TRANSMISSION FILMS – RELEASE SCHEDULE

TRANSMISSION FILMS - RELEASE SCHEDULE

TRANSMISSION FILMS – RELEASE SCHEDULE

Snapshot of Release Dates – as of August 2021

THE POWER OF THE DOG

Release: November 12, 2021
Director: Jane Campion
Writers: Jane Campion, Thomas Savage (based on the novel by)
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee
Genre: Western Drama

Wealthy Montana brothers Phil (Cumberbatch) and George Burbank (Plemons) are two sides of one coin. Phil is graceful, brilliant and cruel where George is stolid, fastidious and gentle. Together they are joint owners of the biggest ranch in the Montana valley. It is a place where men are still men, the rapidly modernizing 20th century is kept at bay and where the figure of Bronco Henry, the greatest cowboy Phil ever knew, is revered. When George secretly marries local widow Rose (Dunst), a shocked and angry Phil wages a sadistic, relentless war to destroy her entirely using her effeminate son Peter as a pawn.
Jane Campion has written the adaptation of the Thomas Savage 1967 novel of the same name.

THE DUKE

Release: December 26, 2021
Director: Roger Michell
Writers: Richard Bean, Clive Coleman
Cast: Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60 year old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government agreed to provide television for free to the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the
full story emerge – a startling revelation of how a good man set out to change the world and in so doing saved his son and his marriage.

C’MON C’MON

Release: March 3, 2022
Director: Mike Mills (Beginners, 20th Century Women)
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffman
Genre: Drama

C’mon C’mon is the anticipated new film from highly acclaimed writer/director Mike Mills (Beginners) starring Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffmann, Woody Norman and Jaboukie Young-White. An artist (Phoenix) left to take care of his precocious young nephew forges an unexpected bond over a cross country trip. An A24 production, it will be positioned for the 2021 awards season.

OPERATION MINCEMEAT

Release: April 7, 2022
Director: John Madden
Writers: Michelle Ashford (screenplay), Ben Macintyre (book)
Cast: Colin Firth, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfayden
Genre: Drama, War

Set in 1943, the film follows two brilliant intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Macfadyen) who conceived a plan that was dubbed Operation Mincemeat. They would trick the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece rather than Sicily. Their plan was to get a corpse, equip it with misleading papers, then drop it off the coast of Spain where Nazi spies would take the bait.

MOTHERING SUNDAY

Status: May 5, 2022
Director: Eva Husson
Writer: Alice Birch (screenplay), Graham Swift (novel)
Cast: Olivia Coleman, Colin Firth, Josh O’Connor, Odessa Young, Sope Dirisu
Genre: Drama

The events of Graham Swift’s novel take place over the course of one day—the holiday Mothering Sunday. Maid Jane Fairchild (Young) has the day off, as her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Firth and Colman) are attending an event to celebrate the engagement of their neighbours’ son, Paul (O’Connor). Jane is an orphan, so has no mother to spend the day with—but she does have Paul, with whom she’s been having a years-long secret affair. The story unfolds as they spend their final day together as lovers.

COMING SOON

JUNIPER

Status: Coming Soon
Writer/Director: Matthew Saville
Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Márton Csókás, George Ferrier, Edith Poor
Genre: Drama
Country of Origin: New Zealand

Sam (17) has been on a self-destructive spiral that could lead to his death. He returns home from boarding school to find his wheelchair-bound English grandmother, Ruth has moved in. Ruth is an ex-war photographer with a lust for life and a love of the bottle. Sam soon finds himself profoundly confronted by her alcoholic wit and chutzpah. Their first meeting is awkward; their second violent. Things get worse when Sam finds himself stranded alone with her and her nurse Sarah for the school holidays. Both strong-willed characters, a battle of supremacy ensues, enabling Sam to embrace life again and for Ruth to face her mortality.

ALI & AVA

Status: Coming Soon
Director: Clio Barnard
Writer: Clio Barnard
Cast: Claire Rushbrook, Adeel Akhtar
Genre: Drama
Country of Origin: UK

AVA (Claire Rushbrook) is a respected matriarch on a predominantly white Bradford estate. In her fifties and from an Irish-Catholic background, Ava is a devoted mother, grandmother and teaching assistant who fills her time looking after others and listening to country and folk music, masking the scars left by an abusive ex-husband.

ALI (Adeel Akhtar) is a charismatic son, brother, boss and landlord, an avid music and book lover and moon watcher. In his mid-thirties, Ali is devoted to his family and Asian community in Bradford. Still living with his estranged wife, he hides their separation from his family, painfully continuing the charade of marital domesticity because he still loves her.

Both lonely for different reasons, Ava and Ali find each other and sparks fly fierce, despite their own fears about intimacy and expectations of their families and communities.

IN POST-PRODUCTION

WHINA

Status: Post-production
Director: James Napier Robertson, Paula Whetu Jones
Writers: James Napier Robertson, Paula Whetu Jones, James Lucas
Cast: Rena Owen, James Rolleston, Vinnie Bennett, Wayne Hapi
Genre: Biopic
Country of Origin: New Zealand

WHINA is a love story and drama that explores universal themes of whanau, children, marriage, community and above all love. Love of the land and of people, in equal measure. WHINA has obstacles to overcome and historical wrongs to right. This film is a uniquely New Zealand story with a universal narrative. This is exactly the kind of inspiring tale New Zealand and the world needs rights now.

THE ALMOND AND THE SEAHORSE

Status: Post-production
Director: Ceylon Jones
Cast: Rebel Wilson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alice Lowe
Genre: Drama
Country of Origin: UK

Rebel Wilson is leading the cast of the film alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg, the story follows an archaeologist and an architect as they fight to re-imagine a future after a tragedy leaves them adrift from the people they love. Celyn Jones is also directing the movie with longtime Clint Eastwood collaborator Tom Stern. Kaite O’Reilly wrote the script, adapted from her own stage play.

IN PRODUCTION

Please note that some credits are not final

ONE LIFE

Status: In pre-production
Director: Aishling Walsh
Writers: Lucinda Coxon, Nick Drake
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Flynn
Genre: Biopic
Country of Origin: UK

Anthony Hopkins and Johnny Flynn are starring in the Holocaust drama “One Life,” centred on the life of humanitarian Nicholas George Winton. Both actors will portray Winton, who championed the rescue of Czech children threatened with deportation to Hitler’s death camps to the safety of British foster families. He succeeded in rescuing 669 children before World War II broke out. Half a century later, he had a surprise reunion with the now grown children whose lives he saved in a moment captured on the BBC TV show “That’s Life.”

THE MIRACLE CLUB

Status: In pre-production
Director: Thaddeus O’Sullivan (Ordinary Decent Criminal)
Producer: Chris Curling (The Bookshop, The Keeper)
Cast: Maggie Smith, Kathy Bates, Laura Linney
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country of Origin: UK

Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith will be joined by fellow Oscar-winner Kathy Bates and Ozark star Laura Linney in the story of working-class women from Dublin who embark on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. Directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan (Ordinary Decent Criminal).

THE LOST KING

Status: In post-production
Director: Stephen Frears (Philomena, Victoria & Abdul)
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Steve Coogan
Genre: Drama, Biopic, Comedy
Country of Origin: UK

In 2012, having been lost for over 500 years, the remains of King Richard III were discovered beneath a car park in Leicester. The search had been orchestrated by an Edinburgh housewife, Philippa Langley, and the discovery was the culmination of years of obsessive research, during which she had faced the incomprehension of friends and family and the skepticism of experts and academics. THE LOST KING is the life-affirming true story of a woman who refused to be ignored, dismissed and overlooked, who took on the country’s most eminent historians and forced them to think again about one of the most infamous kings in England’s history.

THE SON

Status: In production
Director: Florian Zeller (The Father)
Writer: Adapted by Christopher Hampton (The Father, Atonement)
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby
Genre: Drama

Adapted by Zeller and Oscar-winner Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons), from Zeller’s acclaimed stage play, The Son focuses on Peter (Jackman) as his busy life with new partner Emma and their baby is thrown into disarray when his ex-wife Kate (Dern) turns up with their teenage son, Nicholas. The young man is troubled, distant and angry, playing truant from school for months. Peter strives to be a better father, searching to help his son with those intimate and instinctive moments of family happiness. But the weight of Nicholas’ condition sets the family on a dangerous course.

Oscar winners Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech, Lion), and Joanna Laurie of See-Saw Films produce with Christophe Spadone (The Father) alongside Zeller.

THE GREAT ESCAPER

Status: In pre-production
Director: Oliver Parker (Swimming with Men, Dorian Gray)
Writer: William Ivory (Made in Dagenham)
Cast: Sir Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson
Genre: Drama

In the summer of 2014 – the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings – octogenarian Bernie Jordan (Michael Caine) made global headlines. He’d staged a “great escape” from his care home to join fellow war veterans on a beach in Normandy, commemorating their fallen comrades. It was a story that captured the imagination of the world – Bernie seemed to embody the defiant, “can-do” spirit of a generation that was fast disappearing. But of course, it wasn’t the whole story. It was the story we all tell ourselves to make war and old age bearable. The bitter-sweet script explores the reality with wit and a very big heart.

Bernie’s adventure, spanning a mere 48 hours, also marked the culmination of his 60-year marriage to Irene (Glenda Jackson) – the story celebrates their love without sentimentality and with an eye to the lessons we can all learn from the Greatest Generation.

LIVING

Status: In post-production
Director: Oliver Hermanus
Writer: Kazuo Ishiguro, Akira Kurosawa (original screenplay)
Cast: Bill Nighy, Tom Burke, Aimee Lou Wood
Genre: Drama

Living, the latest project from BAFTA Award® Winners and Academy Award® Nominees Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen’s Number 9 Films. The screenplay by Nobel & Booker Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of The Day) is an adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 classic Ikiru and one of the finest screenplays we have read in recent years.

THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY

Status: In production
Director: Hettie Macdonald (Normal People)
Cast: Jim Broadbent
Genre: Drama

Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent is set to star in the movie adaptation of Rachel Joyce’s genuinely best-selling novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Broadbent will play the eponymous Harold, an ordinary man who has passed through life, living on the side lines, until he goes to post a letter one day…and just keeps walking.

The character embarks on a 450-mile walk across the UK in the simple belief that his journey will save the life of his old friend Queenie who is dying in a hospice. Step by step, a spark is ignited in Harold’s hibernating soul as he rediscovers the majesty of the world, reflects on his mistakes, and finally gains the strength to face the unspoken grief that has driven him and his wife, Maureen, apart. The walk becomes a pilgrimage that inspires people far and wide but, more importantly, transforms Harold into a man who embraces the value of friendship, humility, self-forgiveness, and kindness.

EVERYBODY HERE WANTS YOU

Status: In pre-production
Director: Orian Williams
Cast: Reeve Carney, Haley Bennett, Jack Huston
Genre: Music Biopic/Drama

With full access to all his music, ‘Everybody Here Wants You’ is the story of Jeff Buckley, the legendary rock musician whose career was on the rise before his tragic death in 1997.