CANNES — Warner Bros. has boarded Bille Eltringham’s comedy “Mrs Ratcliffe’s Revolution” for distribution in the U.K., Spain and Benelux.
Pic, set to shoot this summer, will star Catherine Tate, best known for her award-laden self-titled BBC sketch show, and Mark Strong (“Syriana”).
Tate and Strong will play a married couple of card-carrying English Communists in the 1960s who take their young family to live in East Germany. But life behind the Iron Curtain doesn’t turn out to be the socialist utopia they dreamed of.
Pic is co-financed by the U.K. Film Council’s New Cinema Fund, and the script was developed with $190,000 of coin from the UKFC’s Development Fund. Pic is being set up as a U.K./Hungary co-production.
“Revolution” is scripted by Peter Straughan and Bridget O’Connor, and produced by Assassin Films’ Leslee Udwin (“East Is East”).
The script was shortlisted for this year’s Hartley-Merrill Prize for Intl. Scriptwriting.
Eltringham previously directed the low-budget digital thriller “This Is Not a Love Song.”