Sunday, 7 December 2014

First trailer and one sheet for Far From The Madding Crowd arrives online

Fox Searchlight Pictures have just released their first trailer and one sheet for Thomas Vinterberg's (The Hunt) Far From The Madding Crowd.

Having ticked off Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and F. Scott Fitzgerald from her period adaptations slate, Carey Mulligan's (Inside Llewyn Davis) latest literary endeavour springs from the pen of Thomas Hardy.

Filmed in Oxfordshire late last year, Far From The Madding Crowd sees Thomas Vinterberg joining the likes of Ang Lee (Sense And Sensibility) and Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) in casting an international eye over a classic of English literature. Working once again with cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen, Vinterberg is clearly making the most of the cinematic potential inherent in Hardy's rolling Wessex countryside.

The story, should you be unfamiliar, centres on Mulligan's Bathsheba Everdene (where The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdene gets her name from fact fans), the beautiful, headstrong and independent woman who turns the heads of three different suitors, with varying consequences. Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust And Bone) plays the earthy Gabriel Oak, Tom Sturridge (On The Road) is the dashing Sergeant Troy, and Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon) bears the burden of the unfortunate William Boldwood.

If you're wondering about the song Mulligan sings over the promo, it's a traditional number variously known as The Bunch Of Thyme, Sprig O'Thyme, Let No Man Steal Your Thyme and variations thereof. Its relevance to the film (other than its appropriate lyrics) is that it was used in the famous previous version directed by John Schlesinger in 1967, starring Julie Christie and Terence Stamp. On that occasion it was performed by Trevor Lucas.

David Nicholls (Great Expectations) wrote the screenplay this time, and Far From The Madding Crowd is out in the UK on 1 May next year.

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