a whirlwind of an adventure making a feature in 10 days and I feel enormously lucky to have had the trust of my incredibly talented cast and crew.”
Producer Jamie Adams added: “Dolly Wells is an incredible story teller, she has created a brilliant ensemble of original characters for Good Posture that are being brought to life by such inspirational collaboration with her genius cast and crew, this is a movie we’re all very excited for audiences to see next year!”
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Grace Van Patten and Jovan Adepo are set to star in writer-director Kerem Sanga’s drama The Violent Heart. 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen are producing the film with Ed McDonnell, Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures and 3311. Material and 3311 are financing. Production is set to begin February in Austin, Texas.
Pic is a coming-of-age romance set just outside Ft. Hood, Texas, about a college-bound senior on the cusp of graduation, and her budding relationship with a local mechanic named Daniel (Adepo), who himself dreams of becoming a Marine. As they fall for one another, the details surrounding Daniel’s tragic and violent past inevitably catch up with them.
Van Patten recently finished Under The Silver Lake opposite Andrew Garfield and co-stars in the Noah Baumbach-directed The Meyerowitz Stories. Adepo recently wrapped production for Paramount & Bad Robot’s WW2 thriller Overlord and he had a breakout performance in the Denzel Washington-directed Fences and did two seasons on HBO’s The Leftovers.
This is Sanga’s third film. his last, First Girl I Loved, won the Next Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
21 Laps is coming off Stranger Things 2 and has the Netflix pic Kodachrome, the Lionsgate sci-fi thriller Kin and The Darkest Minds at Fox, all releasing next year. 3311 Productions’ did Brigsby Bear and Table 19, and has upcoming the Chad Hartigan-directed The Fifth Official and Gerard Johnstone-directed Sympathy For The Devil.
Endeavor Content brokered the deal.
Sanga is repped by APA, Madhouse and Behr Abramson; WME and Brookside Artist Management represents Van Patten; Gersh and Powerline Entertainment represents Adepo; WME and Ziffren Brittenham rep 21 Laps; and WME, Management 360 and attorney Barry Littman rep Material.
VARIETY – Grace Van Patten, daughter of “Sopranos” director Tim Van Patten, said all her time growing up in Hollywood didn’t prepare her for director Noah Baumbach’s audition strategy. When she went to read for a part in the upcoming “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” she was handed 15 pages of sides and given 10 minutes to prepare. “You’ve just got to tell yourself that everybody is in the same position,” she said. “You just gotta breathe.”
It wasn’t until Baumbach told her that she had the part that she learned who her co-stars would be: Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson, among other luminaries. “He gave me all four names at once,” she said. “I couldn’t handle myself.” Like many of Baumbach’s previous films, “The Meyerowitz Stories” depicts a complicated family relationship that is at turns harrowing and hilarious. It won the Palm D’or at Cannes in May.
VARIETY – Grace Van Patten is one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch for 2017.
Growing up in a New York showbiz family — dad is “The Sopranos” and “Boardwalk Empire” director Tim Van Patten; uncle was veteran comic actor Dick Van Patten — Grace Van Patten seemed destined to carry on the family tradition.
But it wasn’t until she took time off after graduating Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts to take a few college courses that she realized acting was her singular passion.
“I wanted to experience other things and make sure that acting was something I wanted to do,” says Van Patten. “I knew I loved acting so much, but I hadn’t admitted to myself that it was really what I wanted to pursue, probably because I didn’t have the full confidence.”
That soon changed once the budding ingénue landed roles in the horror thriller “Central Park” and the comic drama “Tramps.” She’s now earning raves as Adam Sandler’s daughter in Noah Baumbach’s treatise on familial dysfunction “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).”