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Scarlett Johansson, Sienna Miller and Emily Beecham to topline My Mother’s Wedding

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- Kristin Scott Thomas’ directorial debut focuses on three romantically dysfunctional sisters trying to navigate their mother’s third wedding

Scarlett Johansson, Sienna Miller and Emily Beecham to topline My Mother’s Wedding
left to right: Scarlett Johansson, Emily Beecham and Sienna Miller in My Mother’s Wedding (© Kerry Brown)

Principal photography has wrapped on Kristin Scott Thomas’s directorial debut, titled My Mother’s Wedding. The award-winning actress has taken part in a number of successful films, including Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), The English Patient (1996), The Horse Whisperer (1998), Nowhere Boy [+see also:
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(2009) and Darkest Hour [+see also:
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(2017).

The plot of this new project focuses on three sisters returning to their childhood home for a momentous weekend, namely the third wedding of their twice widowed mother, Diana (played by Scott Thomas). The three daughters are from very different walks of life: Georgina (Cannes Best Actress winner Emily Beecham), a palliative nurse; Victoria (BAFTA award nominee Sienna Miller), a Hollywood star; and Katherine (double Academy award nominee Scarlett Johansson), a Captain in the Royal Navy. Over the weekend, the family gathers to celebrate a new marriage, but mother and daughters alike are forced to revisit the past and confront the future, with help from a colourful group of unexpected wedding guests. The picture is co-written by the helmer herself and John Micklethwait.

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Interestingly, the production marks the third time Scott Thomas and Johansson have played mother and daughter since The Horse Whisperer (1998).

Alongside the main cast are Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire [+see also:
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, Knight of Cups), Sindhu Vee (the TV series Sex Education, Matilda), Joshua McGuire (the TV series Anatomy of a Scandal), Mark Stanley (the TV series Game Of Thrones), Thibault de Montalembert (the TV series Call My Agent!), Samson Kayo (The Bubble) and James Fleet (Four Weddings and a Funeral). The creative team includes professionals such as Director of Photography Yves Bélanger (Dallas Buyers Club, Brooklyn [+see also:
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), BAFTA award-winning production designer Andrew McAlpine (An Education [+see also:
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), casting director Lucy Bevan (The Batman, Belfast [+see also:
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), editor Gary Dollner (the TV series Fleabag and Killing Eve), costume designer Sinead Kidao (the TV series Small Axe and The Pursuit of Love), and Academy award nominated hair and make-up designer Daniel Phillips (The Queen [+see also:
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).

Commenting on her new endeavour, Scott Thomas said: “I have wanted to direct for a long time and it was thrilling to create this fictional family using my own childhood memories as a springboard. Directing and acting with such talented actresses and reuniting with Scarlett Johansson has been exhilarating.”

My Mother’s Wedding is being produced by Finola Dwyer and Steven Rales for Finola Dwyer Productions (UK) and Ridlington Road Production (UK), and presented by Indian Paintbrush (USA). CAA Media Finance, which arranged financing for the picture, is in charge of its domestic rights.

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