FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 13, 2006
RHODE ISLAND TO HOST NEW STELLAR FILM PRODUCTION
FOCUS FEATURES' EVENING BEGINS FILMING THIS WEEK
Steven Feinberg, Director of The Rhode Island Film & Television
Office, is pleased to confirm that a stellar cast has been assembled
for the film adaptation of Susan Minot's best-selling novel, Evening.
The motion picture begins filming in Rhode Island this week for Focus
Features. The Hart Sharp Entertainment production, adapted by Pulitzer
Prize winning author Michael Cunningham (The Hours) from Susan Minot's
best selling novel of the same name, is directed by Lajos Koltai (Fateless).
Focus Features CEO James Schamus made the announcement today.
The cast of Evening includes Golden Globe Award winner Claire Danes,
Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave,
Emmy Award nominee Patrick Wilson (Angels in America), Emmy Award nominee
Hugh Dancy (Elizabeth I), Tony Award winner Natasha Richardson, Dame
Eileen Atkins (Gosford Park), screen newcomer Mamie Gummer, Ebon Moss
Bachrach (The Lake House), five time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close,
and two time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep.
Hart Sharp principals Jeffrey Sharp and John Hart, whose credits include
You Can Count on Me, Proof, The Night Listener, and Boys Don't Cry
(for which Hilary Swank won her first Academy Award), are the producers
of Evening. Gyula Pados (who shot Fateless for Mr. Koltai) is the film's
director of photography; Caroline Hanania (Shall We Dance) is production
designer on the film; and Academy Award winner Ann Roth (The English
Patient) is the costume designer. Focus senior vice president, production
Kahli Small is overseeing the project for president of production John
The drama explores the romantic past and emotional present of Ann Grant
(played by Ms. Redgrave) and her daughters, Constance (Ms. Richardson,
who is also the real life daughter of Ms. Redgrave) and Nina (Ms. Collette).
As Ann lays dying, she remembers, and is moved to convey to her daughters,
the defining moments in her life 50 years prior, when she was a young
woman (played by Ms. Danes).
Ms. Gummer and Ms. Streep, who are mother and daughter in real life,
are portraying Ann's college friend Lila as a younger and older woman,
respectively. Ms. Close plays the mother of Buddy (Mr. Dancy), Lila's
older brother and a suitor of Ann Grant's; Ms. Atkins plays Mrs. Brown,
Ann's nurse; and Mr. Wilson plays Harris, the man Ann loves in the
1950s and never forgets.
Mr. Schamus said, "Evening is a story that will deeply affect
moviegoers. As with the previous screen adaptations Focus has done
of great books, we will be working with gifted moviemakers and an outstanding
troupe of actors. Evening has an especially strong foundation in that
one master author, Michael Cunningham, is adapting the work of another,
Focus Features (www.focusfeatures.com) is a motion picture production,
financing, and worldwide distribution company committed to bringing
moviegoers the most original stories from the world's most innovative
Director Feinberg said, "We are extremely pleased to have such
a highly respected company as Focus Features, along with this phenomenal
ensemble, collaborating in our beautiful Ocean State. It is a rich
and deserving story, and we are proud that the State of Rhode Island
was chosen as the backdrop for this stellar production."