USA 2015

director.gif (905 bytes)Kenneth Branagh


Lily James - Cinderella
Richard Madden - Prince Charming
Cate Blanchett - Lady Tremaine
Hayley Atwell - Cinderella's mother
Helena Bonham Carter - Fairy Godmother
Stellan Skarsgĺrd - Grand Duke
Derek Jacobi - The King

US release - March 13, 2015




Young Ella's  merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her  father, she welcomes her new stepmother  and her daughters  into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. She is relegated to nothing more than a servant girl and spitefully renamed Cinderella. Despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to ‘have courage and be kind’.  In the woods one day she meets a dashing stranger, unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace.  It appears her life may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball. Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. Ultimately, a kindly beggar woman steps forward and,  armed with a pumpkin and a few mice,  changes Cinderella’s life forever.

button_box.gif (205 bytes)PRODUCTION NOTES

Principal photography began at Pinewood Studios in London in September 2013. The photo below shows director Kenneth Branagh directing Stellan in a scene.