Filming has begun on Jonny Sweet’s first film, starring Olivia Colman.
Former Edinburgh Comedy Award Newcomer Sweet, who is also about to publish his debut crime novel, has written the screenplay for Wicked Little Letters, which reunites Colman with Jessie Buckley, after both were nominated for an Oscar for your papers in the lost daughter at the beginning of this year.
Now shooting in the UK, and directed by Thea Sharrock (the beautiful game), the comedy is based on a true story.
Peep Show star Colman plays pious Edith Swan, who has little in common with fiery Rose Gooding (Fargo‘s Buckley), as well as being neighbors in the seaside town of Littlehampton in the 1920s.
One day, Edith and others in the town start receiving scandalous letters written in foul language as eccentric as it is obscene, and the finger of suspicion immediately falls on Rose. As Rose is on the brink of losing her freedom and custody of her daughter, and the scandalous letters continue to blight the town, police officer Gladys Moss begins to suspect something is amiss. Along with a group of resourceful women, Gladys strives to solve the mystery, free Rose and catch the real culprit.
No further casting has been revealed for the role yet. It is being produced by Studiocanal (Johnny English, Paddington) with Blueprint (The Banshees of InisherinThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Colman’s South Of The River Pictures (Landscapers).
“Wicked Little Letters is a divine comedy with a deeply moving core,” said Sharrock. “Hilarious, witty, light-hearted and based on a true story as relevant today as it was 100 years ago. Watching this movie will be like hitting your funny bone – when tears of pain and laughter are impossible to separate. Olivia Colman is hilarious, brilliant and brave As Edith, she will continue to showcase her extraordinary acting prowess with her unique ability to make us fall in love with her.
“In Jessie Buckley we have chosen the actress that everyone wants to see; her fiercely strong energy will blow up the character of Rose on our screens. Next the lost daughter our film brings together two of the most exciting, accessible, funniest and wildest actresses in the world.”
Colman and fellow producer Ed Sinclair added: “Here at South Of The River, we couldn’t be happier to be sitting alongside Studiocanal and Blueprint to bring this incredible true story to life. Wicked Little Letters is as funny as it is unexpected with beautiful and lovingly drawn characters across the board. Jonny Sweet’s script had us hooked from page one. He has an excellent eye for ridicule and pomposity in his characters, and his background as a comedian gives his writing a real edge.
“We’re thrilled to have Thea Sharrock on board to direct, a filmmaker who will let our script and characters take flight. In Wicked Little Letters there’s a compelling, modern sensibility bubbling beneath the recognizable and highly cinematic surface of post-War England. World War I., which ultimately delivers a relevant and satisfying dramatic punch”.
Sweet, who is set to appear in the Robert Popper sitcom I Hate You on Channel 4, and whose other acting credits include the 2017 millionaire tech sitcom Loaded on the same channel, in which he co-starred with Nick Helm , Lolly Adefope, Jim Howick, and Samuel Anderson. , he previously created the 2015 BBC Three sitcom Together, in which he and Cara Theobold played a couple in their early 20s in their relationship.
He also co-wrote and starred in the 2011 Sky One sitcom Chickens, about conscientious objectors during the First World War, with fellow sketchers and former Cambridge Footlights mates Joe Thomas and Simon Bird.
The comedian, who runs the production company People Person Pictures with Bird, has also just signed a contract with Faber to publish two crime novels.
The synopsis of the first ring the bonestates, “Meet Edward Jevons, a man living life in a world he can’t afford and doesn’t belong in. His ability to blend in among his friends has helped him get through college comfortably, the only harm being a horribly unrequited love for one of his two best friends. Now, those same abilities threaten to erase him entirely, so when Edward is pushed too far, his instinctive and deferential people-pleaser begins to morph into something with unspeakable violence at heart. your core.Are there limits to what you will do for your friends?Are there limits to what you will do for them?
“Delightfully dark and utterly compulsive, Jonny Sweet’s crime debut heralds the arrival of an extraordinary new talent. The perfect contemporary farmhouse novel, it’s for anyone who’s ever suffered the deep pang of social anxiety about being on the run. the party but not in it.”
Faber’s associate editor, Louisa Joyner, said: “This book is an incredible blend of emotional truth, humor and deep, grizzled wit. It fizzes and sits comfortably in a tradition that encompasses Wodehouse, Waugh and Highsmith, but with a touch more blood”. Jonny’s work deserves tremendous levels of critical and commercial success, for this and his forthcoming books. I am very excited that he has chosen Faber as his publisher.”