CAST / CREW
Note: This page is under construction, as a complete credits list has not yet been released.
Kate Winslet - Emmeline Lambert
Kate has been labeled 'the most gifted actress of her generation' by film critics.
She began her career on stage in England as a teen and made her first film, the Oscar-nominated 'Heavenly Creatures' at the age of 17. Several critically-acclaimed performances have followed, including 'Sense and Sensibility', 'Jude', 'Hamlet' with Kenneth Branagh, 'Titanic', 'Hideous Kinky', 'Holy Smoke', 'Quills' and 'Enigma'. 'Iris', with Judi Dench, is pending release.
Kate has received several awards for her accomplishments, including the British Academy Award ('BAFTA') and Screen Actors Guild Award for her portrayal of Marianne in 'Sense and Sensibility'. She has also won several critics and audience awards. Kate is the youngest actor - female or male - to receive two Academy Awards nominations ('Sense and Sensibility' and 'Titanic').
Kate, 25 at the time of commencing production on 'The Magician's Wife', has previously worked with her leading man, Geoffrey Rush, in the Oscar-nominated 'Quills', for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination in 2001 from the Screen Actors Guild.
Geoffrey Rush - Henri Lambert
Geoffrey is one of the most respected actors working in films today. Awards for his work include the Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe ('Shine'), BAFTA ('Elizabeth' and 'Shine'), and Golden Satellite ('Shine', 'Quills').
A veteran of the stage, Geoffrey began his acting career with the Queensland Theatre Company in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He earned an Arts Degree from the University of Queensland.
[Excerpts from a Mr. Showbiz bio] Before his award-winning turn as the psychologically disturbed pianist David Helfgott ['Shine'] turned him into an international star, few people outside of Australia had heard of Rush. After signing with C.A.A., Rush inked a deal to portray the obsessed inspector Javert in Bille August's 1998 big-screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's 'Les Misérables'. The year also delivered roles in the period films 'Elizabeth and 'Shakespeare in Love', the latter of which brought him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.
The year 1999 marked a more whimsical career arc for the Academy darling - he played a demented disco dictator named Casanova Frankenstein in 'Mystery Men'; and a macabre amusement-park designer in the self-knowingly cheesy horror remake 'House on Haunted Hill'.
The following year, Rush turned in an Oscar-nominated performance as the Marquis de Sade in 'Quills', Phillip Kaufman's film adaptation of Doug Wright's Obie-winning play about the depraved penman's final days in a mental asylum.
A veteran of stage, film and television, Mr. West made his feature film debut in Benjamin Fry’s 'E=MC2' and has been seen in 'About Time 2', directed by Mike Figgis, 'Rockstar' and '28 Days'. He recently appeared on Broadway in Noel Coward's 'Design For Living'.
Excerpt from a Broadway publication: Dominic West may be the best export from the London stage since, well, Alan Cumming and Jennifer Ehle. The fact that all three stars are headlining Roundabout’s highly-debated revival of Noel Coward’s Design for Living is reason to rejoice. As Leo, the playwright who becomes involved with both Cumming’s Otto and Ehle’s Gilda, West is assured and poised for the kind of adoration that Americans love to lavish on handsome leading men with foreign accents. In fact, he’s already had a taste of the Hollywood scene, starring as Sandra Bullock’s drunken boyfriend in 28 Days and with Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston in the upcoming Rock Star.
[Note: His role in TMW hasn't yet been published; however, my guess is that he plays the dashing Colonel Deniau, who escorts the Lamberts to Algeria.]
Francois Girard - Director
[From an Arts Central feature] One of Canada's truly successful and young art-movie makers, Girard has won numerous accolades with just three feature films even though the majority of the world never had the chance to see his first French language film. 'Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould' bagged 4 Canada-based Genie awards in 1993 and his most recent work, a five-language hybrid film that spans over three centuries and three continents - 'The Red Violin' - has brought Girard another 8 Genie awards and greater international fame.
Melissa Mathison - Screenplay
The writer’s impressive credits include: ‘Kundun’ (1997), ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ (1995), ‘Twighlight Zone: The Movie’ - segment 2 (1983), ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ (1982), ‘The Black Stallion’ (1989). She also served as co-producer on ‘Kundun’ and associate producer on ‘E.T.’
Denis Heroux and Stephane Reichel - Producers
Heroux has produced a number of television and feature films, including ‘Secret Society’ (2000) and ‘Atlantic City’ (1980). He also directed a number of films in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Reichel has has served as producer, production manager and art department crew member on a number of films.
Heroux and Reichel previously collaborated on an adaptation of another Brian Moore novel - 'Black Robe'.
Alliance Atlantis (financing company - this production budget is $25m)
Canadian entertainment giant Alliance Atlantis has worldwide rights to the film, excluding the US and France, and will sell rights through its international sales division while self-distributing in Canada and in the UK through its Momentum Pictures unit. ICM will handle the US sale.
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