Miranda Richardson Churchill
Cast: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Synopsis: June 1944. Allied Forces stand on the brink: a million soldiers are secretly assembled on the south coast of Britain, poised to invade Nazi-occupied Europe.
One man stands in their way: Winston Churchill.
Behind the iconic figure and rousing speeches: a man who has faced political ridicule, military failure and a speech impediment. An impulsive, sometimes bullying personality – fearful, obsessive and hurting.
Fearful of repeating, on his disastrous command, the mass slaughter of 1915, when over 500,000 soldiers were killed on the beaches of Gallipoli.
Obsessed with fulfilling historical greatness: his destiny.
And hurt by the rejection so deeply formed by his father's utter distance and indifference to him.
Exhausted by years of war and plagued by depression, Churchill is a shadow of the hero who has resisted Hitler's Blitzkrieg. Should the D-Day landings fail, he is terrified he'll be remembered as the architect of carnage.
Political opponents sharpen their knives. General Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery are increasingly frustrated by Churchill's attempts to stop the invasion. King George VI must intervene.
Only the unflinching support of Churchill's brilliant, unflappable wife Clementine can halt the Prime Minister's physical and mental collapse.
The untold story of Britain's most celebrated leader, uncovering the true nature of his herculean war-time status and revealing the strength of his wife, -Clemmie' – his backbone and total confidant…
….the love that inspired him to greatness.
Release Date: June 8th, 2017
About The Production
Churchill follows Britain's iconic Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the days before the D-Day landings in June 1944. As allied forces stand on the south coast of Britain, poised to invade Nazioccupied Europe, they await Churchill's decision on whether the invasion will actually move ahead.
Fearful of repeating his mistakes from World War I on the beaches of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with fulfilling historical greatness, Churchill is also faced with constant criticism from his political opponents; General Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery.
Only the unflinching support of Churchill's brilliant, unflappable wife Clementine can halt the Prime Minister's physical and mental collapse and help lead him to greatness.
Churchill is directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man, Marcella) from an original screenplay by British historian Alex von Tunzelmann (Medici: Masters of Florence) in her feature debut. The film is produced by Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter of Salon Pictures (Guv'nor, My Name is Lenny), along with Piers Tempest of Tempo Productions (The Journey, The Wife) and Claudia Bluemhuber of Silver Reel (Under the Skin, A Hologram for the King).
The cast of Churchill is led by Brian Cox (War & Peace, L.I.E, Coriolanus) as the legendary Winston Churchill, Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter, The Crying Game) as the Prime Minister's wife and confident Clemmie, John Slattery (Spotlight, Mad Men) as General Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied D-Day operations, and Julian Wadham (The Iron Lady, War Horse) as British military commander Field Marshal Montgomery.
Rounding out the key cast is Richard Durden (Dickensian, Anonymous) as South African Field Marshal Jan Smuts, Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Maleficent) as Churchill's young secretary, Helen Garrett and James Purefoy (The Following, High-Rise) as King George VI.
Behind the camera, the creative talent includes BAFTA-winning director of photography David Higgs (Red Riding Trilogy: 1983, RocknRolla), costume designer Bart Cariss, (My Name is Lenny, The Night Manager), production designer Chris Roope (War & Peace, Nativity), make-up & hair designer Cate Hall (The Man Who Knew Infinity, Spooks: The Greater Good), editor Chris Gill (28 Days Later, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), and composer Lorne Balfe (The LEGO Batman Movie, Marcella).
Churchill was developed with the assistance of the BFI, with financing from Silver Reel, Lipsync and Creative Scotland. Embankment Films are handling international sales, with the film scheduled for a 2017 theatrical release by Lionsgate in the UK, Selective Films (France) and Central Park Films in North America.
Release Date: June 8th, 2017