Franklyn (2008)

Character: Emilia Bryant/Sally
Production Status: Now available on DVD
and Blu-ray
Release Date: January 30, 2009 (UK)
Director: Gerald McMorrow
Writers: Gerald McMorrow
Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Romance | Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for language)

Plot Outline:
“Franklyn” is 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, divided by two parallel worlds, on course for an explosive collision when a single bullet will decide all their fates.

Preest (Ryan Phillippe) is a masked vigilante detective, searching for his nemesis on the streets of Meanwhile City, a monolithic fantasy metropolis ruthlessly governed by faith and religious fervor. Esser (Bernhard Hill) is a broken man, searching for his wayward son amongst the rough streets of London’s homeless. Milo (Sam Riley) is a heartbroken thirty-something desperately trying to find a way back to the purity of first love. Emilia (Eva Green) is a beautiful art student; her suicidal art projects are becoming increasingly more complex and deadly. In the initial casting it was Ewan Mc Gregor as Preest, Paul Bettany as Milo and John Hurt as Esser.

Eva about “Franklyn” and her double role:
“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.”

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Cast and Crew Quotes:

  • “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.”
    – Sam Riley (“Franklyn” co-star)
  • “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.”
    – Gerald McMorrow (“Franklyn” director)
  • “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.”
    – Gerald McMorrow (“Franklyn” director)
  • Trivia:
    Jeremy Thomas was also the producer of Eva’s debut, “The Dreamers”

    For her part, Eva Green is especially pleased that McMorrow let her script two performance videos that her artist character creates in the film – ‘rather tricky and moving conversations she has with herself by way of video monitors,’ says the director.

    A very special thank you goes out to Katharina and George for their precious help!