Barbara Broccoli Spears The Silent Storm

Barbara Broccoli spears Silent Storm

The biggest Bond girl of all, Barbara Broccoli, was also in Cannes. Flush with the success of Skyfall, Barbara is set to produce her first film outside of the Bond franchise, having taken a keen interest in British first-time feature The Silent Storm. Broccoli has produced plenty of theatre, such as last summer’s hit Chariots of Fire and current musical Once, but never really ventured away from Bond on the big screen. But she told me the script and forceful personality of writer-director Corinna Villari-McFarlane convinced her. “I was so excited that I read it twice. When I also found behind it a young, gutsy British female film-maker… Well, I’m a big believer there should definitely be more of those.” Broccoli, who also hinted at a slew of other varied film projects to follow, is exec-producing The Silent Storm with Marc Samuelson, while Nicky Bentham (who worked on Duncan Jones’s Moon) will produce. Damian Lewis has chosen to fill a gap in his Homeland schedule by starring in the 1950s-set film, as an austere Presbyterian minister and community leader on a remote island, opposite a more free-spirited wife, played by Andrea Riseborough. Lewis told me: “I can’t wait to work with Andrea at last and get our teeth into these very meaty roles. There’s nothing so rewarding for a film actor as the intensity of an intimate shoot like this will be, isolated away in a beautiful part of the world.” Filming begins in late June on the Isle of Mull, shot by cinematographer Ed Rutherford, who also lensed Joanna Hogg’s atmospheric island drama Archipelago.