Finding Neverland

2004

James M. Barrie

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MOVIE TRAILER


GENERAL INFORMATION

Well-known playwright James M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) finds his career at a crossroads when his latest play flops and doubters question his future. Then by chance he meets a widow (Kate Winslet) and her four adventurous boys. Together they form a friendship that ignites the imagination needed to produce Barrie's greatest work, Peter Pan.

Director: Marc Forster

Cast: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman, Freddie Highmore, Radha Mitchell, Nick Roud, Joe Prospero

Awards & Nominations:

2005 ACADEMY AWARDS (OSCARS):
Best Picture: Richard N. Gladstein and Nellie Bellflower (Nominated)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Johnny Depp (Nominated)
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (Won)
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: David Magee (Nominated)
Best Achievement in Art Direction: Gemma Jackson and Trisha Edwards (Nominated)
Best Achievement in Costume Design: Alexandra Byrne (Nominated)
Best Achievement in Editing: Matt Chesse (Nominated)

2005 ACADEMY OF SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR FILMS (SATURN AWARDS):
Best Actor: Johnny Depp (Nominated)
Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Freddie Highmore (Nominated)

2005 CINEMA AUDIO SOCIETY:
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures: David Crozier (production mixer); Lora Hirschberg (re-recording mixer); Brandon Proctor (re-recording mixer) (Nominated)

2005 DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA:
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures: Marc Forster (Nominated)

2005 EMPIRE AWARDS:
Best Actor: Johnny Depp (Nominated)
Best Newcomer: Freddie Highmore (Won)

2005 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS:
Best Motion Picture - Drama (Nominated)
Best Director - Motion Picture: Marc Forster (Nominated)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Johnny Depp (Nominated)
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: David Magee (Nominated)
Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (Nominated)

HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL:
Heartland Award of Excellence: Marc Forster (Won)

2005 LAS VEGAS FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AWARDS:
Best Family Film (Won)
Best Actress: Kate Winslet (Won - Also for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004)
Youth in Film: Freddie Highmore (Won)

2005 MTV MOVIE AWARDS:
Breakthrough Male: Freddie Highmore (Nominated)

2004 NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW:
Best Picture (Won)
Outstanding Film Music Composition: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (Won)

2005 PGA GOLDEN LAUREL AWARDS:
Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award: Richard N. Gladstein and Nellie Bellflower (Nominated)

2005 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS:
Favorite Movie Drama - (Nominated)
Favorite On-Screen Chemistry - Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp (Nominated)

2004 PHOENIX FILM CRITICS AWARDS:
Best Performance by Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role - Male: Freddie Highmore (Won)

2006 ROBERT FESTIVAL:
Best American Film - Marc Forster (Nominated)

2005 SATELLITE AWARDS:
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Johnny Depp (Nominated)
Best Original Score: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (Nominated)

2005 SCREEN ACTORS GUILD (SAG) AWARDS:
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Julie Christie, Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Dustin Hoffman, Radha Mitchell, Joe Prospero, Nick Roud, Luke Spill, Kate Winslet (Nominated)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Johnny Depp (Nominated)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Freddie Highmore (Nominated)

2005 TEEN CHOICE AWARDS:
Choice Movie: Drama (Nominated)
Choice Movie Actor - Drama: Johnny Depp (Nominated)
Choice Movie Actress - Drama: Kate Winslet (Nominated)

2004 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL:
Laterna Magica Prize: Marc Forster (Won)

2005 YOUNG ARTIST AWARDS:
Best Family Feature Film - Drama: (Won)
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor: Freddie Highmore (Nominated)
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or Younger: Luke Spill (Won)
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast: Freddie Highmore, Joe Prospero, Nick Roud, Luke Spill (Won)

2005 AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (EDDIE AWARDS):
Best Edited Feature Film - Dramatic: Matt Chesse (Nominated)

2005 AMERICAN SCREENWRITERS ASSOCIATION:
Discover Screenwriting Award: David Magee (Nominated)

2005 ART DIRECTORS GUILD:
Excellence in Production Design Award Feature Film - Period or Fantasy Film: Gemma Jackson (production designer); Peter Russell (supervising art director); Rosie Hardwick (assistant art director); Phil Harvey (assistant art director) (Nominated)

2005 BAFTA AWARDS:
Best Film: Richard N. Gladstein and Nellie Bellflower (Nominated)
David Lean Award for Direction: Marc Forster (Nominated)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Johnny Depp (Nominated)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Kate Winslet (Nominated)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Julie Christie (Nominated)
Best Screenplay - Adapted: David Magee (Nominated)
Best Production Design: Gemma Jackson (Nominated)
Best Cinematography: Roberto Schaefer (Nominated)
Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (Nominated)
Best Costume Design: Alexandra Byrne (Nominated)
Best Make Up/Hair: Christine Blundell (Nominated)

2005 BROADCAST FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS:
Best Picture (Nominated)
Best Family Film (Live Action) (Won)
Best Director: Marc Forster (Nominated)
Best Actor: Johnny Depp (Nominated)
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet (Nominated)
Best Young Actor: Freddie Highmore (Won)
Best Writer: David Magee (Nominated)


ABOUT THIS MOVIE

(Compiled by Mary)

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"It was probably the beginning of my obsession with pirates."
--Johnny Depp
Life Magazine
November 14, 2004

"Growing old is unavoidable, but never growing up is possible. I believe you can retain certain things from your childhood if you protect them - certain traits, certain places where you don't let the world go."
--Johnny Depp
Life Magazine
November 14, 2004

"The idea behind Neverland is, from your imagination make your dream life. I don't have to close my eyes to see it because I live with it every day - with my kids, my girl, and my life. It's as perfect as it could possibly be."
--Johnny Depp
Life Magazine
November 14, 2004

"Of course, the notion is beautiful; the idea of staying a boy or a child forever. But I think you really can. I've known plenty of people in their later years that were like little kids, had the energy of little children, the curiosity and fascination. I think we can keep that. It's important we keep that."
--Johnny Depp
Empire UK
2004

"It's not like I'm going after any particular audience, but Neverland was great because it was much more accessible to my kids than, say, Fear and Loathing."
--Johnny Depp
Empire UK
2004

"In The Chocolate Factory, Freddie brings a real sense of the otherworldly. He's a pure being, and that same innocence comes through in Neverland. What I love about him is he's much more interested in playing football. Freddie really doesn't think in terms of the long haul; that's impressive, I can empathize with that."
--Johnny Depp
Empire UK
2004

"It was a ball (shooting the fantasy sequences.) It's moments like that where it's really a strange job for a grown man."
--Johnny Depp
Premiere
October 2004

"There's still a part of me that's stuck in teenage years, I guess. But having kids takes you right back to certain emotions you felt growing up. It opens up a whole new arena where you start to see things like your kids do, almost for the first time in a way."
--Johnny Depp
Premiere
October 2004

"A lot of it (the idea for the fart machine) was me going, 'What can I do to make the kids laugh?' You start doing stuff like that and it gives license to the kids to start doing stuff, and then it gets a little chaotic. You get assistant directors and producers going, 'Okay, we're on limited time here,' and you've got kids running around screaming and laughing. I wasn't particularly helpful in terms of reining in the chaos."
--Johnny Depp
Premiere
October 2004

"What I liked very much is that it didn't feel like the kind of movie that you see all the time. I thought it was sweet and heartbreaking, but in an honest way. It didn't feel like it was trying to be something, it felt like it was something."
--Johnny Depp
Entertainment Weekly
January 28, 2005

Quotes from others:

"It was his idea and I loved it... that he had a fishing pole with a tennis ball attached to it. Another one of Johnny's brilliant ideas. Johnny Depp - fishing pole actor." (discussing the fishing pole used in the scene with Porthos)
--Marc Forster, director
DVD Commentary

"I think I said something about Kipling doing something and he came up with 'swallow his own ear' which was better and I've forgotten what the old line was and just pretending I made that up."
-- David Magee, screenwriter
DVD Commentary

"The two of them just have some very special connection." (about Johnny Depp and Freddy Highmore)
-- Marc Forster , director
DVD Commentary

"Here is also where we used Johnny's fart machine, which also will be in the dvd, just to see how the kids would react. The laughter is all so real. I just love Johnny's performance here." (on the dinner scene with the Davies' children.)
-- Marc Forster, director
DVD Commentary

"Actually, Johnny got it to work - the coin flipping."
-- Marc Forster, director
DVD Commentary

"Johnny loved Angus (Barnett) so much he immediately recommended him and took him along to Pirates of the Caribbean."
-- Marc Forster, director
DVD Commentary

"I think when I had written it in the original script, he was much more hands on... running out trying to calm him down, this was just a wonderful reaction... to be able to walk up, sit down and wait...it's a miracle thing of an actor choice." (on JM Barrie's reaction to Peter's anger)
-- David Magee, screenwriter
DVD Commentary

"Who else can pull off a scene seriously between Julie Christie and him in war paint and that ridiculous duck in his hand?"
-- Marc Forster, director
DVD Commentary

"Johnny almost isn't like an American at all. He's got such an English sense of humor."
-- Kate Winslet
Vanity Fair
November 2004

"Neverland's screening last night... it didn't finish until 2AM. But Johnny was talking to every kid he could, and did it with his back to the cameras. He doesn't care if the press is there. And I'm not just saying that because Johnny's my friend. Johnny can smell bullshit ten miles away. The same guys who years ago were saying he's box office poison, now they're kissing his butt."
-- Harvey Weinstein, producer
Empire UK
2004

"The two of them (Hoffman and Depp) have this great balance, how they play off one another. They have the same quality, this quality of being a child."
-- Marc Forster, director
Premiere
October 2004

"(It was) one of the most triumphant things I've ever seen an actor do. The first take was priceless. The boys didn't want to speak, to say, 'Someone just farted.' Then it happened again, and they were bursting. That was the thing that made the scene work. That was totally down to Johnny."
--Kate Winslet
Premiere
October 2004

"The first person we always envisioned was Johnny Depp and I am so glad that he accepted the part and wanted to do it. He has this special special quality of being a brilliant actor and also being an actor that just always picks parts that he is passionate about."
--Marc Forster, director
EI EInsiders.com Interviews

"I believe very much in silences and quiet moments. I think that so much stuff is over-written these days. And I think that silences speak much stronger to us than dialogue often. A look and an expression can mean much more than explaining something. Johnny Depp has the same notion. He likes to say less because he also feels that it is more powerful."
-- Marc Forster, director
EI EInsiders.com Interviews

"He's a really great actor to work with. He's very generous. He gives you the same performance behind camera as he does on camera. He's very concerned with the dynamic of the scene in its entirety. He doesn't carry around any sort of weird star concepts about himself. And at the same time, there's something kind of mythical and magical about him. I think he brings that to all of his performances."
-- Radha Mitchell
About.com interviews

"I always really felt that it was wonderful that we didn't, that they didn't kiss, simply because it kept the story very much about the relationship he had with all of them as a family... I was always pleased that it wasn't in there, even though some of my girlfriends think I'm mad to do myself out of kissing Johnny Depp."
-- Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet Q&A complied by Jack Foley