Bridget Cleary ( with Richard Armitage) Scheduled to Shoot Next Year

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So – what’s Richard Armitage going to be doing for a year?

Thanks to my friend Micra for the tip.

29 thoughts on “Bridget Cleary ( with Richard Armitage) Scheduled to Shoot Next Year

  1. Let’s speculate a little, stressing that it’s all a wild, wild guess. Summer has a June 2016 date attached to the title on IMDb, it could be the start of shooting. If he’s still on it, he could enjoy a month of relax before filming. He recently started following an important dialect coach, Elizabeth Himelstein, who doesn’t look very likely to be attached to a small film like Summer. Here I am, hoping Richard could have a big project, that can afford a dialect coach like her. But he could have known her personally, decided to take lessons privately. Would he have followed her (private and locked) twitter account in this case? I don’t think so, but who knows?
    Then there is still the “ancient play, physical theatre” project with Yael Farber waiting to see the light.
    And, as always happens with Richard, he will probably soon announce something completely different. 😀

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    • Thanks. I lost track of Summer and didn’t realize it was scheduled for this coming Summer – just around the corner. So maybe that’s it for a few months. And what the heck ever happened to Clearance? And yes, there is the Yaël Farber promise/hint of something this year. With my luck, it’ll be dead of winter in NY – but hey, how much sunshine and perfect weather can one take?

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      • No info about Clearance but its director is scheduled to start filming another project next 6th June so… it looks it has been delayed or cancelled.

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    • I’ve had the same thoughts as you, micra. But, this is a new one: today, I noticed that Brian Percival, who directed both N&S and Downton Abbey, right out of the blue and for no apparent reason, (unless it’s because RA briefly mentions N&S), has just tweeted the Telegraph article that RA did at the time of The Crucible in 2014 with that dramatic pic of him standing in a doorway in those green jeans. I think that BP has just finished shooting Dark Angel. What’s he doing next? Anyone? It would be lovely if those two could work together again. I’m probably getting excited over nothing, although BP does follow RA, I think.

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  2. I am fairly sure that we will see the Pilgrimage film in some form of wide release. It has the backing of the Irish Film Board. My uneducated guess is that they will try to get more mileage out of the fact that Tom Holland, the next Spiderman, is starring in it. That release date in July 7, 2017. I hope we don’t have to wait that long, but who knows. I have given up on UATSC and the Sleepwalker films. It seems the longer they go unreleased, the chances of us seeing them go down. Hope I am wrong. I usually am.

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    • I don’t know what is going to happen to Urban, but am hoping Sleepwalker will appear in the LA Film Festival (where Nightingale appeared), which is in June. They haven’t announced the program yet. I think both Pilgrimage and Brain on Fire are sure to appear in the next few months; we heard they might be candidates for Cannes, and that program must be coming out in the next week or so. But even if they don’t make Cannes, they have a distributor.

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      • Thanks for the information and good news. I hope that Sleepwalker will grace the LA Festival with its presence. And RA comes to give it a publicity boost.

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        • I really doubt it. No news about a release, no info at all, not even on IMDbPro. I guess EL is too busy with his higher profile projects to care for Sleepwalker. About Pilgrimage, yes, we will probably see it in 2017, but I guess RA’s role is very small, so… No hope at all for Urban, unless it’s released on a digital platform.

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          • Do you know what went wrong with Urban? Was it that bad? Were any fans brave enough to give negative feedback after seeing it in Leeds? And thanks for the heads up on Pilgrimage. I had high hopes for that one. So he has a small “supporting” role in it? I didn’t think he was the lead, but I did not know his role was very small. Sleepwalker walking the plank? Yikes. Thank you, Micra, for sharing the information. Luckily we have other projects we can look forward to seeing on some kind of screen.

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              • Well, since the producers tweeted promo of the movie not even mentioning him what the heck should I think? And even if many fans asked for a pic of him, as a reply to that tweet, nobody answered.
                Of course his role is small, he only filmed 3 weeks while the others filmed more than double this time.

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              • Well, there’s small, and there’s very small. I have a feeling that his part of the film is part of their journey with the relic, and I also have a feeling that he doesn’t make it the whole way.

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            • I have no idea what went wrong with Urban, although fans who saw it praised the film, many also thought it was of limited interest outside of it’s sphere, i.e. Leeds or the UK. I read good reviews from fans, but IMO, there were elements about RA’s performance in the film that were “missing,”and many said the dialogue was difficult to understand. I’m too lazy now to find you the links, but I think Guilty Pleasure and Hariclea (Opera is Magic) offered some detailed reviews. Both are on wordpress.

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              • I agree, Perry, that Urban’s problem is that many would consider it of limited interest and there’s the accent to contend with. I do wish that UK TV would pick it up. But, it is a delightful film. Whenever I see a performance by RA, I try not to be biased. So, for instance, although I got a bit of fun out of ITS, I found his acting very wooden and I said this at the time on various forums. I took my husband with me to see Urban so that I would have an ‘outsider’s’ opinion and he enjoyed it as much as I did and didn’t complain that I had dragged him to Leeds. Anna Friel gives a moving performance; the little lad is wonderful and very natural; and I really did enjoy RA very much indeed. This was a ‘different’ role and it was lovely to see the occasional twinkling smile, his warmth when working with the children and his passion as he portrayed a real person. There was absolutely nothing ‘missing’ here and I do so wish that more people could see it because I think they would love it.

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              • I didn’t see it, of course, but I am surprised that you used the word delightful. I know it as light and zany parts, but I thought the book was darker than delightful. I agree, that this role gave him a chance to see a side of him on film we rarely see. Still hoping for some sort of release. ahem.

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  3. It must be frustrating for RA, surely, to have so many projects not see the light of day? And I’m wondering about funding – surely he doesn’t work for free? Are they all made as tax losses?

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    • Surely his agent negotiates a salary before he agrees to do a film, imo he has promoted the films over and above what other actors do, and cannot be faulted but if the projects aren’t ‘picked up’ for whatever reason he cannot be blamed. As you say it must be very frustrating when he has little new on his ‘showreel’.

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    • I agree with Yves ( see below). The actors get paid whether the film shows or not, unless all they have is a percentage of net or gross receipts, and that doesn’t seem likely. Also, I think the same is true or the director, unless he has a piece of the film – so once they’re done, they’re done until promotion starts, if any. But yes, it must be frustrating, especially in this case, where there are four completed films and it seems like only two are on any kind of sales track. (Pilgrimage and BOF)

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    • I don’t think they’re intended to be tax losses for the producers. But I think the rest of the crew gets paid. Problem is, if an actor is in two unsold films, how well does it bode well when casting directors are looking at him for a new film? So he has a lot to lose by his films not being picked up.

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        • Right-I could see it as almost being harmful to be in a number of films, none of which get released. Says something about the ability to draw an audience.

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      • it only matters in that as they don’t really count as part of his body of work, people can’t see or take those performances in account because they are not available for viewing, so they have to take the other existing stuff in account which is a bit older now…
        I don’t think anything was missing from his performance in Urban, but it’s a difficult international proposal and it could have done with some editing. Oh well, at this point maybe best to think of it as water under the bridge and look to the future. I wish he’d make himself available for projects around here, as there is certainly no shortage of things being done but that doesn’t seem to be what he chose for the time being.
        If i had to choose honestly where his considerable talents could be put to more satisfying use at the moment i’d say theater… so many more challenging principal roles.. But again it most likely wouldn’t be where he is based now. So probably i should move on from my own pointless thoughts about possibilities.

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        • Maybe not where he is based now. London theater ( who knows better than you!) has so much going on. I, too hope he gets some more shots at the stage. Yes, NY would be my best hope to see him – though it would require some international travel from Mexico. London might be out of the question for me – but who knows. If it’s at the right time . . . Meanwhile, I’m fretting over how to get access to Berlin Station , though I think I have a few avenues

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          • i think given the producing company it will get around, i can’t imagine it will not land on Netflix/Amazon 🙂 the only problem will be having possibly to wait for some gap time.
            And yes, theatre and TV drama here are booming like never before, but it couldn’t have been predicted 3 years ago or so. At least entertaining the thought of all he could do is a nice fantasy for me, even if it might not happen, but who knows.

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