David To Star In New Polikoff Film

The following is a press release from the BBC detailing David's latest project:

Principal photography begins on Monday (3 November) on BAFTA- nominated Stephen Poliakoff's (Capturing Mary, Joe's Palace, Gideon's Daughter, The Lost Prince) Second World War thriller 1939.
The feature film will shoot on location in Norfolk and London for six-and-a-half weeks and is a talkbackTHAMES production in association with Magic Light Pictures, funded by BBC Films, the UK Film Council and Screen East.
Award-winning British actress Romola Garai (Atonement) takes the lead as Anne, alongside BAFTA-winning actor Bill Nighy (Notes On A Scandal, Love Actually), who plays her father Alexander.
They are joined by Oscar-winning actress Julie Christie (Away From Her, Finding Neverland) who plays the formidable Aunt Elizabeth, Eddie Redmayne (The Other Boleyn Girl) as Anne's brother Ralph and Juno Temple (Wild Child) as their younger sister Celia.
David Tennant (Doctor Who) plays family friend Hector, Charlie Cox (Stardust) stars as Anne's lover Lawrence, Jeremy Northam (Gosford Park) as the shady government operative Balcombe and the legendary Christopher Lee (Lord Of The Rings, Golden Compass) as Walter.
1939 is set between present day London and the idyllic Norfolk countryside in the lead up to the Second World War.
At a time of uncertainty and high tension, the story is centred around the formidable Keyes family, who are keen to uphold and preserve their very traditional, English way of life.
The eldest sibling Anne (Romola Garai) is a budding young actress who is head-over-heels in love with Foreign Office official Lawrence (Charlie Cox).
Anne's seemingly perfect life begins to dramatically unravel when she stumbles across secret recordings of the anti-appeasement movement.
Whilst trying to uncover the origin of these recordings, a tangled web of dark secrets begins to unfurl, culminating in the mysterious death of a dear friend.
As war breaks out Anne discovers the truth and escapes to London to try to confirm her suspicions, but she is caught and imprisoned and only then does she finally begin to discover the true extent to which she has been betrayed.
1939 is writer/director Stephen Poliakoff's return to the cinema after an absence of a decade since his previous feature films which included the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning Close My Eyes starring Clive Owen, Saskia Reeves and Alan Rickman.
Since then Stephen has directed a plethora of BBC television dramas, most recently the BAFTA-winning Capturing Mary, BAFTA-nominated Joe's Palace, the Emmy Award-winning The Lost Prince and Gideon's Daughter which won Golden Globes for actors Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt.
Stephen Poliakoff comments: "I'm very excited to be making this film about a period that has always fascinated me, the extraordinary machinations that went on in British society on the eve of war.
"It is truly thrilling to be making it with such a tremendous cast which combines some of the most exciting young talent in the country including Romola Garai, Eddie Redmayne, Juno Temple, Charlie Cox and David Tennant with such great names of the British film industry as Bill Nighy, Julie Christie, and Christopher Lee."
The film is produced by Emmy winner Barney Reisz (Elizabeth I) and Martin Pope (Lawless Heart, The Heart Of Me); and the Executive Producer is Lorraine Heggessey, CEO, talkbackTHAMES.
The behind-the-scenes team includes BAFTA-nominated Production Designer Mark Leese (Capturing Mary), Director of Photography Danny Cohen (The Boat That Rocked, Joe's Palace), Oscar-winning Hair and Make-up designer Jenny Shircore (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), BAFTA-nominated Costume Designer Annie Symons (Doctor Zhivago) and Line Producer Julie Clark (Whitechapel).

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