or


[07/16/12 - 11:44 AM]
Production Begins in South Africa and North Carolina on the HBO Films Drama "Mary and Martha," Starring Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn
Phillip Noyce is directing the project from a screenplay by Richard Curtis.

[via press release from HBO]

PRODUCTION BEGINS IN SOUTH AFRICA AND NORTH CAROLINA ON THE HBO FILMS DRAMA "MARY AND MARTHA," STARRING HILARY SWANK AND BRENDA BLETHYN

Phillip Noyce Directs From A Screenplay Written By Richard Curtis

Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Liza Chasin And Juliette Howell Executive Produce; Genevieve Hofmeyr And Hilary Bevan Jones Produce

LOS ANGELES, July 16, 2012 - Production has begun in South Africa and North Carolina on the HBO Films presentation MARY AND MARTHA, starring Hilary Swank (Oscar(R) winner for "Boys Don't Cry" and "Million Dollar Baby") and Brenda Blethyn (Oscar(R) nominee for "Secrets & Lies" and "Little Voice"), it was announced today by Len Amato, president, HBO Films. Directed by Phillip Noyce ("Salt," "The Quiet American") from a screenplay written by Richard Curtis (Oscar(R) nominee for "Four Weddings and a Funeral," Emmy(R) winner for HBO's "The Girl in the Café"), MARY AND MARTHA depicts the epic journey of two mothers who bond over the mutual loss of their sons to malaria. James Woods, Frank Grillo, Ian Redford and Stephanie Faracy also star.

"We were especially attracted to Richard Curtis' approach to the story - bringing a human touch to this serious and often overlooked issue about a disease that is preventable and can be eradicated," said Amato. "In the hands of Philip Noyce, directing these two gifted actresses, the difficult subject matter becomes upliftingly accessible, yet profoundly powerful."

Hilary Swank stars as Mary and Brenda Blethyn stars as Martha, an American and an Englishwoman who have little in common apart from the one thing they wish they hadn't - both have lost sons to malaria. Promising adventure and fun, Mary took her young son, George, to Africa, where he subsequently contracted the disease, while Martha's son, Ben, died while working as a volunteer at an orphanage in Mozambique. When the two immensely different women meet in Africa, they bond over their shared personal loss. Forging a deep friendship, they vow to dedicate themselves to the cause of malaria prevention, realizing that, as mothers, they have a responsibility to all the world's children.

Says writer Richard Curtis, "I've always wanted to write a film about the fact that when you have children, there's always the possibility of extreme joy and extreme sorrow. And over the years, working with Comic Relief, I have come across the tragedy of the startling number of lives taken by malaria every year. This film gives me achance to write about that too, as well as working with a team of people I hugely admire - Brenda Blethyn, Hilary Swank and the great Australian director, Phillip Noyce."

MARY AND MARTHA is an HBO Films Presentation of a WTTV Working Title Television Production, in association with BBC and NBC Universal; executive produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Liza Chasin and Juliette Howell; produced by Genevieve Hofmeyr and Hilary Bevan Jones; director, Phillip Noyce; screenplay written by Richard Curtis.





  [july 2012]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· GIRL IN THE CAFE, THE (HBO)
· MARY & MARTHA (HBO)









[05/02/15 - 09:23 AM]
"Dateline NBC" Delivers Its Most-Watched Friday in Four Weeks
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, May 1.

[05/02/15 - 09:07 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: "Shark Tank," "Beyond the Tank" Top Demos for ABC
The Alphabet is the network to beat among adults 18-49 last night.

[05/02/15 - 08:36 AM]
ABC Is #1 for 4th Straight Friday in Adults 18-49 - "Beyond the Tank" Opens Strong
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, May 1.

[05/01/15 - 02:49 PM]
Development Update: Friday, May 1 - NBC Gives Series Order to Trio of Dramas
"Blindspot," "Chicago Med" and "Heartbreaker" (formerly "Heart Matters") are all on tap at the Peacock.

[05/01/15 - 02:10 PM]
Oxygen Changes Time of "Funny Girls" to 11 PM ET/PT
The newcomer previously aired on Tuesday nights at 9:00/8:00c.

[05/01/15 - 01:55 PM]
Little Big Town and Faith Hill to Perform "Girl Crush" on the "2015 Billboard Music Awards"
These stars join previously announced musical performers Kelly Clarkson, Hozier, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and more!

[05/01/15 - 01:19 PM]
Investigation Discovery Clinches Spot as Top 10 Network for Women in Prime in April
Investigation Discovery spins the numbers for the month of April.

[05/01/15 - 01:12 PM]
Discovery Channel Delivers Best April Ever in Men
Discovery spins the numbers for the month of April.

[05/01/15 - 12:51 PM]
Discovery Channel Renews Hit Series "Naked and Afraid" for All New Season
In its most recent season premiere, the series earned its highest rated season premiere ever, even beating the series launch out of "Skywire Live."

[05/01/15 - 12:21 PM]
ESPN's NFL Draft: Round 1 Scores Seven Million Viewers
ESPN spins the numbers for Thursday, April 30.

[05/01/15 - 12:00 PM]
FX Networks Teams with John Singleton on Drama Pilot "Snowfall"
Singleton will direct the pilot, which was previously set up at Showtime, based on a script he co-wrote with Eric Amadio.

[05/01/15 - 11:49 AM]
The CW Network Sets New "Beauty and the Beast" Season 3 Premiere Date for Thursday, June 11
Originally, the new season was slated to premiere on May 21.

[05/01/15 - 11:02 AM]
Alberto Rosende and Emeraude Toubia Join the Cast of ABC Family's "Shadowhunters"
Dominic Sherwood was previously announced for the role of "Jace."

[05/01/15 - 10:59 AM]
Imagine REO Speedragons to Rock ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" May 4
Jimmy Kimmel will unite REO Speedwagon and Imagine Dragons to a one-time-only performance of "Mash Up supergroup."

[05/01/15 - 10:46 AM]
Lifetime Greenlights New Docuseries "Sing It!" Following Two Elite A Cappella Groups Competing for the High Notes
Over the course of eight episodes, the hour-long docuseries crescendos in a championship sing off.