THE LAUREATE

By William NUNEZ

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Biography - Pre-Production 2012

A married couple on the brink of separation allows a stranger to live with them in their idyllic cottage.
Will this stranger push their fragile state over the edge?

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Biography, Romance, Drama
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Director(s)
    • William NUNEZ
    • Writer(s)
    • William NUNEZ
    • Producer(s)
    • Steve NORRIS
    • Synopsis
    • Set against the glamorous backdrop of Britain’s Roaring ‘20s, The Laureate tells the story of young British War Poet Robert Graves, who is married with four children when he meets and becomes involved with Laura Riding, a beautiful writer from America studying at Oxford University. Defying the conventions of polite society, Riding soon moves in with Graves and his wife, living as a ménage a trois. Then, with the arrival of the strappingly handsome Irish poet Geoffrey Phibbs, the arrangement becomes a ménage a quatre. Soon, tensions and rivalries among the artistic group become so fraught that Graves is suspected of attempted murder.
      Tired of the Victorian morals and British social structure that led to his war trauma, as well as the inhibitions imposed on his writing, Graves leaves England for good and settles with Riding on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Before he leaves England, Graves publishes his famous war memoirs “GOODBYE TO ALL THAT” as well as his first successful volume of poems (which critics universally agree contains some of the finest love poetry of the 20th century). Thus, despite the deep wounds of war and being shackled by those around him, Robert transforms himself into “A Laureate.”
      The film is to be produced by Deya Productions, a joining of UK firms, Apollo Productions, Ffab UK and US firms North End Pictures and Tulchin Entertainment. Written by William Nunez, the award-winning writer and filmmaker will also direct.
      The Laureate is a film for a discerning audience who seek a powerful narrative, look for passion and depth in their storytelling and who are not frightened of a profound and disturbing look at the relationship between the sexes. It’s a film for the same audience who appreciated Henry and June, Cabaret, Last Tango in Paris or The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
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