Preview by: Jack Foley
WOODY Allen has swapped New York for London for his latest project,
Match Point, a drama about a young man's rise in society and the
terrible consequences of his ambition.
The protagonist, a young tennis instructor, is torn between two
women, and finding no way out, resorts to extreme action.
In what marks something of a different direction for Allen, most
of the actors are English and it is set amongst the English upper
Lone American, Scarlett Johansson, plays the beautiful American
girl who comes between Jonathan Rhys Meyers and his wife, Emily
While Matthew Goode plays Emily's wealthy brother, who initiates
the tragic events.
The film was shown out of competition at the 2005 Cannes Film
Festival where Allen and his cast members were all in attendance.
Commenting on his decision to switch
from his beloved New York to London, the talented director said
he had done it to avoid the 'rigmarole' of dealing with American
backers, adding that it was becoming 'increasingly difficult to
get financing in the US'.
Taking a swipe at the all-powerful studio system, Allen continued:
"It's become more and more prevalent for studios and financiers
to participate in the project.
"They want to have a say in casting and read the script,
and occasionally come to the set. I can never work like that.
I don't let people read scripts."
Allen's decision to relocate to London appears to have paid off,
however, and he even announced further plans to return.
The untitled project will be co-produced by BBC Films, which
also part-financed Match Point, as part of a new package that
may include a Doctor Who feature.
It will also star Scarlett Johansson.
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