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 GoT’s Lena Headey makes directorial debut with thriller Violet

Leading independent entertainment studio and financier Goldfinch’s production label Goldfinch Entertainment has attached Emmy Award-Nominee Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”, 300) to make her feature film directorial debut with “Violet”, an adaptation of the best-selling, critically acclaimed novel of the same name by SJI Holliday, with the screenplay penned by Gareth Pritchard. The book was originally optioned by Dark Alliance Film, Ed Boase and Marcus Stamps from the company will executive produce. Pritchard’s Sankara Pictures (The Rise) will co-produce with Mark Foligno (Moon) of Limelight CTL, Ben Charles Edwards (Quant) and Phil McKenzie (Twist) of Goldfinch Entertainment, with production commencing in October 2022.

“Violet” follows on from the BAFTA nominated short film, “The Trap”, that Headey wrote and directed in 2019. A bestseller with elements of The Talented Mr. Ripley and Single White Female, Violet was selected as a Mail on Sunday Book of the Year where it was lauded as being “wonderfully creepy and compelling”. It was also praised by celebrated crime novelist Ian Rankin as “a tense, immersive thriller that kept me guessing”, and by Red Magazine as “a tense, uneasy thriller, which will forever stop you befriending strangers”.

“Violet” follows two solo female travellers who immediately hit it off and decide to team up for the next leg of their adventure. As the journey continues things start to unravel – because neither of these women are who they claim to be.

Lena Headey said: ““Susi’s “Violet” is a compulsive page turner that stayed with me long after I finished the book – it’s exciting that my first feature as a director will be such an intense female thriller. It’s a wild ride to the finish with vast cinematic scope, centering around two very complex women who will completely unravel over the course of the film. I can’t wait to get rolling!”

Phil McKenzie, Goldfinch’s Chief Operating Officer, added: “Goldfinch Entertainment exists to fuel incredible projects and creative leaps – and we’re excited to be supporting the multi-talented Lena Headey’s foray into feature directing with this irresistible and chilling female-fronted thriller. Gareth has deftly selected and adapted an impossible to put down book into a riveting exploration of a casual friendship that goes deeply awry – and we can’t wait to see it come to life on screen.”

Goldfinch Entertainment is Goldfinch’s in-house, auteur-driven production company, developing, packaging and producing award-winning feature films and documentaries for a global audience. Previous Goldfinch Entertainment titles include Sadie Frost’s acclaimed documentary Quant which premiered at the 2021 London Film Festival, Kirsty Bell’s Capri Hollywood Film Festival winner A Bird Flew In, and Ronnie’s, a look at the beloved and complicated figure behind London’s most famous jazz venue.

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