May 6, 2017
Michaela Coel is the “IT” girl of the moment and it looks like we have more of her to enjoy! Per Variety, filming has wrapped on the modern-day musical “Been So Long” in London and it stars the BAFTA-winning actress. The film will be introduced to buyers at Cannes Film Market via London-based sales company Film Constellation.
Film Constellation’s founder and CEO Fabien Westerhoff describes the project as a “refreshing new musical, exploring desire and ambition from a female perspective.” Been So Long is the sophomore feature from director Tinge Krishnan, a fellow BAFTA film award winner.
Been So Long is a modern day romance set in Camden, a borough in London. Coel portrays a dedicated single mother who, on an unusual night on the town, is charmed by a handsome yet troubled stranger (Arinzé Kene). The film was developed by Greenacre Film and the BFI, which also co-financed the film with Film4, and is based on an original play by Che Walker and actor Arthur Darvill. It is produced by Nadine Marsh-Edwards and Amanda Jenks for Greenacre while Lizzie Francke (BFI) and Eva Yates (Film 4) serve as executive producers.
Coel’s British stardom is certainly crossing over on the other side of the pond into American audiences with her hit Netflix (E4 in the U.K.) series Chewing Gum, which she created, writes and stars in. She won a BAFTA Television Award in April for best female performance in a comedy program for the show. Been So Long is her first lead role in a movie! It follows her supporting role in the sci-fi sequel Monsters: Dark Continent.
The film’s soundtrack will feature original tracks composed by Christopher Nicholas Bangs, influenced by the backdrop of London’s historic music scene, ranging from Caribbean Soca and soul jazz, to punk and acid house.
“‘Been So Long’s’ blend of talent and distinctive British sound makes for an exciting take on the musical genre and what makes London so unique,” noted Westerhoff.
This film looks fascinating and I’m sure Coel — a woman of many talents — will dominate the screen!
What do you think of Michaela Coel’s new role outside of Chewing Gum? Will you tune in?