Breathe (UK, 2017) is this year’s BFI London Film Festival Opening Night Gala in partnership with American Express® starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy. We talked to the stars from the film, to first-time director Andy Serkis and to Diana Cavendish, herself, about the story behind the film.
Breathe is an inspirational love story about two indomitable people who defy the odds and pave the way for change. When dapper and adventurous Robin Cavendish (Garfield) meets self-assured Diana (Foy) at a cricket match, a whirlwind romance ensues. But their new life together takes an abrupt turn when he contracts polio and is given only weeks to live. Based on the true story of producer Jonathan Cavendish’s parents, William Nicholson’s (Les Misérables, Gladiator) screenplay is emotionally and socially resonant, foregrounding the relationship between this courageous, witty and determined couple, while illuminating the broader impact they had on progressing mobility and access for people with disabilities. Breathe is a moving true story of courage under profound difficulties, by first-time director and acclaimed British actor Andy Serkis.
Director, Andy Serkis | Producer, Jonathan Cavendish | With Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander
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