Worth Watching - Sept 15: Stephan Elliott's Easy Virtue Trailer
by Alex Billington
September 15, 2008
Another romantic comedy period piece, but this one stars Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Kimberley Nixon. Adapted from a play, Easy Virtue is about an cheerful American girl who marries a young Englishman on the spur of the moment in France and heads home to meet his in-laws. The film just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to rather mild reviews and minimal buzz, but that doesn't really say much about this. As much as I hate period pieces, it actually looks kind of fun, if I can say that without being attacked. There's even a chorus redo of Tom Jones' classic "Sex Bomb" song. I don't think too many will get a kick out of this, but there are a few of you who will - so enjoy!
Watch the first trailer for Easy Virtue:
Easy Virtue is both written and directed by Stephan Elliott, of Frauds, Eye of the Beholder, and that Hugo Weaving transvestite film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert previously. The film is based on the play originally written by Noel Coward and was adapted for the screen by both Elliott and Sheridan Jobbins. The film was produced by BBC Films and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this past week. Easy Virtue doesn't have a US distributor yet, but is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2009.