Franklyn (2008)

Character: Emilia Bryant/Sally
Director: Gerald McMorrow
Co-Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Sam Riley, Bernard Hill
Written by: Gerald McMorrow
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: Rated R

Based on an original screenplay by first-time feature director Gerald McMorrow, the film is a split narrative set simultaneously in contemporary London and in a future metropolis ruled by religious fervor. It’s the story of four lost souls (a vigilante detective, a worried parent, an awkward man looking for love and a suicidal artist), divided by two parallel worlds, on course for an explosive collision when a single bullet will decide all their fates.

Eva Green’s Role

Eva plays a dual role: Emilia Bryant, a tormented suicidal artist and Sally, a witty optimistic love interest to Milo (Sam Riley).

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Eva Green

On ‘Franklyn’ and her dual roles

“A first time director called Gerald McMorrow. It’s produced by Jeremy Thomas. It’s with Sam Riley and Ryan Phillippe. It’s difficult to summarize. It’s about three crazy people. I play an artist, a bit like Tracey Emin, and she puts herself on tape and tries to kill herself. But it’s funny. It’s really mad. And I also play another character who is the opposite of this dark character. Very full of life.”

“She’s quite surreal and has red hair and is ethereal, a bit like Mary Poppins. Which is the opposite of my other character, who’s very tormented and, you know, wants to kill herself all the time. We all, have those people inside.”

“It’s a crazy movie about three people who are mad and lost and quite depressed. It’s quite funny at the same time – like a Michel Gondry movie.”

“I play two characters as a schizophrenic. One is a quite tormented artist and crazy. The other one is full of life, very witty, big sense of humor. It was really pleasant to be on a movie where you don’t have much money, so you can really focus on the actors.”

“It’s a low-budget movie, independent, very different from The Golden Compass. It’s more like a director’s movie – even Ridley Scott had the studios behind him.”

“Ryan Phillippe is in the parallel world, and it’s a sci-fi universe,” she said. “And then, we all live in a parallel [universe], a bit like His Dark Materials. But one of my characters is … a tormented artist. She’s a bit like Sophie Calle, Tracy Emin, and then the other one is very light, full of life, very witty, and big sense of humor. She’s the opposite of the other one.”

“It’s a very unusual story about depression. I play an artist who puts herself on tape and tries to kill herself. I also play another character, who is the opposite, very full of life. It’s very funny, dark and mad.”

“My heart is really in it. It’s very challenging, a bit like Michel Gondry [Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind], that kind of thing. I love it, because we can go mad, in make-up, hair, I’ve never done that before.”


Gerald McMorrow

On Eva

“I know that Jeremy and Bernardo [Bertolucci] thought they’d found someone really special. One of Bernardo’s famous quotes about Eva was that “she’s so beautiful it’s indecent”. But I know he wouldn’t have asked her to be in the movie if she hadn’t been great.”


On casting Eva

“Eva was the only person who could play the part, she’s not only playing two very opposite parts but someone who is multi-layered. The character has this beautiful artistic quality, and the erudite nature of someone who is also completely misplaced. You can’t quite figure out where she’s from.”


Sam Riley

On working with Eva, Ryan Phillippe and Bernard Hill

“Honestly though, working with Eva has been brilliant, and Ryan Phillippe is such a nice guy. He’s great in this from what I’ve seen; I don’t really share too many scenes with him. And Bernard Hill’s just a legend really. I like the fact that everyone’s got their little tale to tell, and you never really know what the fuck’s going on until the last minute. I love those films.”

Eva’s characters Emilia Bryant/Sally
“Life’s too much of an adventure as it is without making anything else up.”


“The last guy saw me. I even wore a wig to disguise myself for a few days, but it didn’t work. It’s over.”
Production Trivia & Facts
Has a run time of 1 hour and 38 minutes.

Is a British-French co-production.

In the initial casting, it was Ewan McGregor as Preest, Paul Bettany as Milo and John Hurt as Esser. The film’s schedule was thrown when Ewan McGregor broke his leg in a biking accident and was forced to drop out. Only Eva remained from the original cast.

This film would have been the first co-starring film between Ewan McGregor and Eva had Ewan stayed on the project. They would eventually work together in Perfect Sense (2011).

Filmed entirely in London, England, UK.
Awards & Nominations

Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (2009)

Nominated (Narcisse Award)

Best Feature Film – Gerald McMorrow

Visual Effects Society Awards (2010)

Nominated (VES Award)

Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Feature Motion Picture – Tania Richard (matte painter), Christoph Unger (matte painter) for the Meanwhile City scapes.

Critics on Eva Green’s performance

Kim Newman, Empire

“Green and Riley compound the reputations they made with Casino Royale and Control by delivering nuanced, subtly cracked performances as Londoners who are ultimately just as out of it as the swarming citizens of Meanwhile City.”

Matthew Turner, ViewLondon

“The performances are excellent. Eva Green is perhaps too perfectly cast as a depressed pretentious art student type.”