Bellamacina, Brown and producer Robert Montgomery present a perceptive and often hilariously funny story about friendship and family ties in this glorious adventure.
The Mirror –
…sweet and almost-buzzy drama… At times, Bellamacina seems as precise and bold as Joanna Hogg.
The Evening Standard –
Woody Allen meets Frances Ha in this new British comedy drama … this is a skilfully observed tale of friendship and family with a refreshingly understated sense of humour.
Edinburgh International Film Festival –
Bellamacina has it in her to become one of the great contemporary female voices in British cinema.
HURT BY PARADISE was released in UK cinemas on 18th September and will be available on digital platforms in the UK from 9 February 2021 and US from April 6. It is available to pre-order on iTunes here. Directed by Greta Bellamacina, the film stormed into UK film festivals last year and was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival and for Best UK Feature Film at Raindance.
Hurt By Paradise tells the story of Celeste, (Greta Bellamacina), a young poet and single mother of a young child, and her comedically unsuccessful attempts both to get her first book published and find her absentee father, dealing with rejection on all sides. She relies on her friendship with her neighbour Stella (Sadie Brown) – a middle-aged failed actress on an equally bumpy audition trail and captivated by an online love affair – to be both a sounding board and to help with babysitting duties. As their dreams seemingly dwindle, their friendship and dependence on each other grows and leads them into the unexpected.
Filmed on location in Camden with a majority female crew, the film is shot beautifully by Fabio Paleari and Emily Jane Robinson and has echoes of classic London comedy dramas such as Withnail & I and London Kills Me.
Alongside Bellamacina, the film stars Tanya Burr in her first cinema role and Sadie Brown, supported by a strong cast of British character actors – Jaime Winstone (Kidulthood), Camilla Rutherford (The Phantom Thread), Veronica Clifford (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets) and Nicholas Rowe (Young Sherlock).
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PRESS RELEASE : SEPTEMBER 2020
‘HURT BY PARADISE’ SET FOR UK CINEMA RELEASE
Director Greta Bellamacina’s highly original feature debut, ‘HURT BY PARADISE’, will be released in UK cinemas on 18th September.
The film, which was shot with the tiny budget of £75,000 and the support of a group of Bellamacina’s friends, stormed into film festivals and was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival and for Best UK Feature Film at Raindance.
It is the story of Celeste, a single mother and aspiring poet, struggling to get her first book published and find her estranged father and the supportive friendship she forms with her older neighbour Stella. Filmed on location in Camden with a majority female crew the film is shot beautifully by Fabio Paleari and Emily Jane Robinson and has echoes of classic London comedy dramas such as Withnail & I and London Kills Me.
Hurt By Paradise is the first film by Sulk Youth the small production company Bellamacina started with her husband the artist Robert Montgomery. Sulk Youth say, “we come to filmmaking from an art background and we want to experiment and take risks. With this film we wanted to see if you could make a feature film with almost no money but maximum creativity.”
Alongside Bellamacina the film stars Tanya Burr in her first cinema role and Sadie Brown, supported by a strong cast of British character actors- Jaime Winstone (Kidulthood), Camilla Rutherford (The Phantom Thread), Veronica Clifford (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets) and Nicholas Rowe (Young Sherlock).
Bellamacina made her acting debut at the age of 13 in Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire. She is a successful poet, her latest collection Tomorrow’s Woman has just been published by Andrews McMeel internationally.
Hurt By Paradise is a Sulk Youth Production and will be released in the UK through Miracle Communications and Iheartcinema, with international sales being handled by MoviehouseEntertainment.
Sulk Youth’s second film Venice At Dawn by director Jamie Adams is currently in production.
For further information please contact:-
Sue Porter/Lizzie Frith – Porter Frith Ltd
Tel: 07940 584066/07825 603705
New Film Hurt By Paradise Is a Lyrical Love Letter to London
Greta Bellamacina talks 'Hurt by Paradise' film & digital age
Actress Greta Bellamacina chatted with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about playing Celeste in the film “Hurt by Paradise,” and her desire to someday work with Gena Rowlands.
GRETA BELLAMACINA TALKS TO JOHN-PAUL PRYOR AT FLAUNT MAGAZINE
…The film is in fact something of a love letter to the iconic capital and depicts a life not a million miles from that of its RADA-alumni director and star, whose recently released book of poetry Tomorrow’s Woman has been well received by the literati.
IInternational Times Hurt By Paradise Film Review – Angus Reid ⭐⭐⭐⭐
How can I explain why I like Hurt by Paradise so much? I think it is because it is in love with words, the kind of words that pass as poetry, the kind of poetry that tries to explain everything in a tangled-up phrase, the kind of tangled-up phrase that belongs to those who can never quite be sure what art is, or what it might be saying, but who can’t help trusting in it.
FAMILY AFFAIR: GRETA BELLAMACINA ON DEBUT FEATURE ‘HURT BY PARADISE’
The poet and director’s award-nominated film exploring sisterhood and single parenthood in the city has drawn comparisons to ‘Frances Ha’.
Tanya Burr talks to Marie Claire Magazine
Tanya Burr on hopes for women in film and why ‘driven’ shouldn’t be a dirty word
Hurt by Paradise is a film focusing on female friendship, poetry and self discovery. LIQUID MARMALADE
It’s quirky and whimsical, a sort of I Capture the Castle: a coming of age for those who’ve already come of age but are still trying to figure out what it is all means.
Greta Bellamacina & Robert Montgomery on blending poetry with cinema in Hurt by Paradise.
Hurt by Paradise marks the debut feature from behind the lens from actress Greta Bellamacina, collaborating with her partner Robert Montgomery, to tell this London-set tale of friendship (and the challenges in making it as a professional poet).
If you could think of two professions where a person would be least likely to “make it,” poetry and acting probably spring immediately to mind.
Simply put, Hurt By Paradise is a small film with a huge heart.
Moviehouse to sell Greta Bellamacina’s ‘Hurt By Paradise’
UK based Moviehouse Entertainment has taken on sales duties for Hurt By Paradise, the debut fiction feature from director, Greta Bellamacina, starring Jaime Winstone, Nicholas Rowe and Veronica Clifford.
UK indie feature 'Hurt By Paradise' wraps shooting
Hurt By Paradise, a UK independent feature directed by Greta Bellamacina, has wrapped production after a 22-day shoot on location in London and Margate.
WHY WE MADE THIS FILM
Hurt By Paradise is a film about a woman who is trying to figure out the world through a poetic lens. I wanted to let the city be as much of a subject as the characters, and the film happens in two worlds- the comedic world of the script and the poetic world of Celeste’s internal monologue. I wanted to explore these contrasting realms of poetry and comedy. I also wanted to make a film about a single mother that doesn’t catastrophize the situation, because being a single mother is not a catastrophe and I feel it is too often portrayed negatively in cinema. Ultimately the film is about female friendship, about getting through and not forgetting to laugh, not forgetting to dream— about looking to the sky and not giving up on finding poetry in the world.
– Greta Bellamacina
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