Andrea Arnold certainly shown to fame with 2009 FISH TANK, the movie highlighted not just the talent she has for directing but also the ability to spot and give raw new young talent a chance to shine as lead actors like she did for Katie Jarvis. Now today Artificial Eye have emailed us about Arnold’s follow up movie with a new adaptation of a Emily Bronte classic WUTHERING HEIGHTS and once again the director has opted for fresh young talent in James Howson in his first major acting role. The news of another adaptation of a Bronte novel may sound a tired idea to some people however this movie will be solely young actors which we’ve never really seen before and its actors which many may recognise from various tv shows such as Skins (Kaya Scodelario who will play Cathy).
Arnold will certainly be faithful to the original story but also give the book a fresh contemporary version which should attract a younger audience. Wuthering Heights will be released by Artificial Eye in UK & Ireland later this year but over the last 24 hours Venice Film Festival have announced the programme for this years line up and the movie will make its world premier.
Artificial Eye have sent us the first image of James as Heatcliff along with a press release which you can read below:
Artificial Eye is delighted to announce Andrea Arnold’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS will have its World Premiere at this year’s 68th Venice International Film Festival. WUTHERING HEIGHTS is Academy Award®-winning writer-director Andrea Arnold‘s third feature following the BAFTA® award winning, Fish Tank and Cannes Jury Prize winning Red Road. WUTHERING HEIGHTS is produced by Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae of Ecosse Films and Kevin Loader of Free Range Films with Executive Producer Tessa Ross for Film4. WUTHERING HEIGHTS was developed and co-funded by the Lottery through the UK Film Council’s film funds. Film4, Goldcrest and Screen Yorkshire are co-financiers and international sales are handled by HanWay Films.
A Yorkshire hill farmer on a visit to Liverpool finds a homeless boy on the streets. He takes him home to live as part of his family on the isolated Yorkshire moors where the boy forges an obsessive relationship with the farmer’s daughter.
Based on the novel by Emily Brontë and adapted for the screen by Andrea Arnold and Olivia Hetreed, WUTHERING HEIGHTS stars newcomer James Howson as “Heathcliff” and Kaya Scodelario (Skins) as “Cathy” alongside Steve Evets (“Joseph”), Oliver Milburn (“Mr Linton”), and Nicola Burley (“Isabella Linton”). Arnold is joined by long-time creative collaborators, Director of Photography, Robbie Ryan BSC and Editor, Nicolas Chaudeurge.
WUTHERING HEIGHTS WILL BE RELEASED IN THE UK BY ARTIFICIAL EYE IN LATE 2011