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NAOMI WATTS
Available On Demand February 4
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DIANA takes audiences into the private realm of one of the world’s most iconic and inescapably public women –  the Princess of Wales, Diana (two-time Oscar® nominee NAOMI WATTS) — in the last two years of her meteoric life.  On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of her sudden death, acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel (the Oscar®-nominated Downfall) explores Diana’s final rite of passage:  a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (NAVEEN ANDREWS, “Lost,” The English Patient), the human complications of which reveal the Princess’s climactic days in a compelling new light.

Hirschbiegel directs from a screenplay by award-winning playwright Stephen Jeffreys, inspired by the book Diana: Her Last Love by Kate Snell, which was in turn drawn from extensive interviews with close friends and confidantes.  The result is a window into the tumultuous, change-filled period from 1995-1997, in the wake of Diana’s shattering divorce from Prince Charles, and at the moment when she stood on the cusp of a different life, evolving into a global humanitarian, a master of maneuvering fame and becoming her own woman.

eOne Films proudly presents DIANA, which will be released this Fall.  The film is produced by Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae of Ecosse Films (Nowhere Boy, Wuthering Heights, Mrs Brown). Matt Delargy and James Saynor (also of Ecosse) co-produce alongside Paul Ritchie. The executive producers are Tim Haslam, Mark Woolley and Xavier Marchand. Journalist and documentary filmmaker Kate Snell serves as associate producer.  The cast, led by Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews, also includes Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards and Juliet Stevenson.

ABOUT

Naomi Watts

As Princess Diana

NAOMI WATTS (Diana) was honored with an Academy Award® nomination in 2013 for Best Actress for her performance in Juan Antonio Bayona’s THE IMPOSSIBLE.

She also earned Best Actress nominations for a Golden Globe® Award, a SAG Award®, a Critics’ Choice Award and received the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Watts also earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress for her role in Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu’s 21 GRAMS. The film also garnered Best Actress Awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Southeastern Film Critics Association, Washington Area Film Critics and San Diego Film Critics, as well as Best Actress nominations from the SAG Awards®, BAFTAs®, Broadcast Film Critics and Golden Satellites. At the film’s premiere at the 2003 Venice International Film Festival, she received the Audience Award (Lion of the Public) for Best Actress.

Next up for Watts is the gritty drama SUNLIGHT JR., opposite Matt Dillon, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and the highly anticipated TWO MOTHERS, from director Ann Fontaine, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Other recent film credits include Clint Eastwood’s critically acclaimed J. EDGAR, Jim Sheridan’s DREAMHOUSE, Doug Liman’s FAIRGAME, Woody Allen’s YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER, Rodrigo Garcia’s MOTHER AND CHILD, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and Tom Twyker’s THE INTERNATIONAL. Watts has had an impressive list of movies since her acclaimed turn in David Lynch’s MULHOLLAND DRIVE. Her credits include Peter Jackson’s epic remake of KING KONG, WE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE which she starred in and produced, THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON, David O. Russell’s I (HEART) HUCKABEES, Marc Forster’s STAY, Gore Verbinski’s THE RING and its sequel, THE RING 2, Merchant Ivory’s LE DIVORCE; John Curran’s THE PAINTED VEIL, David Cronenberg’s drama/thriller EASTERN PROMISES and Michael Haneke’s thriller FUNNY GAMES.

Born in England, Watts moved to Australia at the age of 14 and began studying acting. Her first major film role came in John Duigan’s FLIRTING. Among her many awards and recognitions, Watts received the Montecito Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival in 2006 for her role in KING KONG, was honored by the Palm Springs Film Festival in 2003 for 21 GRAMS, and in 2002, was named the Female Star of Tomorrow at ShoWest and received the Breakthrough Acting Award at the 21 Hollywood Film Festival, both for her work in MULHOLLAND DRIVE. She was most recently honored for her entire body of work at the 2011 Deauville Film Festival.

Naveen Andrews

As Hasnat Kahn

NAVEEN ANDREWS (Hasnat Kahn) is known for his role in JJ Abram’s award winning hit series LOST.

His performance earned him the Best Supporting Actor nominations at the 2005 Emmy Awards and the 2006 Golden Globes Awards. His other television credits include THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA directed by Roger Michell for the BBC.

His most recent film credits include Joel Silver’s THE BRAVE ONE with Jodie Foster directed by Neil Jordan and GRINDHOUSE for director Robert Rodriguez. In 1996, he starred in the critically acclaimed film, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, with Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas and Juliette Binoche, for writer/director Anthony Minghella.

He began his career in London, where he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Oliver Hirschbiegel

Director

OLIVER HIRSCHBIEGEL (Director) is best known for his award-winning feature DOWNFALL, depicting the last twelve days of Adolf Hitler’s reign. The film was a critical and commercial triumph, earning Hirschbiegel an Academy Award® nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. The film also received the Best Foreign Film award at the British Independent Film Awards and the London Critics Circle Film Awards. Hirschbiegel’s earlier films include MEIN LETZTER FILM, THE INVASION and FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN starring Liam Neeson, for which Hirschbiegel won the Best Director prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009.

In 2000, Hirschbiegel directed DAS EXPERIMENT, based on the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment. The film was met with wide critical acclaim, winning several awards in many festivals around the world, including Best Director at the Montreal Film Festival and the Istanbul Film Festival.

On the smaller screen, Hirschbiegel directed and executive produced the first four episodes of Tom Fontana’s hit series BORGIA. For German television, he directed MÖRDERISCHE ENTSCHEIDUNG – UMSCHALTEN ERWÜNSCHT, TATORT, KOMMISSAR REX, TRICKSER, TODFEINDE, EIN GANZE GEWÖHNLICHER JUDE; and DAS URTEIL, which received an Emmy nomination for Best Foreign TV Drama.

Hirschbiegel was born in Hamburg, Germany. Prior to filmmaking, he studied painting and graphic design at the Academy of Arts in Hamburg where he also experimented with video and photography. His experimental movies attracted the attention of some of German’s leading television producers, leading to his directorial debut in 1986 with DAS GO! PROJEKT.

Robert Bernstein

Producer

ROBERT BERNSTEIN (Producer) is a director and partner in Ecosse Films. During his tenure at the company, he has produced multiple feature films and executive-produced hours of primetime television drama.

In 2011 Bernstein produced WUTHERING HEIGHTS with acclaimed director Andrea Arnold and THE DECOY BRIDE directed by Sheree Folkson. At the end of 2009, Bernstein produced Sam Taylor-Wood’s directorial début NOWHERE BOY starring Kristin Scott-Thomas. Written by BAFTA® winner Matt Greenhalgh, the film opened to rave reviews.

Bernstein’s other notable film credits include BECOMING JANE, starring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy; THE WATER HORSE, starring David Morrissey and Emily Watson and BRIDESHEAD REVISITED starring Emma Thompson and Michael Gambon.

Prior to becoming a producer, Bernstein developed the script for MRS. BROWN, starring Dame Judi Dench. The film went on to win 12 major international awards and two Oscar® nominations. His next role was to executive produce CHARLOTTE GRAY for Film Four.

For television, Bernstein has executive produced several series including the hugely successful BBC1 series MONARCH OF THE GLEN starring Susan Hampshire, MY BOY JACK starring Daniel Radcliffe and HE KILLS COPPERS, based on the novel by Jake Arnott. He is currently executive producing FLEMING, a drama based on the life of the man behind James Bond.

Douglas Rae

Producer

DOUGLAS RAE (Producer) is the founder and CEO of Ecosse Films and is one of Britain’s most prolific producers. Ecosse have produced 12 films and over 300 hours of network television for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Showtime, Starz Channel and WGBH.

Douglas’s first feature film, MRS. BROWN, won 12 major international awards, a BAFTA nomination for Producer of the year and two Oscar nominations. Other films he has produced include CHARLOTTE GRAY (starring Cate Blanchett), BECOMING JANE (Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy), NOWHERE BOY (the story of John Lennon’s childhood) and WUTHERING HEIGHTS (directed by Andrea Arnold).

For television, Rae has executive produced such shows as THE AMBASSADOR, AN UNSUITABLE JOB FOR A WOMAN, MY BOY JACK and the hugely successful BBC1 drama, MONARCH OF THE GLEN. More recently he executive produced LIFE OF CRIME, a police drama set over three decades.

Douglas is currently producing a four part series on Ian Fleming, the creator of BOND, starring Dominic Cooper for Sky Atlantic and BBC America. He is also executive producing MISTRESSES, a 13 part series for ABC based on Ecosse’s hit-making BBC one series.

Among his many recognitions are; the Silver Thistle Award for Outstanding Contribution to Scotland in 2005, the Scottish Icon Award for Innovation in 2004 and the

Scottish Filmmaker of the Year award in 1997.

Stephen Jeffreys

Writer

STEPHEN JEFFREYS (Writer) is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose work includes VALUED FRIENDS (Hampstead Theatre), for which he was awarded the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright; THE CLINK, (Paines Plough), for whom he was Art Council Writer in Residence from 1987-1989 and THE LIBERTINE which was staged at the Royal Court Theatre to great popular and critical acclaim. The play went on to be produced at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, directed by Terry Johnson and starring John Malkovich. Jeffrey’s screenplay version of THE LIBERTINE, directed by Laurence Dunmore, was released in 2005 starring Johnny Depp.

Other plays include A JOVIAL CREW (RSC), A GOING CONCERN (Hampstead Theatre), HARD TIMES (adapted from Dickens), I JUST STOPPED BY TO SEE THE MAN (Royal Court Theatre, Steppenwolf and Geffen Playhouse, LA), LOST LAND (Steppenwolf Theatre); THE ART OF WAR (Sydney Theatre Company) and BUGLES AT THE GATES OF JALALABAD – part of the GREAT GAME series of plays about Afghanistan.

Rainer Klausmann S.C.S.

Director of Photography

RAINER KLAUSMANN S.C.S. (Director of Photography) is a Swiss cinematographer, writer and director. A frequent collaborator with Hirschbiegel, he has worked with him on a total of seven film and television projects including DAS URTEIL, THE EXPERIMENT, for which he won the Bavarian Film Award for Best Cinematography, and the Oscar®-nominated DOWNFALL.

Klausmann collaborated with Erin Ricklis on the critically acclaimed LEMON TREE and THE MISSION OF THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER. He also won the prestigious Camerimage Bronze Frog for the Oscar-nominated film, THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX, directed by Uli Edel. Klausmann has worked continually with director Werner Hertzog, collaborating on CERRO TORRE, SCHREI AUS STEIN, LEKTONEN IN FINSTERNIS and FITZCARRALDO.

Fluent in German, French and English, Klausmann resides in Switzerland, traveling between Europe and the United States for his work in film and television.

Julian Day

Costume Designer

JULIAN DAY (Costume Designer) is one of Britain’s most talented costume designers. Prior to DIANA he designed RUSH, a biopic of the Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda, and DOM HEMINGWAY starring Jude Law. His most recent credits include the critically acclaimed SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, directed by Lasse Hallstrom and THE BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO featuring Toby Jones, directed by Peter Strickland.

Day began designing films in the early 1990s and has never looked back. He likes to take on varied work in terms of budgets, periods and scale and is particularly enamored with the research process. Other notable film credits include; NOWHERE BOY, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED, BRIGHTON ROCK and KICKS.

On the smaller screen he has designed costumes for the television movies PAGE EIGHT, POPPY SHAKESPEARE, DIS/CONNECTED and the mini-series DEMONS. He has also designed costumes for several high profile British television series including BRITZ, HEX, MURDER CITY and WIRE IN THE BLOOD.  A graduate of Birmingham University, he resides in London with his wife and costume supervisor Shaida Day.

Noriko Watanabe

Hair and Make-up Designer

Hailed as one of the film industry’s top image-makers, NORIKO WATANABE (Hair and Make-up Designer) has spent years behind the camera creating some of the most memorable screen looks of contemporary cinema. During that time she has collaborated with some of cinema’s most talented directors, including Rob Marshall, for MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, which earned her a BAFTA® nomination.

Watanabe also does personal hair and make-up design for some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including; Liam Neeson (GREY, A TEAM, UNKNOWN), Cameron Diaz (GANGS OF NEW YORK), Nicole Kidman (BIRTHDAY GIRL) and Kate Winslet (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND).

The talented designer has a long history with the award-winning director Jane Campion. She first collaborated with her on THE PIANO and went on to design HOLY SMOKE, PORTRAIT OF A LADY and IN THE CUT. Other prominent director’s include Robert Redford (THE HORSE WHISPERER), Martin Scorsese (GANGS OF NEW YORK), Quentin Tarantino (KILL BILL VOL. 1) and Michel Gondry (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND).

Watanabe was trained at the Yamano University Beauty in Cosmetology in her native Japan. She developed her skills in Tokyo working in the fashion industry before relocating to California at 21 where she designed make-up for fashion and advertising. When Phillip Noyce appointed her as make-up designer for DEAD CALM (Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill), Watanabe’s screen career was launched internationally.  Watanabe resides in New Zealand with her husband and two children.

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