Florence Foster Jenkins
Florence Foster Jenkins is a 2016 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Nicholas Martin. The film stars Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who became an opera singer known for her painful lack of singing skill. Hugh Grant co-stars, and supporting cast members includeSimon Helberg, Nina Arianda and Rebecca Ferguson.
Filming began in May 2015, and the premiere was held in London on 12 April 2016. The film was released on 6th May 2016 in the United Kingdom, 13th July in France and 12th August in the United States.
On 21st October 2014, Variety reported that Stephen Frears would next direct a biopic Florence, scripted by Nicholas Martin, about Florence Foster Jenkins, a famous opera singer. Meryl Streep was set to play Jenkins while Hugh Grant was set to play stage actor St. Clair Bayfield, Jenkins' partner and manager. Michael Kuhn and Tracey Seaward would produce the film, which Pathé would finance and handle the sales at American Film Market.
In November 2014, the film was sold to international distributors, and Pathé obtaiuned the rights to distribute the film in the United Kingdom, France, and Switzerland.
Simon Helberg was set on 27th March 2015 to play Cosmé McMoon, pianist, and the accompanist to Jenkins. Rebecca Ferguson was added to the cast on 1st April 2015. On 13th April 2015, Nina Arianda joined the film to play Agnes Stark, a showgirl struggling to move up into high society with the help of her husband.
Principal photography on the film began in May 2015 in London. Pathé released a first-look photo on 22nd May, featuring Streep and Grant as Jenkins and Bayfield, respectively. Filming was undertaken in Hoylake and near Liverpool city centre.
15th June, Grant and Ferguson were spotted filming in New Brighton, Merseyside.
In Liverpool, the city was transformed into the classic New York City.
Liverpool's Drury Lane Street was transformed into Central Park West,
where Streep and Grant were spotted filming in June 2015. Production concluded
on 20th July 2015.
September 2015, Paramount Pictures acquired US distribution rights to
the film. The film had its world premiere at the Belfast Film Festival
on 23rd April 2016. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 6th
May 2016, 13th July in France and in the United States on 12th August
Florence Foster Jenkins has been very well received by critics and cinemagoers alike. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 86%, making it one of the highest reviewed in the year. The site's critical consensus reads, "Florence Foster Jenkins makes poignant, crowd-pleasing dramedy out of its stranger-than-fiction tale – and does its subject justice with a reliably terrific turn from star Meryl Streep." On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.