A contemporary reimagining of Henry James' novel, WHAT MAISIE KNEW tells the story of a captivating little girl's struggle for grace in the midst of her parents' bitter custody battle. Told through the eyes of the title's heroine, Maisie navigates this ever-widening turmoil with a six-year-old's innocence, charm and generosity of spirit.
An aging rock star (Moore) and a contemporary art dealer (Coogan)—Susanna and Beale are too self-involved even to notice their neglect and inadequacy as parents; their fight for Maisie is just another battle in an epic war of personalities. As they raise the stakes by taking on inappropriate new partners, the ex-nanny Margo and the much younger bartender Lincoln (Vanderham and Skarsgård), the shuffling of Maisie from household to household becomes more and more callous, the consequences more and more troubling. Always watchful, however, Maisie begins to understand that the path through this morass of adult childishness and selfish blindness will have to be of her own making.
Directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, written by Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne, and from the producers of The Kids Are All Right, WHAT MAISIE KNEW is a heartbreaking but redemptive story of family, self-sacrifice, and the indelibility of one child's love, starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan and Joanna Vanderham, introducing Onata Aprile as "Maisie."
At age 6 Onata Aprile had already booked roles in such indie films as Yellow, The History of Future Folk, and also the episodic Law & Order SVU. She began publicly performing when she was not quite 4 years old in Hello Petula! a web show created for her by her mother and coach, actress Valentine Aprile. Onata's newest film credit includes the indie short Big Girl. Additionally, when she's not making movies Onata has fun singing with Amora Opera for which her credits include La Boheme and an all children's version of The Pirates of Penzance.
Steve was born and raised in Manchester where he trained as an actor at the Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre. In 1992 he won the Perrier Award for his show Steve Coogan in Character with John Thompson, at which he launched his character Paul Calf. He went on to write and perform in The Paul Calf Video Diaries’ for which he won a BAFTA. Whilst working on radio, his character Alan Partridge was created which he transferred to television on the show Knowing Me, Knowing You winning Top Male Comedy Performer, Top Comedy Personality and Best New Television Comedy at the British Comedy Awards.
In addition to his acting career, in 2002, Steve set up Baby Cow Productions with Henry Normal producing several award winning programs including Marion and Geoff, Human Remains, The Mighty Boosh, Gavin and Stacey, Sensitive Skin, Dr Terrible’s House of Horrible and Cruise of the Gods. Steve recently won his fourth BAFTA award for his comedy performance in Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip. He has recently starred in Michael Winterbottom’s latest feature film Untitled Paul Raymond Project also starring Anna Friel, Tamsin Egerton and Imogen Poots, which depicts the life of the London porn baron turned property millionaire Paul Raymond.
His extensive credits in film include Despicable Me 2; I, Partride; He Loves Me; My Idiot Brother, The Other Guys, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief; Marmaduke; Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smythsonian; In the Loop; Tropic Thunder; Hamlet II; Safety Glass; Night at the Museum; Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story; Marie Antoinette; Around the World in Eighty Days; Coffee & Cigarettes; 24 Hour Party People; The Parole Officer; Revengers Comedies; Resurrected; Wind in the Willows; and Indian in the Cupboard.
Coogan has also starred on television in such series and films as The Trip; Sunshine; Curb Your Enthusiasm; Saxondale; The Private Life of Samuel Pepys; I’m Alan Partridge; The Fix; Tony Ferrino’s Phenomenon; Harry and Coogan’s Run.
Julianne Moore most recently starred in the critically-acclaimed HBO original movie Game Change, a film based on the bestselling book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, in which she played Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. She recently wrapped production opposite Jeff Bridges in Sergey Bodrov’s horror film The Seventh Son and completed shooting opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in his feature directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction. Additional upcoming film projects include The English Teacher with Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane and Lily Collins and Kimberly Peirce’s highly-anticipated remake of Carrie, in which she will play Margaret White, mother of Chloe Grace Moretz’s title character.
Moore is the ninth person in Academy history to receive two acting Oscar nominations in the same year for her performances in Far From Heaven (Best Actress nomination) and The Hours (Best Supporting Actress nomination). She was the recipient of many critics' honors for her performance in Far From Heaven, directed by Todd Haynes, including the National Board of Review, Los Angeles Film Critics and Broadcast Film Critics, among others. She won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film and received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations in the same category. The Hours (Paramount Pictures), directed by Stephen Daldry, is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Michael Cunningham, and also stars Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep. Among numerous honors for her performance in this film, and in addition to her Oscar nomination, she received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress.
Moore’s additional film credits include: Crazy, Stupid, Love with Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone; Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right (Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations) with Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo; A Single Man (Golden Globe nomination), directed by Tom Ford and starring Colin Firth; Shelter, directed by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein and also starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers; Chloe, directed by Atom Egoyan and co-starring Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried; Blindness, directed by Fernando Meirelles and starring Mark Ruffalo; Savage Grace, directed by Tom Kalin; Rebecca Miller’s The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee; Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There; Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men with Clive Owen; Next opposite Nicolas Cage; Joe Roth’s Freedomland with Samuel L Jackson; Joe Ruben’s The Forgotten with Dominic West; Laws of Attraction co-starring Pierce Brosnan; The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio; Lasse Hallstrom’s The Shipping News with Kevin Spacey, Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench; Bart Freundlich’s Trust The Man, World Traveler and The Myth of Fingerprints; Hannibal, in which she starred as ‘Clarice Starling’ opposite Anthony Hopkins; Evolution with David Duchovny; Neil Jordan’s The End of the Affair with Ralph Fiennes (Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Best Actress); Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress) and Magnolia (SAG Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress); Robert Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune with Glenn Close and Liv Tyler and Short Cuts (Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female); Gus Van Sant’s re-make of Psycho with Vince Vaughn; An Ideal Husband (Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress); The Map of the World with Sigourney Weaver; Steven Spielberg’s The Lost World; The Big Lebowski starring Jeff Bridges and directed by the Coen Brothers; the Todd Haynes film Safe (Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead); Louis Malle’s Vanya on 42nd Street; James Ivory’s Surviving Picasso; The Hand That Rocks the Cradle; Benny & Joon; The Fugitive; Nine Months; and Assasins.
Moore’s additional honors include the Excellence in Media Award at the 2004 GLAAD Media Awards, the Actor Award at the 2002 Gotham Awards and the “Tribute to Independent Vision” at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
After earning her B.F.A. from Boston University for the Performing Arts, Moore starred in a number of off-Broadway productions, including Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money and Ice Cream/Hot Fudge at the Public Theater. She appeared in Minneapolis in the Guthrie Theater’s Hamlet, and participated in workshop productions of Strindberg’s The Father with Al Pacino and Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter with Meryl Streep. Moore made her Broadway debut in 2006 in the Sam Mendes production of The Vertical Hour, an original play written by David Hare.
Moore has also authored a successful children’s book series – Freckleface Strawberry and Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully. The third book, Freckleface Strawberry Best Friends Forever, was released this fall. Additionally, an off-Broadway musical is currently in production that is inspired by the series.
Moore and her family reside in New York City.
Alexander Skarsgård is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood. He began his acting career at the age of eight and worked steadily in films and on Swedish television. Skarsgård went on to study theatre at the Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK and at Marymount Manhattan College in New York. He returned to Sweden immediately following and appeared in a number of productions making him a star in his native country. A visit to Los Angeles landed him a part in the hit comedy Zoolander (2001) where he starred alongside Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell.
Skarsgård returned home to Sweden to continue honing his acting skills with roles in film and theatrical productions including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bloody Wedding. He also co-wrote and co-directed an award winning short, Att döda ett barn (To Kill a Child) (2003), which was shown at the Tribeca and Cannes Film Festivals.
His first big break in the US was with the HBO miniseries Generation Kill (2008). His portrayal of Marine Sgt. Brad "Iceman" Colbert astonished critics and audiences alike. Immediately following, Skarsgård was cast in the role of Eric Northman, a 1,000-year-old Viking vampire, on HBO's hit series True Blood (2008), where he currently stars alongside Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. The show rode to success on quality scripts, great acting and the public's obsession with the vampire genre. True Blood is currently airing their fifth season.
Next up will be The East (2012) for Fox Searchlight directed by Zal Batmanglij starring opposite Brit Marling and Ellen Page; and Disconnect (2012) directed by Henry Alex Rubin starring opposite Paul Patton, Jason Bateman and Andrea Riseborough. Recent film credits also include Universal's Battleship directed by Peter Berg with Liam Neeson, the award winning Melancholia directed by Lars Von Trier starring opposite Kirsten Dunst and Rod Lurie's remake of Straw Dogs. Other films include Gela Babluani's 13 with Sam Riley, Mickey Rourke and 50 Cent; the independent film Metropia which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; and the animated film The Moomins with his father, actor Stellan Skarsgård.
Rising star Joanna Vanderham first came to the industry’s attention when, straight out of drama school, she secured the female lead role in SKY 1’s thriller The Runaway, starring opposite Jack O’Connell as ill-fated lovers. Joanna played “Cathy” in the 6-part series, adapted from Martina Cole's best-selling novel of the same name. Following this in 2011, she was cast as “Amanda Delaney” in the popular ITV series Above Suspicion: Silent Scream, starring opposite Ciaran Hinds and Kelly Reilly.
Joanna is set to have a breakthrough year with her upcoming projects. Joanna will star in the highly anticipated BBC1 8-part series The Paradise, where she plays the female lead role of smart, ambitious and big hearted “Denise Lovett.” Arriving in the city to find a job, she discovers a glamorous department store, The Paradise, where she falls in love with the exhilarating and dangerous charms of the modern world. Sarah Lancashire, David Hayman and Elaine Cassidy also star, and the series will TX on primetime BBC 1 in November (TBC).
Early next year, Joanna will be seen in BAFTA award winning director Stephen Poliakoff’s Dancing On The Edge, also for the BBC. Set in the early 1930’s, the five part drama series follows jazz outfit, the Louise Lester Band, as they find fame in the parties of the upper class during times of extraordinary change. The series also starts Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode and Henry Goodman.
SCOTT MCGEHEE AND DAVID SIEGEL (Directors)
Siegel & McGehee began making short films together in San Francisco in 1990. Since then, they have worked exclusively as a filmmaking team, co-directing five feature films to date: Suture (1994), The Deep End (2001), Bee Season (2005) and Uncertainty (2009).
David Siegel was born in Brooklyn, New York, but spent most of his youth in Southern California. He received a BA in Architecture at UC Berkeley before pursuing an MFA in Photography and Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. Scott McGehee was born and raised in Orange County, California. He received a BA in English from Columbia University, then went on to graduate studies in Film Theory and Japanese Film History at UC Berkeley’s Department of Rhetoric. They live and work in New York City
CARROLL CARTWRIGHT (writer)
Carroll Cartwright is originally from New York. Over the years, he has written a number of original screenplays, adaptations and production rewrites. He is currently working on films with Luis Mandoki and Debra Granik.
NANCY DOYNE (writer)
Since 2001, Nancy Doyne has been an instructor of Dramatic Writing at Bryn Mawr College and UNC Chapel Hill. What Maisie Knew will be her first produced feature-film screenplay. She also wrote teleplays for the television series Tales from the Darkside and Tales from the Crypt. Nancy’s next project is her feature-film screenplay, Judy Small, headed for production in early 2012. She has just completed a novel.
BILL TEITLER (Producer)
William Teitler's most recent producing credit is Taking Chance, starring Kevin Bacon, directed by Ross Katz (who for his work on the picture won the 2010 DGA award for Best direction in a movie or miniseries made for television). Based on the factual account of Marine Lt. Colonel Mike Strobl, the film was presented in competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and made its debut on HBO, in February, 2009. The film was nominated for the Producer’s Guild Award, two Golden Globes nominations with Kevin Bacon winning a Golden Globe for Best Actor, additionally winning the WGA award and receiving 10 Emmy Award nominations, winning an Emmy for Best Editing.
Other producing credits include: Zathura, starring Tim Robbins and Kristin Stewart, directed by Jon Favreau, for Columbia Pictures, based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg. Empire Falls, which won the Golden Globe and was nominated for 10 Emmy awards, starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ed Harris, Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright Penn, directed by Fred Schepisi, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Richard Russo, for HBO. The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks, directed by Robert Zemeckis, for Warner Bros, based on the Caldecott Award book by Chris Van Allsburg. The Hurricane, starring Denzel Washington, who won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, directed by Norman Jewison, for Universal. Jumanji, starring Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt, directed by Joe Johnston, based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg, for Sony. Mr. Holland’s Opus, starring Richard Dreyfuss, who was nominated for an Academy Award, directed by Stephen Herek, for Disney/Touchstone. Looking for Richard, starring Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder and Kevin Spacey, directed by Al Pacino, which received the DGA Award for Best Documentary Feature, for Fox Searchlight. Tuck Everlasting, starring Ben Kingsley, Sissy Spacek, William Hurt, and Alexis Bledel, directed by Jay Russell, based on the award-winning book by Natalie Babbitt, for Disney. How to Deal, starring Mandy Moore, Alison Janney, Peter Gallagher and Trent Ford, directed by Clare Kilner, based on the book by Sarah Dessen, for New Line. Picture Perfect, starring Jennifer Aniston, Jay Mohr, Kevin Bacon, and Olympia Dukakis, directed by Glenn Gordon Caron, for Fox. Unforgettable, starring Ray Liotta and Linda Fiorentino, directed by John Dahl, for MGM. Mr. Teitler also produced the award-winning anthology series Tales from the Crypt for HBO, Two-Fisted Tales for Fox Broadcasting and Tales from the Darkside for Laurel/LBS.
CHUCK WEINSTOCK (Producer)
Chuck Weinstock came to the movie business relatively late in life. For years, he was a public-interest lawyer in New York City. His producing credits include Fracture, starring Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling, and Joe Gould’s Secret, starring Ian Holm and Stanley Tucci. He's a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has two children, Alexander (18) and Caroline (15), and urges them not to go into the movie business.
DANIELA TAPLIN LUNDBERG (Producer)
Lundberg has been making films since 1998. Among the 20 she has produced, she is most proud of her work on Lisa Cholodenko’s THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, Jim Strouse’s GRACE IS GONE, Justin Theroux’s DEDICATION and Michael Showalter’s THE BAXTER. Lundberg was a partner at Plum Pictures for 7 years before starting Red Crown. A native of Los Angeles, she has lived in New York for more than 10 years. She and her husband Ted are proud parents of three children. Lundberg is a graduate of Princeton University.
DANIEL CROWN (Producer)
After 15 years in the exhibition business, Crown sold his theater circuit in 2007 and began investing in and producing independent films. Daniel currently serves on the Board of Lincoln Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, Connecticut Public Broadcasting, The Jerusalem Foundation, The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, The Lollipop Theater Network and the Mount Sinai Children’s Center Foundation.
A native of Chicago, Daniel has been a resident of New York for more than 25 years where he and his wife, Ellen, are the proud parents of four children
RIVA MARKER (Executive Producer)
Riva Marker is the Head of Production and Development for Red Crown, an independent film and television production company based in New York City. Earlier this year, Marker premiered the David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga comedy Goats at the Sundance Film Festival, where she has previously screened eight of her films. In 2010, she took two films to Sundance as executive producer: The Romantics starring Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin and Elijah Wood; and The Kids Are All Right directed by Lisa Cholodenko and later nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Prior to joining Red Crown, Marker was the Head of Post Production for Plum Pictures from 2006 - 2010, overseeing the post production of over 20 feature films. During her tenure at Plum, she also continued to pursue work with documentary filmmakers and was the post production supervisor on Ellen Kuras' The Betrayal, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, as well as Michael Moore's acclaimed Capitalism: A Love Story. Before transitioning to fiction, Marker worked in television, producing documentaries for the Discovery Channel, BBC, Channel 4 (UK) and National Geographic.
Red Crown has a number of projects in development, including Ron Nyswaner's adaptation of the New York Times bestseller, American Wife; the graphic novel adaptation Too Cool To Be Forgotten; and The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, which Taylor Hackford will direct with Playtone for HBO. In 2009, Marker was honored with a Young Alumni Achievement Award by her alma mater, Pennsylvania State University. She lives in Brooklyn with her wife and son.
STACEY BATTAT (Costume Designer)
Stacey Battat’s latest projects as costume designer are writer/director Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, starring Emma Watson, Isreal Broussard and Katie Chang; and Ned Benson's Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, starring Jessica Chastain, Isabelle Huppert and James Macavoy.
Her career as a costume designer began when writer/director Zoe Cassavetes requested that she work on the independent feature Broken English, starring Parker Posey. In the last year she has designed the set the look for Lena Dunhams Girls. Battat is best known for her costumes in Country Strong, starring Gwenyth Paltrow, and Sofia Coppola's Somewhere.
Early in her career, Ms. Battat worked for iconic designer Marc Jacobs. She segued to working as a fashion stylist full-time, going on to amass a portfolio of work with such illustrious photographers as Dusan Reljin, Annie Leibovitz, and Brigitte Lacombe, contributing to Vanity Fair, GQ, W, and other publications. Ms. Battat attended New York City’s famed Fashion Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the Hunter College School of Social Work.
KELLY McGEHEE (Production Designer)
Kelly Mcgehee first started working as a Production Designer at Kino-Korsakoff in San Francisco, with her brother, Scott McGehee, and their friend, David Siegel. Together they made the thriller Suture which was an official selection at 1995 Cannes Film Festival and won Best First Feature at the IFP awards. Their next film together was The Deep End starring Tilda Swinton, which was distributed by Fox Searchlight and garnered rave reviews. The three soon made their studio debut with Bee Season starring Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche.
In 2002, Kelly moved back to New York and has been steadily designing films that span all genres, from the dramady Lymelife directed by Derick Martini, starring Alec Baldwin, Emma Roberts, and Rory Culkin, to the dark drama The Girl in the Park for noble winning prize playwright David Auburn, starring Sigourney Weaver and Kate Bosworth. She also designed Julia Loktev’s Day, Night, Day, Night and Henry Bean’s Noise starring Tim Robbins as a man tormented by the noise in New York City.
More recently, Kelly’s work has included Yelling to the Sky directed by Victoria Mahoney, starring Gabourey Sidibe and Zoe Kravitz and The Art of Getting By directed by Gavin Wiesen, starring Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts, both of which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. She also designed the 2nd season of HBO’s How to Make it in America starring Bryan Greenberg and Lake Bell, and she collaborated with Justin Schwarz on the 2012 movie The Discoverers starring John C. McGinley and Dreama Walker.
Currently, Kelly is working on Ned Benson’s two-part film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers starring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain.
Madeleine Gavin (Editor)
Madeleine Gavin works in both narrative and documentary film. She recently completed playwright Stephen Belber’s film version of his Broadway play, MATCH. Before that she was lead editor on Participant Media’s, A PLACE AT THE TABLE, which recently opened in theatres nationwide.
Other credits include: Jacob Aaron Estes’ THE DETAILS starring Tobey Maguire and Laura Linney; Rebecca Cammisa’s Academy Award-nominated documentary, WHICH WAY HOME, for which Madeleine received an Emmy nomination; THE FUTURE, directed by Miranda July; THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN, produced by Ricki Lake; Irena Salina’s FLOW: FOR LOVE OF WATER (Best Documentary, Vail International Film Festival, Best Documentary, U.N. Association Film Festival); Jacob Aaron Estes’ MEAN CREEK (Sundance Humanitas Award, Independent Spirit Award: John Cassavetes Award), Joanna Lipper’s INSIDE OUT (Discovery Award) and Jonathan Nossiter’s SUNDAY (Sundance Grand Jury Award winner, Deauville Grand Prize).
Madeleine often collaborates with playwright/activist Eve Ensler and co-directed/edited the Sundance Award Winner, WHAT I WANT MY WORDS TO DO TO YOU. She is currently directing a new documentary with Ensler that will be completed in 2013.
Madeleine received her B.A. from Barnard College and UC Berkeley and her M.F.A. from New York University, where she taught in the writing program for three years.
GILES NUTTGENS (Cinematographer)
Internationally lauded cinematographer Giles Nuttgens is known for his attention to emotional detail across a breadth of cinematic endeavors.
Nuttgens’ extensive feature resume includes Deepa Mehta’s elemental triology Fire, Earth and Water. Water received a 2007 Oscar® nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and earned Nuttgens the 2006 GENIE Award for Best Cinematography. Earlier in 2011, he reteamed with Mehta to shoot the upcoming Midnight’s Children, based on the bestselling Salman Rushdie novel. Midnight’s Children will also premiere at the 2012’s TIFF.
In 2007, Nuttgens’ “sigh-inducingly evocative” (the Telegraph) cinematography for Mister Foe earned Best Cinematography awards at the Copenhagen Film Festival and British Film Festival in Dinard, as well as a Best Cinematography nomination at the 2008 Evening Standard Awards. Prior to Mister Foe, Nuttgens shot writer/director Jake Paltrow’s The Goodnight, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Penélope Cruz, Simon Pegg and Danny DeVito. Often building strong relationships with directors, Nuttgens first worked with McGehee and Siegel on The Deep End, a film which earned Nuttgens the 2001 Sundance Film Festival Award for Best Cinematography and a nomination in the same category at the 2002 Independent Spirit Awards. He collaborated with the directors again on 2005’s Bee Season, starring Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche. Nuttgens also formed a lasting relationship with Lucasfilm, working on Star Wars episodes 1, 2 and 3, subsequently earning an expertise in digital effects.
Despite his experience with FX, all of Nuttgens’ work is grounded in an understanding of the psychological landscape of cinematic narrative. “Beautiful images are not enough,” says Nuttgens. “The images have to be acutely linked with the emotional substrata of any text. While this may seem obvious in theory, the notion often gets lost in the high pressure process of film-making.”
BBC trained, Nuttgens rose through the camera department on a variety of dramas, documentaries and news programs. He was one of the youngest cameramen ever to be appointed to the BBC. His work during these early years involved a significant amount of international travel. Nuttgens remembers an exceptional experience in his early career, “Spending four months in the Brazilian jungle sleeping on the sandbanks on the side of the Araguaia River and living off dried manioc flour and the red-bellied amazonian piraña that we fished every day. The BBC at that time was a place where a crew would just disappear for months on end in the remotest parts of the world, never having to, or being able to report back to the producers in the U.K. until the shooting was over and the exposed film was flying back across the world to the laboratories in England. It was a time of great creative freedom.” These formative experiences paved the way to a future career in Hollywood.
RED CROWN PRODUCTIONS (Production Company)
Red Crown Productions (RCP) was formed in June 2010 by Daniel Crown and Daniela Taplin Lundberg. Crown and Taplin bring over 15 years of industry experience and have financed and produced over 25 films between them.
Taplin’s past credits include The Kids Are All Right written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko and starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo; The Winning Season, written and directed by Jim Strouse, starring Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts and Rob Corddry; Grace Is Gone directed by Jim Strouse and starring John Cusack; Dedication, directed by Justin Theroux and starring Billy Crudup and Mandy Moore; and Great World Of Sound directed by Craig Zobel. The Weinstein Company bought Grace is Gone and Dedication following heated bidding wars, and Grace is Gone went on to win the coveted audience award and the Waldo Salt screenwriting award at Sundance, as well as the critics award at the Deauville Film Festival. Grace is Gone was nominated for two Golden Globe awards: best score and best song by Clint Eastwood. Great World of Sound, which sold to Magnolia, won a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Director and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. The Kids Are All Right was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Annette Bening, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Mark Ruffalo and Best Writing, Original Screenplay; The Film won two Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for Annette Bening.
RCP is in development on the mini-series The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt with Taylor Hackford attached to direct; The New York Times’ bestseller American Wife, which the company will produce with Marc Platt; and Their Last Shot, producing with Barry Josephson.