The Wife, starring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater opens in cinemas today.
Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Screen Fund and filmed in Scotland, The Wife is directed by Björn Runge and is an adaptation of the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, written by Meg Wolitzer.
Joan Castleman (Glenn Close): a highly intelligent and still-striking beauty - the perfect devoted wife. Forty years spent sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his skyrocketing literary career. Ignoring his infidelities and excuses because of his "art" with grace and humour. Their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises. And Joan’s reached her breaking point. The Wife is a poignant, funny and emotional journey; a celebration of womanhood, self-discovery and liberation.
The film, which also stars Max Irons, Harry Lloyd and Annie Starke, was 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.”
The Wife shot on location in Scotland, including on board Concorde at the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune, East Lothian, Hutchesons’ Hall, Glasgow and in Dumfries and Galloway.
The production also hosted trainees from Screen Academy Scotland’s Screen NETS programme. The programme supported by Creative Scotland’s Screen Skills Fund provides on the job training in the screen sector.
Creative Scotland funding for The Wife: £200,000 Screen Funding.
Eilidh Walker, Media Relations & PR Assistant, Creative Scotland
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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.”