The Wedding Date
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
CLARE KILNER (Director) began her film career by writing and directing the short drama Saplings, which gained her entrance to Britain’s Royal College of Art, where she received an M.A. in Film and TV Directing. Kilner co-wrote and directed another short, Half Day, which screened at both the Munich Film Festival and the British Short Film Festival.
In 1994, the filmmaker was commissioned to write and direct a documentary about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder called The Secret. It won the Royal Television Society’s Student Documentary Award, the Discovery Award at the Sheffield International Film Festival, Best Student Short at the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Best New Director award at the Nyon Film Festival in Switzerland.
The next year, Kilner directed Symbiosis, her final graduation film at the Royal College of Art. It was screened at many film festivals, received theatrical distribution and aired as part of the BBC series Screen Firsts. In 1994, she was hired to direct another short film, Daphne and Apollo, for the BBC/Channel 4 series Brief Encounters.
Kilner made her feature directorial debut with Janice Beard: 45 Words Per Minute, which she co-wrote with Ben Hopkins. The quirky office comedy starred Eileen Walsh, Rhys Ifans and Patsy Kensit.
Most recently, the director helmed the teen comedy-drama How To Deal, which starred Mandy Moore and Emmy-winner Allison Janney, for Radar Pictures and New Line Cinema.
DANA FOX (Screenplay by) started in show business as an assistant to screenwriters Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (Shanghai Noon, TV’s Smallville) and later to John August (Charlie’s Angels, Big Fish). While working for August, Fox was commissioned by 26 Films to write The Wedding Date, based on Elizabeth Young’s novel Asking For Trouble. The writer turned in her first draft and, five months later, the movie began shooting in London. Fox’s current writing projects include The Girl Most Likely To for MGM and Marc Platt Productions, and two features for 20 th Century Fox: an untitled animated film and the live-action comedy Bratz. She has also recently finished writing a romanticcomedy spec screenplay that she hopes to direct.
ELIZABETH YOUNG (Based on the Book by) started writing after a variety of jobs that included being part of an airline cabin crew, modeling for TV commercials in Cyprus and working for the Sultan’s Armed Forces in Oman. She is the author of Asking for Trouble, Fair Game and, most recently, A Girl’s Best Friend. She lives in Surrey in Great Britain.
NATHALIE MARCIANO (Produced by) is creative director and partner in Charles David Footwear. Under the name “Nathalie M,” she was voted “Designer of the Year” in 1996 for her work as principal designer at Charles David. In 2001, she decided to pursue her lifelong passion for movies by creating 26 Films. The Wedding Date is the company’s first production.
MICHELLE CHYDZIK SOWA (Produced by) partnered with Nathalie Marciano in 2001 to create their production company 26 Films. Previously, Sowa worked for Paramount Pictures, first in feature production management and then in the Creative Group, under former production president John Goldwyn.
JESSICA BENDINGER (Produced by) began her writing career covering the music scene for Spin magazine and MTV News. Her love of music and film led to directing music videos, most prominently Queen Latifah’s Fly Girl, which won Bendinger a 1991 Billboard magazine award for Best Director (Rap). She went on to write for the hit French TV series Sou Le Soliel, and later wrote the screenplay for the popular teen movie comedy Bring It On, which she also coproduced. Bendinger also co-wrote The Truth About Charlie, Jonathan Demme’s feature remake of the romantic-thriller Charade, and recently co-wrote the romantic comedy First Daughter, starring Katie Holmes. The writer also worked as a creative consultant on HBO’s award-winning comedy Sex and the City. Bendinger will next write and direct the Disney feature Stick It, a comedy about a rebellious gymnast.
PAUL BROOKS (Produced by) left London University with a Humanities degree in English/Philosophy/Psychology and Sociology and then went into real estate development before moving into film. With over 13 years producing and distributing films in both the U.K. and the U.S., Brooks founded Metrodome Group, a U.K.-based production company and distributor that he took public in the mid-’90s. As a distributor, Brooks’ films include the likes of Buffalo 66, Palookaville, Chasing Amy and Chopper. As a producer, Brooks’ credits include such films as Shadow of the Vampire and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, both of which received Oscar® nominations (Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay, respectively), as well as the recent paranormal thriller White Noise, starring Michael Keaton; the off-beat comic murder mystery Jiminy Glick in Lalawood, starring Martin Short; and the outrageous comedy The Long Weekend, starring Chris Klein and Brendan Fehr. He is currently President of Gold Circle Films.
Continued: The Film Makers
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