Film Adaptation in Development

New Period Drama from the Producer of “The Kings Speech”

Toronto – September 11, 2010 – Acclaimed screenwriter David Seidler will pen a new period drama about the life of Lady Hester Stanhope, THE LADY WHO WENT TOO FAR, for Bedlam Productions.

The film will be produced by Gareth Unwin whose THE KING’S SPEECH saw it’s world premiere last night at TIFF 2010 and has already been heavily tipped as a front runner in the Oscar race 2011.. THE LADY WHO WENT TOO FAR is based on the acclaimed biography STAR OF THE MORNING, by journalist and author Kirsten Ellis.

Charting the true, epic and extraordinary story of Lady Hester Stanhope and set during the Napoleonic Wars, THE LADY WHO WENT TOO FAR is the sweeping saga of a complex, beautiful and romantic woman seeking her destiny. Her story is enmeshed in a political thriller layered with intrigue, murder and love, as the fate of Europe, the Middle East, and beyond hangs in the balance.

“She was a female Lawrence of Arabia, a hundred years before Lawrence,” commented screenwriter David Seidler. “She came to exactly the same conclusion that Lawrence did, that we had no place in the Middle East and should keep away politically.”

“Hers is a very powerful story that’s never been told cinematically before,” said biographer Kirsten Ellis. “She’s an undiscovered iconic emblem and the film will lift the lid on what made Hester spend half her life in the Middle East and what she tried to achieve there.”

The film will mark the second collaboration between Seidler and producer Gareth Unwin following THE KING’S SPEECH, which stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter and received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week.

“I am ecstatic to be working with David again; this is just the type of story that draws out his best work,” said Gareth Unwin. “We had a creatively rewarding time bringing the script for THE KING’S SPEECH through its early stages of development and the opportunity to work so quickly again with a writer of David’s stature is a real treat.”

“I am further buoyed by being able to unite a number of the early investors in THE KING’S SPEECH,” added Unwin. “Richard Price (ex Chair of BAFTA) and Mark Foligno and Steve Milne (MD and CEO of Molinare respectively) have been incredibly supportive of me and my aspirations for this project.”

For further information please contact:

Kate Lee – Freud Communications +447771600070

kate@freud.com

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