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Screen Flanders-supported A Quiet Passion completes Flanders shoot


Principal photography has wrapped on the Flanders shoot of Terence Davies's A Quiet Passion. The Emily Dickinson biopic starring Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Jennifer Ehle (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Keith Carradine (Fargo) was in production for a total of 26 days in the Flanders region, using local talent both in front of and behind the camera. The film is produced by Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos of UK-based Hurricane Films. Peter De Maegd of Potemkino co-produced for Flanders with the support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian federal tax shelter.

A Quiet Passion tells the story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognised artist. Terence Davies (The House of Mirth, Of Time and the CitySunset Song) also wrote the script of his eighth feature as a director.


Cynthia Nixon, known for her role in the HBO television series and features Sex and the City, plays the role of Dickinson alongside Jennifer Ehle (Vinnie Dickinson) and Keith Carradine (Edward Dickinson). They are joined by Flemish acting talent including soprano and actress Noémie Schellens, Sara Louise Vertongen (The Divine Monster), Maurice Cassiers (De Ridder) and Simone Milsdochter (Deadline 25/5).

Mainly shot in Flanders, the production used local crew members in key positions including production designer Merijn Sep, art director Toon Mariën, key grip Bo Molderez, gaffer Dieter Van der Eecken and sound mixer Johan Maertens. Flanders-based audiovisual companies LITES, SPOTS Unlimited, Bulletproof Cupid and Cine-qua-non provided the technical equipment for the shoot.

A Quiet Passion shot for 26 days in the Flanders region, both in the AED Studios and on location in Antwerp and Ghent. The second part of the shoot will take place in Massachusetts.

The film received support from the federal tax shelter system and the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Minister Gatz. 

still: © A Quiet Passion 2015