Sony Pictures Releasing UK announced today that ALL IS TRUE, directed by Kenneth Branagh, will open at cinemas across the UK and Ireland on February 8, 2019.
This original screenplay reveals a dramatic and little known period in the final years of William Shakespeare. Branagh is the playwright, Judi Dench is his wife Anne, and Ian McKellen plays the Earl of Southampton.
The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and a devastated Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family.
Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.
Branagh has long wanted to explore this forgotten and critical period of Shakespeare’s life. It is a natural and exciting evolution in his career-long passion for the man’s work.
This is screenwriter Ben Elton’s first original drama.
Amongst the exceptional creative team are Director of Photography Zac Nicholson BSC (THE DEATH OF STALIN), Production Designer James Merifield (MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS), Costume Designer Michael O’Connor (JANE EYRE), Hair and Makeup Designer Vanessa White (BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY), Editor Úna Ní Dhonghaíle (THE CROWN), Casting Directors Lucy Bevan & Emily Brockmann (BEAUTY & THE BEAST) and Composer Patrick Doyle (Oscar nominated for SENSE AND SENSIBILITY and HAMLET).
The film is produced by Kenneth Branagh, Ted Gagliano and Tamar Thomas. Executive producers are Judy Hofflund, Matt Jenkins, Becca Kovacik, and Laura Berwick.