LET ME COUNT THE WAYS will be be directed by Björn Runge and written by BAFTA Award winner Paula Milne.
Bankside Films today announced new film LET ME COUNT THE WAYS to be directed by Björn Runge and written by BAFTA Award winner Paula Milne. Björn Runge is hot off his recent success with The Wife which garnered an Academy Award ® nomination for Glenn Close. BAFTA winner Paula Milne is one of Britain’s leading screen writers.
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Me Before You) stars as Elizabeth Barrett in the true story about the love affair between poet Barrett and playwright Robert Browning. The title comes from the world-famous poem How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways, written by Barrett and often read today at weddings.
The film is produced by Damian Jones of DJ Films (Goodbye Christopher Robin, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, The Lady in the Van, Belle, The Iron Lady) and Bankside Films. This is the second collaboration between Jones and Bankside, following their enormous success with Amma Asante’s Belle.
LET ME COUNT THE WAYS was developed by Bankside films and bolsters their evergrowing production and development slate.
The triumphant courtship of the poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning ranks as one of the most iconic love stories of all time. It’s the mid 19th century, Elizabeth is living in the family home with her siblings in affluent Wimpole Street, London. Against all odds she has gained worldwide fame and recognition for her poetry. But fragile and weakened by a mysterious illness, she lives as a virtual recluse in a darkened upstairs room, reliant on Laudanum to relieve her night terrors, administered by Edward, her fiercely protective widowed father. Then the youthful, impulsive Robert Browning invades her life like a hurricane force, arousing in her a sensuality and passion she had previously only ever written about. But the closer she and Browning get, the more tenaciously Edward fights to keep his insidious control over her. It proves to be more than a battle for her soul between the two men, but a battle for her life itself.
Bankside Films also have international sales rights to the film and will be introducing it to buyers for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival 2019.
Stephen Kelliher said Damian Jones comment on LET ME COUNT THE WAYS.
Stephen Kelliher said of the project: “We are thrilled to be able to bring this most compelling of love stories to the world and to be able to do so with such a talented team of people both in front and behind the camera is a privilege.”
Damian Jones said of the project: “This film is a classic love story which delivers something entirely unexpected and relevant in today’s world and I am excited to be embarking on this journey with an outstanding team of people.”