[12/20/11 - 07:52 AM]
"We'll Take Manhattan" - Ovation's First Original Movie Premieres on February 11, 2012
Aneurin Barnard and Karen Gillan topline the film, written and directed by John McKay.

[via press release from Ovation]


Ovation's First Original Movie Premieres on February 11, 2012

SANTA MONICA, CA - December 20, 2011 --- Ovation, the only multi-platform network celebrating all forms of artistic expression, will premiere its first original movie, We'll Take Manhattan on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 8:00pm ET/9:00pm PT. Set in the 1960s world of fashion photography, the 90-minute film is Ovation's first foray into a series of TV films and dramas which will debut throughout 2012.

Written and directed by John McKay (Life on Mars, Crush), and produced by Kudos Film & Television, We'll Take Manhattan explores the relationship between groundbreaking British photographer David Bailey and his model and muse Jean Shrimpton, particularly during their legendary New York photo shoot for British Vogue in 1962. The film is the story of that wild week, of their love affair, and how they, changed the world of fashion photography forever. The film stars Aneurin Barnard (Olivier Award winner for Spring Awakening) as David Bailey and Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Jean Shrimpton.

Young Cockney up-start photographer Bailey persuades British Vogue to hire his unknown model and girlfriend, Jean Shrimpton, for a major fashion photography layout in Manhattan. Over the course of the shoot, they shatter every established rule of fashion photography, outraging Vogue fashion editor Lady Clare Rendlesham (Helen McCrory, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2) and rattling her assistant, Larry Schwarz (Joseph May, Episodes). Bailey and Shrimpton's famous shoot set the 1960s world of fashion photography ablaze with their inventive style.

The film is executive produced by Claire Parker, Ruth Kenley-Letts and John McKay. We' ll Take Manhattan was produced by Rebecca Hodgson and line produced by Ian Hogan with costume design by Ralph Wheeler-Holes. Tim Palmer is director of photography, David Charap is editor and Kevin Sargent is composer.

We'll Take Manhattan is a co-production between Ovation and BBC and was produced by Kudos Film & Television. It is distributed by Shine International.

About Ovation

Ovation is the only multi-platform network devoted to arts culture. Ovation gives its viewers access to the artists who define our cultural landscape through its one-of-a-kind mix of hand-picked documentaries, series, movies, and specials.

The channel reaches a national audience of 45 million households through carriage on cable systems, DirecTV (channel 274), Dish Network (channel 291) and Telco systems nationally. Ovation is also available in HD and VOD (both in standard and high definition). Ovation extends its linear channel experience for viewers online via its popular website, www.ovationtv.com. In addition to offering contests, trivia, facts and supplemental video online, the network has created an award-winning online community (www.ovationtv.com/community) for everyone from passionate artists to curious creatives who want to share their work and their thoughts. To date, over 190,000 pieces of original art have been uploaded to the site by members.

About Kudos

Kudos Film and Television is the UK's leading scripted independent film and television production company. It has produced award winning television drama for the BBC, ITV, HBO, AMC, BBC America and Channel 4, and its productions include The Hour, Eternal Law, Law & Order:UK, Spooks (US:MI5), Hustle, Life on Mars and its spin-off Ashes to Ashes,. Kudos has been voted the UK's most admired Independent Production Company for the last five years by Broadcast magazine. Formed in 1992, it has been part of the Shine Group since 2007.

About Shine International

Shine International is the sales and distribution arm of Shine Group, a leading independent production and distribution company focused on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights through scripted and alternative television formats. Shine International distributes programming from the growing library of programming of the Shine Group, including Reveille, Kudos, Dragonfly, Princess Productions, Brown Eyed Boy, Shine TV, Shine France, Shine Germany and Shine Australia as well as Metronome, along with a broad array of programming acquired from independent producers and U.S. networks, to more than 150 countries worldwide.

  [december 2011]  


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