The Wife

An intelligent, charming and devoted wife questions her life choices as she accompanies her husband to receive a Nobel Prize.

Year: 2018

Directors: Björn Runge

Producers: Claudia Bluemhuber, Piodor Gustafsson, Rosalie Swedlin, Meta Louise Foldager, Piers Tempest

Co-Producers: Mark Cooper

Executive Producers: Gero Bauknecht, Nina Bisgaard, Florian Dargel, Tomas Eskilsson, Steve Golin, Hugo Grumbar

Screenwriter: Jane Anderson

Principal Cast: Glenn Close, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Elizabeth McGovern, Jonathan Pryce, Annie Starke, Harry Lloyd

World Premiere: 14 September 2017, Toronto International Film Festival

Creative Scotland Investment: £200,000 Screen Funding

Synopsis

Based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer, The Wife sees Joan Castleman (Glenn Close), an intelligent, charming and diplomatic woman and devoted wife, questioning her life choices as she accompanies her husband, Joe (Jonathan Pryce) to Stockholm, where he is set to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Joan reflects on the forty years she has spent sacrificing her own dreams and ambitions to support her husband’s successful literary career. She has put up with a lot – Joe’s infidelities, his poor excuses and the unfair amount of compromise Joan has had to make. Joan reaches her breaking point in a marriage that she has given up everything for.

Emotional, funny and thought-provoking, ‘The Wife’ celebrates a woman taking control of her own life and re-asserting her worth.

The Wife is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Screen Funding. Shot on location in Scotland, The Wife filmed on board Concorde at the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian, Hutcheson’s Hall in Glasgow and in Dumfries.

The Wife is produced by Silver Reel, Meta Film London, Anonymous Content, Tempo Productions and Spark Film & TV.

Piers Tempest, Producer at Tempo Productions said,

"Scotland’s unique locations and excellent crew base meant that it was an obvious choice for us when choosing where to base The Wife. Scotland’s adaptability as a film location really shines through in the film and we are grateful to have had Screen Funding support from Creative Scotland.”

Isabel Davis, Executive Director, Screen Scotland said,

“It was a joy to host The Wife in Scotland and we wish the team all the best for the UK release and onwards to awards season and we congratulate Glenn Close on her fine performance.  Scotland’s own role shows the full range of her gifts, not least the versatility of locations. We were very happy to support The Wife and it was heartening to see the production embrace the up and comers alongside our world class, highly experienced crew.”

Scotland’s adaptability as a film location really shines through

“Scotland’s unique locations and excellent crew base meant that it was an obvious choice for us when choosing where to base The Wife. Scotland’s adaptability as a film location really shines through in the film and we are grateful to have had Screen Funding support from Creative Scotland.”

Piers Tempest, Producer at Tempo Productions