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Luke Treadaway and Felicity Jones Find ‘Cheerful Weather For The Wedding’

Screen Daily reports that young thesps Luke Treadaway (broke out with Brothers of the Head and we’ll see him in Attack the Block next year) and Felicity Jones (Chéri and The Tempest and will next be seen in Drake Doremus’s Like Crazy and Hysteria) will topline Donald Rice’s directorial debut film, Cheerful Weather For The Wedding.

Screen Daily reports that young thesps Luke Treadaway (broke out with Brothers of the Head and we’ll see him in Attack the Block next year) and Felicity Jones (Chéri and The Tempest and will next be seen in Drake Doremus’s Like Crazy and Hysteria) will topline Donald Rice’s directorial debut film, Cheerful Weather For The Wedding. Produced by Yellow Knife’s Teun Hilte (Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book), filming is currently underway and the cast also includes actors Mackenzie Crook and Elizabeth McGovern.

Gist: Mary Henely Magill and Rice co-wrote the project which is based on a 1932 novella by Julia Strachey and tells the story of a brisk March day in England, during which Dolly (Jones) is due to marry the Honourable Owen Bigham. Waylaid by the disheartened admirer who failed to win her over while he still could, a distant and detached mother, and her own sense of foreboding, Dolly turns to a bottle of rum in the hope of reaching the altar.

Worth Noting: The first edition was published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf in 1932, but Strachey’s work was neglected up until 1978 when Penguin Books produced a new edition.

Do We Care?: Although cinema has delved into this already all too familiar byline of pre-wedding jitters, I’m liking the bottle of rum insertion and how it may induce some behavioral highs and lows in a young bride to be. I’m hoping for a Juno-like character of the period and not some facile traits as we saw when a pill was popped in Death at a Funeral.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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