Samuel Goldwyn Films and AMBI Group have partnered on a domestic theatrical release for Simon Aboud’s This Beautiful Fantastic, which stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Anna Chancellor (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). The film, which has been pre-sold in about 150 territories, will be released in early 2017.
This Beautiful Fantastic has been described as “a contemporary fairy tale” about unlikely friendships between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a children’s book author and a cantankerous widower. London is the film’s backdrop, which accounts for the strong ensemble English cast.
The logline: Bella Brown (Findlay) is a beautiful young woman who spends her life living in her own fantasy world of quirky compulsions, dreaming of writing and illustrating a successful children’s books. When she is forced by her landlord to deal with her neglected garden or face eviction, she meets her nemesis, match and mentor in Alfie Stephenson (Wilkinson), a grumpy, loveless, rich old man who lives next door and happens to be an amazing horticulturalist.
AMBI Group principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi teamed with Christine Alderson and her Ipso Facto production banner. Kami Naghdi is also a producer and Jennifer Levine is executive producer.