FILM: Florence Foster Jenkins Filming in UK

Pathé today released the first still of Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins.

The film is currently shooting in the UK.

Meryl Streep plays Florence Foster Jenkins with Hugh Grant as her partner St Clair Bayfield.

Florence Foster Jenkins is the true story of the New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great opera singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her “husband” and manager, St Clair Bayfield, an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944, St Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge.

Directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Nicholas Martin.  The cast also includes Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson and Nina Arianda.

According to The Guardian, Jenkins did not begin giving recitals until 1912, at the age of 44. She was apparently firmly convinced of her own greatness, comparing herself to famous sopranos such as Frieda Hempel and Luisa Tetrazzini, and dismissing audience laughter during performances as “professional jealousy”. Her bandmembers appeared to be in on the joke with the “fans”. Regular accompanist Cosmé McMoon is said to have enjoyed making faces at Jenkins behind her back to get laughs.

Looking forward to this one.

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS.

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins



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