Today, Sky and the producers of Lee, released the first official image of Kate Winslet as Lee Miller. The image, shot during filming on location in Croatia, shows Winslet as the pioneering American war correspondent and photographer who covered WWII in Europe for British Vogue.
Filming is currently underway on the directorial debut from acclaimed cinematographer Ellen Kuras. The film is not a biopic, instead it explores the most significant decade of Lee Miller’s life. As a middle-aged woman, she refused to be remembered as a model and male artists’ muse. Lee Miller defied the expectations and rules of the time and travelled to Europe to report from the frontline. There, in part as a reaction to her own well-hidden trauma, she used her Rolleiflex camera to give a voice to the voiceless. What Lee captured on film in Dachau and throughout Europe was shocking and horrific. Her photographs of the war, its victims and its consequences remain among the most significant and historically important of the second world war. She changed war photography forever, but Lee paid an enormous personal price for what she witnessed and the stories she fought to tell.
Kate Winslet, Producer says, “To me, she was a life force to be reckoned with, so much more than an object of attention from famous men with whom she is associated. This photographer, writer, reporter, did everything she did with love, lust, and courage, and is an inspiration of what you can achieve, and what you can bear, if you dare to take life firmly by the hands and live it at full throttle.”
Julia Stuart, Director of Original Film at Sky says, “Sky is honoured to bring Lee Miller’s wartime journey to screens across the UK. Lee Miller was an utterly unstoppable woman, whose timeless story is as relevant now as it was in her day, and there is no one better suited to that role than the masterful Kate Winslet.”
Joining Winslet is US actor Andy Samberg playing Life Magazine photographer David E. Scherman; Alexander Skarsgård playing English Surrealist painter, photographer, poet and biographer Roland Penrose; Marion Cotillard playing Solange D’Ayen, the fashion director of French Vogue and close friend of Miller’s.Josh O’Connor playing Tony, a young journalist and Andrea Riseborough playing British Vogue Editor Audrey Withers.
Additional cast members include Noemie Merlant (Tar, The Portrait of a Lady on Fire) playing Nusch Eluard; Arinzé Kene (Been So Long, Misty) playing Major Jonesy; Vincent Colombe (Revenge) playing Paul Eluard, Patrick Mille (Bad Girl) playing Jean D’Ayen; Samuel Barnett (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency) playing Cecil Beaton and Zita Hanrot (Paul Sanchez Is Back!) playing Ady Fidelin.
The multi-award-winning creative team includes Director of Photography, Pawel Edelman (The Pianist, Ray), Production Designer, Gemma Jackson (Aladdin, The Gentlemen), Costume Designer, Michael O’Connor (Jane Eyre, The Duchess), Hair and Make-up Designer, Ivana Primorac (Darkest Hour, The Crown,) and Music composed and conducted by two-time Academy Award winning composer Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water, The Grand Budapest Hotel). Lee is written by Liz Hannah, Lem Dobbs, John Collee and Marion Hume and is based on “The Lives of Lee Miller” by Antony Penrose who serves as a consultant to the production.
Produced by Kate Solomon and Kate Winslet, with Troy Lum, Andrew Mason, Marie Savare and Lauren Hantz. Executive Producers are Julia Stuart and Laura Grange, Finola Dwyer, Thorsten Schumacher, Billy Mulligan, John Hantz, Jason Duan, Crystine Zhang, Lem Dobbs, Liz Hannah, John Collee and Clare Hardwick.
LEE is a MS Participations, Rocket Science, Hantz Motion Pictures and A Sky Original Film in association with Pasaca Entertainment. A Brouhaha Entertainment and Juggle Films Production in association with 55 Films and Vogue Studios.
Sky holds the rights in the UK. CAA Media Finance and UTA Independent Film Group represent the film’s domestic rights.
Rocket Science set up the financing for the film by selling out at AFM 2021. Cornerstone distribution deals were struck with Studio Canal (Germany), Australia, New Zealand), SND (France), Vertice (Italy, Spain and Latin America), Scanbox (Scandinavia), Elevation (Canada), and The Searchers (Benelux). Further distribution partners include Odeon (Greece), Lusomundo (Portugal) Forum (Israel), Front Row (Middle East), Film Finity (South Africa) Vertical Entertainment (Poland, Eastern Europe), and ACME, (Baltic States).
Winslet is repped by CAA and United Talent; Samberg is repped by UTA; Cotillard is repped by CAA and Agence Adequat; Skarsgård is repped by CAA; Riseborough is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment, Independent Talent Group and O’Connor is repped by Independent Talent Group; CAA and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole.
The Lives of Lee Miller by Antony Penrose is published by Thames & Hudson.
Filming takes place in Croatia, Hungary and London. Pioneer Stillking is the Production service company for Hungary. Embassy Films is the Production service company for Croatia.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
About Lee Miller
Lee Miller (1907–1977) is one of the most remarkable female icons of the 20th century.
Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Lee became a model for Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines before moving to Paris to study photography with Man Ray.
Lee set up her own photographic studios in Paris and New York prior to marrying Aziz Eloui Bey and relocating to Cairo. A chance meeting with Roland Penrose led her to move to London at the outbreak of WWII. Her Surrealist images along with her pack shots, portraits and extraordinary WWII photographs have earned her a key place in the history of art. Lee Miller is one of the most fascinating figures of 20th century photography.
Farleys, her post war Sussex home is the centre of the Lee Miller Archives which cares for her photographs, papers and ephemera. The archives loans and curates exhibitions, licenses images for reproduction and produces Lee Miller prints. Farleys House and Gallery are open to the public April to October each year.
The Lives of Lee Miller by Antony Penrose (£12.99, Thames & Hudson). Described by the Sunday Times as ‘a fascinating revelation of an adventurous and protean spirit’, Penrose’s tribute to his mother brings to life a uniquely talented woman and the turbulent times in which she lived.
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About Rocket Science
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Through its extensive output and its talent and producer relationships, ROCKET SCIENCE consistently delivers exceptional film and television packages to the marketplace for modern audiences, including Michael Gracey’s Robbie Williams biopic “Better Man”, Oliver Hermanus’ “Living”, Michael Mann’s “Ferrari”, Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7”, Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s Gate”, and Todd Haynes’ “May December”. Proven taste and a progressive approach ensure that ROCKET SCIENCE’s diverse range of compelling content remains best in class.
ROCKET SCIENCE’S reputation, comprehensive market knowledge and strong focus on corporate and project branding have propelled its rapid expansion within the entertainment and content landscape. The company’s deep and unique relationships with the creative community and talent agencies on one side and financial institutions & private investors as well as platforms, studios, independent distributors, and broadcasters on the other side make ROCKET SCIENCE one of the key players in the industry.
On the back of consistent growth, ROCKET SCIENCE continues to flourish by increasing its production footprint along with expansion into local language content creation and adding non-scripted and documentary entertainment.
About Hantz Motion Pictures
Hantz Motion Pictures is a US based, women-led company that values inclusive, authentic, and quality filmmaking. Committed to uplifting underrepresented voices both in front of and behind the camera, Hantz curates projects with intentional, emotionally-driven storytelling. The studio develops, finances, and greenlights projects, working closely with filmmakers throughout the creative process.
About Brouhaha Entertainment
Formed in 2021, Brouhaha Entertainment is a production company that traverses genre and convention with its diverse Film and Television slate. The alliance of three pioneering independent producers, BAFTA and Academy-nominated producer Gabrielle Tana who has been behind some of the UK’s most successful and highly acclaimed independent films of recent years, including The Dig, Philomena, The Invisible Woman, The White Crow and The Duchess. Troy Lum and Andrew Mason who have been involved in iconic cinema in their native Australia and abroad.
Their combined filmography includes titles such as Saving Mr Banks, Adoration, The Water Diviner, The Matrix and Dark City. The company is based in two hemispheres and has access to top talent and finance throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and Asia. Brouhaha Entertainment receives backing from the Calculus Creative Content EIS Fund, launched in 2019 to support British indie firms.
About Pasaca Entertainment
Led by CEO Jason Duan and Executive Producer Wen-Chia Chang, Pasaca Entertainment’s goal is to reinvent traditional genres and empower underrepresented groups in entertainment. A global content provider and studio with services including development and production of individual projects.
The production company is behind family drama TIFF 2022. The Prisoner’s Daughter, Pasaca’s first feature film which follows a dying convict (Brian Cox) who tries to reconnect with his daughter (Kate Beckinsale) and grandson (Christopher Convery). Pasaca co-financed Director Catherine Hardwicke’s film, starring Jon Huertas, Ernie Hudson and Tyson Ritter, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.The roster of the company’s fully funded original content will be announced shortly along with additional co-funded productions.
About Juggle Films
Juggle Productions is the company set up by actor and producer Kate Winslet. After 30 years of acting in films whilst largely raising her children, Winslet formed ‘Juggle’ as her way of acknowledging and supporting the phenomenal amount that women in film and television are capable of achieving, whilst juggling family life and maintaining creative integrity. The company is committed to telling stories that have women, courage and truth at their core. After participating in Mare of Easttown (HBO) and more recently ‘I am Ruth’ (a mother’s battle with her teenage daughter’s mental health, for Channel 4), ‘Lee’ is the company’s debut feature, alongside its active development slate.
About 55 Films
55 Films is the production banner of Kate Solomon. Kate is an esteemed producer and writer whose Oscar® and BAFTA nominated films include collaborations with Paul Greengrass, Stephen Frears, Brian Helgeland, and José Padilha. Kate specialises in true-life stories. She began her career in documentaries directing and producing for Channel 4, BBC and PBS. In 2005 she moved into features, and for the next six years worked with director Paul Greengrass. Their collaborations included the Oscar® nominated United 93, about the fourth hijacked plane on 9/11, and Green Zone, set against the Iraq war, starring Matt Damon. She set up independently in 2011. Kate’s subsequent producing credits include Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong film The Program; Brian Helgeland’s Legend starring Tom Hardy as both Kray twins; and José Padilha’s 7 Days in Entebbe about the 1976 hijacking, starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Bruḧl.
About Vogue Studios
Part of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE), Vogue Studios is the entertainment division of Vogue, the world’s leading voice on fashion and culture. CNE is Condé Nast’s award-winning global production company, creating and distributing premium digital video, television, film, branded entertainment, and podcasts across the company’s entire portfolio, including The New Yorker, Vogue, Vanity Fair, WIRED and GQ. CNE has been recognized by the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, News & Documentary Emmy Awards, ASME Awards and Cannes Lions.