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Channel 4 bolts together “Frankenstein” documentary

UK net Channel 4 has commissioned a one-off, hour-long doc that looks at the myth of Mary Shelley's most famous creation, to tie in with Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle's new theatrical production of Frankenstein for the UK's National Theatre.
April 7, 2011

UK net Channel 4 (C4) has commissioned a one-off, hour-long doc that looks at the myth of Mary Shelley’s most famous creation, to tie in with Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle’s new theatrical production of Frankenstein for the UK’s National Theatre.

Lone Star Productions will collaborate with the National Theatre to make Frankenstein: The Making of a Myth, which promises to feature exclusive access to rehearsals and interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, who alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature; and with director Boyle and writer Nick Dear.

It will broadcast on C4 over the summer and is directed by Adam Low, winner of the 2010 Grierson Award for best arts documentary for Arena: T.S. Eliot.

Tabitha Jackson, C4′s arts commissioning editor, said: “What makes great literature great is that it captures a truth about humanity that can still speak to us across the generations.

“Danny Boyle’s recent re-imagining of Frankenstein gives us a great excuse to interrogate what that truth is, and also allows us to have some real fun with some of the classic interpretations of Frankenstein and his monster.”

Martin Rosenbaum, producer at Lone Star Productions, added: “Danny Boyle has wanted to bring Frankenstein to the stage for over a decade and he now does so as a visionary Oscar-winning film director with a dazzling and uncompromising reputation. Boyle and his stars gave us exclusive interviews and privileged access to the rehearsal process.”

 

 

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