Phoebe Dynevor to Direct Sky Original Film The color room alongside Matthew Goode, scoring his first major role since headlining Netflix’s record-breaking Regency-era drama Bridgerton.
Dynevor will play Clarice Cliff, a pioneering ceramicist who established herself in the 1920s while working in the British pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent. The color room is produced by Caspian Films, Sky and Creative England, while the feature film is based on a screenplay by BAFTA Rocliffe winner Claire Peate. Ophelia Helmer Claire McCarthy directs.
Additional cast includes David Morrissey (The walking dead), Darci Shaw (Judy), Kerry Fox (Rare beasts) and Luke Norris (Poldark). The color room will begin production later this month in Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham, while the film hits theaters and Sky Cinema later this year.
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Here is the connection line: “The color room follows the journey of a determined working woman, Clarice Cliff, as she shatters the glass ceiling and revolutionizes the workplace in the 20th century. Clarice Cliff (Dynevor) is a dynamic young worker in the industrial British Midlands of the 1920s… Bursting with ideas of colors and shapes, Clarice takes more and more dangerous risks – but she manages to stay one step ahead. the workshop and impress the eccentric factory owner Colley Shorter (Goode) along the way with his talent and innovation.
“Apprenticed to famous art designer Fred Ridgeway (Morrissey) and with the support of Colley and other women at the factory, Clarice makes her way to design the unprecedented ‘Bizarre’ Art Deco range. In the midst of the Great Depression, she ensured the survival of the factory and its future as one of the greatest Art Deco designers and a household name.
The color room is produced by Thembisa Cochrane (The reapers) and Georgie Paget (Queens of syria) for Caspian Films, in association with Denaire Motion Picture Poetry and co-producer Neil Jones (Agriculture). The film is produced by Laura Grange for Sky, Paul Ashton for Creative England’s West Midlands Production Fund and David Gilbery, Charlie Dorfman, Marlon Vogelgesang for Media Finance Capital in association with On Sight.
Peate said: “The story was inspired by one image; a young worker leaving her dark industrial reality behind her and entering the rainbow of the Color Room – a world of joy and possibility. It is thanks to the winning scenario at BAFTA Rocliffe and performed on stage that it was taken over.