Ciaran Hinds, Charlotte Rampling, Natascha McElhone, Rufus Sewell Assemble for 'The Sea' in Ireland

Hollywood Reporter, 10 September 2012
By Stuart Kemp

Ciaran Hinds, Charlotte Rampling, Natascha McElhone, Rufus Sewell and Sinead Cusack are among the cast assembled for Stephen Brown's directorial debut 'The Sea'.

Adapted by John Banville for the screen from his own novel, the movie details the story of a man who returns to the sea where he spent his childhood summers in search of peace following the death of his wife.

The movie also introduces new young talents Missy Keating, Matthew Dillon and Padhraig Parkinson and is produced by Luc Roeg (We Need To Talk About Kevin) and Michael Robinson of U.K. production, finance and distribution banner Independent with David Collins (Once) of Irish production label Samson Films.

'The Sea' is an Independent / Samson Films production in association with Rooks Nest Entertainment, Quicksilver Films, Windmill Lane Pictures and RTE with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and The Irish Film Board.

The executive producers are Andrew Orr, Philip Herd, Ernest Bachrach, Rebecca Long, Steve Spence, Michael Sackler and Julia Godzinskaya.

It is shooting for five weeks primarily on location in County Wexford, Ireland.

Independent Films Sales is handling international sales and Independent Distribution will release the film in theaters in Ireland and the U.K. in 2013.

Roeg said: "I've wanted to make a film of John Banville's haunting and soulful novel for several years and it's been worth the wait. I'm excited to introduce a new film maker, Stephen Brown, to world cinema and I couldn't be more delighted with the cast and crew we've assembled together with our producing partners at Samson Films."

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