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Exclusive Video Interview: Director Emma Holly Jones on Making ‘Mr. Malcolm’s List’

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When she started writing her novel Mr. Malcolm’s List, Suzanne Allain initially thought about setting her clever love story in the present world of dating. But as she wrote it, she realized it was a perfect fit for the 19th century instead, where one woman sets out to get revenge on a man with a list of qualifications for the woman he plans to marry. Interest from director and producer Emma Holly Jones led to the creation of a short film through Refinery29 and Shatterbox.

After its online release in February 2019, the feature film version of Mr. Malcolm’s List is now arriving in theaters, with Zawe Ashton as Julia, who positions Selina (Freida Pinto) to seduce Mr. Malcolm (Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù) and then embarrass him. I had the chance to speak with Jones about the resonance of this project, the process of making a short as a proof of concept, and what advice she would give to aspiring filmmakers.

You can watch the video above, and read below for an official summary and where to watch.

Mr. Malcolm's List
(L to R) Director Emma Holly Jones and actor Ṣọpẹ ́ Dìrísù on the set of MR. MALCOLM’S LIST, a Bleecker Street release. Credit : Ross Ferguson / Bleecker Street

Film summary:

When she fails to meet an item on his list of requirements for a bride, Julia Thistlewaite (Zawe Ashton) is jilted by London’s most eligible bachelor, Mr. Malcolm (Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù). Feeling humiliated and determined to exact revenge, she convinces her friend Selina Dalton (Freida Pinto) to play the role of his ideal match. Soon, Mr. Malcolm wonders whether he’s found the perfect woman…or the perfect hoax. Also starring Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ashley Park, with Theo James.

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Mr. Malcolm’s List opens in theaters on Friday, July 1st.

Abe Friedtanzerhttps://www.cinemadailyus.com
Abe Friedtanzer is a film and TV enthusiast who spent most of the past fifteen years in New York City. He has been the editor of MoviesWithAbe.com and TVwithAbe.com since 2007, and has been predicting the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards since he was allowed to stay up late enough to watch them. He has attended numerous film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, and SXSW, and is a contributing writer for The Film Experience, Awards Radar, and AwardsWatch.


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