Films

My Week with Marilyn

November 23rd 2011
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • R,
  • 99 min,
  • The Weinstein Company
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  • Cast: Emma Watson, Julia Ormond, Michelle Williams, Dominic Cooper, Kenneth Branagh, Dougray Scott, Eddie Redmayne, Toby Jones, Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Geraldine Somerville, Zoë Wanamaker, Miranda Raison, Philip Jackson, Simon Russell Beale, Pip Torrens, Georgie Glen, Paul Herzberg, Pete Noakes, Cara Bamford, Brooks Livermore, Eric Coco
  • Director: Simon Curtis
  • Writer: Simon Curtis
  • Producer: David Parfitt
  • Co Producer: Mark Cooper
  • Associate Producer: Cleone Clarke
  • Executive Producers: Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Colin Vaines
  • Art Direction: Charmian Adams
  • Castings: Deborah Aquila, Nina Gold, Mary Tricia Wood
  • Costume Design: Jill Taylor
  • D.O.P.: Ben Smithard
  • Editor: Adam Recht
  • Makeup: Jenny Shircore
  • Production Design: Donal Woods
  • Set Decoration: Judy Farr

Storyline

In the summer of 1956, Colin Clark works as an assistant on the British set of "The Prince and the Showgirl", which stars Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe, who is also on honeymoon with her new husband, playwright Arthur Miller. When Miller leaves the country, Clark introduces Monroe to British life and they spend a week together.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: London, UK
  • Production Budget: $10 million
  • Production Companies: BBC Films, Lipsync Productions, Trademark Films, UK Film Council, The Weinstein Company
  • Production Schedule: 4 October 2010 - 21 November 2010

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Trivia

2011 Guide Analysis: "Rather than a straightforward biopic of Marilyn Monroe, feature debut director Simon Curtis ("Cranford," "David Copperfield") and scribe Adrian Hodges ("Primeval," "Survivors") have instead opted for an approach more along the lines of "The Queen" - a study of its subject during a key week in their life. The tone is less somber however, the film showcasing a time when Monroe actually shared moments of her true self with Clark rather than acting the part of the larger than life blonde bombshell icon we all know.

Based on Clark's two diary accounts "The Prince, The Showgirl and Me" and "My Week with Marilyn", and financed by The Weinstein Company and BBC Films, expect this to be both far more respectful and accurate to its subject matter than the oft-derided telemovie "Norma Jean and Marilyn". In fact, there's a chance this could emerge as a surprise awards candidate should the quality of the script and filmmaking match the casting.

That cast is led by Michelle Williams, the only actress that producers met with despite other actresses like Scarlett Johansson, Kate Hudson and Amy Adams being considered for the role. Rising British thesp Eddie Redmayne ("The Pillars of the Earth") will play Clark, while Kenneth Branagh is set to play that titan of acting Laurence Olivier. Judi Dench plays actress Sybil Throndike who, along with Clark, was one of the few that understood Monroe's personality (Olivier famously didn't like her).

In smaller roles there's Dominic Cooper as Monroe's business partner, Julia Ormond as actress Vivien Leigh, Dougray Scott as Monroe's husband Arthur Miller, Zoë Wanamaker as Monroe's acting consultant Paula Strasberg, Emma Watson as a wardrobe assistant, and the likes of Toby Jones and Simon Russell Beale in smaller roles. Shooting literally just finished and in a video interview Williams confirmed that she sings in the film."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 18 November 2011: Finland, UK
  • 24 November 2011: Denmark, Portugal
  • 25 November 2011: Norway
  • 20 January 2012: Sweden