LONDON — Juliet Stevenson, who has been BAFTA nominated four times, is set to star in Polly Steele’s contemporary drama “Let Me Go,” which has just started to shoot. Radiohead drummer Philip Selway is composing the score.
Stevenson, whose credits include “Truly Madly Deeply,” is joined in the cast by Jodhi May (“Last of the Mohicans,” “The Other Boleyn Girl”), Lucy Boynton (“Sing Street”), Karin Bertling (“The Bridge,” “Wallander”) and Stanley Weber (“Not Another Happy Ending”). The film is written and directed by Steele, whose credits include the film “Lena — Bride of Ice” and TV show “Elton John — Tantrums and Tiaras,” from a true-life story by Helga Schneider, based on her best-selling memoir of the same name.
“Let Me Go,” which is a story about mothers and daughters and abandonment, follows the emotional journeys of four generations of women from the same family and how they suffer from a trauma created over 70 years ago during the darkest period of World War II.
Also starring are Eva Magyar (“X-Men: First Class,” “Monte Carlo”), Simona Hughes (“The BFG,” “Women in Gold”) and Elizabeth Webster (“Game of Thrones”). Casting has been handled by WildmanHall.
Filming is underway in Surrey, England, and is expected to last three weeks, before moving onto London and ending in Vienna. Production is scheduled to last five weeks in total.
Director of photography Michael Wood (“Rush”), editor Dan Goddard (“The Arbor,” “Love Is the Devil”), production designer Alexandra Walker (art director on three Harry Potter films, “The Young Victoria”) and costume designer Holly Rebecca (“The Incident”) are also on board.
David Broder is producing alongside Lizzie Pickering, who founded In Trust Films with Steele and executive producer Georges Tsitos.
Steele said: “We are thrilled to be making a truly independent film with extraordinary female leads as well as an amazing crew made up of 50% women. The time has come for this story to be told and we are very excited to be bringing it to the screen.”