The filming of Hero Fiennes Tiffin-starrer ‘Fackham Hall’ is all set to commence in the United Kingdom in the first quarter of 2024. The comedy film is a spoof of traditional period dramas and follows “a new porter who embarks on an unlikely relationship with the youngest daughter of a prominent UK family. At the same time, rivalries are spilling over in the Davenport family, led by Lord and Lady Davenport as they also weather the epic failure of the wedding of their eldest daughter to her caddish cousin,” as per the official logline.
The film is a UK-based production and hence, the SAG-AFTRA members working in it are not bound by the terms of the organization’s strike in the United States. The UK’s diverse sceneries, historical sites, and well-established production facilities make it an ideal location for filming a variety of projects. The region has earlier facilitated the production of several films such as ‘Barbie,’ ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘The Flash,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,’ ‘Red, White & Royal Blue,’ ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,’ and ‘Heart of Stone.’
Filmmaker Jim O’Hanlon is at the helm of the project. The director is known for directing the 2022 romantic comedy ‘Your Christmas or Mine?’ and the episodes of ‘Catastrophe,’ Netflix’s ‘The Punisher,’ and Apple TV+’s ‘Trying.’ The script is penned by actor and comedian Jimmy Carr, who makes his screenwriting feature debut, along with Patrick Carr and the Dawson Brothers (‘Big School’ and ‘After Ever After’).
Speaking about the project, Jimmy Carr stated, “The British Film Industry does two things very well. Period drama and comedy. Now we didn’t have time to write two movies, so we’ve had to mash the genres together. I’m just slightly worried that if you say ‘Fackham Hall’ in a posh English accent it might be misconstrued, hopefully, that won’t be a problem.” O’Hanlon added, “‘Fackham Hall’ is that rarest of rare hen’s teeth – a genuinely funny, fiendishly clever period comedy which even on the page makes you snort your tea out of several orifices at once, whilst still making you care hugely for the young couple at the center of all the madness.”
The film stars Tiffin as the porter and Thomasin McKenzie as the youngest daughter of the prominent family. Tiffin is known for his performances as Hardin Scott in the ‘After’ film series, while McKenzie is known for her appearances as Eloise in ‘Last Night in Soho’ and Elsa Korr in ‘Jojo Rabbit.’ The cast also includes Katherine Waterston (‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’) as Lady Davenport and Emma Laird (‘Mayor of Kingstown’) as her eldest daughter. The film is produced by Kris Thykier and Danny Perkins under the banner of Mews Films.