The Lovers (2013 film)

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Singularity
Singularity preview.jpg
Preview poster
Directed by Roland Joffé
Produced by Paul Breuls
Guy J Louthan
Dale G Bradley
Catherine Vandeleene
Screenplay by Roland Joffé
Story by Ajey Jhankar
Starring Josh Hartnett
Alice Englert
Tamsin Egerton
Bipasha Basu
Abhay Deol
Music by Dirk Brossé
Cinematography Ben Nott
Edited by John Scott
Production
company
Corsan Films
Limelight Media
Bliss Media Limited
Neelmudra Entertainment
Distributed by Corsan World Sales
Anchor Bay (US)[1]
Release dates
  • 25 October 2013 (2013-10-25) (Philip K. Dick European Science Fiction Film Festival)
  • 15 May 2014 (2014-05-15) (Cannes)
Country Belgium
India
Australia
Language English
Budget $27 million[2]

The Lovers (previously known as Singularity) is a 2013 English-language romance time travel adventure film directed by Roland Joffé and written by Ajey Jhankar. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Alice Englert, Tamsin Egerton, Bipasha Basu and Abhay Deol in lead roles.

The film is the tale of an impossible romance set against the backdrop of the first Anglo-Maratha war across two time periods and continents and centred around four characters—a British officer in 18th century British India, the Indian woman he falls deeply in love with, and a present-day American marine biologist and his wife.[3]

Plot[edit]

Great Barrier Reef, 2020. After a dangerous dive to save his wife Laura (Tamsin Egerton) trapped while exploring the wreckage of a colonial British merchant ship, Jay Fennel (Josh Hartnett), a marine archeologist lies brain dead in a Boston hospital.

Fennel's dream-like coma takes us back in time to Pune in 1778. The British East India Company is invading the palaces and a young Captain named James Stewart (also played by Hartnett), who bears a striking resemblance to Fennel, is about to embark on a dangerous mission. Along the way he encounters murder, deceit, betrayal and revenge. He falls deeply in love with a Maratha warrior, Tulaja Naik (Bipasha Basu), an impossible love for which he must fight.

Only the power of a ring can transcend time and save a life.[4]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Singularity was produced by Paul Breuls' Corsan NV, Dale G. Bradley's Limelight International Media Entertainment, Marion Wei Han's Bliss Media Ltd and co-financed by Ajey Jhankar's Neelmudra Entertainment. Sales outfit Corsan World Sales, a division of Corsan NV, is handling international sales.

Previously known as The Invaders, the film was in works from the late 1990s and was due originally to feature Hollywood actors Brendan Fraser and Neve Campbell and Bollywood actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Vivek Oberoi.[13][14]

The Anglo-Indian historical romance is Bipasha Basu's first English language film. She was encouraged to take up her international debut by Oscar winning actress Hilary Swank. Basu first met up with Swank at the New Seven Wonders of the World Official Declaration ceremony convened in Lisbon in 2007 and met her again at the 2011 International Indian Film Academy Awards in Toronto.[15][16]

Though originally planned for shooting partly in the United Kingdom,[17] production began in Queensland, Australia, on 8 November 2010. It concluded there on the third week of December 2010.[17] The production then moved to India on 31 March 2011 for a further five weeks, roaming the rocky terrain of Chambal, Orchha and Gwalior in the state of Madhya Pradesh.[18][19] Principal photography wrapped on 23 April 2011.[20]

The film was planned to premiere at the 65th annual Cannes International Film Festival in May 2012,[21][22] but in late 2011 the production company was placed in administration and all further filming was stopped when some ten percent remained.[23][24] In June 2012, Belgian-based financing and production outfit Corsan agreed to put further money into the production, and the final scenes were to be shot in London.[25] In September 2012, it was reported that the filming in London was finished, while some creditors were still waiting for payment.[26] And in May 2013, producer Paul Breuls confirmed that the film has been finally completed and aims to launch it at an autumn festival.[27]

Release[edit]

A preview trailer for the film premiered on 6 December 2011 at the 11th annual Festival International du Film de Marrakech during a master class given by Roland Joffé.[28]

In late April 2014, the production company Corsan announced that the film would be shown at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival on 15 May 2014 under the new name The Lovers.[29][30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anchor Bay strikes multi-film deal with Corsan". Screen Daily (Jeremy Kay). 17 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  2. ^ "John McTiernan to direct 'Shrapnel'". Variety (Pamela McClintock). 9 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  3. ^ "Roland Joffe in India!". The Times Of India. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  4. ^ "Singularity Synopsis". Corsan World Sales (CWS). September 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  5. ^ "Andrea Deck Interview". Movie-Eye (Sima Moussavian). 27 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  6. ^ "Abhay Deol back from Australia". Hindustan Times (Roshmila Bhattacharya). 17 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  7. ^ "Abhay Deol's tryst with Hollywood". Daily Bhaskar (Sneha Mahadevan). 25 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  8. ^ "Bram Stoker Horror Film Festival - Shane Briant discusses his upcoming movie project 'Singularity'". The Black Box Club. 17 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  9. ^ a b "Josh Hartnett and Olga Kurylenko filming in Brisbane for Singularity". The Courier Mail (Tristan Swanwick). 16 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  10. ^ "It's nice to be back: Atul Kulkarni". The Times of India (Priyanka Dasgupta). 6 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  11. ^ "Singular and Available". Indian Express (Anjali Jhangiani). 12 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  12. ^ "Repeating History". Mumbai Mirror (Anjali Shetty). 11 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  13. ^ "'The Invaders' Changed To 'Singularity'". SmasHits. 2008. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  14. ^ "Bipasha Basu joins 'Singularity'- Roland Joffé pic also stars Josh Hartnett, Olga Kurylenko". Variety (Naman Ramachandran). 1 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  15. ^ "Bipasha Basu Credits Hilary Swank for her First Hollywood Film!". Desi Hits (Naina Ramrakhani). 5 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  16. ^ "Swank Speak: Bipasha's Hollywood 'Singularity' Boost". Movie Talkies. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  17. ^ a b "Ben Nott: untangling the Notts". Screen Hub (Anne Richey). 13 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  18. ^ "Hippie hip! Bipasha Basu on being Dum Maaro Dum’s Zoe and why she’s chosen to clam up about John and Rana". The Telegraph India (Pratim D. Gupta). 5 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  19. ^ "India Calling". India Today (Priyanka Sood & Nishat Bari). 11 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  20. ^ "Bipasha Basu to visit the Taj Mahal with Josh Hartnett". 3D Syndication (Aakanksha Naval-Shetye). 14 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  21. ^ "Bips wraps up first Hollywood film". Hindustan Times (Prashant Singh). 4 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  22. ^ "Bipasha wraps up Singularity". Bolly Spice (Meera Sharma). 5 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  23. ^ If Magazine, 16/03/2012: Singularity may be set for more filming Retrieved 2013-03-06
  24. ^ Film Business Asia: 6 March 2013: Singularity is singularly troubled Retrieved 2013-03-06
  25. ^ If Magazine, 18/06/2012: "Singularity: further filming taking place in the UK" Retrieved 2013-03-06
  26. ^ If Magazine, 21/09/2012: Singularity creditors still waiting for payment Retrieved 2013-03-06
  27. ^ "Corsan on board for Silence". ScreenDaily (Geoffrey Macnab). 19 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  28. ^ "Best of Master Class Roland Joffé". Festival International du Film de Marrakech 2011 (in French) (FIFM). 6 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  29. ^ http://www.corsanfilms.com/thelovers/
  30. ^ http://www.filmfestivals.com/blog/cannes_market_dailies/the_lovers_by_roland_joff_market_screening_from_corsan

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