The Weinstein Company (TWC) acquired U.S. distribution rights, along with Pan Asian TV rights, to Paul Andrew Williams’ feature film Song for Marion, starring Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave and Christopher Eccleston. Written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton), the feature was produced by Philip Moross from Coolmore Productions and Ken Marshall from Steel Mill Pictures. The acquisition was announced today by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and VP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Negeen Yazdi.
Shot in England’s County Durham with great support from the community, Song for Marion is a London-set comedic drama, about grumpy pensioner Arthur (Stamp) who is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion (Redgrave) to join a highly unconventional local choir. At odds with his son James (Eccleston) it is left to choir director Elizabeth (Arterton) to try and persuade Arthur that he can learn to embrace life. Arthur must confront the undercurrents of his own grumbling persona as he embarks on a hilarious, life-affirming journey of musical self discovery.
“‘Song for Marion’ is wildly amusing and is sure to charm audiences of all ages,” said Weinstein. “We’re thrilled to partner with Paul on his latest project and to showcase this dynamic cast. His success in this project stems from his knack for highlighting and harmonizing otherwise contradicting personality traits in this case, funny and cantankerous in his characters.”
“We jumped at the chance to partner on this film,” commented Yazdi, who negotiated the deal alongside TWC COO David Glasser and Michal Podell Steinberg, SVP, Business and Legal Affairs and Acquisitions. “The story told and the parallels that can be seen in our own lives make this film one that will undoubtedly resonate with our audience.”
Added Williams, “I am proud to partner with The Weinstein Company on a film that means so much to me and that I hope will mean just as much to families around the world. The cast shines in this film in a bigger way than I’d ever imagined. It was as much fun behind the camera as it appears on-camera.”
Song for Marion, currently in post-production, is produced in partnership with Film House Germany and Egoli Tossell as well as Aegis Film Fund and Northstar Ventures.