During an interview on Wednesday’s Lorraine (ITV), Lily talked about a potential ‘Downton Abbey’ movie and she revealed she “hopes” to be involved in the film. Sadly, we don’t have the full interview but here’s a short video.
REFINERY29 – Brit actress and face of My Burberry Black fragrance, Lily James, returns to her role at the fashion house, starring in a new three-minute short written by Matt Charman and directed by Asif Kapadia, the director of the acclaimed Amy documentary.
The epic trailer, entitled The Tale of Thomas Burberry reimagines key events that have shaped the brand’s history and ethos. Lily stars as pilot Betty Dawson, a fictionalised character inspired by the real-life achievements of Betty Kirby-Green, who broke the world record in 1937 for a return flight from England to Cape Town in an aeroplane named ‘The Burberry’. James is joined by Domhnall Gleeson, who stars as Burberry founder Thomas Burberry, while Sienna Miller plays Thomas’s fictional first love. Dominic West stars as Sir Ernest Shackleton, the pioneering polar explorer who wore Burberry gabardine for three Antarctic expeditions.
Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s chief creative and chief executive officer explains the significance of the short: “This Christmas, as we celebrate our 160th anniversary, we wanted to tell the story of Thomas Burberry – pioneer, inventor, innovator, and the man behind the iconic trench coat – in our own words… To do justice to this story, we turned to a team of truly great twenty-first century British talent: Asif Kapadia, a director whose work I admire enormously, and a cast of our brightest and our best actors.”
Refinery29 sat down with Lily to discuss her latest Burberry gig, the development of her personal style and getting tipsy with her family at Christmas.
The short celebrates Burberry’s 160-year history by exploring the life of founder Thomas Burberry. When did you first become interested in fashion and aware of Burberry as a brand?
I’ve always really loved Burberry. When I was a teenager, I remember the boys I always fancied would wear those shirts with the full check. When I signed up to do My Burberry Black fragrance, they told me all about the history and the heritage and it was such an impressive story. I think it’s really wonderful that people are going to see that now after they see the Christmas short.
You’re primarily an actress but how have you adapted to modelling roles and starring in campaigns or fashion shoots?
This was really great with Burberry because their brand is so much about embracing who you are and about being genuine and truthful to that. Christopher [Bailey] really supports British talent in all the different arts and so it felt really creative, really collaborative and like a really easy move into modelling. I really, really enjoyed it.Continue Reading
To celebrate the release of Burberry’s short film ‘The Tale of Thomas Burberry’ (you can watch it here), Lily attended last night’s party in London alongside Domhnall Gleeson, Christopher Bailey and Amber Anderson.
VOGUE – The short, which has been released this morning, is entitled The Tale of Thomas Burberry and comes in the form of a three-minute trailer, written by Academy Award-nominated Matt Charman and directed by Academy Award-winning Asif Kapadia. Gleeson plays protagonist Burberry, with Miller and James taking on the roles of mother of Burberry’s children and pilot Betty Dawson respectively – both fictionalised characters. West plays Polar explorer and patron of Burberry, Ernest Shackleton, whose expedition to the Antarctic in 1914 forms the central plotline.
“This Christmas, as we celebrate our 160th anniversary we wanted to tell the story of Thomas Burberry – pioneer, inventor, innovator, and the man behind the iconic trench coat – in our own words,” said Burberry chief creative and chief executive officer. “The film we have made is a brief glimpse inspired by his full and extraordinary life, which threaded its way through the history of the twentieth century in all its tumultuous highs and lows. To do justice to this story, we turned to a team of truly great twenty- first century British talent: Asif Kapadia, a director whose work I admire enormously, and a cast of our brightest and our best actors: Domhnall Gleeson, Sienna Miller, Dominic West and Lily James. We feel very proud to be sharing The Tale of Thomas Burberry this Christmas – his spirit and his vision are still at the heart of everything we do at Burberry today.”
Lily is featured in the second issue (Fall/Winter) of Luncheon magazine. We’ve added three scans in our gallery but sadly the quality is not great so we’ll try to replace them with HQ as soon as possible. If someone wants to donate scans to the site, please do not hesitate to send us an email, full credit will be given!
DEADLINE – In-demand British actress Lily James is set to star in The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society, with Mike Newell attached to direct.
Script is written by Don Roos and Tom Bezucha and is based on the international bestseller of the same name by Annie Barros and Mary Ann Shaffer. Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan from The Mazur/Kaplan Company and Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin will produce.
Studiocanal is financing the project and will distribute in its own territories, the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. The company will be selling worldwide rights to the title at the American Film Market next month.
The story is set on Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II and sees free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton, played by James, form a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during wartime.
“The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society has been a project of tremendous passion for us, and we are thrilled to be bringing it to screen with filmmaker Mike Newell attached and Lily James, our consummate ‘Juliet,’ ” said Mazur.
Ron Halpern, Studiocanal’s EVP International Productions and Acquisitions said: “Studiocanal is thrilled to be partnering with Mazur/Kaplan and Blueprint Pictures to bring Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Schaffer’s The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society to the big screen. We have always admired Mike Newell as a director and it would be an honor to finally work with him. Lily James is the perfect actress to bring this incredible character to life.”
Published by Random House, the novel sold 7.5 million copies in 37 territories and was a New York Times bestseller.
Filming is set to begin in the UK in spring 2017.
James, who is also starring in Working Title’s Darkest Hour, directed by Joe Wright, is repped by Tavistock Wood in the UK and UTA in the U.S.
Lily looked stunning and elegant in her Galvan dress as she attended the BFI London Film Festival Awards during the 60th BFI London Film Festival60th BFI London Film Festival on October 15, 2016 in London. Head over to our gallery to find high quality pictures from the event!