Weisz to bookend London Film Festival
Weisz stars as Hester Collyer – a role previously played by Googie Withers, Vivien Leigh and Virginia McKenna, among others – who walks out on her high court judge husband, in post-war London, to move in with a young RAF pilot.
Festival organisers describe the film as a study of forbidden love, suppressed desire and the fear of loneliness, as Hester finds herself stuck between the proverbial “devil and the deep blue sea.”
The director Terence Davies – whose recent documentary Of Time and the City was also featured at the LFF – says that as a British film-maker, just being selected for the festival at all is bliss, so to play on the Closing Night is sheer heaven.
The producers Kate Ogborn and Sean O’Connor say they’re deeply honoured and hugely thrilled to receive the recognition. They say that it’s a particular pleasure for a film that’s very much London-based to receive its first UK outing at the event.
The Deep Blue Sea will close the 55th BFI London Film Festival on October 27th and will open theatrically in the UK a month later.