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Florence Foster Jenkins

The biography that inspired the critically-acclaimed film

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People may say that I couldn't sing. But no one can say that I didn't sing.' Despite lacking pitch, rhythm or tone, Florence Foster Jenkins became one of America's best-known sopranos, celebrated for her unique recordings and her sell-out concert at Carnegie Hall. Born in 1868 to wealthy Pennsylvanian parents, Florence was a talented young pianist but her life was thrown into turmoil when she eloped with Frank Jenkins, a man twice her age. The marriage proved a disaster and, in order to survive, Florence was forced to abandon her dreams of a musical career and teach the piano. Then her father died in 1909 and, newly installed in New York, she used a considerable inheritance to fund her passion. She set up a prestigious amateur music club and began staging operas. Aided by her English common-law husband, St Clair Bayfield, she worked tirelessly to support the city's musical life. Many young singers owed their start to Florence, but she too yearned to perform and began giving regular recitals that quickly attracted a cult following. And yet nothing could prepare the world for the astonishing climax of her career when, at the age of seventy-six, she performed at the most hallowed concert hall in America. In Florence Foster Jenkins, Nicholas Martin and Jasper Rees tell her extraordinary story, which inspired the film starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, and directed by Stephen Frears.

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS BILLING BLOCK REST OF WORLD – FINAL VERSION – 05.02.2016

PATHÉ and BBC FILMS PRESENT With the participation of Canal+ and Ciné+

A QWERTY FILMS PRODUCTION A STEPHEN FREARS FILM

MERYL STREEP HUGH GRANT

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

SIMON HELBERG REBECCA FERGUSON NINA ARIANDA

Casting By LEO DAVIS, LISSY HOLM and KATHLEEN CHOPIN

Hair & Make-Up Designer DANIEL PHILLIPS Ms. Streep’s Hair & Make-Up By J. ROY HELLAND

Costume Designer CONSOLATA BOYLE Music By ALEXANDRE DESPLAT Edited By VALERIO BONELLI

Production Designer ALAN MACDONALD Director Of Photography DANNY COHEN B.S.C

Executive Producers CAMERON MCCRACKEN CHRISTINE LANGAN MALCOLM RITCHIE

Produced By MICHAEL KUHN TRACEY SEAWARD Written By NICHOLAS MARTIN

Directed By STEPHEN FREARS

Soundtrack Available on Decca Classics

© 2016 Pathé Productions Limited. All Rights Reserved

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