'COME AWAY' PREMIERES AT SUNDANCE 2020 January 2020
“The Best Movies At Sundance Film Festival 2020 — Full Of Indy Treats”
by Amber Wilkinson, THE TIMES – January 28, 2020 (extract)
The British and Irish offerings are strong at this year’s movie shebang in Utah
The premise sounds like an idea that evolved from a late-night conversation between film folk who have fallen down their own peculiar rabbit hole: what if Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland were siblings? More peculiar still, the film that has emerged is terrific. Come Away (★★★★☆), set in Britain, is one of the success stories of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It is a family film that imagines a world in which Alice and Peter were sister and brother before their respective awfully big adventures. David Oyelowo, the star of Selma, and Angelina Jolie play Jack and Rose Littleton, who live in a woodland home with three children — David, Peter and Alice (Reece Yates, Jordan A Nash and Keira Chansa, who we are likely to be hearing more from). Life is full of magic for the kids; we see branches become spears in their hands and an old boat transform into a pirate ship.
The director Brenda Chapman and the writer Marissa Kate Goodhill riff on the adventurous themes of Pan and the darker elements of Wonderland as tragedy, then grief strike the family. Although elements of the two source stories will be familiar to audiences of any age, Goodhill has created a fresh tale that flies.
Principal photography now completed. Directed by Edward Hall written by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard, Piers Ashworth and based on the play by Noel Coward.
Leslie Mann, joins an all-star cast which includes Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Emilia Fox and Judi Dench. Blithe is a riotous reimaging of Noel Coward's classic comedy, about love that just won't die. Producing is James Spring, Meg Leonard, Nick Moorcroft, Hilary Bevan Jones, Peter Snell and Toni Pinnolis.