Vanessa Caswill’s upcoming directorial ‘May’ is set to commence production in London, England, in December this year. The movie is based on the life of Mabel Gardiner Hubbard, a businesswoman and the wife of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. The story focuses on Mabel who, despite suffering from hearing loss in childhood, learned to talk and lip-read in multiple languages. She was a significant influence in Alexander Graham Bell’s life and the husband and wife duo inspired each other to become strong forces for good.
Due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, the potential involvement of American artists in this English production can be affected. The shooting is set to take place in London, which houses a wide range of diverse locations, from historic landmarks to modern cityscapes. The city also has a well-established film and TV industry, which further aids in production. London has earlier facilitated the filming of a variety of movies and shows, including ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,’ ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ ‘Murder on the Orient Express,’ ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,’ ‘Ted Lasso,’ and ‘The Crown.’
Caswill is at the helm of the project. She is known for directing the recent Netflix release ‘Love at First Sight.’ The romantic comedy film, starring Haley Lu Richardson and Ben Hardy, follows two individuals who fall for each other on a flight from New York to London. Caswill also served as a director of multiple episodes of the miniseries ‘Gold Digger,’ the historical drama ‘Little Women,’ and the mystery drama series ‘Thirteen.’ Her other credits include the TV shows ‘Snatches: Moments from Women’s Lives,’ ‘My Mad Fat Diary,’ and ‘Love Matters.’ The filmmaker has also helmed several short films such as ‘A Fairytale of the City,’ ‘The Fishdance Kid,’ ‘Pudding Bowl,’ and ‘The Caterpillar and Fly.’
The cast of ‘May’ has not been revealed as of now. Robert Bernstein serves as the producer of the project. He earlier produced the 2017 romance drama ‘Hampstead,’ the 2015 romance drama ‘A Royal Night Out,’ the 2013 biographical drama ‘Diana,’ and the 2009 musical drama ‘Nowhere Boy,’ which was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film. Bernstein is also known for producing the films ‘The Decoy Bride,’ ‘Brideshead Revisited,’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’ and executive producing the shows ‘Life in Squares,’ ‘The Trial of Christine Keeler,’ and ‘Monarch of the Glen.’