Going Postal (2010)

Claire Foy is playing Adora Belle Dearheart
A Tale of Love and Revenge ... and Stamps

Going PostalFilming Dates: 2009
TV Premiere: UK: May 30, 2010 on Sky1 / US: TBA
DVD Release: UK: August 23, 2010 / US: September 20, 2011
Director: Jon Jones
Screenwriter: Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle

Richard Coyle, David Suchet, Charles Dance, Claire Foy, Steve Pemberton, Andrew Sachs, Tamsin Greig, John Henshaw, Kerry Shale, Paul Barber, Ian Bonar

Based Upon: novel by Sir Terry Pratchett
Genre: Comedy | Fantasy
Runtime: 182 minutes
Rating: UK: 12 / US: Not Rated

Plot Outline

Going Postal is the story of arch-swindler Moist Von Lipwig (Coyle) and the beautiful, vengeful Adora Belle Dearheart (Foy). A lifelong traveling con-artist, Lipwig’s crimes finally catch up with him in the town of Ankh-Morpork. Faced with death by hanging, Lipwig is spared by Lord Vetinari (Dance), who sees him as the perfect man for the role of Postmaster in the decrepit Ankh-Morpork post office. Faced with an almost impossible task, and making an immediate enemy of bloodthirsty tyrant Reacher Gilt (Suchet), owner of the rival money-hungry Grand Trunk Clacks communication monopoly, Lipwig’s first instinct is to run. That is until he meets the spellbinding Adora. Captivated by her beauty and brains, Lipwig will try anything to win her affectionslittle knowing the part he has played in her family’s downfall. Is their romance forever doomed?

Sir Terry Pratchett’s 33rd Discworld novel, Going Postal was released in 2004 and shortlisted for the Nebula Award for Best Novel. Shooting for the drama is taking place on location in Budapest, Hungary, providing a beautiful, atmospheric backdrop to Ankh-Morphork, the epic fantasy world created by Pratchett.

Claire's Role

Adora Belle Dearheart. The daughter of Robert Dearheart, founder of the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company, and sister of the murdered John Dearheart, Adora Belle Dearheart is cynical, angry, and a heavy smoker although it is also noted that she looks extremely good in a very plain gray dress.

During the events of Going Postal, she begins a tentative relationship with Moist von Lipwig, who is madly in love with her, mainly because she is the only person who does not easily fall for his tricks and is therefore a challenge (and let’s not forget the looking really good in a very plain dress).

Read more about Adora over here (beware of spoilers!).

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Filming Locations: Budapest, Hungary

• Premiered as 2-parter on May 30 and 31, 2010 on Sky1 in the UK
• It was the most-watched multichannel show of the day on Sunday, with 879,000 viewers and a 5% audience share. The second part on Monday attracted 627,000 viewers and brought Sky an audience share of 3.2%.

Quotes from Claire

She’s a badass. She’s hard as nails on the outside and she doesn’t give people much of a chance, but actually, underneath, she’s very vulnerable. She’s had a hard life and she’s a sensitive soul deep down, so there are plenty of moments to play when the mask slips.

The script helps you dispend your disbelief when you’re acting, and because it’s fantasy, nothing has to make sense – it just is. You don’t think about everything you’d usually question, such as giant clay men. It’s really refreshing because you’re at liberty to take risks.

In everything I’ve done before I’ve had almost no make-up and now I get to have red nail varnish, red lipstick and false eyelashes – it’s really exciting. Adora isn’t a tart though, she’s just really ballsy and she doesn’t wear the make-up so that others think she looks nice, it’s like armour for her. And the costume is fantastic. I love it.

I’m not really a natural dancer; I’m keen and enthusiastic as opposed to being gifted. Richard’s very good and I think I make up for not being very well co-ordinated by just wanting to do well. We’ve had to do a lot of practice because it has to be perfect.

Quotes from Others

Everyone is larger than life – they’re over the top. Claire Foy is as chilly an ice maiden as you could ever hope for.
Author Sir Terry Pratchett

Quotes from Reviews

Claire Foy a sneering delight as Adora Deerheart, the perfect anti-love interest for the perfect anti-hero.
– Metro

The stellar cast is headed by Richard Coyle as conman-turned- postmaster Moist von Lipwig and Claire Foy as Adora Belle Dearheart.
– Mirror

Clare Foy is a petite powder keg of sarcastic sharp-tongued charm and compact strength in four inch steel-tipped stilettos in her Adora Belle guise
– Den of Geek

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