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Match Point - Preview & Cannes reaction

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 class.

Lone American, Scarlett Johansson, plays the beautiful American girl who comes between Jonathan Rhys Meyers and his wife, Emily Mortimer.

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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