WestEnd Films has acquired worldwide sales rights to politically charged project “Gareth Jones,” the next film from twice-Oscar-nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland. This was reported by the Variety agency. The movie about Holodomor in Ukraine “Gareth Jones” will most likely be released after December 2018.
“Gareth Jones” tells the real-life story of the eponymous Welsh journalist who exposed the Holodomor, Stalin’s 1933 genocide-famine in Ukraine. Research suggests that the reporter was murdered with the help of Soviet agents the day before he turned 30. His reporting of the famine was said to have inspired George Orwell to write “Animal Farm.”
Holland says she receives many scripts with political themes, but this one stood out. “I am always interested in politically charged subjects, but I have found most of them are pretty basic. My goal isn’t to make simple statements about the world. But this was different,” she says.
The personality of Jones is key to the project, she says, especially in a so-called “post-truth” era. “He started out quite naïve – a little, nervous young man; then he became a tragic superhero,” she says. He is torn between his knowledge of the atrocity and his awareness that there is little an individual can do about it, yet he understands “the responsibility of the media to inform the world of the truth, and this makes this character very powerful and relevant.”
She adds: “The duty [of journalists] to search for the truth and pass it on to the world, and not to distort or manipulate it, and not to choose their own careers or well-being over the truth, is just as important in our times. In some ways, Gareth is a very contemporary hero.”
Jack Reynor, an American-born Irish actor will be starring in the movie. According to the director, there will be 5-6 Ukrainian actors, Polish actors, but most of them will be British.
The producers of “Gareth Jones” are Poland’s Klaudia Smieja from Madants and Stanislaw Dziedzic of Film Produkcja; Angus Lamont of Scotland’s Crab Apple Films; Titus Kreyenberg of Germany’s Unafilm; and Belgium’s Umedia. Shooting is expected to start in October in Poland, the U.K., Belgium, and Germany.
As it was reported earlier 27 countries bought the rights for the distribution of 'The Stronghold' the first Ukrainian full-length fantasy movie as the press service of Kinorob Company that shot the film.
'The Stronghold' is the full-length fantasy movie shot based on the eponymously-named book of Volodymyr Rutkovsky. It was released on October 12, 2017. The film is about Victor, a present-day schoolboy, who goes a thousand years into the past where he will fight against the army of the Cumans with the legendary bogatyrs of Kiev Rus. The main roles are played by Danylo Kamensky, Yeva Kosheva, Roman Lutsky and others. The director of the film is Yury Kovalyov.