The Danish Girl makes her US debut
Today sees the US release of the critically acclaimed The Danish Girl (Artemis Productions/Pretty Pictures/Working Title) a remarkable and unconventional love story based on the 2000 novel by David Ebershoff. The controversial tale is inspired by the lives of artists Lile Elbe and Gerda Wegener, as they navigate Lili’s journey as a transgender pioneer.
The film, which premiered at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival and featured in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, both to critical acclaim, is now hotly tipped for Oscar nominations.
UK period locations take centre stage
Despite being set in 1930’s Copenhagen, the production made use of several interesting and versatile UK locations in order to capture the period of the film. Two London locations feature- the visually stunning Royal Academy of the Arts in Piccadilly, as well as the interior of Blythe House in West Kensington, which can most recently be seen in Burnt (3 Arts Entertainment/Double Feature Films) and Pan (Warner Bros.). Didcot Railway in Oxfordshire provided a historically appropriate railway station, and Bedgebury Manor- a 17th century stately home situated in Kent- lent a necessarily grand aesthetic.
The Danish Girl also took advantage of the world-class facilities at Elstree studios, Hertfordshire, whose 60,000sq ft of space across nine stages have accommodated major international features such as the Indiana Jones and Star Wars trilogies, as well as films such as Paddington, The King’s Speech and World War Z.
British talent takes The Danish Girl from novel to screen
Directed and produced by Tom Hooper, winner of the Academy Award for Best Director for The King’s Speech in 2010 (which went on to win three more Academy Awards that year), The Danish Girl features an abundance of UK-based cast and crew. The film was produced by Working Title’s Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan (Bridget Jones’ Baby, Everest), Ben Howarth (Into the Woods, Les Misérables), Jane Robertson (Belle, The Other Boleyn Girl) and Nina Gold (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Martian) who also cast the film. Writer Lucinda Cox penned the film’s screenplay and production design was overseen by Eve Stewart (Victor Frankenstein, Muppets Most Wanted) with hair and make-up by Jan Sewell (The Theory of Everything, World War Z). The film was also edited by Melanie Oliver (Pride, Anna Karenina) with cinematography by Danny Cohen (This is England, East is East).
Best Actor Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Theory of Everything) stars as the titular character Lile Erbe, with Ben Wishaw (Spectre, Cloud Atlas) featuring as his love interest, Henrik.
Post production for the film was carried out by London-based Goldcrest (Skyfall, Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Halo Post (Suffragette, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), with lighting supplied by Panalux (Spectre, Avengers: The Age of Ultron) making The Danish Girl another example of the wealth of talent present in the UK production industry.
The Danish Girl can be seen in US cinemas from today, and will be screened throughout the UK from January 1st 2016.