The Wings of the Dove: About The Filmmakers

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lain Softley - Director

lain Softley began directing while he was still a student at Queen's College, Cambridge. After graduating, he started working professionally as a director on commercials, music videos, documentaries and short filmed drama. His first feature film was the highly acclaimed "Backbeat," which was about the fifth Beatle, Stuart Sutcliffe. Subsequently, he directed the thriller Hackers."

"I think that it is interesting to use film as a way of going back or getting into other people's shoes and not looking at that from a safe distance," explains lain Softley, as he considers his approach to THE WINGS OF THE DOVE. "I very much wanted to focus on the things that are different. That is why I focused on creating a modern look for the film, depicting a world that is on the cusp of the old and new. But that also fits in with Kate's dilemma. She is caught between the old and new in different ways, between what is traditionally expected of her and the life that she would like to lead on her own terms."

"I am generally interested in stories about people who are swimming against the tide, who exist at odds with the conventions of the society that they are living in. That is very much the case with Kate and Merton, who go against the accepted morality of their time. If one was to think about THE WINGS OF THE DOVE in terms of filmic references rather than literary, you could see it as very much in the film noir tradition. There is something of the film noir femme fatale in Kate, in the way that she draws Merton into her scheme. That was something that writer Hossein Armini and I talked about a lot."

Softley pursued the film noir line in terms of the look of the film, but it is "an influence as opposed to a stylistic straight jacket." As he states, "It is a story where the undercurrents are fermenting right from the beginning in the visual conception. There is a strong sense of light and shadow in the design, but I wanted it to be just one of many influences. The film noir look can be so mannered. What interests me is the way that Eduardo Serra uses light to such a painterly effect normally, and here he has taken up the offer of being a little more defined."

David Parfitt - Producer

David Parfitt co-founded the Renaissance Theatre Company with Kenneth Branagh in 1987, after enjoying a career as an actor. The company produced various celebrated West End theatre productions of Shakespeare including "Twelfth Night," "Much Ado About Nothing," "Hamlet," "As You Like It," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "King Lear," and "Coriolanus." Contemporary works included John Session's "Traveling Tales" and Kenneth Branagh's "Public Enemy." David Parfitt, Kenneth Branagh and business partner Stephen Evans joined together to form Renaissance Films. Parfitt was the associate producer on the Oscar winning "Henry V," and producer of "Peter's Friends." Continuing Renaissance's interest in the classics, he also produced the successful film version of "Much Ado About Nothing," and the Academy Award-nominated short "Swan Song." He was coproducer of "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," and producer of "The Madness of King George," which was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning Best Art Direction. Most recently he produced the acclaimed "Twelfth Night," directed by Trevor Nunn.

Stephen Evans - Producer

Stephen Evans joined the Renaissance Theatre company in 1987 and financed its successful British and world tours of 1988 and 1989. He led the set-up of Renaissance Films with Kenneth Branagh and David Parfitt, created the company and raised the $8.5 million capitalization privately, becoming managing director and a major shareholder. He was executive producer of both "Henry V" and "Peter's Friends" before producing "Much Ado about Nothing." He set up Mad George Films with Alan Bennett and Nicholas Hytner for "The Madness of King George," which Evans produced with David Parfitt, and which won the Alexander Korda BAFTA Award in 1996. His next producing project was "Twelfth Night," again with David Parfitt, which led up to their producing WINGS OF THE DOVE. As managing director of Renaissance Films, his next two films are "Daniel Deronda," with Michael Barker directing, and "The Luchyn Defence," with Marlene Garris directing.

Hossein Amini - Screenwriter

Hossein Amini is one of Britain's hottest young screenwriters. His first produced feature film was the highly acclaimed "Jude," winner of the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival, 1996, and Best Film at the Dinard Film Festival, 1996. His other credits include "Dying of the Light," for the BBC, which was nominated for a BAFTA in 1995. He is currently working on "The Hammerman" for BBC Films, slated for production next year and a TV series commissioned by Channel Four, "Deep Secrets."

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