BBC Worldwide North America has announced the acquisition of John Boorman’s latest film, “Queen and Country.”
The film premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and is a follow up to his semi-autobiographical Academy Award-nominated film, “Hope and Glory.”
The film, which is set in the early 1950s, details the “bittersweet rites of passage of the earlier film’s protagonist Bill (Callum Turner). Bill, whose character portrays Boorman, is called up for National Service in the British Army. Instead of being shipped off to Korea, Bill lands a desk job as a typing instructor for a military-regulation-fixated Sergeant Major (David Thewlis) who makes life miserable for Bill and his two office mates. Running parallel to this seemingly light service comedy is Bill’s romantic pursuit of an alluring but emotionally troubled Oxford student (Tamsin Egerton) who’s out of his league. This re-creation of postwar England is infused with nostalgia and a gentle sense of loss and, despite intimations of a country on the cusp of a new era, remains fully aware of the criticisms of the country’s class system.”
Soumya Sriraman of BBC Worldwide North America said, “This film is an excellent addition to our release slate and solidifies our commitment to bringing some of the best British drama to the big screen.”
No release date has been set.