Searchlight lensing ‘Lees’

Newcomer Morton joins Graves, Margolyes and Ross in film

Fox Searchlight Pictures, which is closing out 1997 with “The Full Monty,” “The Ice Storm” and “Oscar and Lucinda” in theaters or soon to be released, is set to begin lensing the Brit production “Dreaming of Joseph Lees” next month.

Newcomer Samantha Morton, who co-stars in the upcoming Sundance screener “Under the Skin,” joins Rupert Graves (“The Madness of King George,” “Intimate Relations”), Miriam Margolyes (“Romeo and Juliet,” “The Age of Innocence”) and Lee Ross (“Secrets and Lies,” “Rogue Trader”) in the film.

Eric Styles, whose “All Mixed Up” received three BAFTA Cymru Awards, including best Welsh drama, will take the helm from an original screenplay by Catherine Linstrum. Christopher Milburn of U.K.-based Midsummer Films is producing.

“Dreaming” is a 1950s love story that explores a passionate triangle between a young woman, her cousin and a man who has always loved her.

Searchlight senior VP Claudia Lewis, who is credited with bringing the project into the Fox specialized banner, will chaperone the production, which begins principal photography Jan. 3 on the Isle of Man.

Milburn’s debut as a producer came with the recent comedy “Caught in the Act,” which was picked up for U.S. distribution by Trans Atlantic Entertainment. Milburn previously produced a national tour of the legit show “Twelfth Night” and recently co-produced West End productions of “Camelot” and “Dames at Sea,” staged as part of the Covent Garden Festival.

In addition to “All Mixed Up,” Styles’ other credits include “Two Lives,” “Voices” and “Birdbrain.”

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