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Harry Treadaway talks ‘The Night Watch’ in You magazine

Harry Treadaway talks about BBC2’s haunting adaptation of Sarah Waters’s bestseller The Night Watch:

“It’s split into three parts — 1947, 1944, 1941 — and you trace the story in reverse. The backdrop is wartime but it’s a look at personal wars: there are lesbian characters, and my character Duncan is gay. It’s a beautiful story about the pains of dealing with what you are”.

The Night Watch will be shown on BBC2 in the coming weeks.

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– Scans > You (UK) – May 8, 2011, thanks to Lorna

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‘The Night Watch’ to be shown at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

The Night Watch” Thursday, May 28, 7 p.m.

The Colony Theatre, Miami Beach
Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Through May 1 at theaters in Miami, Miami Beach and Coral Gables
For tickets and more information, go to MGLFF.com

“Someone once said a happy ending depends on when you decide to stop your story…then again, when you realize your story is not yet over, you are only at the end of the beginning.”

Such is the premise for the BBC film “The Night Watch,” Richard Laxton’s historical drama for the BBC set in 1947 post-World War II London. The ending is just the beginning as the story of four young people exploring their sexuality unfolds through a series of progressive flashbacks taking them into the dark nights of the Nazi air raids of London. As the sirens wail and bombs explode around them, each is confronted with passionate trysts and trials during a period of hardship and strict sexual morality. Continue reading ‘The Night Watch’ to be shown at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

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‘The Night Watch’ Stills & Photoshoot

The first pictures of Claire Foy as Helen in ‘The Night Watch‘ have surfaced. It will be previewed on April 4 at the 25th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival – but the screening is already sold out. No doubt it’ll air on BBC2 soon.

A tale of lost young Londoners whose lives are inextricably linked via their wartime experiences.

We are thrilled to be previewing the television adaptation of Sarah Waters’ masterful fifth novel, now brought vividly to life by the BBC. Set against the backdrop of a London recovering from the devastating effects of the Second World War, The Night Watch is a tale of lost young Londoners, whose lives are inextricably linked via their wartime experiences. Kay, the always brilliant Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House), roams the streets, haunted by a great loss in her past, whilst Helen (Claire Foy, Little Dorrit) and Viv (Jodie Whittaker, Cranford) who run a marriage bureau together, face their own relationship dilemmas. Helen obsessively clings to her tempestuous affair with the beautiful Julia as Viv finds herself unable to break free from her married lover. The sexual freedom and independence they enjoyed in wartime is curtailed once more as they are returned to the margins of society, but as each woman strives towards a more hopeful future, they must first come to terms with their actions in the past.

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The Night Watch (TV, 2011):Production Stills, thanks to Chas
– Photoshoots: Vogue (2008), thanks to Chas

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Anna Maxwell Martin mentions Claire Foy in new interview

In The Night Watch, due soon though still unscheduled, she plays Kay, a lesbian ambulance worker who sifts through bombed houses for bodies. “After the war, she’s utterly broken – and not just by heartbreak, but also by the fact that she believes the war is going to be a pivotal moment for the lesbian movement, that things will change and gay women will be out and proud like her. But that isn’t the case.”

It’s a racy book. “Oh my goodness! I have all my saucy scenes with Claire Foy – it’s like Little Dorrit and Esther Summerson getting off with each other!” (Foy played the lead in the BBC’s 2008 Little Dorrit.) Doing sex scenes with a woman, says Maxwell Martin, is much better than with a man. “In Claire and my case, we’re heterosexual, so it’s purely acting. But with a man, you’re like, ‘Oh God, does he think I fancy him, does he think I’m minging, is he going to get an erection?’ It’s awful.” She whoops with laughter.

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New Project: “The Night Watch”

It was announced yesterday that Anna Maxwell Martin, Claire Foy, Jodie Whittaker and Harry Treadaway will star in a tragic and tender minute adaptation of Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel, ‘The Night Watch‘. Read the Press Release.

Set against the turbulent backdrop of Forties London, The Night Watch tells the stories of four young Londoners inextricably linked by their wartime experiences. In a time when the barriers of sexual morality and social convention have been broken down, Kay (Anna Maxwell Martin), Helen (Claire Foy), Viv (Jodie Whittaker) and Duncan (Harry Treadaway) enjoy a freedom never experienced before as they engage in secret liaisons and passionate trysts.

The drama opens in 1947 as the country is trying to rebuild itself after the war; we find Kay mysteriously roaming the streets, haunted by some traumatic personal loss. Meanwhile, Helen and Viv run a marriage bureau, helping people rebuild their shattered lives by finding love. But their own complicated love lives are less easy to solve. Helen obsessively clings to her tumultuous and volatile relationship with Julia (Anna Wilson-Jones) while Viv is continuing an affair with a married man whom she seems unable to break free from. Viv’s vulnerable young brother Duncan harbours a terrible secret, when a face from his past re-appears which threatens his fragile existence.

Moving back in time through the Forties into the maelstrom of the Blitz, the lives, loves and losses of these four central characters are unravelled. For them, the post-war victory is bitter sweet, for it returns them to the margins of society from which they hoped they had been liberated. In order to build their future they must each make peace with their past.

Other novels by Sarah Waters have already been adapted for television: Fingersmith and Tipping The Velvet. ‘The Night Watch‘ was adapted by award-winning British writer, Paula Milne (Small Island, Endgame, The Virgin Queen and The Politician’s Wife) and is being made by BBC Drama Production.

Filming for ‘The Night Watch‘ has already started in Bath. This is Bath reports how Sydney Gardens were transformed into the 1940 set last Saturday. Filming will also take place in Bath’s Royal Victoria Park and the city centre. Other than that they’re using the studios which were already used to make Lark Rise To Candleford, those are about half an hour from Bath. The Bath & North East Somerset Council website also has a report about the filming which will take place until the middle of December.

The Night Watch‘ is expected to air as a 90 minute drama on BBC2 in April 2011.