Phoebe Dynevor, recently seen as Daphne Bridgerton in Netflix’s hit period drama series Bridgerton, is to star alongside Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game) in the Sky original film The Colour Room.
Directed by Claire McCarthy (Ophelia) from a script by Claire Peate, the film — a co-production from Sky, Caspian Films and Creative England — will tell the story of famed British ceramic artist Clarice Cliff, to be played by Dynevor.
Additional cast includes David Morrissey (The Walking Dead), Darci Shaw (Judy), Kerry Fox (Rare Beasts) and Luke Norris (Poldark). The Colour Room will start production later this month in the cities of Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham and will be released in cinemas and on Sky Cinema later this year.
The Colour Room follows the journey of a determined, working-class woman as she breaks the glass ceiling and revolutionizes the workplace in the 20th century. Clarice Cliff (Dynevor) is “a vivacious young factory worker in the industrial British midlands of the 1920s,” according to a plot description. Her creativity and ambition drive her to move from factory to factory, despite the financial impact on the household she shares with her widowed mother Ann (Fox) and youngest sister Dot (Shaw). Bursting at the seams with ideas for colors and shapes, she takes more and more dangerous risks – but manages to stay one step ahead of the workhouse and impress the eccentric factory owner Colley Shorter (Goode) with her talent and innovation.
Apprenticed to renowned art designer Fred Ridgeway (Morrissey) and with support from Shorter and women in the factory, Clarice fights her way through to design the unprecedented Art Deco “Bizarre” range. In the middle of the Great Depression, she ensures the factory’s survival and her future as one of the greatest Art Deco designers and a household name.
“I am so excited to be joining the cast of The Colour Room, especially in the role as one of the nations most celebrated artists, Clarice Cliff,” said Dynevor. “It’s truly such an honor to take on such a remarkable character. The script is a beautifully written contemporary take on the 20th century, and I feel proud to be working with such a strong female team, both in front and behind the camera. I look forward to telling Clarice’s story and of course working with Matthew too.”
The film is produced by Thembisa Cochrane (The Harvesters) and Georgie Paget (Queens Of Syria) for Caspian Films, in association with Denaire Motion Picture Poetry and co-producer Neil Jones (Farming). The film is executive produced by Laura Grange for Sky, Paul Ashton for West Midlands Production Fund (Creative England) and David Gilbery, Charlie Dorfman, Marlon Vogelgesang for Media Finance Capital in association with On Sight.
Comcast-owned European satellite giant Sky has made a major push into film over the last year, with its CEO Stephen van Rooyen recently saying that it was targeting one original film per week by 2022.