ETERNAL BEAUTY stars Sally Hawkins, Alice Lowe, Billie Piper, Morfydd Clark, Penelope Wilton & David Thewlis.
Outline: When Jane (Sally Hawkins) is dumped at the altar she has a breakdown and spirals into a chaotic world, where love (both real and imagined) and family relationships collide with both touching and humorous consequences.
Shot in and around writer/director Craig Robert’s native South Wales, the inspiration for the character of Jane at the heart of ETERNAL BEAUTY came from people Craig was close to when growing up. He explains “The character came fully formed. I just kind of knew those people, to be honest. In most movies that I’ve seen that tackle mental health or mental health issues, the protagonists are always the victim, or they’re deranged and possessed and it’s a horror film. I wanted to flip it. I’d rarely seen it where you’re like, ‘Oh, wait, she’s the normal one; everyone else is the one that’s not normal.’ I wanted to take this psychological element of it, and go, ‘this maybe isn’t a weakness. Maybe it’s a superpower.’”
Craig Roberts’ unique screen portrayal of schizophrenia, a much-misunderstood condition was also informed by medical specialists he consulted with on the script. The reality we see through Jane’s eyes is a different vivid reality, heightened in the film by the stylized palette, camera work and intoxicating score - a reality that the film celebrates is as valid as anybody else’s and treats it with dignity, humour and affection.
Bulldog Film Distribution will release Craig Roberts’ ETERNAL BEAUTY in Cinemas & on Digital Friday 2 October 2020.