|Mon Feb 13 2006 |
MRS STING COMES TO AID ROOKIE FILMMAKER
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Some weeks ago, Reuters featured following article:
PARK CITY, Utah (Hollywood Reporter) - Best known as the spouse of pop star Sting, Trudie Styler has her own career as actress, film producer and most recently short-film director.
She came to Sundance this year as the producer of "A Guide to Recognising Your Saints," a labour of love from first-time writer-director Dito Montiel, who brought his hard-hitting New York memoir to the screen. Styler proved to be Montiel's guardian angel, doggedly pushing the fragile project forward through an obstacle course of hurdles. She first turned her charity fundraiser skills towards producing with the Tiananmen Square documentary by Michael Apted ("Moving The Mountain") and "Boys from Brazil," a film about Brazilian transsexual prostitutes. She moved into fiction with "The Grotesque," starring Alan Bates, Sting and Theresa Russell.
"That didn't do very well," she admits. "It was a stiff learning curve between documentaries and features."
Robert Downey, JR. brought her "A Guide to Recognising Her Saints" four years ago, after she had backed "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," "Greenfingers" and "Snatch," an experience which left Styler with no interest in working on studio pictures. But she was eager to help Montiel realise his autobiographical film.
"Dito was an exceptional human being," she says. "He underplays the truth of his own suffering."
Until Downey's career took off, he wanted to direct; he and Montiel work-shopped the script, often in Styler's apartment. It was accepted at the Sundance Writer's and Director's Lab. After the movie's funding fell out within weeks of starting production in Brooklyn, Styler turned in desperation to her husband for bridge funds.
"Sting stepped up," she says, as well as several other financiers, cinematographer Eric Gautier ("Motorcycle Diaries") and editor Chris Tellefsen ("Capote").
The final film is radically changed from Montiel's book, which profiled him as an emerging musician and Bruce Weber model. The movie is an intense father-son drama between old-school patriarch Chazz Palminteri and Shia LeBeouf as the young Dito, who is played as an adult by Downey.
"I have a theory that great things will find their way into the world," says Styler, who delivered a wet print to the festival. "Women were weeping at screenings. That was a real wake-up call."
Posted on Feb 13, 06 | 6:53 pm
Ah so that's why Sting was credited as 'Executive Producer' for that film, lol!! :P I love Robert Downey Jr! ;) Im guessing this film won't be at the cinema then, does anyone know if it'll be released on DVD at some point?! :)