Lee & Thompson Film partner Christos Michaels, working with lawyers Anwen Griffiths and Rebecca Pick, as well as Brand Protection partner Mark Stafford, represented the producers on all three high-profile films being released in the UK within a week by three different distributors. These are:
1. “Shame”, the second film from director Steve McQueen (“Hunger”). The script was written by Steve McQueen and Abi Morgan and stars Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. It was shot in New York and was produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (producers of “The King’s Speech”). The film is released by Momentum Pictures.
2. “Coriolanus”, the directorial debut for Ralph Fiennes. The script was written by Oscar winning writer John Logan and stars Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Cox. It was shot in Serbia and was produced by Colin Vaines (“My Week with Marilyn”), Julia Taylor-Stanley (“The Tempest”) and Gaby Tana (“The Duchess”). The film is released by Lions Gate UK.
3. “W.E.”, the story of Wallis and Edward with a contemporary storyline co-written and directed by Madonna. It stars Andrea Riseborough (as Wallis Simpson) and Abbie Cornish. The film was principally shot in London with shoots in New York and France and was produced by Kris Thykier (“The Debt”, “Harry Brown”). The film is released by StudioCanal.
Christos said “We are delighted to have worked closely with the producers and the production on three such diverse films over the last year. Each has had its own unique challenges when putting the package together to close the financing, production and distribution elements and it has been a pleasure to be part of their realisation”.