We’re in the week of the “A Private War” Premiere during the 2018 Toronto Film Festival (TIFF 2018), and Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan and director Matthew Heineman talked to ET Canada about their new film. Watch the interview:
Rosamund Pike is set to star in and executive produce “The Banker’s Wife”, a high stakes international thriller drama series based on Cristina Alger’s book. The project, from Federation Entertainment and producer Sherry Marsh, also has brought on board top TV writer-creator Meredith Stiehm and top Tv director Lesli Linka Glatter.
Stiehm will adapt the novel and executive produce, Glatter will direct and executive produce. The two reunite after working together on Showtime’s Homeland where Stiehm was an executive producer and Glatter is currently an executive producer. Federation Entertainment, based in the U.S. and France, recently optioned The Banker’s Wife, which was released in early July by Putnam, and teamed with Pose and Vikings exec producer Marsh to develop a drama based on the novel.
Federation Entertainment’s boss Pascal Breton and U.S. chief Ashley Stern will exec produce the English-language series alongside Marsh via her Marsh Productions and Entertainment. The pitch for the female protagonist project with an all-female creative team is being taken out to cable and streaming networks.
‘The Banker’s Wife’ is set in the world of global finance from Geneva to Paris, London and New York. It is about two women racing for answers when a mysterious plane crash sets them off on parallel pursuits of truth. Inspired by the Panama Papers, as these women shine a light on hidden offshore accounts meant to be kept in the dark, they will become embedded in the crosshairs of danger within a larger conspiracy of money laundering, powerful politicians and a web of terrorists and criminals, thus transforming their lives forever.
Pike will next be seen in A Private War, where she plays legendary Sunday Times war reporter, Marie Colvin. This marks her first foray into longform, live-action TV series.
Last night, at the Women in the World opening dinner, Pike talked about ‘A Private War’ and Marie Colvin during a conversation with Tina Brown.
Playing late legendary war correspondent Marie Colvin in the new film A Private War took a physical and mental toll on actress Rosamund Pike.
Depicting the harrowing life-and-death moments, the tremendous suffering of innocent people in war-torn regions, and the personal demons it all raised in Colvin left a “hangover,” Pike told the audience at a Women in the World event in Toronto Sunday.
“The moments rub off on your soul somewhere. You have to trick your body into believing it’s all real,” she said. “That’s my job.”
Colvin, an American reporter with The Sunday Times in London, died at 56 in Syria in 2012. She and longtime friend and photographer Paul Conroy had been smuggled into the besieged city of Homs by rebels, even though they knew the extent of the government bombing of the city and that journalists were particularly being targeted.
Women in the World founder Tina Brown said the film comes at a time when “journalism is under threat” and amid shrinking budgets, when more reporters are risking their lives to tell stories from war zones as stringers and freelancers.
“This film reminds us of the cost of journalism,” Brown said.
Since 2011, 123 journalists have been killed in Syria, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, and since Colvin’s death, more than 500,000 civilians have died in the fighting there.
Pike brought “remarkable authenticity” to her portrayal of Colvin in a “compelling, harrowing film about a journalistic hero,” said Brown, during a gala at Toronto’s Four Seasons hotel to kick off the second annual Women in the World Canada summit.
“It was a tour-de-force performance.”
A Private War, directed by Oscar-nominated documentarian Matthew Heineman and co-starring Stanley Tucci and Jamie Dornan, will premiere on September 14 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Dornan, of Fifty Shades of Grey fame, plays Conroy, who was badly injured in the shelling that killed Colvin and French photographer Rémi Ochlik.
Pike said Colvin was not without fear. Rather, she repeatedly chose to do what she feared the most.
“When most of us would turn on our heels, she went forward,” Pike said.
Other war correspondents refused to go to Syria at the time when Colvin took on her final assignment.
“All her colleagues, all of them brave people, said it was beyond their risk threshold but Marie just said, ‘This is what we do. She was counseled against a great many of her assignments but she would always go in the direction of danger.”, Pike told the Toronto audience.
Pike, who grew up in London as the only child of opera singers, says she was intrigued by Colvin after reading Marie Brenner’s 2012 Vanity Fair article, “Marie Colvin’s Private War” on which the movie is partly based. She lobbied Heineman for the role from the moment she knew the movie was being made.
For decades, Colvin felt compelled to tell the stories of those who couldn’t tell them themselves. Just hours before her death, she told Anderson Cooper on CNN, “It’s a complete and utter lie that they’re only going after terrorists … The Syrian army is shelling a city of cold, starving civilians.”
But the movie depicts the steep cost Colvin paid for the violence and suffering she bore witness to, including her addictions and her troubled romantic life.
“At one level, reporters are confronted with a lot of human pain, so much pain and yet it’s not your pain to feel. Where do you put it? Anyone subject to that kind of horror again and again will pay for it. In your quiet moments it will haunt you.” said Pike.
Colvin suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and wore an eye patch after being maimed in a grenade attack in Sri Lanka in 2001. She filed her report from her hospital bed.
“Bravery is not being afraid to be afraid,” Colvin said when she accepted an award for her work in Sri Lanka.
“I was interested in the cost of the life choices you make when you choose a career path like that,”
Pike said about Colvin, who was known for her sharp wit, gravelly voice and her perchant for swearing and for wearing expensive lingerie under her flak jacket.
Pike spoke extensively with Colvin’s friends and colleagues, studied video of her and approached her role in the film as that of a documentary. She stayed in character whenever she was on set. The movie, parts of which were filmed in Jordan, features Syrian refugees as actors, including many who had survived the siege of Homs.
Pike, 39, is a seasoned film and theater actress accustomed to playing strong women. She starred in Radioactive, playing iconic scientist Marie Curie and earned an Academy Award nomination and widespread critical acclaim in 2014 for her portrayal of master manipulator Amy Dunne in Gone Girl opposite Ben Affleck.
Gone Girl was her first lead in a feature film after years of delivering supporting roles in films such as Pride & Prejudice, An Education, Fracture, Barney’s Version, and Jack Reacher. In 2016, Pike appeared at the Women in the World London Forum where she discussed her role the the film A United Kingdom.
Her long list of credits includes a turn as a Bond girl in 2002’s Die Another Day. Pike recently made headlines when she revealed that she was asked to take her dress off during auditions for the movie. She somehow found the resolve to refuse, as a 21-year-old clerk in a bookstore desperate for the role.
“I just thought if you want to see me in my underwear, you can give me the part first,” she said. She was cast anyway.
Pike, a mother of two boys, ages 6 and 3, with her partner Robie Uniacke, says she was extraordinarily moved at a private screening of A Private War in London for an audience that included young war correspondents.
“They were impressing upon me what a hero she is to them. It gave me goosebumps. They want to be like her.”
Pike, Heineman and Dornan will appear at the Women in the World Summit in Toronto Monday to discuss the film further.
On the September 4th A Private War was announced to joing the Festival’s Gala Presentations lineup at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival.
Like the official Press reported:
“TIFF announced today that Matthew Heineman’s A Private War will make its world premiere at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival on September 14, at Roy Thomson Hall”
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Hostiles) in one of her most intense roles to date. Based on a blistering 2012 Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner, the drama follows Colvin to the front lines of conflicts around the globe as she risks everything to reveal the truth. Pike is joined by supporting cast which includes Jamie Dornan (The Fall, Fifty Shades of Grey), Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones, Spotlight), and Tom Hollander (The Night Manager).
“Gone Girl showed the fire Rosamund Pike can bring to the big screen, and we’re thrilled to give Toronto audiences the first chance to see Pike play the complex, real-life hero Marie Colvin in one of her strongest
performances ever. Heineman’s narrative feature debut has been greatly anticipated — and having just wrapped post-production, the film is now perfectly timed to become the exciting new addition to our Gala lineup.” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF.
Filmmaker Matthew Heineman says about the premiere:
“We are so thrilled to be able to finish the film in time to premiere at TIFF and
honored to share with the audiences there.”
A Private War screening times at TIFF:
> Friday, September 14, Roy Thomson Hall 6:30PM
> Friday, September 14, Elgin Theatre 8PM
> Sunday, September 16, Scotiabank Theatre 8:45P
You can read more here
The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018.
A Private War opens in US theatres on November 2.
Read the full official Media Release here
During 12-days celebration of cinema and 225 feature programmes screening at the 62nd BFI London Film Fetival 2018 include Rosamund Pike‘s ‘A Private War’ on the Headline Galas and more.
Let’s go to the informations:
Headline Galas (Buy tickets here)
A Private War:
Matthew Heineman (Director) makes a striking dramatic debut with this pulse-racing biopic of The Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike), killed in 2012 whilst reporting from Syria.
Features as the Mayor of London’s Gala. Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, City of Ghosts) makes a striking dramatic debut with this pulse-racing biopic of The Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike). A devastating portrait of a complex, brilliant woman, Rosamund Pike delivers a bewitching performance, fiercely inhabiting Colvin, who sacrificed her own safety and happiness to bear witness to the very human cost of armed conflict. Pike is brilliantly supported by co-stars Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci and Tom Hollander.
Saturday 20 October 2018 18:00
LFF Cineworld Leicester Square
Saturday 20 October 2018 20:40
Embankment Garden Cinema
Sunday 21 October 2018 12:00
LFF Cineworld Leicester Square
To attend the Festival’s Gala and Special Presentation screenings will include ‘A Private War’ stars:
Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, and the director Matthew Heinaman, among other incredible actresses, actors and staff.
The 62nd BFI London Film Fetival 2018 starts October 10 until October 21, 2018.
Full informations and lists: click here
Check our gallery with more them 300 HQ images about ‘A Private War’:
Home > Filmography: Movies Productions > A Private War (2018)
Rosamund Pike’s Marie Colvin finds herself in the middle of a hellish war in the majority of the intense first trailer for “A Private War.”
The trailer opens with Pike in a devastated combat zone, yelling, “I’m not armed.”
“A Private War” chronicles the life of the late American-born British war correspondent Marie Colvin, portrayed by Pike, and is based on Marie Brenner’s 2012 Vanity Fair article “Marie Colvin’s Private War.” Colvin died in 2012 while covering the siege of Homs in Syria.
The trailer, released on Monday, focuses on Colvin’s commitment to reporting from dangerous locations.
“I hate being in a war zone, but I also feel compelled,” Pike says. “Maybe I would have liked a normal life. Maybe I just don’t know how.”
Aviron Pictures will release “A Private War” on Nov. 2 in Los Angeles and New York, with a Nov. 16 wide launch. The cast includes Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, and Tom Hollander. The producers are Basil Iwanyk, Marissa McMahon, Matthew George, Charlize Theron, and Heineman.
Pike was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress for 2014’s “Gone Girl.” Heineman was up for an Oscar for best documentary for 2015’s “Cartel Land,” and won the Directors Guild’s documentary award for “Cartel Land” and “City of Ghosts.” “A Private War” marks Heineman’s first narrative feature.
Watch the Official Trailer:
Home > Filmography: Movies Productions > A Private War (2018) > Poster
HQ Production Stills:
Home > Filmography: Movies Productions > A Private War (2018) > Production Stills
Home > Filmography: Movies Productions > A Private War (2018) > Trailer: Screencaptures
The Variety brings us more news about the film starring Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, and Tom Hollander. Read the article published:
Rosamund Pike’s “A Private War” has been selected as one of two opening night movies at the Mill Valley Film Festival on Oct. 4, Variety has learned exclusively.
Pike and director Matthew Heineman are expected to attend the event, which mark be the U.S. premiere for “A Private War,” at the Marin Country Mart. The festival, now in its 41st year, will run through Oct. 14.
“A Private War” chronicles the life of the late American-born British war reporter Marie Colvin, portrayed by Pike, and is based on Marie Brenner’s 2012 Vanity Fair article “Marie Colvin’s Private War.” Colvin died in 2012 while covering the siege at Homs in Syria.
Aviron Pictures plans to release “A Private War” on Nov. 2 in Los Angeles and New York, with a Nov. 16 wide launch. The cast includes Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, and Tom Hollander. Producers are Basil Iwanyk, Marissa McMahon, Matthew George, Charlize Theron and Heineman.
Pike was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress for 2014’s “Gone Girl.” Heineman was nominated for an Oscar for best documentary for 2015’s “Cartel Land,” and won the Directors Guild’s documentary award for “Cartel Land” and “City of Ghosts.”
“A Private War” is Heineman’s first narrative feature. It was shot by cinematographer Robert Richardson, who has won three Oscars.
Rosamund Pike was announced and confirmed for the 2018 Women in the World. The event features many other actresses, directors and powerful people from around the world.
Women in the World informations:
Big news! The film was confirmed for first look presentations at 2 festivals (until now). Check the information:
Woodstock Film Festival: Screening and Q&A with director Matthew Heineman
October 14, 2018
Tickets and information: Click Here
54th Chicago International Film Festival
October 10-21, 2018
Tickets and informations: Click Here
Full [new] Image on galley:
Home > Filmography: Movies Productions > A Private War (2018) > Production Stills
Rosamund Pike has proven she’s the perfect candidate for a female Bond once more, after revealing she once refused to strip to her underwear for an audition but got the part anyway.
“The costume designer said ‘That’s a very beautiful dress, but in Bond films we wear things a little more like this’, and he held up three pieces of string. I realised I was way out of my depth… So I put on this shimmering sheath, or whatever the order of the day was, but I didn’t drop it.” Pike explained.
Reflecting on her “presence of mind” at the time, the actress said she ‘admired herself’:
“I just thought, ‘Actually sod that. If they’re gonna see me in my underwear, they better give me the job’. I thought, ‘There’s no way I’m going to take off a dress in the audition for this tape to be sent around Los Angeles and to be judged on that’.”
While Rosamund’s Bond experience didn’t get off to most ideal start, the actress is still more than happy to entertain the idea of expanding on her role as Bond Girl Miranda Frost.
Arguing the case for creating a separate female agent, rather than simply re-casting 007 as a woman, Rosamund said:
“Why should she have once been a man and now it has to be played by a woman? Why not make a kick-ass female agent in her own right?
See in our gallery all movie images: Posters, Promoshoots, Behind the Scences, Movie Screencaptures and more: