LONDON — Richard Loncraine, who was Emmy nominated for “My House in Umbria,” is to direct “Finding Your Feet,” a romantic comedy-drama written by Meg Leonard and “St. Trinian’s” scribe Nick Moorcroft.
The story follows a middle-class, judgmental snob who finds her aspirational world turned upside down as she approaches retirement. Unable to deal with the shame of her predicament, she goes into exile with her estranged bohemian sister, who lives in an inner-city project and is a keen member of a senior citizens dance group based at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
Loncraine commented: “Good stories are hard to find, and great ones all but impossible. Sometimes you get lucky. ‘Finding Your Feet’ is for me the best kind of story. It is about people, and how their lives entwine. The script made me cry and laugh. Often at the same time. I cannot wait to get into production on this moving and funny film.”
Loncraine recently directed U.S. comedy-drama “Five Flights Up,” starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton, which was distributed by Focus.
Eclipse Films producer John Sachs said: “We’re thrilled to be in business with a renowned filmmaker like Richard Loncraine. This is a highly commercial film and Richard is a rare breed of director who has had success in almost every genre. But what excited us most was his distinct vision for this project and his understanding of the complexities of balancing comedy with drama.”
The film is scheduled to start shooting in October on location in London and Venice. Regular Loncraine collaborator, Irene Lamb, is casting.
Executive producers Anwar Kawadri and Ibrahim Dashishah will co-finance the project through their Swiss-based company, Dashishah Global Film Production.
Sachs will produce alongside Andrew Berg, Leonard and Moorcroft. Fred Films’ James Spring, Eclipse’s Brian Berg and Powder Keg’s John Stevens will executive produce, alongside Kawadri and Dashishah.
Loncraine, Leonard and Moorcroft are represented by Casarotto Ramsay Associates. Leonard and Moorcroft are also represented by Verve in Los Angeles.