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HEART OF DARKNESS

HEART OF DARKNESS

World’s first sand animated feature

 

PITCH

The novel Orson Welles had planned to shoot before CITIZEN KANE, and Francis Ford Coppola adapted into APOCALYPSE NOW…

 

SYNOPSIS

A young sailor named Marlow travels to the Congo to take up a position as riverboat captain for an ivory-trading company. His first task is to follow the Congo River in search of the mysterious Mr Kurtz, an agent of the company who has gone rogue. On his way he and his crew encounter widespread inefficiency and brutality in the company’s stations, but this is nothing compared to what they find at Kurtz’s station: deep in the wilderness he has become the ruler of his own brutal kingdom, exerting power of life and death over his native subjects.

 

VOICE CAST

Paul Bettany (BAFTA nominee) – TBC (SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, JOURNEY’S END, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, MORTDECAI, TRANSCENDENCE, IRON MAN 3, BLOOD, THE TOURIST, MASTER AND COMMANDER) (BAFTA nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role)

Michael Sheen (BAFTA & Golden Globes nominee) (BRAD’S STATUS, PASSENGERS, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, THE DAMNED UNITED, FROST/ NIXON, THE QUEEN) TV credits include the lead in US drama MASTERS OF SEX. Michael will next be seen in THE VOYAGE OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE.

Matthew Rhys (Emmy Award Winner & two-time Golden Globe nominee) (THE POST, BURNT, THE EDGE OF LOVE. TV credits include BROTHERS AND SISTERS and THE AMERICANS). Currently starring in MOWGLI in a live-action. Matthew will next be seen in THE REPORT which premiered at Sundance.

Dame Judi Dench (Academy Award®, BAFTA & Golden Globe winner)- TBC (MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, VICTORIA AND ABDUL, TULIP FEVER, SPECTRE, SKYFALL, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, CASINO ROYALE, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (Academy Award® winner, Best Actress in a Leading Role). Currently starring in RED JOAN.

Bill Nighy (BAFTA winner) – TBC (THEIR FINEST, THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST, LOVE ACTUALLY (BAFTA winner, Best Actor in a Supporting Role) Currently starring in SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER. Bill will next be seen in HEIDI: QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAIN

Andrew Scott (BAFTA winner) (SPECTRE, PRIDE, KING LEAR, HAMLET. TV credits include arch-villain Jim Moriarty in SHERLOCK (BAFTA winner, Best Actor in a Supporting Role) and Paul McCartney in LENNON NAKED.

Camille Cottin (César Award nominee) (LE MYSTERE HENRI PICK, CONNASSE PRINCESSE DES COEURS (César Award nominee, Most Promising Actress), ALLIED, LARGUÉES, PHOTO DE FAMILLE. TV credits include DIX POUR CENT).

Merveille Lukeba (A UNITED KINGDOM. TV credits include double BAFTA-winning teen drama SKINS)

 

FILMMAKERS

Director: Gerald Conn (A COMET’S TALE – BAFTA Cymru, Best Animation)

Executive Producer: Michael Sheen

Producers: Gerald Conn, Wyndham Price

Screenplay by: Mark Jenkins & Mary Kate O Flanagan
Based on the celebrated novel by Joseph Conrad

 

STATUS

Voice recording June 2019, main sand animation starts August 2019

Making-of promo available including test scenes & proof of concept.

 

Critical appeal

Joseph Conrad’s masterpiece is as significant today as it has ever been…

  • Its relevance echoes forever, fizzing with understanding us then and there, and here and now, written for us all to live with today, whenever ”today’’ will be. (The Telegraph)
  • Heart of Darkness seems necessary, even inevitable, the product of dark historical energies, which continue to shape our contemporary world. (The Week)
  • More than 100 years after its publication the novel still resonates…some of its contents, like the “the Inner Station”, “Mr Kurtz”, “The horror! The horror!”, are key parts of literary iconography. (The Independent)

 

It has been analyzed more than any other work of literature that is taught academically (according to literary critic Harold Bloom).

 

French philosopher Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe called it one of the greatest texts of Western literature.

 

Seldom can an author have achieved his aim for a novel more completely than Joseph Conrad with Heart of Darkness. Conrad once wrote how he hoped to instil enough power in the sombre theme of the book that it would “hang in the air and dwell on the ear after the last note had been struck”. Few could argue this is what he did. (The Independent)

 

Few things have had such a profound effect on me as my passage towards understanding this book. When I began to realise how many possibilities the book contains, and how beautifully Conrad brings out their meanings, I felt enlightenment. (The Guardian)

 

Not only is it a staple text on the syllabuses at schools and universities in English-speaking countries, it also appears on many curricula around the world (including India, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Norway etc).

 

CREDITS NOT CONTRACTUAL

Date

25/03/2019

Category

pre-production