Opening Night Gala: Hope Gap
SCHEDULE PERMITTING, OSCAR® & BAFTA NOMINATED WRITER/DIRECTOR WILLIAM NICHOLSON WILL INTRODUCE THE SCREENING.
Academy® Award nominee Annette Bening and BAFTA winner Bill Nighy come together in Academy® Award nominated Write/Director William Nicholson’s second feature. Grace (Annette Bening) and Edward (Bill Nighy) have been married thirty-three years. When their son Jamie (Josh O'Connor) comes home to visit them in the fading seaside town where he grew up, Edward tells him that he plans to leave Grace, the next day. Hope Gap tracks the unravelling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief and anger, to a resolution, of sorts. It's tender, it's funny and above all, true. There are no easy answers, no simple paths to redemption, but in the end, it is a story of hope and survival.
OPENING NIGHT SPECIAL RECEPTION at approximately 10.30pm in Martha’s Vineyard. Enjoy a glass of wine and good food at Martha's Vineyard, and help us launch the 32nd Foyle Film Festival in style.
Commenting on the film Director William Nicholson has said, “This really is a very personal story. It’s loosely inspired by what happened to me and my parents and is about the disintegration of their marriage, and a son trying to save the situation.
“Hope Gap is [an] extraordinarily powerful, emotional and loving film and we believe it will hit home for a great many moviegoers who have lived through this experience in their own personal way. The movie is driven by outstanding performances delivered by all three of the leading actors: Annette Bening, Bill Nighy and Josh O’Connor. Each give such layered, nuanced and brilliant performances.” - Cohen and d’Arbeloff, Roadside Attractions and Screen Media
William Nicholson's distinguished career began at BBC Television, where he worked as a documentary film maker. There his ambition to write was eventually channeled into television drama. His plays for television include Shadowlands and Life Story , both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award in their year; other award-winners were Sweet As You Are and The March. In 1988 he received the Royal Television Society’s Writer’s Award. His first play, an adaptation of Shadowlands for the stage, was Evening Standard Best Play of 1990, and went on to a Tony Award winning run on Broadway. He was nominated for an Oscar® for the screenplay of the film version, which was directed by Richard Attenborough and starred Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger.
Since then his film credits include: Sarafina, Nell, First Knight, Grey Owl, Gladiator (as co-writer, for which he received a second Oscar® nomination), Elizabeth: the Golden Age, Les Miserables, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Unbroken, Everest, and has written and directed his own film, Firelight.
His second film as writer and director, HOPE GAP, was completed in 2018 and will go on general release in 2020.