Cameras are expected to roll in May on Danish director Lone Scherfig's new film Posh. The drama sounds as thoroughly English in subject matter as her most acclaimed work, An Education, which screens at 9.30pm this Saturday on SBS One.
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Set amid the privileged, moneyed elite of Oxford University, Posh follows second-year students Miles and Alistair as they determinedly try to join a dining club capable of making and destroying reputations in one evening.
Young UK playwright Laura Wade has written the script, adapted from her own West End play of the same name.
“Posh invites us into a uniquely fascinating and hilarious world to which none of us would normally have access,” said Scherfig in the statement issued this month when sales agent Hanway Films declared they were backing the project. “But this elite and refined world is not what it first seems, especially when its members are 'chateau'ed and provoked….”
No cast have been announced yet but in An Education Scherfig ably showed her talent for casting the right people and helping them convey the complexity of human beings. Carey Mulligan was only 22 years-old when she played the schoolgirl Jenny, earning BAFTA, Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, pressing the accelerator down on her career.
The light tone of An Education and Scherfig's depiction of the milieu also makes the film compelling. It's set in the early '60s but the swinging sixties hadn't really started when Jenny met her older beau: she and her parents and teachers were stuck in the old world while Peter Sarsgaard's character David and his friends were heralding fun times ahead when people could go wild and be whoever they wanted.
“I made a film which took place in Denmark in 1957 so I know something about the fear of excess, the shadow of the war and the very simple fantasy lives that people led then,” Scherfig has said of An Education. “But of course, I didn't know London so I was cautious, careful to get everything right. I was watching to make sure that anyone who wasn't English or from Twickenham or 16 years-old in 1962 could understand what was going on.”
Yes, it's good news indeed that this director has another film in the starting blocks. And Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin are producing Posh and their credits include The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and In Bruges, which augurs well too.