Oliver Hirschbiegel scored with his World War II final days of Hitler film Downfall, and now he’s eyeing World War I. Arclight Films a deal to rep two Rainmark Films. One is Hirschbiegel’s WWI drama The Guns Of August, starring Helena Bonham Carter, Charles Dance and Game Of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke, the other is the comedy drama Woolly Faces, written and directed by Pearse Elliott. Both are being presented to buyers for the first time here in Cannes. Bonham Carter will play her real life step-great grandmother Margot Asquith in an adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning book by historian Barbara W. Tuchman. Scripted by writer-producer Frank Doelger, it is the story of a family dispute with global consequences. It traces the tragic misunderstandings, missed opportunities and aristocratic follies of the summer of 1914, which led to the outbreak of the First World War. It shoots next year.
Woolly Faces is Northern Ireland-born writer-director Elliott’s follow-up to The Mighty Celt. It’s a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story set in West Belfast in 1981. Mum Ciara struggles to keep three unruly teenagers on the straight and narrow while her feckless husband serves time for stealing a milk van. With violence on the streets and hunger strikes dominating the headlines, family has never been so important. Paula Malcomson, Ciaran Hinds and Michelle Fairley star. The project has been developed with the support of Northern Ireland Screen and the Irish Film Board, and the UK’s Feature Film Company will co-finance both pics.