Production has started on Six Minutes to Midnight starring Eddie Izzard (Victoria & Abdul, Hannibal) and Dame Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul, Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love).
Taking place over 6 weeks in various locations across Wales, the film will be released by Lionsgate UK. Six Minutes to Midnight is directed by Andy Goddard (Downton Abbey, Set Fire to the Stars)) and written by Celyn Jones (Keepers, Set Fire to the Stars), Izzard and Goddard.
The film also stars Jim Broadbent (Paddington, The Sense of an Ending, Iris), Carla Juri (Blade Runner 2049, Someone Like Me), James D’Arcy (Dunkirk, Cloud Atlas), Celyn Jones (Submergence, Set Fire to the Stars), Maria Dragus (Graduation), Tijan Marei (Ellas Baby, 4 Blocks) and Franziska Brandmeier (Am Tag die Sterne).
Six Minutes to Midnight is based on true events. Summer, 1939 and Thomas Miller (Eddie Izzard) has taken a last minute and controversial role teaching English to the daughters of high-ranking Nazis at the Augusta-Victoria College, Bexhill-on-Sea – a finishing school on the south coast of England. Despite the storm clouds forming across Europe, the girls continue to learn deportment, Shakespeare, fitness and how to be a faithful member of Hitler’s League of German Girls.
Under the watchful eye of their headmistress Miss Rocholl (Judi Dench), and her devout assistant Ilse Keller (Carla Juri), the girls practice their English and learn how to represent the ideal of German womanhood. With a new world war imminent and a fog of resentment surrounding their presence, youth’s summer is running out for the girls…for everyone.
When the body of a former teacher is discovered, it triggers a sequence of deadly events where the girls and Miss Rocholl discover a world where loyalty is more important than truth. It also leaves Thomas running from the police with the threat of being hanged for murder.
It is Six Minutes to Midnight and can Thomas exonerate himself in time and save the hearts and minds of his students from the grip of Hitler?
Six Minutes to Midnight is being produced by Sean Marley, Andy Evans and Ade Shannon of Mad as Birds, with Sarah Townsend producing for Ella Communications and Laure Vaysse for REP6.
Eddie Izzard, Celyn Jones and Trevor Beattie will serve as Executive Producers alongside Deepak Nayar and Emil Elmér of Motion Picture Capital, Pauline Burt and Adam Partridge from Ffilm Cymru Wales, Zygi Kamasa and Emma Berkofsky from Lionsgate UK and Christina Papagjika and Matt Salloway of West Madison Entertainment.
Director, Andy Goddard commented, “The Anglo-German crossover in our story will see the very best in British onscreen craft allied with the brightest young acting talent from Europe. This dynamic cuts to the core of the storytelling, our need to hold hands across cultural borders is as relevant today as it was in 1939.”
Eddie Izzard said: “It is a much-overused word in the movie business, but for me, starting filming on Six Minutes to Midnight, a film I have wanted to make for ten years, is definitely very exciting. And to start our shoot only 30 minutes from where I used to go to school at Oakley House in Swansea – is a wonderful added bonus.”
A release date for Six Minutes to Midnight hasn’t been confirmed at the time of writing.